Vancouver Giants captain Tyler Benson

Langley-based Giants players still getting look-sees from NHL teams

Tyler Benson, Ty Ronning are two of the notables who are away at NHL training camps.

When the Vancouver Giants make their regular season debut at the Langley Events Centre on Friday, they’ll be doing so minus six key players – including high-profile draft picks Ty Ronning and Tyler Benson.

The G-Men will open their Western Hockey League season against the Everett Silvertips minus six skaters who received invites to NHL training camps.

Benson (Edmonton Oilers), Ronning (New York Rangers), Radovan Bondra (Chicago Blackhawks), Darian Skeoch (Anaheim Ducks), Chase Lang (Minnesota Wild) and Ben Thomas (Tampa Bay Lightning) will be away at NHL camps.

Dmitry Osipov (Chicago Blackhawks) and Thomas Foster (Edmonton Oilers) have been reassigned to the Giants.

“We’re happy for all of our players that will be attending NHL camps,” Giants general manager Glen Hanlon said. “We take a lot of pride in the development of our players, and we know that this experience will serve them well.”

Benson was drafted by the Oilers in the second round, 32nd overall of the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Giants’ captain had 28 points in 30 games during an injury shortened 2015/16 WHL season.

Ronning went to the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2016 Draft. The Burnaby native led the Giants in goals last season with 31.

Bondra was selected by the Blackhawks in the fifth round of the 2015 Draft. Hailing from Trebisov, Slovakia, he scored 30 points in 58 games in his rookie season in the WHL in 2015/16.

Skeoch was a free agent invitee to Ducks rookie camp and has been kept with the club for their main camp. The big blueliner was acquired by the Giants in a trade with the Lethbridge Hurricanes earlier this month.

Lang was drafted by the Wild in the sixth round of the 2014 Draft. The 20-year-old is signed by Minnesota and led the Giants with 63 points in 69 games last season.

Thomas also went in the 2014 Draft. He was selected by the Lightning in the fourth round and has signed with the club. The 1996-born defenceman had 28 points in 74 WHL games in 2015/16.

The Giants home opener is Gordie Howe Tribute Night at the Langley Events Centre. For ticket information, click here or call 604.4.GIANTS (604.444.2687).

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