I headed down to the Ice Haus as planned this morning to watch the last day of the CBJ’s development camp for prospects. In the first half, the players were divided into two groups and each group did a lot of half-ice shooting drills, one-on-one drills, breakout drills, etc. Then they resurfaced the ice, did about 20 minutes of three-on-three scrimmage, and finished off with a shootout contest, which was won by Stefan Legein. Hitch was on the ice for the first half, but in the second half, moved up into the stands and sat with Howson.
Before the pictures, some quick observations:
- Still no Brule.
- Brassard looks really good. He has real nice hands, good at passing and stickhandling. I don’t want him to be rushed into the NHL, but I do look forward to seeing him in a CBJ uniform.
- Russell worries me. He does look like he has some problems getting muscled off the puck by bigger forwards. Hopefully he gets paired up with a big steady partner when he does play in Columbus.
- Adam Pineault has a huge shot.
- Will Weber is a big kid, and he definitely needs to work on his skating in college. He did come second in the shootout contest.
- Tom Sestito looks promising, big forward, seems to have some skill with the puck.
- Stefan Legein really does look like a Tyler Wright clone. Small guy, hustles out there, always has a big grin on his face. Could see him becoming a fan favorite in a few years.
- Trent Vogelhuber is a definite project.
- Marc Methot looked pretty confident out there; the NHL experience really makes a difference.
- Just thinking about the usual conventions in hockey player nicknaming (first syllable of last name plus -er or -y), I wonder what Grant Clitsome’s teammates call him?
And now, some pics:
It was fun, but this is the last hockey until training camp opens in September!