Former Kelowna Rockets forward Geordie Wudrick has earned an invitation from the Buffalo Sabres to attend this week's Summer Development Camp.
Standing 6'4, 208 pounds, the soft-handed Wudrick is coming off an overage year that saw him finish ninth among WHL scorers with 43 goals, including 15 tallies on the power play and eight game winners. Wudrick added just 16 assists to his stat line to finish with 59 points before adding another 4+4 in the Rockets' 10-game postseason.
The 21-year old, who was originally a 2008 third-round draft pick by the Los Angeles Kings, was taken with the hopes that he could develop into a legit power forward talent. Despite cashing 35 goals in 2008-09, Wudrick's all-around game didn't stand out among similarly built yet more upwardly trending assets in the Kings' pipeline (Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds, Kyle Clifford), so the two parties parted ways last spring. Wudrick went through the draft unclaimed and later skated in Phoenix Coyotes training camp before returning to the WHL.
A native of Abbotsford, BC, Wudrick will want to use the camp invite to prove that he's an agile skater who can play physical and finish plays around the net. If scouts think they can get a consistent, two-way effort out of the big frame on a nightly basis, it's fair to think he could end up pushing fringe forwards for AHL playing time come fall.