After three days of drills, whistles and workouts, the prospects got a chance to play a little four-on-four hockey, and at the end of the session, gave the capacity crowd in attendance a show.
Blue Jackets Development Coach Tyler Wright played the role of referee, and the prospects were divided into two squads: Red and White. Members of the Red team included Stefan Legein and Adam Pineault, while the likes of Derick Brassard and Jakub Voracek suited up for the White team.
With both teams sporting highly-touted prospects, it was the defensemen who took the reins for the victorious White Team, in a 4-0 victory.
The White team dominated play for the first ten minutes, and jumped out to a quick 8-0 shots on goal advantage. Free-agent signing John Hughes, from the OHL's Brampton Battalion, opened the scoring by slamming linemate Matt Greer's rebound into the net.
Defenseman Andrey Plekhanov, who recently signed a new two-year contract with the Blue Jackets, was on the receiving end of a beautiful three-way passing play with Brassard and Voracek. Voracek dipped a check along the boards and slid a pass to Brassard at the goal line. Brassard ducked behind the net and found Plekhanov sneaking in from the point to tap the puck in, making it 2-0 for the White team.
Just a few minutes later, defenseman Grant Clitsome found himself in front of the net in the offensive zone, just as Plekhanov did earlier. Greer's low wrist shot caromed off goaltender Allen York's pad, allowing Clitsome another wide-open net to make it 3-0 in favor of the White team.
Brian McGuirk, 231st pick in 2004 the 2004 Draft, continued his strong showing in camp, adding the fourth and final goal for the White Team. After a turnover by the Red team, Plekhanov fed McGuirk a lead pass in the neutral zone, and the forward flew down the wing and beat York with a swift deke.
The White team finished with 16 shots on goal, and the Red Team registered eight. Ryan Mior finished with eight saves for the White Team, and York made 12 saves on 16 shots for the Red team.
The teams also participated in a shootout, the White Team converted seven times in 14 attempts against York. The Red Team was mostly stymied by Mior, who stopped 10 of 13 shootout attempts against him.
McGuirk and Brassard were among the shootout successes for the White Team, while 2008 draftee Tomas Kubalik, Cullen Eddy and defenseman Jonathan Sigalet scored for the Red Team.