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Development Camp Gets Underway

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

Monday, 07.07.2014 / 5:47 PM / 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\u2019s on-ice workout consisted mainly of skating drills with some passing work and full ice drills sprinkled in at the end.

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 MTL 63 41 17 5 171 139 87
2 NYI 65 41 21 3 207 182 85
3 NYR 62 39 17 6 196 153 84
4 TBL 65 39 20 6 213 171 84
5 DET 61 35 15 11 180 159 81
6 PIT 62 36 17 9 181 155 81
7 WSH 65 35 20 10 193 162 80
8 BOS 62 31 22 9 165 161 71
9 FLA 64 28 23 13 156 181 69
10 PHI 64 27 25 12 170 186 66
11 OTT 61 27 23 11 173 166 65
12 NJD 64 27 27 10 144 165 64
13 TOR 64 26 33 5 173 195 57
14 CBJ 63 26 33 4 163 201 56
15 CAR 62 24 31 7 144 167 55
16 BUF 64 19 40 5 123 215 43

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 64 22 16 -9 38
J. Huberdeau 61 9 28 3 37
A. Ekblad 64 11 23 7 34
J. Jokinen 63 6 28 -1 34
B. Boyes 62 11 21 8 32
J. Jagr 60 12 19 -10 31
J. Hayes 55 17 12 -4 29
B. Campbell 64 3 20 2 23
A. Barkov 53 10 12 -5 22
V. Trocheck 34 5 11 8 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 23 16 11 .921 2.37
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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