· The players were split into two sessions today:
1st Group: Becker, Fitzgerald, Gabrielle, Heinen, Koppanen, Kuraly are the forwards. Carlo, Grzelcyk, Lauzon, & McAvoy on defense. McIntyre & Vladar in goal.
2nd Group: Bjork, DeBrusk, Donato, Frederic, Hughes, Steen the forwards. Clarke, Johansson, Lindgren, Sherman, Zboril on Defense. Dhillon & Subban in net.
· Brandon Carlo led the stretch after the first session. No one led after the second.
· Ryan Lindgren is a fast skater, but his footwork is less than graceful. He seemed to have some trouble staying on his skates when puck handling around barriers.
· Oskar Steen may be the shortest player on the camp roster, but he’s bigger than he seems. Though he's only 5'9", 188 lbs, the 18 year old Swedish forward is strong enough to hold his ground against bigger players, and he's quick enough to slip right past them. Steen was drafted 165th overall this year.
· Malcolm Subban says he is feeling great after recovering from a fractured larynx. He is looking fantastic as well, making countless impressive saves in a shootout drill. "I'm just trying to make the best of the opportunity," he said today "that's my only goal."
· Stephen Dhillon is also looking pretty sharp. Though he seemed to be in pain after stopping a particularly vicious shot, he did not leave the ice.
· Emil Johansson has a great shot, but needs to work on controlling the puck better.
· Ryan Donato is one of the more impressive prospects when it comes to puck control.
· Jakub Zboril says that even though it's his second year at development camp, it hasn't gotten any easier. "I'm just happy to be here." Zboril , a 2015 1st round pick, was signed to a 3 year, two-way, entry level contract during last year’s camp.
· Cameron Clarke was overheard saying that he puts his skates on one foot at a time. That’s a good stat to know.
Special thanks to Ashley McGeachie for taking notes for me while I took photos! Multitasking is hard.