Eric Majeski's (aka Netwolf) Camp Reports for LetsGoPens.com
2013 Development Camp, Day 3
July 18, 2013
The remainder of the week shakes out like this:
Friday, July 19th: 9:15-11:30am
Saturday, July 20th: 3-5pm Scrimmage (Free & Open to Public)
The format for today's activities was a bit different. Today, everyone was out at the same time. There was a half-hour of power skating instruction with Marianne Watkins, which destroyed the ice. After the zambonis freshened up the playing surface, everyone went through an informal warmup before scrimmaging 3-on-3.
When Watkins shows up, you best have your lungs and you best be ready to work. She doesn't take it easy on you. A couple times you could her laying into them a bit for not doing the drills quite right or slowing down through turns. One time I even heard her ask, "Am I speaking English?" They did tons of edge work, and a fair amount on stops and starts. Towards the end of the session, Jayson Megna, Adam Payerl, and Reid McNeill were timed from the goal line to center red. I would have guessed Megna would've won, but based on everyone's reactions, Payerl took it. Pretty impressive from the big man.
After the ravaged ice was restored, another pair of nets was brought out along with two series of pads that spanned each blueline. Nets were placed along the side boards in each end, and you had two 85' rinks ready for 3-on-3 games. The pads and extra nets were briefly pushed aside for the purposes of a regulation-sized warmup, then the alternate setup was restored and it was game on. 7:00, running time clock, whistles blew every so often and players have to change immediately. The short rink and fast pace led to a lot of action, and it was basically impossible to watch both rinks at the same time. Still fun though.
2013 6th round choice Blaine Byron excelled in the short rink again. He managed another breakaway, and while he didn't pull another Datsyuk move, he finished it off again, this time while being pulled down. Later on, he picked up a puck in his end, with Tom Kuhnhackl all over him. He spun off the check and took off up ice. Really good acceleration from Byron, but Kuhnhackl stuck with him for the most part. Byron did a good job protecting the puck and dangled his way to the net. A real impressive sequence from him all around. He also made one of the nicest backhanded passes I've seen this week.
Kuhnhackl had another solid day. He doesn't have any one thing that jumps out at you, though his shot is probably his best attribute. It seems to be pretty heavy. At the end of the practice, he spent a few minutes testing his shoulder again, this time with some help from Brian Dumoulin.
Adam Payerl looked like a man among boys, and given the size he has on most of the other guys here, it's not surprising. At one point Teddy Blueger inadvertently ran into him and immediately went down like he had run into a wall.
2012 3rd rounder Oscar Sundqvist was very noticeable, scoring 3 or 4 goals, including the OT winner. The other goals were top corner snipes, but on this one, he drove the net and tipped a shot upstairs, under the bar, on his backhand. Also, got into it physically quite a bit as the scrimmage went on. Had a pretty good battle with Dominik Uher.
Jean-Sebastien Dea put up huge goal numbers in the QMJHL last year, but he's more than just a shooter. He's really quick around the ice and he made some really good passes through tight spaces today.
Like Dea, Richard Nejezchcleb is not Pens' property, attending camp as an undrafted UFA. He flashed some skill in the scrimmage, scoring a couple goals and had some nice passes too. Decent size at 6'2", 213. Had 24 points in 35 games for Brandon in the WHL last year.
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