Dev. Camp - Day Three Observations

Kent Wilson
July 29 2010 04:08PM

MONTREAL, QC - JUNE 26: Tim Erixon of the Calgary Flames poses for a photo after he was selected #23 overall by the Flames during the first round of the 2009 NHL Entry Draft at the Bell Centre on June 26, 2009 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

 

A truncated afternoon session today filled with line rushes and a brief 4-on-4 scrimmage. The activity was more interesting and more instructive, but at 45 minutes or so, not enough to really watch everyone in question. Some items of interest:

- John Armstrong appeared in the first half of practice wearing a white jersey (the only one on the ice). He left when the drills got more physical. At the start of the week, I predicted to Walk Invisible that Armstrong would be injured before the camp was done. Looks like I was right. Other injured guys right now include John Negrin and Ryley Grantham.

- Mikael Backlund was schooling the kids today. He made several highlight reel dangles around opponents. There's little question he's at the top of the class here.

- Nyren's fundamental skills are questionable, but he made two excellent defensive reads. I've come around a bit on the guy since watching him struggle through the power skating stuff.

- The only time I really noticed Nemisz was on a defensive play. He was the lone man back during a rush in the scrimmage and managed to expertly guide the attacker to the outside without much problem.

- Tim Erixon has good tools aside from his shot. No real velocity or power behind it.

- Bryan Cameron has left me really underwhelmed throughout camp thus far. His skating isn't there and he hasn't been executing around the net the way one would expect of a guy with so many junior goals under his belt. 

- Again, I didn't really notice any of the new guys or Ryan Howse.

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#1 Loob/Backlund
July 29 2010, 06:16PM
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Erixon said it was only his fifth time on the ice this year. Its been three days these kids are just starting to find their hands and legs. I'm sure you will notice an improvement when camp starts in September.

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#2 @NateInVegas
July 29 2010, 04:20PM
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Foot!

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#3 Dearen
July 29 2010, 04:23PM
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John Armstrong had surgery and was not going to push it this development camp, the flames want him 100% for pro camp in september. He did not get injured this week its precaution- John Armstrong stated on fan960

I do agree with your assesment with Cameron and Nemisz

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#5 Austin
July 29 2010, 05:47PM
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I don't think Armstrong will make the team permanently, too many injuries. He'll most likely be a fourth liner that can switch between Abbyford and Calgary. Just my opinion.

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#7 third string plumber
July 29 2010, 06:09PM
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@@NateInVegas

What are you doing here nate what color r u anyways

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#8 @NateInVegas
July 29 2010, 06:36PM
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third string plumber wrote:

What are you doing here nate what color r u anyways

Like LeBron,

I have decided to take my talents south...

My hockey alliance has been questioned on Oilers Nation frequently due to my critical comments towards a writer and the commenters.

It appears the hater has become the hated, you be the judge. :)

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#9 third string plumber
July 29 2010, 09:27PM
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No worries I'm just scoping out the enemy myself

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#10 RossCreekNation
July 29 2010, 09:57PM
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Any thoughts on the 'tenders - particularly Ortio & Lanigan? Irving?

How 'bout Logan MacMillan?

You say Brodie's looked good. How would you rank him, Erixon & Negrin...

a) in this camp (you may reserve judgment til the end)
b) long-term future
c) time-frame til ready?

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#11 walkinvisible
July 29 2010, 11:12PM
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@RossCreekNation

negrin was absent monday, did a couple of light skating drills on tuesday, and hasn't been back since. he's still rehabbing last years injuries.

as far as i'm concerned, nobody other than mickis is turning heads. some guys are definitely doing some of the little things right (i'd peg erixon and brodie as a couple in that file).

no goalie drills this year, so those guys are just getting pummeled with shots; hard to tell much about any of them.

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#13 JF
July 30 2010, 03:57PM
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@Kent Wilson

MacMillan had Hernia surgery last week (So sayith the herald at any rate) I imagine he's still recovering from that.

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