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Prospects Development Camp: Day 2

Wednesday, 07.17.2013 / 8:30 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith

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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
2 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
3 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
4 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
5 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
6 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
7 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
8 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 79 21 40 -13 61
J. Skinner 71 33 21 -14 54
A. Sekera 74 11 33 4 44
A. Semin 65 22 20 1 42
J. Staal 82 15 25 2 40
J. Faulk 76 5 27 -9 32
N. Gerbe 81 16 15 -6 31
J. Tlusty 68 16 14 2 30
R. Nash 73 10 14 0 24
P. Dwyer 75 8 14 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 19 14 1 .926 2.30
C. Ward 10 12 6 .898 3.06
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