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Development Camp 2012 July 6th-10th
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07-07-2012, 12:15 AM
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Pasadena, ca
JULY 6th development camp write-up
(didn't take notes this is all off memory so some facts may be off)
--8am forwards take the ice and skate a few laps
--nelson emerson ran the forwards drill
--stick handling drills to follow... 4 lined up straight across and stick handling down to the other end of the ice.. forehand then backhand... all with their heads looking up the whole time.
--50 / 50 drills involving both forwards chasing a puck in the face off dot and controlling the puck within the circle
--9:40 defenseman and goalies take the ice... D men work on one side of the ice(with some random goalie) while the 2 goalies work on the other end with some random shooters in yellow kings jerseys.
--started with just some backwards skating and passing
--followed by some in tight defending drills mostly body positioning and stick checking
--a fun drill followed where one defender standing in front of the goalie is looking at about 6 shooters in front of him w/ the puck and one behind the net... a coach would call out which shooter to attack the net, and each would take their turn on the ONE d-man.
(took a nap on the beach / went to the lobster food truck for a lobster roll / went to starbucks to people watch and internet nerd-out)
--3:15 teams come out in black and white jerseys:
--same stick handling drills for the forwards followed by break outs and one-on-ones on each goalie
--cones(tires) were set out and then everyone had their turn skating around them as fast as they could and going in on the goalie for shots.
--followed by 4 on 4 scrimmages. Full scrimmages were played 4 on 4, no ref, and the coach would blow the whistle for wholesale line changes, and the play kept going.. the puck was live wherever it was when the whistle was blown. no body checks.. and since it was 4 on 4 there was a lot forwards playing d (covering up) and defenseman activating down low. Definitely a fun drill to watch since it situational game situations MINUS the hitting... i believe d-men were instructed not to be aggessive on the body quite yet..
PLAYERS I ALREADY LIKE BASED ON PREVIOUS DEV CAMPS:
: Still slick as can be / has really good escapeability on break outs / I feel like he's really simplified his game, instead of trying to be flashy all the time, i felt like he was a little more reserved but in a smart way. Love this player still and liked what i saw today. Definitely maturing.
: new number 53 looked the same as always, quick / good shot / good accellaration
: i liked him his 1st stint in camp but thought camp #2 for him was weak. however, he played more like he did in camp 1. He made a gorgeous pick pocket behind the net and centered it to Dowd for a goal during the 4 on 4's. He was used as the example in one of the stick handling drills.
: Guy keeps improving and seems more confident. Tough to tell about work in the corners/toughness/gritty kind of play overall since it seemed to be a minimal contact kind of day across the board. see czarnik
: yes i believe he did grow, he's quick and has good hands...young kid with a huge frame who seems to be comfortable already w/ his size... doesn't seem awkward out there at all.
: remember how i said there wasn't much contact? don't think andy got that memo. He threw a couple of checks and scored i believe 3 times on the break out/ one-on-one drills with the goalie. Who doesn't love a feisty player with a scoring touch!
: he's a pretty good darned hockey player, just an all around guy with no weaknesses that i saw. He created some plays, finished some plays, broke up some plays, and just looked SOLID with a capital "S". loved what i saw from him
: never noticed him at all in previous camps but he was very noticeable today, lots of creativity when he was the puck carrier into the zone, did a couple of things to freeze his opponent.
: strong on the puck and seems to be a very smart player.
: surprised about some offensive flair that i saw, also made a few great anticipation break up plays as the team is attempting to break. He stepped up and caused a couple of nice turnovers that led to chances. He's got good size and doesn't seem to have any weaknesses thus far.
THE GUYS YOU WANNA HEAR ABOUT
: He's coming along really well! Didn't care for this pick when it happened but after not seeing him after a couple of years you can really see how far he's come along.. Really calm, poised, and reacted properly it seems. Size is there, Strength looks like is there, and not a slouch on the offensive side. Think Aaron Miller with a better offensive skill set.
: a bit undersized and was barely noticeable except for the good skating. Made one slick play on the 4 on 4 drill, but other than that during the drills i thought he was a forward... I guess that means the offense is there. Tough to judge D today sinice it was very Skating / Puck Handling / Positioning kinda day.
: not at the forward drills but was there for the full group session. Not afraid to go to the middle and take a hit. Didn't dazzle by any means but he kept up nicely with everyone.
: way flashy and noticeable in the forward drills but was hardly seen during the 4 on 4. Skating/Speed wise this guy is as advertized
: New long flowy curly locks. He looked good.. not great.. not bad.. not standouty...but he was good and solid.
Ok i am starting to have ADD and i need to get some rest... it's been a long day.
feel free to cut and paste this for LETSGOKINGS since i'm banned from posting on their site. It appears that they are quite hungry for camp updates.
I posted an ORIGINAL KINGS SONG that i wrote/performed for the kings playoff run and they deemed it as "spam"... *shakes head*
here's my "controversial" video:
won't be there tomorrow but i'll be there sunday / monday / tuesday.
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