WENATCHEE — The Wenatchee Wild will take a big step forward in filling out their roster for the 2013-14 season this weekend.
The Wild begin a four-day tryouts camp Thursday at Town Toyota Center to fill a number of roster vacancies. There will be 146 players attending.
“This is a big part of (putting our roster together) and a big weekend for us,” second-year coach Bliss Littler.
Littler led Wenatchee to a Robertson Cup Championship berth this spring, but he will be working with an entirely different group of players this year and will not have any returning members of the 2012-13 team. He said he hopes to have about 70-80 percent of the vacancies filled after tryouts, which wrap up Sunday morning.
Twenty two of the 30 players drafted in the North American Hockey League draft in early June will report to Town Toyota Center for the tryouts and a handful of others — including first-round pick forward Parker Toumie — won’t make tryouts because of travel issues or injury, but are expected to report to the team’s first day of practice Aug. 23.
Littler hopes to narrow the list of players to between 25-27 by the team’s first practice in August.
“Obviously with so many spots open, with no returners, we’ll probably bring a few extra kids in,” he said.