I didn’t make it to day one, so we’ll skip right to the second day. Today was about as perfect a Saturday as can be in Columbus — all the heat and humidity is finally gone, in fact, a bit of a nip in the air. Bright blue sky with just some high clouds. Four hours watching training camp at the Ice Haus, then over to the ticket office to pick up a few game tix, then to the Blue Line to see what’s new (the old jerseys are marked down, $200 to $60 for an authentic, some personalized replicas for around $80. They also have Miami U hockey jerseys, which is a new thing. And of course, the new CBJ jerseys are in stock.). Head over to the library to check out the book sale (if you’re looking for a copy of Hockey for Dummies or Hockey for Everybody, they have both), pick up some groceries at the Brewery District Kroger’s, then home to watch the Bucks, who aren’t on the cursed Big Ten Network this week. Ahhh….
Some quick takes on camp, and then on to some photos.
- As reported, they’re experimenting with Nik Zherdev centering David Vyborny and Rick Nash. The trio looked decent this morning, although it’s obviously early yet and not game conditions. But it’s an interesting experiment nonetheless.
- Derrick Brassard impressed again, as he did in rookie camp. He has some serious hands and some serious wheels. Much as the Jackets are trying to get away from the “rushing young players” tag, this kid seems to be building a pretty strong case to stay in the NHL.
- Gilbert Brule, on the other hand, looked a little lethargic this morning.
- Steve Mason had a couple of sick saves. He’s a few years away, to be sure, but this guy could turn out to be a big steal of a draft pick.
- Tim’s already blogged about the quote of the day from Hitch. Nice.
- O-K Tollefsen and Shelley had a bit of a battle going. Shelley got his arm up on OKT, who then stood Jody up on a subsequent play.
- Jan Hejda and Rusty Klesla were paired up and looked not bad together. That’s a pairing that could stick in the regular season.
- Mike Peca was quiet out there, but looked to be in good shape and good health.
- Marc Methot is making a strong case for himself as an NHLer.
- Zherdev got clipped on the hand at one point and seemed to be having some pain in it later on. Hopefully that is nothing serious.
- Jakub Voracek looked not bad at all, playing with Brassard most of the time.
- Modin, Novotny and Foote were all MIA, although Foote apparently did skate in the beginning and then left.
- Fans are allowed to stand along the glass and watch now, which was verboten under Doug.
And now, some pictures: