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Last Day of Practice at Development Camp

Day Four of Development Camp consisted of 3-on-3s, offensive drills and more

Thursday, 07.10.2014 / 2:05 PM / News
By Patrick McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Last Day of Practice at Development Camp
Day Four featured 3-on-3\u2019s and continued with an offensive focus throughout the practice, moving on to stickhandling drills, a shootout and 2-on-0\u2019s.


With Florida Panthers Development Camp entering the final stretch, the players were back on the ice Thursday morning at the JetBlue Practice Facility at Florida Panthers IceDen in Coral Springs.

The day’s 8:45 a.m. session featured the forwards while the second session featured the defensemen in camp. Sam Brittain and Hugo Fagerblom were the goalies in session one, while Evan Cowley and Colin Stevens manned the nets in session two.

The pace of the on-ice sessions was taken up a level on day four of camp as the players prepared for the Red vs. Blue game coming up on Friday morning.

The forwards began their session with some 3-on-3’s and continued with an offensive focus throughout the practice, moving on to stickhandling drills, a shootout and 2-on-0’s. The session wrapped up with the centers practicing face-offs.

The camp’s defensemen were featured in the 9:45 a.m. session. The drills focused on backwards skating, retrieving pucks from corners, making breakout passes and firing shots from the point. Not to be outdone by their forward counterparts, the defensemen wrapped up with some 2-on-0’s and a shootout of their own.

In addition to the on-ice sessions, the players participated in financial and social media classes as well as a leadership and mental toughness seminar.

The camp concludes tomorrow with the players competing in the Red vs. Blue intrasqaud scrimmage which will be followed by a post game meet and great with the fans. The scrimmage will begin at 9 a.m. 

Quick Hits

· Rocco Grimaldi was one of the forwards who stood out during the first session, wowing those in attendance with his slick hands, his accurate shooting, his unceasing motor and his ability to escape from bigger players in tight spaces. Grimaldi went top shelf on Fagerblom during the 3-on-3’s and had a pretty 5-hole finish during the shootout.

· Forward Tony Turgeon drew a rousing applause from his teammates after attempting a shootout spin-o-rama that came up just short.

· In the session one 2-on-0 drills, each tandem received three chances to solve the goaltenders. Forwards Francis Beauvillier and Mike Vecchione were the only duo to convert on all three attempts.

· One of the standouts during the defensive skating drills was Mike Matheson who looked completely comfortable speeding through the drills with ease.

· Manager of Player Development and former Panthers defenseman Bryan McCabe on D Jonathan Racine’s strong camp:

“He’s got the heart of a lion, that kid. Nothing is going to hold him back. There is no off switch. He works all the time, tirelessly. He is a great teammate. He’ll do anything to get to this league. I am really excited for him. He’s making strides.”

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
N. Bjugstad 44 15 12 1 27
J. Huberdeau 41 8 17 1 25
A. Ekblad 44 6 19 7 25
J. Jokinen 43 4 20 0 24
J. Hayes 36 13 7 1 20
B. Boyes 42 9 11 1 20
S. Bergenheim 33 7 9 4 16
T. Fleischmann 38 5 8 9 13
V. Trocheck 28 4 9 6 13
D. Kulikov 39 1 12 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 17 10 8 .923 2.32
A. Montoya 3 4 2 .887 3.09
 
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