Day 1 Camp Observations: Tangradi to get first look with Malkin; Despres has strong first day

 

DAY 1 CAMP REPORT FORWARDS Line 1: Chris Kunitz – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis Line 2: Eric Tangradi – Dustin Jeffrey – James Neal Line 3: Matt Cooke – Brandon Sutter – Tyler Kennedy Line 4: Tanner Glass – Joe Vitale – Craig Adams Line 5: Brian Strait – Jayson Megna – Beau Bennett D-Pairs 1. Matt Niskanen – Kris Letang 2. Brooks Orpik – Paul Martin 3. Simon Despres – Deryk Engelland 4. Robert Bortuzzo – Ben Lovejoy Day 1 Observations Fast Pace Practice: Head coach Dan Bylsma put his team through a fast pace practice, especially in the first 40-45 minutes before the team went into some systems, working on forecheck and regroups. Overall Bylsma had a good mix of flow drills, line rushes, and some battle drills with 1-on-1’s, ect Tangradi to get first look with Malkin: Eric Tangradi has opened up camp as the secondRead More »

Training Camp Day 3: Black – White Scrimmage

 

White Team 2 – Black Team 0 Rob Scuderi was not on the ice today. Minor injury White Team Lines Dupuis – Crosby – Satan Fedotenko – Talbot – Cooke Caputi – Beech – Godard Minard – Letestu – Wallace D-Pairings Gonchar – Orpik Sydor – Goligoski Richmond – Lovejoy Black Team Lines Staal – Malkin – Sykora Pesonen – Taffe – Kennedy James – Henrich – Thomas Bissonnette – Gove – Boogaard D-Pairing Gill – Kemp Eaton – Letang Mormina – Engellend Score sheet White Goal – Ben LoveJoy (Assist to Luca Caputi) White Goal РRuslan Fedotenko (assist to Matt Cooke and Max Talbot) Inside Analysis Today’s game saw a lot of scoring chances and solid goaltending. Marc Andre Fleury and Danny Sabourin performed well. Fleury made some big saves on Sidney Crosby and Luca Caputi.

Practice Session: Day 3

 

The First practice session featured the Black team The team first worked on some 3-on-0‚Äôs to warm up the goalies The next drill was all about the forwards catching the puck off the boards. This is a good drill for wingers. Janne Pesonen showed some acceleration in this drill The next drill was very similar where the forward would catch a pass off the boards and go down the ice and pull-up and hit the trailer. Defenseman Kris Letang looked good in this drill. He has improved his shot compared to last year and his release is quicker. Jordan Staal was skating very well in today’s practice. He is shooting with confidence and has his head up the entire time. Last year he was shooting with his head down way too often and that‚Äôs what goalies want. What Staal needs to improve is catching a hard pass on his backhandRead More »