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European Devils Prospect Confirms Devils Development Camp Attendance

Devils prospect defenseman, Daniil Karpovich, confirmed his attendance at development camp starting at the end of June.

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The New Jersey Devils are expected to host development camp from June 30th to July 3rd. // Credit: New Jersey Hockey Now

The NHL has a jam-packed schedule — both on and off the ice — in the month of June. Of course, the Stanley Cup Final is ongoing, the 2024 NHL Draft is later this month, and the NHL Awards — those that have not been handed out already — will be awarded on June 27th and 28th. Development camps for individual organizations are another event that can begin as soon as the end of June as well. According to a report out of Belarus, a New Jersey Devils prospect has confirmed his attendance at development camp this summer.

Daniil Karpovich, a Devils prospect defenseman who hails from Belarus, confirmed to Belarusian media that he will attend the Devils development camp that is set to get underway at the end of June.

For what it’s worth, I’ve been told by a source that the dates for Devils development camp could be June 30th to July 3rd. That means any prospects drafted on the 28th and 29th could head right to Newark.

The Devils prospect defenseman explained in the report that he’s been in touch with a Devils scout throughout the entirety of the 2023-24 season.

“Throughout the season, we constantly kept in touch with the New Jersey scout, calling each other once a week. He watched my games, talked and discussed,” Karpovich explined.

Karpovich (19) was drafted by the Devils in the sixth round of the 2023 NHL Draft, 186th overall. His EliteProspects profile reads as follows.

“Daniil Karpovich is an effective two-way defenceman, he has size, reach, and good overall mobility. His game is built around his physicality and heavy shot, with some flashes of puck-moving ability.”

Karpovich’s size certainly stands out right away. The Devils prospect defenseman stands tall at 6-foot-3 and sturdy at 210 lbs. Playing the Belarus’ top league, the Belarusian Extraleague, Karpovich potted two goals and 11 points in 49 games in his first season with Neman Grodno. He also added one assist in six games during the playoffs.

This years development camp is unlikely to feature Seamus Casey, the Devils’ top prospect who just signed his entry-level contract. However, names such as Lenni Hameenaho, Cam Squires, and perhaps Hobey Baker nominee Dylan Wendt could attend alongside Karpovich as well.

According to Karpovich, his biggest focus was to collect more points this season. In his first season at the top level in Belarus, Karpovich admitted it could have gone better.

“It’s impossible to say that I didn’t have my moments,” Karpovich explained. “If implemented well, I should have scored points in every game, and there should have been a lot more goals. I think it was due to the fact that it didn’t go well from the very beginning, and this problem stuck in my head and did not give me the confidence that I felt in the MHL. And the goalkeepers in the extra league are still more experienced and stronger. This also had an impact.”

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