Dev. Camp - Day Two Observations

Kent Wilson
July 28 2010 05:15PM

OTTAWA, ON - JUNE 20:  25th overall pick, Greg Nemisz of the Calgary Flames poses for a portrait at the 2008 NHL Entry Draft at Scotiabank Place on June 20, 2008 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo by Andre Ringuette/Getty Images)


I limited my viewing to the afternoon session today, so I won't be commenting on the morning power skating stuff.

The guys participated in a number of drills today, mostly end-to-end rushes, break-out formations and cycling drills. Aside from one drill to end the practice (4-on-2's in split ice) there wasn't a lot of competition exercises so my ability to really differentiate between players was again limited.

My thoughts after the jump:

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Midway Through

Pat Steinberg
July 28 2010 05:00PM


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)



Wednesday on ice sessions have wrapped up as Calgary Flames development camp continues at the Saddledome.  While it's tough to get an accurate read watching drills and power skating, the FlamesNation crew continues to post their observations.  I've got thoughts on Mitch Wahl, Greg Nemisz and Tim Erixon (pictured) after today's sessions.

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Dev. Camp - Day One Observations

Kent Wilson
July 27 2010 08:14PM

LAKE PLACID, NY - AUGUST 08:  Mitch Wahl poses during a portrait session at the USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp on August 8, 2008 at the Olympic Center in Lake Placid, New York.  (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)


I attended both morning sessions for the forwards and defenders today, as well as a good portion of the mixed afternoon practice. Today was more about building some familiarity with the players overall and my observations will build as the week progresses. Obviously one day lacking any sort of game action is a poor barometer for a player's overall effectiveness, but I'll share what stuck with me nonetheless. Here are my thoughts in no particular order:

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Flames Nation At Development Camp

Kent Wilson
July 26 2010 10:58PM

MISSISSAUGA, CANADA - AUGUST 26:  Mikael Backlund #60 of the Calgary Flames skates during the Upper Deck NHL Rookie Debut at the Hershey Centre August 26, 2009 in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.  (Photo By Dave Sandford/Getty Images)


Pat Steinberg has already teed things up for the Flames Dev. Camp here. What he failed to mention was that both he and I will be in attendance throughout the week and we'll endeavor to cover the proceedings from a number of angles. I plan to share my general thoughts from the bleachers while Pat will be gleaning stuff from individual prospects from his own observations and interviews.

The sechdule for the week can be found here.

The camp roster is here.

Expect daily updates from now till Friday.

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Flames Hire Mental Development Coach Dave Paskevich

Kent Wilson
July 26 2010 12:18PM




According to Rob Kerr, the Flames have added a head shrinker to the club's subtely changing front office this week. Doctor Dave Paskevich was previously an associate professor of Kinesiology at the University of Calgary. You can bet the Flames have interest in Paskevich thanks to the first item in the "current work" section of his bio: examining collective efficacy in sport.

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