Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2003, Sept. 14
September 14, 2003
This first report is going to be a little scatttered, as I spent a lot of the time just folowing the drills and play, trying to get an idea of who was who. If someone did someting to stand out (either good or bad), I'll mention it, but I didn't really key in on anyone in particular.
Lorne Molleken worked one-on-one extensively with each golie during the practices. Whenever there was a drill that only used half of the ice, Molleken would pull on of the goalies aside to the other end and work with them one-on-one. I saw more goalie instrcution today than I have in all the past time I've spent in camp combined.
Marc-Andre Fleury was looked like he was fighting the puck for most of the day. I am chalking most of it up to him still getting used to his new equipment and adjusting to the level of play.
On the other hand, Andy Chiodo looked pretty solid. The few rebounds he was giving up were always directed away from the slot. He may not be as talented as Fleury, but he does have more experience right now, and appears to be a pretty good competitor.
Ryan Malone caught my eye a couple of times as well. At 6'4", 215, he has a pretty good combination of skill and muscle. He's a decent skater as well. Defintiely worth keeping an eye on.
Brooks Orpik was playing the grating physical style I am using to seeing from him. I know when he was drafted, the comparisons were to Rob Blake, but right now a better comparison would be to Blake's teammate Adam Foote. Orpik is very good at picking up his man and sticking with him. Once initial contact is made, he does a good job of keeping track of his man, and is usually raking them with his stick or giving out little shots to their back.
I attempted to get the line combinations used, but all the teams were moving them around quite a bit. Same for the defensive pairings.
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