SCOTTSDALE – The 2012 Coyotes Prospect Development Camp ended on Friday afternoon with an energetic on-ice workout that included a scrimmage, a shootout competition and a loud howl from the fans in attendance at the Ice Den as the young players left the ice for the final time.
“I thought it was really good,” Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving said when asked to sum up the weeklong camp. “This is sort of like when you leave the draft and there’s 30 teams that say ‘we got everybody that we wanted and everything went perfectly,’ but I honestly thought that this was a real good week. You can see the steps that guys have taken in their game.”
Besides skating, the prospects also participated in off-ice workouts, received tips on nutrition and healthy eating habits, acclimated themselves with the Coyotes staff, and took a trek up Camelback Mountain - which has become a tradition of sorts at the prospect camp.
Forward Henrik Samuelsson, who was selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, felt that his experience at the camp was a positive one.
“I got to know a lot of good guys here at the camp,” Samuelsson said. “I got to skate for the first time this summer, so it was a good week of just working out and skating. I thought it was a great week and I had a lot of fun with it.”
Defenseman Mathieu Brodeur, who was attending his fifth prospect camp, said that this camp was just as fun as the previous ones.
“There’s a new strength and conditioning coach (Tommy Powers) this year,” Brodeur said. “It’s been a lot different and verybody had fun, but at the same time everybody works to get better and learn the organization and the staff. So, it went pretty well.”
Some prospect camp veterans noticed other changes this year. Instead of being held in mid-July, the camp was held immediately after the draft and all the on-ice work took place in the afternoon.
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Brodeur felt that many of the changes led to a more productive week of camp.
“I thought it was good for the skating to be in the afternoon because in the morning sometimes some people are still sleepy a little bit,” said Brodeur, who was selected in the third round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. “…The pace of practice was better than I thought and the coaches told us that, too.”
With this likely being his final visit to the camp, Brodeur said that it’s been nothing short of a privilege to attend and work out amongst some of the organization’s top prospects.
“Every year that I come down here it’s a pleasure,” Brodeur said. “It’s an honor. If it’s my fifth year it means I’m still part of the organization, and I think that’s a good thing, so it’s always fun coming down here.”