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Prospects Development Camp: Day 5

Friday, 07.25.2014 / 8:00 PM ET / Tracking the Storm
By Michael Smith
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Prospects Development Camp: Day 5
Notes and quotes from the final team practice of Prospects Development Camp.
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Friday evening marked the final team practice of the Carolina Hurricanes’ Prospects Development Camp.

Here are some notes on this evening’s skate.

-- It’s been a long and tiresome week for this group of guys, but the spirit was high and there was a good bit of whooping and hollering, especially toward the end of the skate when they played some competitive scoring games.

“Wednesday was kind of the hump. We’re just taking it all in,” forward Phil Di Giuseppe said. “It’s been a hard week, but we worked hard. We’ve got a game tomorrow, so it should be fun.”

“These guys have worked hard all week, on and off the ice,” head coach Bill Peters said. “I think they’ve gotten better every day. They’ve gotten better with the puck, the hands have gotten smoother, and it was a good day today. I’m very pleased.”

-- Di Giueseppe and Brock McGinn had a beautiful sequence in a two-on-two drill. McGinn spun a backhand pass to Di Giuseppe through the defending Tyler Ganly and Jacob Slavin, and Di Giuseppe promptly finished it off. Then, Di Giuseppe sniped one top shelf from the far circle. The two had a celebratory glove tap after the drill ended. That could be a dynamic duo in Charlotte this upcoming season.

“He’s a great kid off the ice, and as you saw on the ice, it’s fun playing with him,” Di Giuseppe said of McGinn.

“He showed a lot of good offensive things. He’s not afraid to take the puck to the net, and he showed good hands,” Checkers head coach Jeff Daniels said of Di Giuseppe. “From the glimpse I saw of him, he has some skill.”

“He skates, he bangs bodies and he’s got some finish,” Daniels continued on McGinn. “We’re excited to see him turn pro.”

We’ll have more in the near future on Di Giuseppe, McGinn and others that are turning pro this season.

-- A puck skittered through one of the corner camera holes during one of those two-on-two drills. It’s notable because I’m not sure if we’ve ever seen that casually happen. Anyway, it did, and McGinn was equally as baffled as we were.

-- Head coach Bill Peters was on the ice for more than half an hour today. He remains a vocal, commanding presence – expect to see plenty of that come September. Joining him were the usual cast of characters: assistant coach Rod Brind’Amour, Daniels, director of forwards development Cory Stillman and director of defensemen development Glen Wesley.

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Shane Willis and I joined Amber Jaye this morning on Summerfest Live, our live-streaming show that featured an exclusive look-in at closed on-ice sessions of camp. If you missed this morning’s episode, which runs just over 20 minutes, you can check it out here.

Summerfest and Prospects Development Camp will be capped on Saturday with the Summerfest Celebration, which is free and open to the public. The fun will begin at 10 a.m. with a prospects autograph session; the arena will open an hour prior for wristband distribution to the first 500 fans in line. John Forslund will host a half-hour State of the Canes discussion with Coach Peters at 11:15 a.m.

At noon, the prospects will take the ice for the final time for a scrimmage (two 15-minute periods with whistle stops) and a shootout. Peters said the first period would be played five-on-five with the second at four-on-four. Here’s the red/white split for Saturday’s tilt.

And here’s Peters on what he thinks he’ll see out of the group on Saturday’s finale: “I expect to see some energy and some guys trying to leave one lasting impression.”

Everything you need to know about Saturday’s Summerfest Celebration can be found here.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 MTL 74 46 20 8 195 162 100
2 NYR 72 46 19 7 219 167 99
3 TBL 74 46 21 7 242 191 99
4 NYI 74 44 25 5 226 205 93
5 PIT 73 40 22 11 202 181 91
6 DET 72 39 21 12 208 195 90
7 WSH 73 39 24 10 212 180 88
8 OTT 72 37 24 11 212 190 85
9 BOS 73 36 25 12 193 190 84
10 FLA 73 33 26 14 180 201 80
11 PHI 75 30 29 16 196 216 76
12 NJD 73 31 31 11 164 186 73
13 CBJ 73 34 35 4 198 228 72
14 CAR 72 26 36 10 165 199 62
15 TOR 74 27 41 6 193 237 60
16 BUF 73 20 46 7 138 245 47

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Faulk 72 14 31 -20 45
E. Staal 67 19 25 -14 44
E. Lindholm 71 16 19 -21 35
J. Skinner 67 18 12 -21 30
V. Rask 70 11 18 -13 29
R. Nash 66 8 16 -11 24
N. Gerbe 68 7 17 -13 24
J. McClement 72 6 13 -4 19
A. Nestrasil 44 6 13 4 19
J. Staal 36 4 14 -9 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Ward 18 21 5 .910 2.44
A. Khudobin 8 15 5 .903 2.62