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Development Camp Gets Underway

Recapping all the action from day one of Florida Panthers Development Camp

Monday, 07.7.2014 / 5:47 PM ET / News
By Patrick McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Development Camp Gets Underway

Day one of Florida Panthers Development Camp was today at the Florida Panthers IceDen, in Coral Springs. Monday’s on-ice workout consisted mainly of skating drills with some passing work and full ice drills sprinkled in at the end.

The players were split into two groups, alternating between the on-ice workout and an outdoor training session.

The Red Team got things started, getting on the ice at 1:15 p.m. The group was highlighted by Aleksander Barkov and also included forwards, Connor Brickley, Rocco Grimaldi, defenseman Mike Matheson and goaltenders Evan Cowley and Colin Stevens.

The Blue Team got started at 3:00 p.m. and featured first overall pick in the 2014 Draft, Aaron Ekblad. Joining Ekblad were fellow 2014 NHL draftmates Jayce Hawryluk,(2nd round, 32nd overall) Juho Lammikko, (3rd round, 65th overall) Joe Wegwerth,(4th round, 92nd overall) and Miguel Fidler (5th round, 143rd overall).

Day one began with some skating drills as the players loosened up and worked on their edges. After about a half hour the groups moved to quick passing drills, using both weighted and regular pucks. From there the players moved into some full ice shooting drills.

Overall, each session lasted about an hour and was very fast paced with the coaches moving from drill to drill without wasting any time.

Earlier in the morning, all the players underwent a medical screening and a physical test at the practice facility gym.

The players will take the ice again tomorrow morning from 9 a.m. – noon. The on-ice session will be followed by an afternoon trip to Whole Foods where the players will learn about healthy eating habits.

Quick Hits

· Two camp invitees from Union College’s national championship squad were on the ice with the first group; forward Mike Vecchione and goaltender Colin Stevens. Vecchione received cheers and sticktaps from his fellow skaters after skillfully completing a particularly difficult stickhandling drill.

· The two Florida natives participating in camp both skated today, defenseman Colin Suellentrop from Plantation, FL, skated with the Red Team in the early session while forward Cody Payne from Weston, FL, was with the Blue Team in the second session.

· Former Panthers defenseman and current Manager of Player Development, Bryan McCabe, was on the ice coaching during the second session and got a first-hand look at Ekblad.

“He is a very skilled individual and mature for his age so we’ll see how he does at camp.” McCabe said.

· Russian forward Yaroslav Kosov skated with the Red Team in the early session. The 6’3” forward spent the last three seasons in the KHL and impressed today with his blend of size and speed.

· Aaron Ekblad on day one: “It was good. I felt a little bit rusty, obviously not a lot of us are at full skating pace yet, but hopefully over the course of the week, it will get better and better.”

· Aleksander Barkov on meeting Panthers draft pick and fellow Fin, Juho Lammikko: “I met him [today], and we are already friends.”

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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