PENGUINS DEVELOPMENT CAMP: DAY 4
By Mike O'Brien
Penguins fans, my apologies that this is getting to you so late in the day. I had to bolt straight from the morning session/interviews to catch my ride back to the WBS.
The fourth day of camp got underway this morning with a return to drills and off-ice workouts. The forwards started the session one-ice at 9:00am. Today was a day for everyone to work on fundamentals, basics and – what I heard numerous coaches repeatedly say – habits. It was as you would expect with an all-forwards practice session. A lot of puck-handling, 2-on-0 rushes alone in on the goaltenders, guys trying to pick the top corner, etc. So while a lot of pucks found the back of the net, Ryan Faragher had the save of the day when he went diving across the crease to get the paddle of his stick on a Scott Wilson shot.
The second session brought the blueliners onto the ice for “Defense University.” Pittsburgh assistant coach Todd Reirden worked with one half of the group, while W-B/S assistant Alain Nasreddine instructed the others. There were nine coaches total on the ice for 13 players, but this was definitely Reirden and Nasreddine’s show.
Towards the end of the session, it was all about shots from the blueline. It was interesting to see who had the hardest or heaviest shots among d-men. First-round pick Olli Maatta not only seemed to have one of the fastest slapshots among the group, but he also gets it off in a hurry. You got the sense that for some, this could be an audition for some time with power play units up in Pittsburgh
Not to be outdone, Player Development Coach Bill Guerin stepped in to show the young guys that he’s still has a cannon from the blueline. Apparently, he was happy to be the guy firing the shots, “because when [he] played, they always put me in front of the net and stand in front of them.”
Unfortunately, I had to get out of town today and won’t be around for the scrimmages tomorrow afternoon. The stellar Pittsburgh Penguins staff has you covered though. You should be checking out pittsburghpenguins.com and Pens TV for their coverage of Development Camp. And if you are not following @Penguins (they changed their handle today) and @PensInsideScoop on Twitter, get on that immediately.
Special thanks to Jen Bullano and Jason Seidling in the Communications Department for all of their help this week and always.
I was able to also catch up with Philip Samuelsson this morning as well to see how his week was going and also the growing number of Boston College Eagles within the Pittsburgh organization.
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