Five current members of the Red Deer Rebels are taking part in rookie camps with various NHL clubs this week.
Here’s a look at the list…
JAYDEN GRUBBE (C) – NEW YORK RANGERS
The Rebels’ captain was selected by the Rangers with the first pick in round three of the 2021 NHL Draft. After recovering from a devastating knee injury suffered during the abbreviated 2021 season, the Calgary native found his form midseason and was a force for the Rebels down the stretch in 2021-22 and into the playoffs. After recording 35 points in 68 regular season games, Grubbe netted four points in 10 postseason games, including the triple overtime game winning goal in game six of round one versus the Brandon Wheat Kings.
BEN KING (C) – ANAHEIM DUCKS
King was selected in round four, 107th overall by Anaheim at this year’s NHL Draft. The Vernon, BC native is coming off a career year with the Rebels in which he led the Western Hockey League with 52 goals and finished second overall with 105 points. He also led the league with 24 power play goals and 15 game winners, tied for second-best in WHL history and just one back of the single-season record. King was named to the Central Division First All-Star Team and as Central Division Player of the Year. King is ninth in Rebels team history with 80 career goals.
MATS LINDGREN (D) – BUFFALO SABRES
Acquired by the Rebels in an August trade with the Kamloops Blazers, Lindgren was selected in round four, 106th overall by Buffalo at this year’s NHL Draft. A native of North Vancouver, BC, who holds Canadian and Swedish citizenship, Lindgren was selected by Kamloops in the first round, seventh overall at the 2019 WHL Prospects Draft. In 94 career regular season games with the Blazers, Lindgren recorded six goals and 48 assists for 54 points. He also had 54 penalty minutes and a plus-21 rating.
CHRISTOFFER SEDOFF (D) – CALGARY FLAMES
The Helsinki, Finland native was superb along the blue line for the Rebels in 2021-22. After playing in his home country last year, Sedoff returned in 2021-22 to play 65 regular season games, posting 61 points (7 G, 54 A) which was third most on the team. He led the WHL with 32 power play assists during the regular season. Sedoff was the Rebels Defenceman of the Year in 2021-22 and named to the Central Division First All-Star Team. Sedoff was selected by the Rebels in the first round, 25th overall at the 2019 CHL Import Draft
JACE WEIR (D) – VEGAS GOLDEN KNIGHTS
The Rebels’ Rookie of the Year for 2021-22, Weir posted 25 points (5 G, 20 A) during the 2021-22 Regular Season and two assists in 10 playoff games. He also played 23 games with the Rebels during the pandemic-shortened 2020-21 season. A native of Coldstream, BC, Weir was selected by the Rebels in round two, 38th overall at the 2019 WHL Prospects Draft.