Latimer and Kosior grateful for opportunity to learn at NHL camps

While it wasn’t the start to the season the Prince Albert Raiders would have liked, the Raiders welcomed back two familiar faces ahead of Wednesday night’s game against Winnipeg ICE.

Carson Latimer and Landon Kosior returned after spending time in NHL training camps, Latimer with the Ottawa Senators and Kosior with the Los Angeles Kings.

Latimer, a 2021 fourth-round draft pick by the Ottawa Senators, attended both rookie camp and main camp with the Senators. The 19-year-old forward says he wants to bring what he learned with Ottawa back to Prince Albert.

“It’s great for me to be here. You learn from all these older guys you’re with. I want to try to bring him back here.

Throughout camp, Latimer was able to play with several NHL veterans in scrimmages during training camp. Players Latimer has played with include Tyler Motte, Thomas Chabot, Michael Del Colle and Derek Brassard.

Latimer says he will take a lot from that experience in scrums.

“You take a bit of everyone. Everyone has different skills. I’ve played with scrum guys with a lot of experience. You can watch them and learn from them, and I think that’s pretty awesome.

The 2022-23 season will be Latimer’s first full season in a Raider uniform. The 19-year-old forward played a key role in the deal that sent former Raiders captain and Montreal Canadiens prospect Kaiden Guhle to the Edmonton Oil Kings.

“The full season is going to be awesome. Last year I got a taste of what AP is all about. Now I know all the guys very well. We are a tight group and it will be very good for our season.

Landon Kosior returns to Pennsylvania after spending time in Southern California with the Los Angeles Kings. The Raiders guard says he enjoyed the opportunity to hang out with some of the best hockey players in the world.

“It’s fun. Every time you get that experience of being with the pros, it’s really exciting. I’m grateful to have had that chance and hopefully I can use some of the things I learned there- low and use them here.

Kosior is heading into his surplus season with the Raiders. He says he hopes to emerge victorious and he thinks this year’s Raiders team has a good chance of succeeding.

“The overtaking season is a big season for everyone. You want to be on a championship contending team, and I think we have the right people in place here in PA.

Kosior learned many lessons in training camp with the Los Angeles Kings. He says he was able to draw a lot of similarities from what’s happening in Los Angeles to what’s happening in Prince Albert.

“We always talk about PA too, but just being a pro. You see them how they prepare, always in the gym, stretching, putting the right food in their bodies.

The Prince Albert Raiders return home Saturday night against the defending WHL champions Edmonton Oil Kings. The Raiders will wear orange jerseys in recognition of Truth and Reconciliation Day. Game play at 7 p.m.

Raider Roster Moves

Release of striker Jesiah Bennett (’04)

Goaltender James Venne (’04) reassigned to Melfort Mustangs (SJHL)

Forward Anton Yatsyshin (’04) signed WHL standard player contract

Forward Vladislav Shilo (’03) was traded to ICE Winnipeg in exchange for forward Alessandro Segafredo (’04) and defenseman Owen Boucher (’04)

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