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Prospects Development Camp: Day 2

Wednesday, 07.17.2013 / 8:30 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Prospects Development Camp: Day 2

On the second day of Prospects Development Camp, the Carolina Hurricanes had a pair of powerskating sessions, the first with the defensemen and goalies and the second with forwards. Here are some notables from Wednesday evening.

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Defensemen Session

  • These powerskating drills look like they’re going to hurt tomorrow. There were a lot of lunges, leg kicks and backwards skating.

    “Oh, definitely,” Austin Levi said. “The groins will be a little sore tomorrow, that’s for sure.”
  • The lesson began sans sticks – just the players and their skates. Sticks and pucks were then slowly reintroduced.

    This, of course, was purposeful.

    “I’m not teaching basic skills out here. I’m teaching high-end skating for the game,” said Kim Muir, the powerskating instructor who worked with the Charlotte Checkers this past season. “We try to make sure that we teach the kids how to the do the drills without the puck, with the puck or in a game situation.”
  • Ryan Murphy does these drills with incredible fluidity and effortlessness. Of course, after I noted that, he not so gracefully caught an edge.
  • All three goaltenders – Daniel Altshuller, Charlie Millen and Collin Olson – were on the ice for this session doing the drills in their full equipment, which almost seemed unfair.

    “Sometimes you look a little goofy, but it helps out with our balance,” Altshuller said. “Sometimes you’re in those tight situations where maybe you have to throw in a twirl or two to make a save.”
  • Coaches on ice during this session included Muir and her assistant and Tim Turk, “Kirk’s buddy” from Tuesday. We’ll have more on Muir and the concept of powerskating in Thursday’s feature story.

Forwards Session

  • Brody Sutter was skating beside Sergey Tolchinsky. I don’t have a photo to illustrate the discrepancy, but just imagine: 6-foot-5, 203 pounds beside 5-foot-9, 160 pounds.

    Later, during a drill in which one player had to pull another from behind, Sutter had a more comparable matchup, as he tried to haul a 6-foot-3, 205-pound David Pacan.
  • Aside from the attempted restraint drill, the other that grabbed my attention was one in which players had to, for lack of a better term, hop down the ice on their skates. It was unreal to watch the balance many of them had.

    “Your legs feel it a lot more,” Sutter said, when asked to compare a powerksating session to a regular practice. “As long as you stay focused, you can get a lot out of it.”
  • Coaches on the ice for this session were the same: Muir, her assistant and Turk.

Odds and Ends

  • At the end of both sessions, Muir gave each player a hug.

    “You know, [hugs] are free, right?” Muir said. “When you make a connection with someone, that’s what it’s all about.”
  • The drills run in each session differed quite a bit; the defensemen honed their backwards skating while the forwards focused more on quick feet while stickhandling.

    This, again, was purposeful, but Muir said that over time, the two sessions would blend in an effort to mold more well-rounded players.

    “You can never be more marketable than to be a two-way player,” Muir said.
  • Thursday evening’s camp sessions will get back to skill development. Don’t forget to tune into CarolinaHurricanes.com at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday and Friday for an exclusive live stream of the team’s closed morning skate. If you missed today’s live stream, you can watch it here.


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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 77 23 31 -13 54
J. Faulk 82 15 34 -19 49
E. Lindholm 81 17 22 -23 39
V. Rask 80 11 22 -14 33
J. Skinner 77 18 13 -24 31
N. Gerbe 78 10 18 -14 28
R. Nash 68 8 17 -10 25
J. Staal 46 6 18 -6 24
J. Liles 57 2 20 -9 22
J. McClement 82 7 14 -7 21
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 22 24 5 .910 2.40
A. Khudobin 8 17 6 .900 2.72