Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2008, Session 1
September 17, 2008
Brown played the first period, Fleury was in for the 2nd and 3rd.
Boogaard, Caputi, D'Aversa, Haddad, and Pierro-Zabotel did not scrimmage, though all did participate in drills.
Curry played the first period, Sabourin was in for the 2nd and 3rd.
Johnson, Kemp, Letestu, and Veilleux did not scrimmage. As with the other "scratches", they all did participate in drills.
Curry (W), Brown (B) in net...
Black Goal (Black led 1-0) Staal (Sykora, Malkin) - Staal was forechecking Goligoski pretty hard, but Goligoski did a good job to get to the puck and seemingly skate his way out of trouble. He flubbed a pass (the puck might have jumped on him, not sure) and turned it over. A Malkin pass, Sykora shot, and Staal follow up ensued, and the Black team drew first blood.
Connor James made a terrific pass to Bill Thomas, who found himself 4 feet in front of Curry with no one else near him. Thomas wasn't able to convert the chance, mishandling the pass and shooting wide. The Black team's lead remained at 1.
White Goal (Tied at 1) Satan (Stone, Goligoski) - Goligoski walked the blue lien to the middle and put a hard, low wrister on net. Stone deflected it. Brown got a piece, but Satan was right there to collect the rebound and roof it.
Sabourin (W), Fleury (B) in net...
Janne Pesonen showed a pretty decent burst of speed, slipping between Gill and Scuderi to get a loose puck and go in on a breakaway. He tried fivehole, but Sabourin shut him down to keep the game tied.
Matt Cooke threw a the biggest hit of the scrimmage sending Deryk Engelland (and himself) flying.
No goals were scored and the game remained tied at 1 after two periods.
Max Talbot got a breakaway chance, the second allowed by the Gill-Scuderi pair. He tried Fleury low, but was stopped fairly easily.
White Goal (White led 2-1) Satan (Crosby) - Get used to seeing that combination on the score sheet. Satan found a small, open spot on the ice and Crosby wired a pass right on the tape. No chance for Fleury on this one.
White Goal (White led 3-1) Talbot (Lovejoy, Fedotenko) - Lovejoy took the puck down the near wall and threw a shot towards the goal. Talbot got a piece of it on the way in, but it looked like it went of Gill's stick as well from where I was sitting.
Black Penalty Shot: Goligoski interfered with Bissonette. Bissonette went to the backhand, but missed high and wide.
While guys weren't crushing each other left and right, there was a lot of contact today, moreso than I remember in recent years.
Jonathan Filewich had a forgettable day scrimmage; he missed the net completely on two pretty good looks at relatively open nets.
I saw a couple members of the training staff wearing t-shirts with "Be a Winner" on the back. Not as good as last year's in my humble opinion.
Pretty big crowd; the whole Igloo section was filled up and people had started spilling over to the surrounding sections.
Practices were pretty much standard drills. A lot of skating, lots of 1 on 1s, 2 on 1s, then they mixed in some defensive zone coverage.
One drill of note was a half ice drill when 5 guys are defending. The drill starts with one opposing forward in the corner. The whistle blows to start the drill and that forward is working 1 on 5. He holds out as long as he can, and once the defenders inevitably recover the puck and clear the zone, another forward comes in with a puck and it's now 2 on 5. Once that's been cleared, a third attacker jumps in.
I make mention of this because at one point, Luca Caputi was the first attacker. He got worked over pretty well in that drill and the hip injury that kept him out of the prospect tournament didn't look to be bothering him at all.
Tyler Kennedy's motor was running just as high as it was during the playoffs. He was all over the place today. He didn't produce much offense, but you noticed him in a positive way every time he was out there.
Alex Grant was the lone player I noticed that did not scrimmage or practice today. Too bad. He's got a ways to go yet, but you don't see defensemen with hands like his very often.
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