Training Camp: Day 1

 
 
Camp Bylsma kicked off this morning. We were there for the practice and scrimmage. We took some notes on the practice groups and the scrimmage between Group A and B.
 
 
 
The team is broken into three groups. The first group to practice was Group A.

Group A

Forwards
11 Jordan Staal
14 Chris Kunitz
18 James Neal
28 Nick Johnson

33 Steve MacIntyre 
42 Keven Veilleux
46 Joe Vitale
62 Ben Street
64 Tom Kuhnhackl
69 Bryan Lerg

Defensemen
37 Brian Strait
44 Brooks Orpik
55 Philip Samuelsson
58 Kris Letang
59 Carl Sneep
70 Joseph Morrow

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Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
33 Scott Munro

 
 
Group A practice notes
 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngJames Neal was sniping everything in drills. Very impressive.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngNick Johnson looked really good, as well. Some good speed.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngKeven Veilleux really worked on his speed. Noticeable difference in his skating from last year's camp.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngWeird to see a 55 out there. Phillip Samuelsson was sporting it. 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngRookie Joe Morrow looked pretty poised. 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngSteve MacIntyre is terrible. But it is first day on the job. Gotta cut him some slack.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngJordan Staal looked like he had two left skates on.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngJoe Vitale displayed his quickness and tenacity that the coaches know he can bring. Darkhorse city.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngBen Street beat Fleury with his patented wrister a few times in drills.
 
 
Group B

Forwards
12 Richard Park
19 Jason Williams
25 Eric Tangradi
26 Steve Sullivan
48 Tyler Kennedy
56 Paul Thompson
57 Brian Gibbons
71 Evgeni Malkin
76 Dominik Uher

Defensemen
4 Zbynek Michalek
7 Paul Martin
47 Simon Despres
52 Alex Grant
53 Joey Mormina
67 Geoff Walker

Goaltenders
1 Brent Johnson
61 Patrick Killeen

 
 
GROUP B practice notes
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngMalkin cittttty
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngSome really interesting players in this group. Park, Williams, and Tangradi all playing for jobs.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngTangradi didn't have his best practice. Drills were sloppy for everyone. Be interested to see how he is doing in like two weeks.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngJ. Williams was hit or miss. Showed flashes of brilliance with his wrist shot but was mishandling the puck at times, too.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngPaul Thompson could be a guy to watch at W-B/S this year. Great size and hands.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngJoey Mormina was easily the worst defenseman and/or man on the ice today. That includes Gilles Meloche.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngBrian Gibbons is about 5'5" and could be described as a poor man's Chris Conner. Jesus.
 
 
Group C

Forwards
9 Pascal Dupuis
10 Mark Letestu
15 Dustin Jeffrey
23 Ryan Craig
24 Matt Cooke
27 Craig Adams
38 Colin McDonald
45 Arron Asham
51 Zach Sill
87 Sidney Crosby 

Defensemen
2 Matt Niskanen
5 Deryk Engelland

6 Ben Lovejoy
54 Alexandre Picard
74 Brandon DeFazio
78 Scott Harrington

Goaltender
39 Brad Thiessen

 
 
GROUP C practice notes
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngOf course the biggest ovation went to Crosby when he came out. It was good to see.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngCrosby scored on his first four practice shots. A little bit later, he picked Brad Thiessen five straight times via the five hole.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngJeffrey skated well, looked like he has recovered well.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngAsham, who was booed last year, got a nice ovation this year.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngIt is no coincidence that Picard, Riskanen, Engelland, and Lovejoy are all in the same group. Four guys for two spots.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngLetestu looked pretty refreshed, picking a few of his signature five-hole spots.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngMatt Cooke didn't kill anyone. Yet.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.png2nd round pick from this year, Scott Harrington is going to be a beast. Two-way city.
 
 
 
 
SCRIMMAGE NOTES – Group A vs. Group B.
 
 
Starting lines.
Group A: Kunitz-Staal-Neal
Group B: Sullivan-Malkin-Kennedy
 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngSullivan-Malkin-Kennedy had immediate chemistry. They scored the first two goals of the game. Kennedy with two snipe jobs.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngAt one point, Malkin dangled around Jordan Staal, making him look like a 3-year-old toddler at the park.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngThe scrimmage was extremely physical. Something we didn't expect. Big Mac destroyed Alex Grant on the boards. Kunitz started getting chippy.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngWhen you look at Paul Martin and his stats last season, it is easy to think to yourself, "he is overpaid." But when you watch him move the puck, you  realize he isn't overpaid at all. Moves the puck effortlessly. Michalek is going to be even better than he was last year.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngOnly highlight for the black team was Neal sniping a goal.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngMalkin scored on a penalty shot.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngRichard Park was everywhere. He hit the post once then he buried one a little later. Lots of NHL depth this year.
 
 
MISC
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngNo idea what Gilles Meloche does.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngHearing Ryan Mill scream into the mic is still tough. In 20 years, 75% of Pens fans will be deaf.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngChicken fingers looked decent.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngTim Horton's coffee was delicious.
 
 
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