DUBUQUE, IA--The list of Dubuque Fighting Saints alumni in the NHL will only continue to grow in the coming years. With many high-end prospects skating in Dubuque, players such as Mike Matheson, Mike Downing and Shane Eiserman have been top NHL Draft picks. These players, along with many former Fighting Saints who earned free agent invites, are getting looks from NHL clubs in summer development camps. Below is a list of former and current players who are skating in NHL camps this summer.
Matt Benning-Boston Bruins
Defenseman Matt Benning has enjoyed a strong NCAA career at Northeastern so far after helping Dubuque to a Clark Cup in 2013. Benning was a draft pick of the Boston Bruins in 2012 and once again is attending the club's summer Development Camp.
Frankie DiChiara-Boston Bruins
Dubuque Fighting Saints fans will never forget Frankie DiChiara's Clark Cup winning overtime goal in 2013. The man Dubuque fans knew as "The Tank," is entering his junior year at Yale, and is once again attending an NHL Development Camp as an invite. He previously skated in the New Jersey Devils camp in years prior.
Peter Quenneville-Columbus Blue Jackets
A highly successful junior hockey career for Peter Quenneville has come to a close and now the Blue Jackets 7th round pick in 2013 will move to the professional ranks. After scoring over 30 goals and helping Dubuque to a Clark Cup in 2013, Quenneville spent two seasons with the Brandon Wheat Kings in the WHL and was the club's captain this past year.
Jacob Nehama-Dallas Stars
An exceptional season with the Fighting Saints in 2014-2015 landed Allen, TX native Jacob Nehama an NCAA scholarship to Colorado College. It also landed Nehama a look from his local team, the Dallas Stars, where he was invited to their Development Camp. Former Dubuque netminder Christian Frey, also a Texas native, attended the camp last year as an invited player.
Patrick Holway-Detroit Red Wings
Dubuque's 6th round selection was also the Red Wings 6th round selection in the NHL Draft this summer. The incoming defenseman will play for Dubuque this season after a strong year with Boston Advantage. Holway stands at 6-foot-5.
William Lagesson-Edmonton Oilers
Dubuque co-owner and now Edmonton President of Hockey Operations/General Manager Peter Chiarelli was not yet north of the border when his Oilers drafted William Lagesson, but he's happy to have inherited him. Lagesson, who was a standout with Dubuque in 2014-2015, was a 4th round pick of Edmonton in 2013 and was a member of the Oilers Orientation Camp alongside this year's #1 overall pick, Connor McDavid.
Mike Downing-Florida Panthers
Another year patrolling the blue line at Michigan is on tap for Mike Downing, but the physical defenseman is under keen watch from the Florida Panthers. Downing, who skated in Dubuque for a pair of seasons and helped the club to a Clark Cup in 2013, was drafted by the Panthers in the 4th round in 2013.
Mike Matheson-Florida Panthers
After being a 1st round selection of the Panthers in 2012, Mike Matheson made his pro debut last season after completing his third season at Boston College. The BC captain spent time with San Antonio in the AHL and looks to be the next Fighting Saints in-line to make his NHL debut in the near future.
J.D. Dudek-New Jersey Devils
The talented forward split time with Dubuque and Chicago last season, moving from The Key City to The Windy City in the trade that brought Robby Jackson to Dubuque. Dudek, a Boston College commit, was a 6th round pick of the Devils in 2014.
Teddy Dohery-New York Islanders
A member of Dubuque's 2011-2012 squad, Teddy Doherty is once again part of the New York Islander's summer camp for prospects. The senior at Boston College will be a captain this upcoming year after a 23 point season.
Shane Eiserman-Ottawa Senators
A solid season with Dubuque in 2013-2014 saw Shane Eiserman get selected in the 4th round of the 2014 NHL Draft by Ottawa. The big power-forward is heading into his sophomore year at New Hampshire and just completed his second Development Camp with the Senators.
Nick Luukko-Philadelphia Flyers
A Clark Cup winner in 2011 with Dubuque, Nick Luukko recently finished his NCAA career with Vermont. He made his pro debut in the AHL last season. Luukko was a 2010 draft pick of the Flyers.
Jeff Taylor-Pittsburgh Penguins
Defenseman Jeff Taylor has enjoyed championship success early in his career and is hoping to take that to the next level. After winning a Clark Cup with Dubuque in 2013, Taylor won an NCAA Championship with Union College in 2014. He was drafted by the Penguins in the 7th round in 2014 and is taking part in his second Development Camp with the organization
Robby Jackson-San Jose Sharks
After finishing the 2014-2015 season with Dubuque, forward Robby Jackson was invited to the San Jose Sharks Development Camp. Jackson, a skilled winger headed to St. Cloud State, is a California native.
Joakim Ryan-San Jose Sharks
A member of Dubuque's Clark Cup Championship team in 2011, Ryan recently finished up a solid NCAA career at Cornell. He signed with San Jose, who drafted him in 2012, following his NCAA season and made his pro debut with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.
Castan Sommer-San Jose Sharks
Castan Sommer is a name that only a few Fighting Saints fans may remember. The forward skated in 17 games with the club in 2010-2011 before moving to Bismark of the NAHL. He recently finished his senior year at Holy Cross and was an invite to Sharks Camp.
Matt Caito-Vancouver Canucks
California born defenseman Matt Caito is headed into his senior season at Miami after spending a year in Dubuque. A member of the Fighting Saints during the 2011-2012 campaign, Caito scored 26 points for Dubuque. Caito's strong play over the past four seasons earned him a look at Canucks Camp as an invite.
John Stevens-Vancouver Canucks
After helping Dubuque to a Clark Cup during the 2012-2013 season, two-way forward John Stevens has impressed in two seasons at Northeastern University. His solid play earned him a look as an invite at the Canucks Camp.
Riley Barber-Washington Capitals
With three years of great play under his belt, Miami forward Riley Barber elected to start his pro career and sign with the Washington Capitals. A Clark Cup Champion with Dubuque in 2011, Barber joins the organization who drafted him in 2012.