It may just be a prospects development camp, but it does signify that hockey will soon be back in our lives. The 2012 edition features all the recent draft picks and some of your old favorites like Mika Zibanejad, Mark Stone, Robin Lehner, Mark Borowiecki, Shane Prince, Matt Puempel and Stefan Noesen.
It's a great opportunity to track the progress of some of the Sens prized assets and sicne it's free it's a good time for something that actually doesn't cost you a thing, which is rare these days. So if you have some time in the next few days then come on down to the Sensplex to them yourself. For those of you who couldn't make it, I present a re-cap of today's events.
Everyone's favorite angry goalie Robin Lehner was also there, seen here Tebowing? Just kidding. It has to be a bit of a drag for him to still be at these things when he played in the NHL last year and won the Calder Cup 2 years ago. He is however, still just 20 years old if you can believe it and needs some seasoning to be a full time NHLer. He competed hard and was by far the best goalie at camp. By all acounts he's had a huge attitude adjustment after the Sens had a talk about maturity with them. It seems to have worked. I'd prefer to keep him over Bishop should we have to part with one of them for Nash or Ryan. I still think Lehner becomes a superstar goalie in the future.
This will be a familair scene for all the 67's fan reading. 2012 1st rounder Cody Ceci taking a pass from Shane Prince, both former OHL teammates here in Ottawa. Ceci looked a lot better today and I can see the potential the Sens see in him. He's definitely a smooth skater and has a hard shot. He has some shortcomings but all of them are things that can be improved through coaching. It looks like he has a bright future to me.
If you look closesly at the upper left area of the railing you'll see Bryan Murray (red) and Cyril Leeder (suit) privately talking. I'm my head I figure they're working out how bringing on Nash's over Ryan's salary will affect the team. Maybe they have a trick up their sleeve come Sunday for free agency.
Here's a couple of guys that Sens Army are excited about in Mark Stone and Matt Puempel. Stone has very good size and a definite scoring touch but absolutely needs to work on his foot speed. Where he's at with his skating now just won't it in the NHL if he wants to be an impact scorer. He looked a bit slow towards the end of the session but overall was solid enough.
Matt Puempel has one of the best shots I've seen in awhile. He gets it off quickly and places it with amazing precision. He definitely was sniping the last couple of days. Noticeably the guy with the best release at camp. Ironically while on the ice his jurnior rights were traded from Peterborough to Kitchener. We then found out he demanded a trade to the Rangers and only them. Why he wanted out of Peterborough so bad is not known at the present time but it is intriguing.
Friend of the blog Shane Prince in action today shooting on Robin Lehner. Shane looked focused and came to play. He has a nice shot and excellent compete level, but his best attribute is his skating. He is probably the fastest skater at camp and that's a massive asset when trying to make the next level. He looked ready to go for opening night and he told me he can't wait for the season to start.
And a group shot as practice came to an end. Development camp is just that and it's interesting to see the guys who's stock is rising and those who may need to find another career. Up close and personal is a great way to see how hard these guys truly work to be where they are. I highly recommend going if you have the chance.
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