Group B took the ice first today.
About to be first-year pro, forward Paul Thompson continues to impress. His snap shot is at an above average level, as he roofed Fleury
Richard 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.
Alex Grant can skate at a pretty high level, as he was able to maintain pace with Malkin
/Kennedy while moving backwards.
fell drying to defend Malkin
should start looking for apartments in Wilkes-Barre yesterday.
Brandon DeFazio layed
a huge hit on Despres
, knocking him to the ice.
scored on every shot he took against ECHL
All-Star goaltender Patrick Killeen.
Paul Martin moves the puck so well. Makes it look easy, too.
Group C was out next.
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
2 Matt Niskanen
5 Deryk Engelland
54 Alexandre Picard
78 Scott Harrington
39 Brad Thiessen
33 Scott Munroe
GROUP C practice notes
are starting to build some chemistry. Cooke played alongside those two. Possible third line.
Colin McDonald had some nice goals coming via his wrist shot. Guy led the AHL
in goals last year with 42.
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.
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.
Matt Niskanen is clueless out there. An embarrassment to hockey players everywhere.
SCRIMMAGE NOTES – Group B vs. Group C.
Group B (White)
Group C (Black)
had a great showing. Stopped nearly everything, including robbing Malkin
Killeen allowed a bad rebound off a shot from DeFazio
, and Zach Sill banged it in from the blue paint. 1-0 Black.
A 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.
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.
The game would go to a three-player shootout. Letestu
scored for Black, as Steve Sullivan answers right back for White.
misses the net for White.
comes down and toasts Killeen with his Washington Capitals move. Dupuis
jumps into the bench in celebration.
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
37 Brian Strait
44 Brooks Orpik
55 Philip Samuelsson
58 Kris Letang
59 Carl Sneep
70 Joseph Morrow
29 Marc-Andre Fleury
33 Scott Munroe
GROUP A practice notes
Kunitz, Neal and Crosby were the three best players out there. All three were embarrasing the goalies with shots upstairs.
Staal looked quicker than he did yesterday, but his puck skills are still questionable. Missing the net, whiffing on passes, etc.
Ryan Mill still sucks.