That's a wrap for Day 2 (well, at least the on-ice part).
Blue Jackets development camp consisted of two separate sessions at the OhioHealth Ice Haus this morning, with the goaltenders taking part in an on-ice workout before the full group joined at 10:30. Much like yesterday's practice, the second session consisted of line rushes, defending drills, focusing on getting to the high-traffic areas and scoring goals in the "hard areas" of the ice.
Without further ado, let's go into our notebooks and check out some thoughts/observations after the second day of camp:
- Jeremy Langlois improved upon his play from yesterday. He was more patient with the puck, which led to more offensive opportunities for him and he looked a lot more comfortable on the ice today. As a free-agent signing in his first development camp, he's done a solid job and could see time with Springfield.
- Seth Ambroz and Kerby Rychel excelled during the re-direct drills. Ambroz went 2-for-3 and then Rychel put both of his in the back of the net. No surprise, really, considering both guys come with the reputation of being fearless at the front of the net.
- Alexander Wennberg showcased his creativity in every drill set today. He scored several times on each goalie, including an impressive short-side shot on Oscar Dansk and a creative zig-zag move on Anton Forsberg. Did we mention he's a fabulous skater yet?
- Anton Forsberg once again stood out from the crowd. Even when he was screened, he had no trouble finding the puck to make the stop.
- Ryan Murray was a standout for the second day in a row, particularly during the 3-on-1 drills where he stopped most trios from even getting a shot off. We’ll get back to him later.
- Oscar Dansk significantly improved his performance and seemed much more at ease on the ice for Day 2. His aggressiveness was reminiscent of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, as he dove all over the ice and rolled around to make the stops if need be. He's one of those goalies who never gives up on a puck...you have to love that.
- Mike Reilly was definitely a defensive force to be reckoned with on multiple occasions, especially on the odd-man rush drills throughout the on-ice session. He was capable on the poke check and creating turnovers for rushes down the opposite end of the ice.
- Marko Dano has played much larger than his 5-foot-11 frame these past two days, making his presence known all over the ice. Today in particular, he excelled in front of the goalies, letting them know he was there if they coughed up a rebound. Both of us noticed his high energy on every single rep, and he's clearly one of those "110 percent" players that you don't have to worry about.
The short ice sessions were a definite crowd favorite. Less space and more pace gave the players the opportunity to show off their skills, and they didn’t disappoint. Wennberg shone through with his tricky puck-handling moves and played an extremely impressive two-way game. He even shut down a great Rychel shot. Another highlight of the session? Forsberg lost his stick and shut down not one, but two, attempts by different guys.
Markus Soberg drew a lot of “oohs” and “aahs” from the crowd when he dangled two defensemen and put the puck past Ouellette.
Good catch by Kristyn here: Peter Quenneville was a pleasant surprise today—as a No.195 overall pick at the 2013 NHL Draft, he wasn’t a big name many people remembered going into today’s session. Afterward, many took note because of his several goals from several feet out. #certifiedsniper