And just like that, Rookie Camp 2011 is over.
Today featured me being lazy and not taking notes for 25 minutes because I just wanted to watch some hockey for a bit. I did manage to get a bunch of stuff down, especially towards the end as intensity picked up and defense started being played.
Follow the jump for today's notes.A bit different in terms of format for the day because I wasn't watching specific prospects very closely (I tried but had trouble focusing). I'm just going to name each player who I wrote down for some reason and what I said without much explanation. Brevity name of the game on the final day.
Gabriel Beaupre: Good size, moves better than expected, really mediocre skating backwards, doesn't transition cleanly at all, looks at feet when panic sets in.
Stefan Elliott: Keeps picking corners on poor goalies, picks another corner, again...., is going to score 15 goals in an NHL season someday soon, blows past Donnelly in 1-on-1 drill, looks very composed defensively against 2-on-1s, very smooth skating backwards.
Brad Malone: lovelovelove this kid, wasted no time getting physical in 1-on-1 drill, looking for contact immediately, picked a few corners and made Aitokallio look silly, worked with Mike Brennan for several minutes on deflections, tipping nearly every shot into the net or off the post (the shots were pretty soft, though)
Tyson Barrie: adjusts to puck well while moving at high speed, was better than Elliott in the 2-on-1s, did get outmatched pretty badly by Landeskog in the 1-on-1 drill, does those hockey junkie things in downtime fans love to see like playing with puck or working on stickhandling and dancing in between idle teammates for the lulz.
Troy Rutkowski: For all the bad he's put on display this week, he's made a couple of nice shots today. Showed some flashes on defense as he used his body effectively to stave off attacker
Dillon Donnelly: Doesn't appear to have any offensive acumen whatsoever (appropriate Twitter handle is appropriate), struggled badly when asked to skate backwards and keep puck carrier in front of him, burned very badly by Elliott in 1-on-1s (there's video up of this).
Mike Brennan: Continues impressive display of picking corners with wicked wrister, goes to ice very quickly and nearly everytime in 2-on-1s, a poor man's Brett Clark, worked on one-timers with Malone towards end of practice, doesn't get much on shot but consistently kept put low and juicy for deflections.
Garrett Meurs: Try learning to stop, please (after using Pickard, the net and eventually the boards to stop).
Duncan Siemens: Hooo boy. Talk about tale of two halves. All week he struggled offensively, looking lost at times and complacent at others. Once they quit screwing around with cute passing drills and just let him D somebody up it suddenly an entire new animal showed up on the ice. He was quick, decisive getting into proper positions, didn't bite on any fakes and wasted no time riding Malone off the puck and into the corner in his first 1-on-1 drill. I wrote down variations of 'takes body/man every chance he gets' four different times. It was like that the entire time with him. David Quinn certainly took notice and for the first time in three days pulled a player aside after a drill and worked with him extensively as the rest of the players screwed around in shootout situations. Quinn was showing him the difference of keeping his body square to an oncoming player and what happens when you turn and let the player get to the inside. This went on for a solid 10 minutes or so and they ventured all over the ice while doing it. Very interesting stuff. Hope to see him using some of that information this weekend.
That's it for Rookie Camp. Thanks for reading and I hope to see as many of you as possible at training camp! <3