Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2002, Day 4
September 15, 2002
First off, I apologize to everyone for leaving early. I'm pretty irked by it. I promise I'll stay for the whole game tomorrow, even if it takes 5 or 6 periods! =)
Anyhow, I want to let everyone know I will not be tracking stats for the tournament games like in years' past. It requires a lot of attention, and sometimes I think it takes away from me watching how guys are playing. Plus, with Steigy broadcasting them live on the internet, you can get an idea of how the numbers are anyway.
I shot a lot of pictures from the practice session, but won't have time to go through them until later in the evening.
Group A - White
*All of the guys not participating in the tournament skated in this group (Lemieux, Morozov, Kovalev, Hrdina, Pushor and Bergevin.
*Melichar was rock solid again in the drills. During the 1on1s, I can't remember any forward even getting a shot on goal.
*David Chant's lateral movement was tested a couple of times, and he made the saves each time. He was also working on puck handling and looks to be inconsistent. I saw him whiff on a couple, but other times he looked pretty good.
*Kostopolous made a good play in the 2on2s to grab a puck out of the defenseman's skates to get in all alone on Chant. He roofed a forehand near side.
*Beech made several excellent passes and continues to show great vision on the ice.
*Konopka was working pretty hard. He's not that big, but he seems to have a knack for breaking open for a split second to make a play just as the puck gets to him.
Tournament Game: Black vs. Gold
*Again, keep in mind my observations are based on the first 3 periods. They sprung a surprise 4th on me.
*Joe Mullen ran Team Gold and Mike Yeo handled Black.
*Brooks Orpik did play, so whatever happened to him yesterday is fine now. He was a monster out there. He had at least 3 hits, 2 of which were absolutely huge. He lit up Eric Meloche and Matt Hussey pretty good. He was also constantly roughing people up in his own end and being a general pain in the butt. He also carried the puck in deep in the offensive zone and stickhandled his way right to the front of the net before trying a backhand flip, which was stopped by Aubin. I thought he played great.
*Wayne Primeau went off midway through the first period, but was back for the second. His speed is good and the knee seems to be fine. From what I remember, he also did well on draws (50-50 or so) and continued to work well with Niemenen.
*Rick Berry scored the first goal for Black, converting a rebound from a shot by Andrew Ference. The PA announcer called it as Vujtek's, which was odd considering Primeau's line was out. It was during a delayed penalty, so maybe Vujtek went on when they pulled Aubin.
*Aubin (Blk) and Tallas (Gld) started, then LaBrosse (Blk) and Hedberg (Gld) came in with 7:51 left in the second, when Berry scored.
*Meloche scored for Black off a nice pass from Kraft. I think it was on a 2 on 1. Vujtek sent them in with a nice pass of his own.
*Tallas and Aubin both looked pretty good. Tallas made at least three high-quality saves I can remember. Aubin was pretty solid, although he did make 1 bad mistake. He came out play the puck and shot it off the glass. An incoming forward blocked it and put a shot back towards the goal. Fortunately for Aubin, Andrew Ference was the to block the shot.
*Alex Zevakhin went off during the third, holding his shoulder. I didn't what happened, but he was down on the ice for a couple of minutes.
*Tomas Surovy inexplicably missed a bunch of great chances, including what should have been a slam dunk off of a loose puck on Aubin's doorstep in the first.
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