Photos by Norm Hall
Over the last five days, 26 of the Phoenix Coyotes top prospects have been tested both on and off the ice, in ways they never had before. The result is that every participant in camp now has some idea of what it is like at the NHL level.
Off the ice, players have been pushed to their limits in the workout room and in their conditioning, all to simulate that which is needed to endure the rigors of an 82 game NHL schedule.
On the ice, players are seeing new drill, learning more about positioning and are being taught to focus more on the effort than the result at this level. By taking these valuable lessons to heart, the Coyotes prospects are improving their chances of one day becoming an NHL player.
"It's been going great this week," said Coyotes' prospect Keith Yandle. "We are really getting some good (off-ice) workouts in and some good (on-ice) skating sessions that have taught us a lot."
The Coyotes 2006 Summer Rookie Camp will continue this weekend before concluding on Sunday afternoon.
AUTOGRAPH SESSION REMINDER
On Saturday, fans are encouraged to come out to Desert Schools Coyotes Center in Peoria to meet all the Coyotes prospects at this summer's rookie camp and get free autographs from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Following the autograph session, the players will hold an on-ice workout from 3:30-4:30 p.m.