Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2003, Sept. 18
September 18, 2003
Practices were moved back to a 10am start from 8am. Fortunately, I live 12 minutes from the rink, so it isn't that big a deal for me aside from the fact I could have slept in.
The forwards from the first session were:
Lemieux and Straka were in this group and either Meloche or Mullen filled in on drills. It was Straka playing center today and Lemieux was on the wing the entire practice.
The defensemen in this group were the same as yesterday (Bissonnette, Berehowsky, Orpik, Scuderi, Rouleau, and Buckley) but the pairings switched around throughout practice.
Goalies were Caron, Fleury, and Boucher.
The second session forwards were:
The goalies were Aubin, Brochu and Chiodo.
Steve McKenna has a new favorite target: Drake Berehowsky. The two were going back and forth with each other yesterday and McKenna was whooping it up pretty loud and smiling when Berehowsky lost and edge and went down in one of the drills.
During the 2-on-1 drills, both Brooks Orpik and Paul Bissonnette were pretty solid. I did not see a pass made across on either one and they also did a good job of not giving the puck carrier a direct lane to the goalie. Later in practice, Orpik made several good outlet passes to the forwards.
The plays went through a new 5-on-5 drill where all five defensive players except for the center have to defend while holding their sticks upside-down. The coaches would let the players go for a while, then blow the whistle. All 5 defensive players would get their sticks the right way and carry the puck to the other end of the rink, where 5 new defensive players were already set up and waiting.
As the zamboni was coming on at the end of the first session, everyone began to sweep all of the pucks into the net. Well, almost everyone. Marc-Andre Fleury was in net and despite the fact there were probably 5 or 6 different players shooting puck at the net, he stayed in and tried to keep as many out as he could, throwing his body every which way.
With 3 goalies in each group, Lorne Molleken had plenty of time to work individually with each one again.
Towards the end of the second practice, Ramzi Abid dumped Erik Christensen. He also must have broken Christensen's stick a little because when Christensen gave him a small slash to let him know he didn't appreciate being dumped, the stick broke completely in half. It didn't look like that much of a shot and Abid barely reacted. Christensen is a very good skater and a tremendous stickhandler.
The only other time I noticed Abid today was when Edzo caught him cutting his laps short. He made sure Abid went behind the nets the next time around. Maybe the groin is still bothering him.
In watching Shane Endicott a little, I noticed that he can really rip the puck and is accurate with it more often than not. The only shot I didn't see him take was a backhand, but the wristshot, snapshot, slapshot, one-timer... he has them all.
I also tried to focus on Ross Lupaschuk's defensive game today. At least in practices, it looks to be greatly improved. He'll not be confused with Scott Stevens anytime soon, but he is using his size better and was pretty good at riding people into the boards when possible and holding guys off from the front of the net.
It will be interesting to see how many of these guys can carry over what they've done in practice this week to the preseason games.
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