Trevor Parkes has been invited to attend Detroit's camp this summer.
The Red Wings scouts must have spent some time at the Verdun Auditorium last season because Parkes becomes the second Montreal Junior player to be recruited by the Wings this summer. Just 10 days ago Louis-Marc Aubry was drafted by Detroit during the 3rd round of the 2010 NHL entry draft.
Parkes was ranked 197th overall by the North American NHL draft rankings but was not selected during the seven round NHL entry draft. Some believed Parkes was overlooked because he's a late bloomer. As an 18 year old junior aged player, last season was Parkes' first playing at the major junior level.
Since the NHL/NHLPA Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) was revamped in 2005, the NHL draft was reduced from 9 rounds (270 drafted players) to 7 rounds (210 drafted players). As a result, teams have used this route to invite additional prospects to their development camps. Should the invitee be deemed a valuable prospect, that player is then offered a contract by the NHL franchise. If the player is not offered a contract, any of the 29 remaining NHL teams may sign the player.
When a player is drafted, the team owns the rights to the player without having to offer the player a contract until after the following periods where the player's progress and development can be evaluated:
- major junior players: 2 years
- US college players: 4 years