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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\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 x - MTL 77 47 22 8 203 174 102
2 x - NYR 75 47 21 7 228 177 101
3 x - TBL 77 47 23 7 249 201 101
4 PIT 76 42 23 11 210 190 95
5 NYI 77 45 27 5 235 215 95
6 DET 75 40 23 12 220 206 92
7 WSH 76 41 25 10 223 188 92
8 BOS 76 38 25 13 201 196 89
9 OTT 75 37 26 12 218 203 86
10 FLA 76 35 26 15 190 207 85
11 PHI 76 30 29 17 198 219 77
12 CBJ 75 36 35 4 207 232 76
13 NJD 76 31 33 12 168 194 74
14 CAR 75 28 36 11 174 204 67
15 TOR 76 28 42 6 198 244 62
16 BUF 76 21 47 8 148 255 50

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Huberdeau 73 13 36 9 49
N. Bjugstad 72 24 19 -7 43
J. Jagr 71 15 26 -2 41
J. Jokinen 75 8 33 -2 41
B. Boyes 73 12 23 10 35
A. Ekblad 75 11 24 11 35
J. Hayes 66 18 13 -5 31
A. Barkov 65 14 17 -1 31
B. Campbell 76 3 22 2 25
B. Pirri 43 20 2 5 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 26 17 12 .921 2.33
A. Montoya 5 7 2 .888 3.08
 
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