Throughout this week's Prospect Camp, Chicago-area native and 2012 Blackhawks draft pick Vincent Hinostroza will share his thoughts about his experiences in camp for chicagoblackhawks.com.
Day three of Prospect Camp was different in a good way. It was the first day of scrimmages, which gave us another opportunity to show what we can do.
My team started the day with on-ice training, very similar to what we had done the past two days. It was a hard practice – we came back to our locker room pretty gassed, and then we had to go out and play the scrimmage not much later.
Between the practice and the game, everyone was pumping themselves up in the locker room. It’s the first scrimmage, and we wanted to make a good impression. Even though we were tired, we came out and battled. All of the guys on the team came together today, and we came away with the win. We played our best team game.
Playing in the scrimmage was a little different experience. The coaches didn’t give us too much direction from the bench; they tell us if we’re doing something wrong, but we’re not really playing a system. We’re here to showcase ourselves, and they’re here to evaluate us based on what we can do.
It’s actually fun to compete with them – we have the same goal, and it makes you better to compete against talented players. We’re here to learn, first and foremost, so that’s what’s most important.
It was also different because most of us were teamed with guys we’ve never played with before. I spent most of the scrimmage with Dan Delisle and Mihail Plotnikov, but it wasn’t hard at all to join them since everyone is so skilled. They really make it easy on you.
It’s tough to single out one standout player, since it seems like everyone is so strong. Everyone who touches the puck does something good with it, and it seems like each one is better than the last. Teuvo Teravainen did have a great game – a goal and an assist – and you can see how skilled he is. He’s great with the puck and he knows what to do with it.
Away from the ice, things are pretty low-key. We had a lot of free time last night, so we walked around the city and did some shopping on Michigan Avenue. But otherwise, we spend a lot of time resting, since we’re working hard during the days.
We have a social tonight, so that should be fun. But I think we’re all looking forward to another scrimmage tomorrow.