lindback...HUGE!!! quick glove,,,doesnt like to use stick to much, goes down early IMO
all the goalies looked good to me, and then all of a sudden they didnt. guess its tough when people are just rifling shots at you every 2-3 seconds.
ellis is a natural leader. always talking out there and explaining things to others..think he is going to be something. still seems to handle himself well despite the size. great hockey sense, good shot, still finding the net from the point.
josi had good hands and skating ability..thought he looked bad on 2 on 1's though. backed into goalie to far and let the pass get across. (glengineer disagrees with my though. must have been looking at different times)
didnt notice watson that much. big/skinny/takes up a lot of room/ but didnt notice anything great. seems alittle lost right now. to be expected i guess.
klasen has some unbelievable hands..but looked a little out of control with his moves sometimes. not always smooth...but still great hands. and a great shot as well. good speed, but i must say..i didnt see him pass the puck too much
i really liked rask. on the small side, but didnt shy away from anything. drove to the net, fought hard for the puck, great hands as well, and nice speed too. just fun to watch. really like him. cant say it enough apparently.
like token grinder said. roussel couldnt make a little 5 foot set up pass to ellis at all. 4-5 different times, ellis had to pick it out of his own skates, till finely he looked up to the sky. little rediculous.
geoffrion made a couple great passes, and had a nice shot. when they were doing the skating drills, i notice he was a lot better skater turning left than right. he almost fell quite a few times on that drill when turning right.
its tough to keep track of everyone out there..but it was fun to see em out there anyway.
oh yeah...gelinas could still be playing. he looked good out there. wish he was involved with the team more than prospects (asst. maybe)
and ward was helping out as well duting the drills. nice to see him doing everything he can to be invloved, helping the team. love me some joel ward! he also looked skinnier to me.
just my observations..take it for what its worth. not much.
Blum didn't really do anything to distinguish himself from what I could tell. Wonder if he is going to be making a big push at training camp.
It was really great to see Gelinas out there. He was the consumate pro when he was here as a player. Played hard every shift even though he was on the fourth line. I hope he is passing on his work ethic and character to our prospects.
Was very glad to see a power skating coach working with the guys. It is definitely something that needs to be worked on even with some of our guys on the Preds. Franson in particular. They also did a drill where they played in close to the net and around the boards. It was hard to see with the players blocking the view but it was good to see them work on puck control in the corners.
Watson is a big boy and I am looking forward to him filling out and wearing our laundry in a few years.
There has been one guy i have especially been impressed with so far at camp. Blum looks like he has gotten bigger and has looked really good out there. His shot has got harder and his play is even better than before. Also he had a nice goal in the mini game at camp.
SLake...I hope for (was expecting!) more of a report from you! So, spill . . .
Had to leave early today and spent most of my time talking with several of the posters from the board. Also saw, but didn't get a chance to talk to Spank303 and Sabretooth among others. Good to see everyone back at the rink! Will be there tomorrow for the full session and also planning on heading downtown for the SOFU in the evening as well.
Hope to build a better opinion on players starting tomorrow. Mainly only got to see individual drills today and a few SAG's.
Couple initial impressions:
- Ellis has a lethal release on his wrister. Great attitude. Making the scouts look good.
- Blum did not impress me today in a very limited viewing. Missed several passes. Caught him holding twice when failing to move his feet and losing position during drills.
- Beck can sure shoot the puck. Like Ellis...lethal wrister.
- Klasen and Rask were bigger than I expected. Went in looking for Sully sized players, but was pleasantly surprised. Linus showed off some great hands and the ability to create offense with the puck on his stick. Joonas showed good skill as well, but thing that really impressed me was the second they went to SAG's he was really using his low center of gravity and strong legs to separate people from the puck. Very feisty. Very difficult to play against. Look forward to seeing both of them more this week.
- Seemed to me that every time I looked up to see who just scored on a nice shot...it was Cehlin. He really reminded me of Erat today. Another to keep an eye on.
- Don't know if it's a coincidence or it's something worked heavily at Notre Dame, bit from watching the skating drills...it was evident that both Ben Ryan and Ryan Thang have a lot of experience doing edge work drills. Ryan appeared to me to be a lot faster than I remember, but just needs to bulk up and bear down. Thang impressed me a couple times with his shot and definitely is a guy that excels more with his grit and work ethic than based on straight skill.
- Elsner got my attention a couple times. Very raw talent. I think the youngest player in camp.
- Budish is skating a lot better this year, but still shows a lot of rough edges to his game. At least two years from turning pro at this point.
I'm sure I'm missing a lot, but that's all for tonight. Need to get some sleep to rest up for a long day ahead tomorrow...
MIA today were Halischuk, Spaling, Aronson, and Bitetto. Joel Ward was on the ice working with Martin Gelinas and Lane Lambert during the first session. Ward exludes his love and appreciation for being a professional athlete and honestly...Gelinas could still crack the roster if he wanted to...
At the end of the session, Gelinas and Ryan were playing a game of keep away and while Ryan is younger and quicker, Gelinas was schooling him with body positioning and stick handling. Mind you, it was playful fun but they were both smiling the entire time. I think Gelinas likes the role of mentor to these young kids and it shows. Just a fun thing to watch at the end of a long practice.
Pretty much what SLake, Grinder and Kivareijo have said is spot on.
Josi looks smooth as heck out there. Just has a confidence about him that stands out on the ice. Wasn't prefect by any means but he has the appearance of knowing what to do, where to be and doing it very calmly. He and Ellis I think could make a really strong push at camp this year. For all those that doubt Ellis and his size, he may be on the shorter size but if he is able to put on 10-15 pounds, he'll be very much like Bouillon except with exceptional talent. He's got great hands and very quick feet and agility.