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06-01-2013, 03:00 PM
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Well the final day of Windsor"s 2 day rookie mini camp is in the books,with Team Red winning
this one 5-4 in a shootout,with Josh Hosang notching the only goal by either squad to get the game winner
Now some thoughts on today"s action and some thinking ahead as well

After both teams went after each other yesterday there far less violent collisions,I think alot of players felt tired and banged up,sure there some nice hits but nearly as frequent
we saw more creative plays on both sides
Starting with goaltending all 3 goalies from the 2 squads played very well,16 year old Brendan Johnston had a great camp very solid today as well as yesterday seems to have
a bright future,the other not yet 16 year old the youngest player at the camp Eli Billing
was outstanding today,after a rough 1st half yesterday,he parlayed a strong 2nd half yesterday into a real solid showing this morning,showing quick reflexes/reaction despite being a small tender,the 3rd goalie 18 year old Battisti continued his fine play into today too,goaltending certainly was not a problem at this camp imo
From the defence side of things I was impressed with the play of Liam Muuray for team Blue as he played strong at both ends,Busby the 15th rd pick had a much better day this am as did many players,did not look out place,Graehame Brown was very steady on the back end for Team Blue,the other 2 men free agents Alberga and Zitmanis played steady
Re Team Red I was impressed with American born Adam Baughman,the big dman as I mentioned last nite started slowly but came on,well he played very well from the onset today,showing confidence with the puck and his 1st passes,no doubt most improved D guy for Team Red from yesterday,Burns continued to play well,as did Sanvido far more engaging,while Markovic and Kotsovos the pair of hitting machines from day 1 did not do
as much as that but played well otherwise
Markovic got involved in fisticuffs with American born forward from St Louis Vince Scognamilgio,brief but entertaining bout with the American youngster getting the decision,
I like Markovic"s spunk
Upfront numerous forwards from both teams upped their game,Team Red,saw Josh Ho Sang as the star of the day as he was dangerous all morning,big winger Ryan Foss had another strong performance today as he was a contuinous threat,Cole Nagy and Jared Leslie improved from yesterday and picked up multiple pts each,while the youngest skater
Michael Andlauer not 16 till late August put in a real strong day,scored a goal and did not look out of place,Ryan Moore displayed some of his skills and jam today and will be a treat to see,spit draft pick Belrussian born, living in Ontario,Antron Trublin was far more
noticeable today,showed good speed,fine skill and willingness to engage despite his small
stature,looked like a possible sleeper player if he continues to improve
For Team Blue forward Cameron Hughes was their best forward this morning,scored 2,setup 1,banged bodies,has a bomb of a shot,was real good yeaterday,even greater today,forwards Matt Kenney and Vince Scognamilgio both caught my eye especially Kenney,both picked up pts,worked hard, and played physical
Big American forward Daniel Miller played much better today,the 16 year scored once and was used at center a position he has not played in 3 yrs,but he looked more comfortable and put in a strong perf,especially on the PK
Its unfortunate that he is slated for shoulder surgery June 11 to repair a fracture in the shoulder just recently detected,he will miss between 6 weeks or 4 months depending on what the doctor finds,so we may not see him come fall
Robbie Demontis and Aaron Luchuk both played well but were not as noticeable as yesterday

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