Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2002, Day 3
September 14, 2002
The coaches used mostly the same drills today as yesterday: 1-on-1s, 2-on-1s, 3-on-2s, etc... The first two sessions weren't as physical as yesterday, but the Gold team really picked it up.
Group A - White
*Mario left midway through the session. He did not seem to be in any pain when he left.
*The forward combos for the 3-on-2s were Sivek, Beech, and Morozov; Ouellet, Daigle, and Murley; Lacouture-Manderville, and Donovan; and Morvan, Konopka, and Talbot.
*The defense pairings were Melichar-Rozsival, Laukkanen-Lupaschk, and Koci-Rouleau.
*The Manderville line could be a very effective grind line for the Pens. They seemed to read of each other fairly well and the speed on that line is scary. They would benefit from the crackdown on obstruction if the league follows through on it for a change. Lacouture, in particular, looks great.
*Daigle and Beech were the best of the group in the 1-on-1s. Both got to the net a lot.
*Murley put in a few shots off of the pipe and was hitting the corners often.
*Alex Rouleau and David Koci both got burned a lot today, both in the 1-on-1s and when they were paired up for the 2-on-2s and 3-on-2s.
*Melichar was great out defense in all the drills. The only time I saw him get beat was when Konopka spun off a check behind the net to make a pass out in front.
*Beech and Sivek were paired up in the 2-on-2s and look pretty familiar with each others game.
*David Chant is a very vocal goaltender. You could hear him yelling out to the defense all session.
Group B - Black
*Vujtek likes to pull the puck through his legs to his backhand and he approaches the defender. I must have seen it 3 or 4 times. He usually tries for the top near corner off the backhand after that move, but I don't recall seeing him bury one though.
*Primeau and Niemenen were paired up for the 2-on-2s and and seem like they read off each other well. They could be 2/3 off another checking/grinding line. Petersen skated with them during the 3-on-2s.
*Speaking of him, Petersen made a nice play in the 2-on-2s. He had the back behind the net with Hans Jonsson on his back. He quickly spun off that check, cut to the front, and roofed one short side over Aubin.
*For whatever reason, Christensen reminds me of Bob Errey. Christensen is pretty quick, and so far, he seems to be a fairly smart kid too,
Group C - Gold
*Brooks Orpik was out for this session, paired up with Ian Moran. These two were easily the most physical pair of the day; Orpik in particular. Today he played as advertised, with out any trace of the timidity he showed last year. I only saw him get beat clean once. The problem is, he appeared to hurt one of his legs. He pulled out of the drills and did some stretching, and left the ice. He didn't look too happy. I'm guessing it's some kind of muscle sprain or something.
*Mike Wilson started off as his old, horrible self. He got burned repeatedly. Then he came on a little and actually rode people off into the boards and used that big frame of his. Then he disappeared.
*Again, Tomas Surovy showed off the great hands he has. This kid can play. I can't wait to see how he does in the games.
*Andrew McPherson, a teammate of Murley's at RPI last year, is another guy with great wheels. He's also fairly tall at 6'4", but needs to put on some weight. He's listed at 185. He could develop into a pretty good grinder down the road.
*One of the 2-on2s pitted Shane Endicott and Alexei Kovalev against Orpik and Moran. The two defensemen were very impressive on this exchange. The coaches seemed to the let go a little longer than usual. Orpik did a very nice job on Kovalev and stuck with him pretty well. Moran had his hands full with the much taller Endicott, but held him off pretty well. Both forwards were going pretty hard and the defense answered the bell.
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