Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
Camp 2002, Day 2
September 13, 2002
It's great to be back at the rink again. Remember the tip I gave you guys in the preview article about dressing warm? Take it to heart, people. I have about a half hour drive home from the rink and am now just thawing out.The tip about keeping your eyes open was also pertinent. Walking around the stands and the lobby area were Paul Steigerwald, Mike Lange, Bob Errey, Steve McKenna, John Brophy, and even Herb Brooks.
The inline rink was completly dark for the most part, except for a few studio-type lights. I took a look inside and it looked like they might have been filming the the players faces, possibly for a new jumbotron intro or something. They had a couple of gold lights and a camera panning around someone's head (might have been Mario). I also saw someone wearing the new home whites in full gear, minus a helmet, but couldn't tell who it was. Someone was talking photos of him.
All three groups went through the same set of drills. First they did some warm up skating and stretching, followed by a couple of breakaway drills to get the legs going. Next was a two-on-none rush, followed by some one-on-ones. From there they moved on to some two-on twos and finished with some three-on-twos. It was all closed out with some laps and stretching.
Also, the roster numbers on the website apply to the scrimmages. All of the forwards did wear they same numbers as on the sheets, but they had all of the defensemen wearing red jerseys and a lot of them did not have the same numbers.
For the first day of skating, I thought it had a pretty good tempo to it. It was definitely more physical than any other first day I can remember. No one was trying to put anyone through the boards or really nail people, but there did seem to be an emphasis on trying to take your guy out of the play. Players were riding guys out into the boards and standing people up. A couple of times the players were going so hard that a forward got knocked into the net hard enough to knock it a foot off the moorings. If the players are at this level during the first day of drills, the tournament games should be that much more interesting.
Group A - White
*Tom Kostopolous roofed a shot over the shoulder of David Chant. The impressive part was the he was falling down after being stood up by a defender when he shot it.
*Dan Lacouture was pulling off some power moves to take the puck to the net around the defender. It looked similar to how Jaromir Jagr holds off a defender with 1 arm and kind of leaning into the defensemen as he cuts to the net.
*Sebastien Caron made several eyebrow-raising saves, flashing his glove hand out a couple of times. He did let a couple soft ones in too, but hey, it's the first day.
*Josef Melichar was not in this group today, but they did have 6 defensemen. Not sure who was filling in.
*I wasn't watching for combos in this group, but I remember Mario Lemieux skated with Aleksey Morozov and one of the coaches. Kris Beech skated with Alexandre Daigle and Michal Sivek.
Group B - Black
*Interesting that this team has most of the tough guys: Jacques Lariviere, Steve McKenna, Rick Berry, Frankie Leroux, and Jamie Pushor. I wonder if that was by design to keep the fighting down.
*Milan Kraft's wrist shoot looks pretty good. He was finding the corners.
*Eric Meloche is all hustle. He was flying all over the place and was pretty vocal too. I believe I saw a mullet creeping out from the back of his helmet though...
*Here were the combos for the 3-on-2s:
Group C - Gold
*Konstantin Koltsov is as fast as advertised. He was the fastest player I saw today.
*Remember the name Tomas Surovy. He scored 23 goals as a rookie in the AHL last year and he looks like he still remembers how to put the puck in the net.
*Shane Endicott was ripping the puck today. His skating looks a little better and he was going to the net pretty hard.
*Erik Christensen looks like a pretty skilled player. He's pretty fast too.
*I didn't see Brooks Orpik. Steigy said he was out there on Pensnet though.
*Here were the combos for the 3-on-2s:
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