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Prospects Development Camp: Day 3

Thursday, 07.18.2013 / 8:00 PM / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Prospects Development Camp: Day 3

Thursday marked the third day of Prospects Development Camp. The evening session featured the full group, and here are some notables from the skate.

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    Running this skate like a full team practice makes it feel like October already. (Side note: 61 days until the first preseason game against Columbus.)
  • The first half of the skate was quick – a 30-minute session led primarily by “Kirk’s buddy” Tim Turk, a skills coach. Other coaches on the ice included head coach Kirk Muller, assistant coaches John MacLean, Dave Lewis and Rod Brind’Amour, director of defensemen development Glen Wesley and goaltending coach Greg Stefan. The second half of the skate, which ran about an hour, was headed up mainly by Muller, similar to how he runs a Hurricanes’ in-season practice.
  • The intensity of on-ice activity jumped up a few notches today, as many drills were up-and-down the ice with bodies banging in front of the net and in the corners.

    “We just wanted to gradually introduce stuff this week,” Muller said. “The first day was just skill level [evaluation] – seeing where they’re at with the passing, shooting and skating. And then we led more drills and introduced our system.Then after a few days like that, we try to start into more physical battling to see the hockey instincts and battle level.”

    Look for the pace to be equal, if not greater, on Friday and Saturday as camp draws to a close.

    “It’s a little push for them, but it gives them an opportunity to go, ‘OK, this is where I’ve got to get to,’” Muller said.
  • With the jump in intensity comes inherent physicality. Elias Lindholm got crunched along the the boards, and he gingerly got up wincing. MacLean motioned him off the ice, and he had left the arena by the time the skate had concluded.

    “He went off to the doctor to get evaluated,” Muller said. “He’s tough, so I’m sure he’ll be OK.”
  • Ultimately, Muller envisions Prospects Development Camp as an introduction to being a member of the Hurricanes and what that means on and off the ice.

    “Not every organization has won a Cup, and [Carolina has]. There are some great, quality people that were a part of that around here,” Muller said. “We want them to feel, when they walk away from this week, that they are really excited to be a part of the organization.

    “They get to know their peers, coaching staff, management, everybody that’s involved. We want them leaving feeling good about themselves and knowing what they have to do to get better.”
  • Tonight’s skate concluded with a shootout. Prior to the final skills competition, there were some one-on-one and two-on-two battle drills. Sergey Tochinsky pulled a toe drag move that made both benches stand up in awe. In the shootout, Austin Levi was the hero. We’ll see if he has the same magic on Saturday.
  • Don’t forget to tune into CarolinaHurricanes.com at 10:00 a.m. on Friday for an exclusive live stream of the team's final closed morning practice. 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 TBL 48 30 14 4 156 127 64
2 NYI 46 31 14 1 151 129 63
3 DET 47 27 11 9 139 119 63
4 MTL 45 29 13 3 123 106 61
5 PIT 46 26 12 8 138 117 60
6 NYR 44 27 13 4 134 106 58
7 WSH 46 24 13 9 137 120 57
8 BOS 48 25 16 7 126 121 57
9 FLA 44 20 14 10 107 122 50
10 OTT 46 19 18 9 126 128 47
11 TOR 48 22 23 3 142 150 47
12 PHI 48 19 22 7 130 146 45
13 CBJ 45 20 22 3 113 142 43
14 NJD 47 17 22 8 107 134 42
15 CAR 46 16 25 5 98 120 37
16 BUF 47 14 30 3 89 167 31

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
E. Staal 41 15 13 -8 28
J. Faulk 46 8 18 -14 26
J. Skinner 41 10 9 -7 19
E. Lindholm 46 9 10 -10 19
R. Nash 46 7 12 -4 19
J. Tlusty 39 11 7 -12 18
N. Gerbe 42 4 13 -2 17
V. Rask 46 6 9 -9 15
A. Sekera 44 1 14 -8 15
C. Terry 33 6 3 -3 9
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Khudobin 5 8 2 .916 2.32
C. Ward 11 17 3 .911 2.45