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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
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.”

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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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