Schroeder playing it cool

Jordan Schroeder speaks in a media scrum during the prospects camp at GM Place yesterday. (Mark...

Jordan Schroeder speaks in a media scrum during the prospects camp at GM Place yesterday. (Mark Yuen, 24 hours)

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It would seem that attending the Canucks prospects camp this week would be a nerve-racking experience for Jordan Schroeder.

But with two other University of Minnesota teammates attending the camp as well, Vancouver's first-round pick this year felt more at ease with the familiar faces.

"It's definitely good to have [Patrick White and Taylor Matson] here," said Schroeder. "Being comfortable with those guys around me and having someone to really talk to and go through this with me."

The five-day orientation camp, which includes on-ice and off-ice workouts and sessions, started Monday and ends Friday with a trek up the Grouse Grind.

"I got a little feedback of what to expect coming in," said the 18-year-old forward. "It's tough, hard work, but that's what it takes to get to the next level."

His Gophers teammate White was elated to see Schroeder get drafted by the same NHL club.

"When Jordan was drafted, Taylor and I were both pumped," said White, who was attending the camp for the third year. "It's exciting for Vancouver to have him in the system."

Canucks' general manager Mike Gillis said yesterday that this conditioning camp was a good learning experience for the prospects.

"We don't look at this as an evaluation," Gillis said. "We look at this as a means to educate them on what we're all about and to show them what resources we have that we're going to utilize to help them."

CANUCKS' FIRST ROUND PICKS

- 2006 - Patrick White: He sees himself back at the University of Minnesota next year, and that's most likely where he'll end up as White still has plenty to improve on.

- 2007 - Cody Hodgson: Out of the three, Hodgson probably has the best chance at making the cut for the Canucks this fall. The Brampton Battalion centre was named the OHL MVP last year, while scoring 92 points.

- 2008 - Jordan Schroeder:

It'll be a long shot for the 5'8" centre to crack the lineup this upcoming season. He says another year or two at the University of Minnesota wouldn't hurt.


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