Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2007, Mellon Arena Session 2
September 20, 2007
The groups were divided the same as yesterday, but with an extra forward, as Petr Sykora was there. I was not sitting that close, but he looked fine. He and Hall trade shifts with the top line.
Mark Eaton left the ice briefly, but quickly returned.
When the doors opened, the group was already on the ice and in the middle of special teams practice. Here's who was practicing what:
Penalty Kill Forwards:
Penalty Kill Defense:
Brooks Orpik's passing is better, at least today. When he isn't pressured, he's fine. When he is, he's prone to mistakes, but even so, today he made more good passes than bad in that situation. They did a bunch of full ice 1 on 1 drills where the defenseman has to skate backwards until at least center ice. Orpik pretty much shut the door on everyone. Mike Weaver, despite his small size, was very effective too, using his skating to keep between the forward and his net.
Sidney Crosby was the 1st forward in that drill and he embarrassed Ryan Whitney before beating Fleury as well. You could hear Whitney's frustrated yell all through the arena.
Later on in the drills, Crosby showed another side of what makes him so great. He had just completed a run through one of the drills and was skating back up the wall to get back in line. An excited little boy was on the glass, waving at him and Crosby punched the glass right where the kid was slapping it. That's just a little thing that probably went unnoticed by a lot of people, but that kid will by sky high for the rest of the day because Crosby took 1 second to interact with him.
Gary Roberts got the biggest applause for the goal he scored in this drill, though the other team wasn't convinced it should have counted. Once he got to the blueline Roberts cut to the middle. He flipped the puck into the air and began to spin one way, the gloved it out of the air and spun back the other way, losing the defender, and then scored. He probably would have been called for closing his hand on the puck in a real game, but it was still fun to watch.
Erik Christensen made a real nice move where he dropped the puck into his skates, then kicked it back to his stick, but Dany Sabourin was able to stop him.
Georges Laraque was the only skated not involved with either thing, though at the end of the session, he was giving Joe Rullier (who had come out of the other dressing room) some pointers on fighting. Ryan Malone watched the whole thing, and at times was joined by Evgeni Malkin, Jordan Staal, and Crosby.
Besa Tsintsadze, who was also at yesterday's practices, really worked the guys hard today. The kids in the second group looked really gassed. Give credit to Marc Andre Fleury. He came out to be the second goal during the B practice, and he went through Besa's drills both times, no easy feat, especially with all that goalie gear on.
During the second session, I just watched Tyler Kennedy. I'm not sure if he was just having an off day, or if I was, but he looked average. His top speed is good, but his first couple of steps were just okay. He had no problems going into the high traffic areas, but seemed to be fighting the puck while there. Passing was pretty good. He also did a pretty decent job of picking up passes that were a little off the mark. His wrist shot is very good. He moves it around and rarely hits the goalie square in the chest.
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