Training Camp: Day 2

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Day 2 of Camp Bylsma concluded today. We have a better look at a lot of players now, so find out who stood out and who didn't:
 
 
Group B took the ice first today.
 
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

74 Brandon DeFazio
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.pngAbout to be first-year pro, forward Paul Thompson continues to impress. His snap shot is at an above average level, as he roofed Fleury early on.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngRichard Park had a nice second day as well, working really well in the corners. Bylsma slipped trying to defend him during one of the drills.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngAlex Grant can skate at a pretty high level, as he was able to maintain pace with Malkin/Kennedy while moving backwards.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngSimon Despres fell drying to defend Malkin. Despres should start looking for apartments in Wilkes-Barre yesterday.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngBrandon DeFazio layed a huge hit on Despres, knocking him to the ice.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngMalkin scored on every shot he took against ECHL All-Star goaltender Patrick Killeen.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngPaul Martin moves the puck so well. Makes it look easy, too.
 
 
Group C was out next.
 

Group C

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Forwards
9 Pascal Dupuis
10 Mark Letestu
23 Ryan Craig
24 Matt Cooke
27 Craig Adams
38 Colin McDonald
45 Arron Asham
51 Zach Sill
69 Bryan Lerg

Defensemen
2 Matt Niskanen
5 Deryk Engelland
54 Alexandre Picard
78 Scott Harrington

Goaltender
39 Brad Thiessen
33 Scott Munroe

 

 
GROUP C practice notes
 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngLetestu and Dupuis are starting to build some chemistry. Cooke played alongside those two. Possible third line.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngColin McDonald had some nice goals coming via his wrist shot. Guy led the AHL in goals last year with 42.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngBryan Lerg can stick-handle in a phone booth. With his small size and average strength, that's how he's going to have to get to the Show.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngEngelland hasn't changed, and that's a good thing. Was moving the puck like a boss and was crunching people in front of the net.

https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngMatt Niskanen is clueless out there. An embarrassment to hockey players everywhere.

 
 
SCRIMMAGE NOTES – Group B vs. Group C.
 
 
Starting lines.
Group B (White)
Sullivan-Malkin-Kennedy
Tangradi-Park-Williams
Thompson-Gibbons-Walker
 
Group C (Black)
Cooke-Letestu-Dupuis
Asham-Adams-Sill
Lerg-McDonald-Craig
 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngBrad Thiessen had a great showing. Stopped nearly everything, including robbing Malkin and co.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngKilleen allowed a bad rebound off a shot from DeFazio, and Zach Sill banged it in from the blue paint. 1-0 Black.
 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngA lot of defense, and not a lot of offense in this one. Neither squad's lines could even
get much of a cycle going, until a mintue left in the third, when White throws out a Tangradi-Malkin-Williams line.
 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngMalkin throws the puck to Williams in the corner, who saucers a pass to a cutting Tangradi in the slot.
The Big Dog buries it five-hole, tying the game with 30 seconds left. 1-1.
 
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngThe game would go to a three-player shootout. Letestu scored for Black, as Steve Sullivan answers right back for White.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngMalkin misses the net for White.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngDupuis comes down and toasts Killeen with his Washington Capitals move. Dupuis jumps into the bench in celebration.
 
 
Group A

Forwards
11 Jordan Staal
14 Chris Kunitz
15 Dustin Jeffrey
18 James Neal
28 Nick Johnson
42 Keven Veilleux
46 Joe Vitale
62 Ben Street
64 Tom Kuhnhackl
87 Sidney Crosby

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

Goaltenders
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
33 Scott Munroe

 
 
GROUP A practice notes
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngKunitz, Neal and Crosby were the three best players out there. All three were embarrasing the goalies with shots upstairs.
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngStaal looked quicker than he did yesterday, but his puck skills are still questionable. Missing the net, whiffing on passes, etc.

 
 
MISC
https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-ZlIFpwZC8hQ/TmlCCqZ_0dI/AAAAAAABt2s/VSHBrFE4KsM/puck.pngRyan Mill still sucks.
 
 
 
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