The players, ranging in ages from 15-19, are divided into four teams and will face off in a three-day camp with practice sessions, goaltending clinics and a mini-tournament, with the finals going Sunday.
“There’s a few kids that my scouts have had their eye on all year and I’d like to take a look at,” said Smokies coach Bill Birks. “A lot of kids are just coming in for exposure – to get noticed and be on our radar.”
Each skater will be evaluated and given one-on-one face time with the coaching staff after each game on Sunday.
The sessions will also give coaching staff a jump on next season and future Smoke Eaters a chance to impress.
“I don’t know how many, but quite a few will get invited back to main camp.”