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2017 Training Camp Notebook: Day Four

by Alison Lukan AlisonL / BlueJackets.com

For the second day in a row, the Jackets 2017 Training Camp presented by OhioHealth got to have a bit of a reprieve from skating drills in the form of inter-squad scrimmages.

The scrimmages are something players enjoy, and it's more time to play with the puck and get your hockey mind going. But they aren't a time to go easy on how you play or play against one another.

As with everything in this camp, there's a method to the madness. There's no lines or defensive pairings, and there's certainly no systems the players are being asked to implement. Scrimmages are the windows in the day when players can draw notice.

"We need to evaluate who's going to be playing the exhibition games," head coach John Tortorella said. "It allows players to touch the puck a little bit. We just want to let them show what they have. 

Video: Jody breaks down day four of OhioHealth training camp

"I look at a couple of guys that have really stood out to me that I wasn't prepared to see that (from). They're scrimmage games and that allows them to take the next step, (and make the coaches ask) 'how many exhibition games (or more) will they play now?'"

Monday's schedule promises to be just like the last two days, scrimmages followed by on and off ice workouts. The adrenaline of starting camp is wearing off, and the jump of preparing for a pre-season game is two days away. We'll have more on how this is part of training camp's design tomorrow.

SCRIMMAGE NOTES

Group 3 versus Group 1: 2-2

  • The pairing of Jack Johnson and David Savard stood out, this time for their offensive prowess. Johnson skated the puck through the zone before scoring his team's first goal.
  • Savard executed a nifty spin move before lifting the puck with a backhand shot to tie the game. "I don't know what happened. It's was a lucky break and turned out well. I felt like a kid again," he said.
  • Bobby MacIntyre and Zac Dalpe scored the two goals for Group 3. MacIntyre's came after he carried the puck down the right side of the zone. Dalpe's score came off a cross-crease feed from Miles Koules.
  • Vitaly Abramov showed his ability to withstand some veteran attention. He was played physically, but continued to fight for pucks down low and drive to the net.
  • After the game, Abramov had a one-on-one with Tortorella to ask questions about his play to date. "He's trying to make himself a name here and get in the process to keep on growing to be an NHL player," Tortorella said.

Video: Savard talks about team camaraderie at camp

Group 2 versus Group 4: 2-4

  • Jordan Schroeder drew attention by creating multiple chances today and scoring the first two goals for his team. The first came as he dove to bat in a rebounding puck, and the second came off a pass from Justin Brazeau.
  • Artemi Panarin put his skills on display with a snipe from the high slot that beat Sergei Bobrovsky high. He's certainly showing thus far, his ability not just to score, but make plays.
  • Calvin Thurkauf added the fourth goal for his squad. He tapped the puck over Matiss Kivlenieks after capitalizing on a turnover by the other team.
  • Sonny Milano, who had a good scrimmage yesterday as well, ended Joonas Korpisalo's shutout bid when he scored from the left circle with just over a minute left to play.
  • Oliver Bjorkstrand scored seconds later from the exact same spot, but that was all group 2 could muster goal-wise.
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