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Camp Comes To An End

Development Camp ends with competitive scrimmage as Team White wins 5-3.

Friday, 07.6.2012 / 4:36 PM ET / News
By Glenn Odebralski  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Camp Comes To An End

The Panthers Development Camp came to a close Friday as the prospects competed in a scrimmage in front of hundreds of Panthers fans at the JetBlue Practice Facility at Saveology.com Iceplex.

The scrimmage ended a great week of camp for 34 of the Panthers top prospects. A 5-3 final in favor of Team White, Panthers General Manager Dale Tallon was ecstatic about the way the players competed throughout.

"I think two years ago when we started this camp, we didn't have a lot of skill but we have got a lot of skill now," said Tallon. "We've got a lot of size. We've got a lot of depth. We've got a real solid group of young prospects.

"Our organization is very deep right now."

Director of Scouting Scott Luce agreed with his boss' assessment of the talent, especially with the way the two scrimmages were played.

"'The players came in the last two days and did a great job in very competitive scrimmages," said Luce. "The depth of the organization is quite evident when we look out there and there's lots of competition for jobs, not only in the short term but in the long term. Once again, it's an overall success."

In Friday's action, Michael Hauser (Team White) and 2010 Draft Pick Sam Brittain (Team Red; 4th Round, 92nd Overall) were perfect through the first twenty minutes turning aside a couple of good offensive opportunities.

The offense got going in the second as Anthony Luciani gave Team White a 1-0 advantage with a nice shot from the slot on the rush midway through. 2012 Draft Pick Alexander Delnov (4th Round, 114th Overall) would tie it even while falling to the ice on a breakaway after getting tripped. 2012 Draft Pick Francis Beauvillier (6th Round, 174th Overall) would give Team White the lead back heading into the second intermission as he scored from just outside the crease.

The third period saw more offense as Team White opened up a two-goal advantage when 2009 Draft Pick Josh Birkholz (3rd Round, 67th Overall) banged home a rebound past Andrey Makarov. The "visitors" in Red would fight back to tie the game as 2009 Draft Pick Wade Megan (5th Round, 138th Overall) and 2012 Draft Pick Steven Hodges (3rd Round, 84th overall) scored on nice shots top shelf past Andrew Volkening. Team White would not be denied the victory however as 2010 Draft Pick Joe Basaraba (3rd Round, 69th overall) scored off a nice feed from down low. 2011 Draft Pick Kyle Rau (3rd Round, 91st Overall) cemented the victory by scoring into the empty net with time running out.

The highly competitive scrimmages gave the Panthers brass food for thought as it would be the last time they would see their players for the summer.

"A lot of good players," said Tallon. "A lot of top notch people fighting for jobs. You can see the intensity in the game today and yesterday."

With camp complete, the players will travel back home and prepare for the season, remembering what they've learned.

"I think it was a successful week. Everyone got to know each other," said 2010 Draft Pick Alex Petrovic (2nd round, 36th overall). "All the new draft picks got to see what they're like. I think everyone got along really well. Overall it was lots of fun. Of course went to the beach, learned how to cook and all that so it was a great week."

"It's nice to come here," said 2011 Draft Pick Jonathan Huberdeau (1st Round, 3rd overall). "It's more to learn a lot of stuff here and get a good experience. Last year was awesome and this year too, meeting new people, new teammates. It's great to come here and now I'm going back home and getting ready for the real camp."

"I learned a lot from this week," said 2011 Draft Pick Vincent Trocheck (3rd Round, 64th overall). "We learned a lot about nutrition this week. Staying healthy and in the weight room. What to do and what not to do. We had a psychiatrist come in and show us kind of how to relax ourselves and stay focused on and off the ice. On the ice as well, we learned from (Bryan) McCabe and he's a great role model and all the coaches and staff, they helped us out a lot."

One of the main reasons for the success of the camp was in large part due to Director of Player Development Brian Skrudland and newly hired Manager of Player Development Bryan McCabe. It's easy to see why the young guns could learn a lot.

"For me the biggest thing is the job that Brian Skrudland and Bryan McCabe did with this Development Camp. It's phenomenal," said Luce. "To see the boys, our prospects as excited as they are to be around these former NHL players, former Panthers, and they're listening and they're sponges and they're acquiring information on nutrition, financial information, what it's like to be a pro, what it's like to transition from the amateur level to the pro level."

They'll take what they learned as they prepare for their upcoming seasons whether it be at the pro or amateur levels.




1 WSH 50 37 9 4 163 112 78
2 FLA 51 31 15 5 141 112 67
3 NYR 52 29 18 5 148 134 63
4 TBL 51 29 18 4 137 118 62
5 BOS 51 27 18 6 149 136 60
6 DET 52 26 18 8 130 131 60
7 NJD 53 26 20 7 119 120 59
8 NYI 50 26 18 6 135 126 58
9 PIT 50 25 18 7 129 128 57
10 CAR 53 24 21 8 129 141 56
11 PHI 50 23 18 9 119 130 55
12 MTL 53 25 24 4 142 142 54
13 OTT 52 23 23 6 142 164 52
14 TOR 50 19 22 9 116 134 47
15 BUF 52 21 26 5 119 137 47
16 CBJ 54 21 28 5 135 168 47


J. Jagr 48 16 21 12 37
J. Huberdeau 51 10 27 11 37
A. Barkov 41 15 19 13 34
J. Jokinen 51 9 24 12 33
V. Trocheck 51 17 15 4 32
R. Smith 51 16 15 12 31
B. Pirri 47 10 13 -4 23
A. Ekblad 47 10 12 23 22
B. Campbell 51 4 15 17 19
N. Bjugstad 36 9 8 -3 17
R. Luongo 23 13 4 .930 2.11
A. Montoya 8 2 1 .931 1.93

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