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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 ET / News
By Patrick McGrath  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Last Day of Practice at Development Camp


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 WSH 54 40 10 4 178 124 84
2 FLA 56 32 18 6 153 132 70
3 NYR 55 31 18 6 157 140 68
4 BOS 55 30 19 6 163 150 66
5 DET 55 28 18 9 138 134 65
6 TBL 54 30 20 4 144 130 64
7 NYI 54 29 19 6 153 137 64
8 PIT 54 28 19 7 139 136 63
9 NJD 56 28 21 7 124 124 63
10 CAR 56 25 21 10 137 146 60
11 PHI 54 24 20 10 128 140 58
12 MTL 56 27 25 4 151 151 58
13 OTT 57 25 26 6 159 177 56
14 CBJ 57 23 28 6 144 175 52
15 BUF 56 22 28 6 131 155 50
16 TOR 54 20 25 9 127 151 49

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 53 17 23 13 40
J. Huberdeau 56 11 29 10 40
J. Jokinen 56 11 27 12 38
V. Trocheck 56 17 18 2 35
A. Barkov 43 16 19 13 35
R. Smith 56 18 16 11 34
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
A. Ekblad 52 11 13 17 24
B. Campbell 56 5 18 20 23
N. Bjugstad 41 9 10 -5 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 24 14 5 .924 2.29
A. Montoya 8 4 1 .926 2.06

 
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