By Kirk Luedeke
The NHL will conduct its second annual Research, Development and Orientation Camp in Toronto Aug. 16-17, inviting the top 2012 draft prospects to participate.
South Boston, Mass. native Cameron Darcy, a former standout with Dexter School before going to Ann Arbor, Mich. last season to join the U.S. National Team Development Program, is the lone New England representative of the 36 players attending.
Darcy, who helped lead Dexter to the 2010 small school prep championship game before bowing out against Kimball Union Academy (KUA) in double overtime, is a gifted scoring forward with offensive hockey sense and soft hands. In 37 USHL games with the Under-17 team, Darcy scored 9 goals and 13 points. He is projected to play a more prominent role this year with the Under-18 squad. The Northeastern recruit helped Team USA to gold at the World Under-17 Challenge last January in Winnipeg.
The RDO camp experiments with proposed rule changes, while also allowing NHL teams and scouts to get a quick look at the players who are projected to be the high achievers this season in their draft years. Last August, Boston Bruins top pick Dougie Hamilton was present in Toronto for the experience.