The 2018 NHL Entry Draft is now officially behind us, but on Monday morning, the Toronto Maple Leafs have announced their 2018 Development Camp roster, which will see two more Hounds joining Leaf draft picks Rasmus Sandin and Mac Hollowell.
Hounds first year forward Keeghan Howdeshell and overage defenceman Noah Carroll have both been named to this year’s Toronto Maple Leafs Development Camp roster.
Howdeshell, who is eligible to return to the Hounds as an overage for the 2018-2019 season, scored 16 goals and 36 points in 61 games with the Hounds during the 2017-2018 regular season.
The Brighton, Michigan native then had 9 goals and 13 points in 22 playoff games with the Hounds.
Back on March 25th, 2018 in game 2 of the Western Conference Quarterfinal series against the Saginaw Spirit, which was on national television, Howdeshell scored a highlight reel goal at the 10:49 mark of the third period, which then made national headlines following the game.
Looking back to the regular season now, in a game that took place back on December 15th, 2017, Howdeshell recorded his first career two goal game in a 4-3 road win over the Kitchener Rangers.
And let’s not forget this goal …..
With the game tied at three with just 2.9 seconds to go in regulation time, Howdeshell scored his second goal of the game, which proved to be the game winner to help lead the Hounds to a 4-3 victory over the Rangers, which extended the Hounds winning streak to 19 games.
The 20 year old was also the recipient of this year’s Sault Star Trophy for the Greyhounds unsung hero.
Back in the 2014 OHL Priority Selection, Howdeshell was drafted under former Hounds general manager Kyle Dubas in the 10th round (192nd overall).
Prior to joining the Hounds, Howdeshell committed to attend Ferris State University back in 2014.
Hounds overage defenceman Noah Carroll, who sometimes even looked like a forward on the ice, set career highs in goals (7), assists (30), points (37) and penalty minutes (71) during the 2017-2018 regular season.
Carroll, who was selected in the 6th round (164th overall) by the Carolina Hurricanes during the 2016 NHL Entry Draft, came over to the Hounds in a trade with the Guelph Storm in exchange for forward Liam Hawel back on January 6th, 2017.
During the 2018 postseason, Carroll scored 3 times and set up 3 others in 24 games.
But the one goal we will always remember him for, was in game 4 of the OHL Finals back on May 9th, 2018, when he scored on a breakaway at the 9:13 mark of overtime to give the Hounds a 3-2 win over the Hamilton Bulldogs, which tied the series up at two games apiece.
That game, not to mention, was also on national television.
The Leafs Development Camp will open on Monday, June 25th with medicals and on-ice testing.
The first full-team on-ice session will take place on Tuesday, June 26th at the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
So, with four Hounds taking part in Leafs Development Camp this year, including Rasmus Sandin (Leafs 2018 1st round pick), Mac Hollowell (Leafs 2018 4th round pick) and free agents Keeghan Howedeshell and Noah Carroll, you can just see how much the blue and white loves the red and white.