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And some thoughts:
- Goaltenders Malcolm Subban and Zane McIntyre participated in an early-morning workout with goaltending coach Bob Essensa, according to assistant coach Jay Pandolfo, before completing the teams annual fitness testing. However, neither was present for either of today's afternoon on-ice sessions; Daniel Vladar and Stephen Dhillon, the team's lone non-roster invitee, were tasked with today's workload.
- Subban, who hasn't played since suffering a throat injury last winter, is in camp to get on-ice reps, according to Pandolfo. Subban, himself, told reporters he resumed hockey workouts 8 weeks post-surgery, continuing to work his way back into game shape throughout the summer. The top goaltending prospect also indicated that his injury came at a rather inconvenient time, as he was unable speak, thus rendering his attempts to convince his parents to let him purchase a car ineffective.
- 2016 draft choice Ryan Lindgren was absent from class today, but had an excused note from the principal's office and will take part in tomorrow's session. Pandolfo, the de facto principal, told reporters Lindgren had a class commitment back home that he couldn't get out of and that he would be arriving tonight. The second round choice is committed to play for the University of Minnesota this winter. Ayyy love ma Golden Gopher.
- At 6-feet-2-inches Sean Kuraly is certainly a big boy, and on Tuesday afternoon the Miami University product lumbered his way to the front of the net seemingly uncontested. Coupled with his quick release and an almost herculean strength on the puck, Kuraly proved to be the teams most dynamic forward on day one, at least in my mind.
- Boston College senior Ryan Fitzgerald, recent University of Denver graduate Danton Heinen and the infamous Trent Frederic, had strong opening days as well. Especially Frederic, who despite his billing as a future grinder, displayed a level of skill tantamount to his more highly regarded peers.
- Emil Johansson, a 2014 seventh round draft choice, had a strong day. Scheduled to play for Swedish club Djurgardens IF this winter, don't be surprised if Swedish defensemen makes his way across the pond at the conclusion of the SHL season -- to Providence, that is.
- Matt Grzelcyk and Wiley Sherman both had solid days. Sherman, entering his junior year at Harvard, is surprisingly mobile for a d-man of his enormous 6'6" stature. The largest member of Crimson hockey could be a dark horse heading into training camp, as his large frame and ability to think the game at a high level could force the collegian to turn pro earlier than expected.
- Grzelcyk, who is as short as Sherman is tall, is the most polished among the defenseman at camp. The former BU Terriers captain will push for a spot in training camp; his style of play, similar to that of Torey Krug, could make him a formidable option alongside Adam McQuaid or Kevan Miller on the teams bottom pairing.
- 2015 first round pick Jakub Zboril has been much maligned after a decrease in offensive production last year for Saint John in the QMJHL, but Pandolfo doesn't want anyone to panic just yet. Pandolfo said, of Zboril, "Last year he was put into more of a shutdown role. He played with a kid, Chabot, who got more of the offensive opportunities." So breathe easy, he's not a bust -- for now.
- Assistant general managers John Ferguson Jr. and Scott Bradley spoke for a large portion of today's session, with the main topic being jackets. Specifically, JFJ inquiring about where Bradley bought "the one [he] wore that time last year that [JFJ] liked." Riveting stuff.
- Everyone passed the fitness test!