Two more Hamilton Bulldogs earn NHL development camp invites


Published July 11, 2022 at 10:33 am

Logan Morrison and Nathan Staios, two of the catalytic contributors to the Hamilton Bulldogs’ drive to be the top team in the Canadian Hockey League, are getting a look at the next level this week.

Morrison, who was a 100-point scorer in the regular season and also won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the most valuable player of the Ontario league (OHL) playoffs, has been invited to the Dallas Stars development camp. The centre, who turned 20 years old last weekend, was on the National Hockey League draft radar after his offensive breakout this season, where he became Hamilton’s No. 1 centre.

Bulldogs defenceman Gavin White is also at the Dallas camp after being chosen in the fourth round by the Stars last Friday.

Staios, who led OHL defencemen in scoring and earned OHL and CHL defenceman of the year awards, has been invited to a camp with the Florida Panthers. The 21-year-old Oakville native averaged more than a point per game during the regular season with 15 goals and 66 assists across 57 games, and also battled through injuries during Hamilton’s memorable postseason run.

Defenceman Jorian Donovan will be at a development camp with the Ottawa Senators. Ottawa chose the 18-year-old Donovan in the fifth round of the draft.

Development camps are held immediately after the NHL draft, with a mixture of draft picks and undrafted free agents. It is not unheard of for a player to sign his first pro contract after a strong showing in a development camp, or in a rookie camp in September.

Morrison, as a 20-year-old, is eligible to go pro next season but could also return to the OHL as an overage player. Each OHL team can have three 20-year-olds on the roster. Staios has aged out of the league.

The Bulldogs won their second OHL title this season, and also won the Hamilton Spectator Trophy for finishing first overall in the regular season. They were also the last league champion standing at the Memorial Cup tournament, losing in the final against the host Saint John Sea Dogs on June 29. Saint John had 38 days to prepare for the CHL championship tournament after being elimiated from the Québec league playoffs in the first round.

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