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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 x - NYR 73 47 19 7 224 168 101
2 MTL 75 46 21 8 197 167 100
3 TBL 75 46 22 7 244 194 99
4 NYI 75 44 26 5 228 208 93
5 PIT 74 40 23 11 204 186 91
6 DET 73 39 22 12 212 201 90
7 WSH 74 40 24 10 215 182 90
8 OTT 73 37 25 11 213 195 85
9 BOS 74 36 25 13 195 193 85
10 FLA 74 34 26 14 184 202 82
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 74 31 31 12 166 189 74
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 73 27 36 10 170 201 64
15 TOR 75 27 42 6 194 241 60
16 BUF 74 20 46 8 141 249 48

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 68 20 27 -13 47
J. Faulk 73 14 32 -18 46
E. Lindholm 72 16 20 -21 36
J. Skinner 68 18 12 -22 30
V. Rask 71 11 19 -12 30
R. Nash 67 8 17 -10 25
N. Gerbe 69 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 73 7 13 -3 20
A. Nestrasil 45 7 13 4 20
J. Staal 37 4 15 -9 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 19 21 5 .910 2.43
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62