Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2006, Day 1
September 15, 2006
Group A Practice
Combinations most often used were:
Fleury and Saboruin are the goalies in this group. Ronald Petrovicky did not practice. Dennis Bonvie rotated through on drills. The drills used were all the same from rookie camp. Some breakaways to get everyone loosened up, some 1 on 1s, 2 on 1s, etc., then some defensive coverage drills down low.
After the 45 minute session was done, everyone went back to the room while the ice was resurfaced for the scrimmage.
Today's scrimmage was played in two halves. The White team used the same combinations as in practice. Petrovicky was not present and Bonvie, Skolney, and Bissonette did not participate. Fleury played the first half, Sabourin got the second.
The Black team used these combos:
Thibault played the first half and Penner played the second. Ehelechner, Morrison, Cairns, and Sersen did not play.
The Black team won 5-3, out shooting White 26-19. The black team got 2 goals from Malkin, one on a penalty shot where he roofed a shot over Fleury from in close and one at even strength where he caught Sabourin off the post a little. It was one of those Lemieux/bad-angle shots that leaves everyone wondering, "How did that go in?" They also got penalty shot goals from James and Recchi. Andre Roy also blasted a slapshot shortside past Fleury.
The White team got all of their goals on penalty shots, 1 each from Crosby, Ekman, and LeClair. Ekman had the best move when he pivoted backwards as he got to the top of the crease, dragged the puck by Penner, then roofed it. There was some question about whether he actually stopped moving forward (which you cannot do on a penalty shot), but it counted and it was a sweet move.
The White team, particularly Crosby's line were getting chances, but they couldn't quite finish them off. Ekman did not look out of place with Crosby and Armstrong at all. They might tend to over-pass the puck a little, but it's practice and that happens. Crosby drew 3 penalties. Armstrong and Ekman drew one each.
Malkin's line looked pretty good too. He and Malone worked off of each other pretty well along the boards.
Every time Crosby's line went out, they matched up against Talbot's. Every time Malkin's line went out, they went up against Moore's.
Once the game was over, the other group practiced with the same drills as the first group. Ehelechner, Sersen and Morrison did come out for the practice, but Cairns did not. Recchi was not out for the practice either.
Some random notes:
Brooks Orpik appears to be growing a mullet. Talbot did too, but he might just have long hair period.
Kris Letang did not have good scrimmage. His passing was a little off and he made a few bad reads. It looked like he was playing very tentatively.
Michel Ouellet looked a step or two faster than what I remember. He actually caught Crosby on a backcheck once. I'll be interested to see if he continues to look as quick as he did today.
Ryan Malone was another player that looked a step quicker. Maybe he's just jazzed about playing with Malkin, who knows? He also showed some leadership at times. Nothing big, just small things like going first in drills, leading stretching, and talking to everyone and giving them a tap on the pads at the end of practice.
When the players came out for the second half, Andre Roy had a "C" on the front of his jersey made of white hockey tape. He was stripped of his captaincy before he took his first shift.
Matt Carkner was not very good. He committed three penalties (hooking and 2 interference calls) and was getting beat often.
Goalie Stats from the Scrimmage:
Fleury: 8 saves on 9 shots; stopped 1/3 penalty shots.
Thibault: 11 saves on 11 shots, stopped 4/4 penalty shots
Sabourin: 16 saves on 17 shots, stopped 1/2 penalty shots
Penner: 8 saves on 8 shots, stopped 2/5 penalty shots
During Group B's practice, they were doing 1 on 1 drills and Sergei Gonchar threw hip checks 2 or 3 times. He got Jordan Staal pretty good.
Based on the lines today, it would seem that the following projects to be the opening roster:
At least for now anyhow. Those projections are based solely on who skated with who today. I did not take into consideration how anyone played, or whether Therrien will play 7 d-men, or who would be the regular scratches.
Besides, it's real early.
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