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Development Camp: Day 2 - Goalies

by Rob Ogden / Columbus Blue Jackets

With three returning goaltenders at development camp this year, the only different face around the nets is new goaltender coach Ian Clark.

Less than a month after being the Blue Jackets' new goaltender coach, Clark is trying to instill his philosophies into Columbus' younger netminders.

"Goaltenders play the most important role on the team and they have the biggest impact on team success," Clark said. "Their preparation has to be impeccable. My objective is to implant those seeds in the young guys."

While Clark is making his first appearance at development camp, Mathieu Corbeil, Allen York, and Martin Ouellette are all returning participants.

Clark said he spent Tuesday just watching the players and getting to know them while Wednesday he began to get more technical with the trio.

So far, Ouellette said the transition to a new coach has been easy.

"I like how he works," Ouellette said. "He works on every part of our games mentally and on the ice. He hits all of the details."

Along with a strong technical skill set, Clark said one advantage all three goaltenders have is their size.

At 6-6, 6-4 and 6-2 respectively, Corbeil, York and Ouellette are space-eaters in the net.

"Small goalies are rare in the NHL and at the pro level," Ouellette said. "Tall goalies have the advantage of covering a lot of space in the net. I try to use my size and my reflexes to my benefit."

Now participating in his fourth development camp with the Blue Jackets, York said he gotten more comfortable each time and knows what it takes physically. After only two days of working with Clark, York said he believes his new coach is well-suited for his style of play.

Clark has high hopes for York, who was 3-1-0 with a 2.04 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in four games with Springfield at the end of last season.

"He's a real competitive goaltender and has a real good blend in his attributes," Clark said about York. "He has a great work ethic, a desire to learn and fire in his eyes."

York is looking forward to returning to the Falcons in the fall and improving upon those numbers.

"It was great to get my foot in the door. I played really well in Springfield and it was nice to know that I can play at that level," York said.

Each returning for the second year, both Corbeil and Ouellette said they were much more prepared this time around.

"When it's your first time you're more prone to looking around and trying to learn from your new environment," Corbeil said. "This year I came in with a different approach, with more confidence and more ready than I was last year."

Both Corbeil and Ouellette also said their biggest goal is to show everyone what they've got.

"Scouts can't always be around when I have good games back home so I'm going to try and show it here and show as much of my talents as possible," Corbeil said.

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