No surprises for Julien - but a little praise from Coach
"I think our players are pretty focused," said B's head coach Claude Julien in assessment of Training Camp '09. "They are in pretty good shape and -- knock on wood -- we've stayed pretty well injury free.
"I don't know if there is a guy we didn't expect to do well [that's surprised us]. We talked about Marchand yesterday, who is really having a good camp, and is doing his best to stick [around].
"We'll get to see him again tomorrow, but Max Sauve
-- he's got skill. The biggest thing with him is how involved in traffic [he can get]. In New York he did a good job."
The B's latest story of perseverance has caught Julien's eye, as well.
"We're looking at guys like [Jeff] LoVecchio who hadn't played all last year. He's a guy who has a lot of upside," he said.
Arniel, Begin, Boychuk, Fata, Hamill, LoVecchio, Lucic, MacDonald, Morris, Penner, Rask, Ryder, Sauve, Savard, Stuart, Sturm, Thomas, Thornton, Whitfield, Wideman.
More from Wilmo in a bit.
Just finished taping the first WebCam of the new season!
The second group is on...
Hamill, Kobasew, Lehtonen, Lucic, MacDonald, Marquardt, Randell, Recchi, Sauve, Savard, Sturm, and Whitfield are the forwards. Defensemen: Bodnarchuk, Boychuk, Button, Chara, Fata, Ference, Goulet, Penner, Kwiet. Goal: Courchaine, Hutchinson, Regan.
The first group just left the ice. It included...
Arniel, Begin, Bergeron, Bitz, Knackstedt, Krejci, Larman, Lefebvre, LocVecchio, Marchand, MacDermid, Ryder, Sobotka, Thornton, were the Wheelers. Defensemen: Hunwick, McQuaid, Morris, Stuart, Wideman, Wozniewski. Goaltenders: Rask, Sabourin, Thomas.