Notes - 9/13 --
took in the 10:00 AM session of Saturday's day two
of official Calgary Flames training camp.
The majority of
the session was set aside to work on one on one
drills with assistant coach Jim Playfair looking
over the defenceman. Each defenceman was asked to
play the body against an attacking forward, foil his
attempts to score and then return to the blueline to
face yet another attacker.
The overall flow
suggested one of two possible scenarios, with the
reader welcomed to select their one of choice based
on whether their hockey glass is half full or half
Very few players
managed even decent scoring chances, with ever fewer
actually bending the twine.
An optimist would
suggest that's a great sign for the Flames crop of
young defenceman ... a pessimist? That the Flames
are still in some pretty steep trouble when it comes
to goal scoring.
The realist? It's
day two of training camp with only a split squad on
the ice, or in a word, it's early.
Given the nature
of the drill, we'll keep our main comments to the
Jordan Leopold -
was turned inside out by both Josh Green and Shean
Donovan, but showed good speed to recover and close
off avenues to the net.
Tim Ramholt -
looked bigger on the ice than I expected, and was
pretty impressive matching his upper body strength
against NHL forwards, and not being afraid to mix it
up. He should have a strong season in the CHL.
Andrew Ference -
One of the strongest defenceman on the ice in this
drill when it comes to playing the man, and
finishing his checks. Clearly the man knows he's in
a battle for the sixth and seventh spots, though he
likely has the inside track.
Mike Commodore -
Though only a drill, Commodore once again was
everything but his reputed slow, labouring, immobile
self, in handling everyone with good positioning and
superior size. Very much in the mix for the bottom
spots, though I didn't get a chance to see Jesse
Wallin and Steve Montador.
Some Forwards ...
Steve Reinprecht -
looked great on some occasions, but very regular on
others. Decent set of hands. A veteran just getting
his feet wet.
Baby Face - It
wasn't hard to find Kevin Harvey, Cam Cunning and
Tyler Johnson out there. One part baby face and one
part slight of stature made them stick out like a
frail thumb. Just learn boys, learn.
Chuck Kobasew -
strong tenacity for a drill that puts the forwards
very much at a disadvantage. Kept after the puck,
and never let a series die without a fight.
Shean Donovan -
the hardest working player on the ice. Great speed,
and excellent balance going wide and bring the puck
from the corners.
Josh Green -
pretty much a straight ahead guy. Great size, but he
won't fool anyone with the puck at the NHL level.