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The second week of camp means more cuts and more intense training

by Sara Giles saratgiles /

The New Jersey Devils organization made more cuts to the training camp roster on Sunday with the roster standing at 27 guys for now. This means that the regular season is starting soon and also means that practices will get harder for the guys as they get closer.

Blake Coleman said that now it's the second week of camp, the competition gets tighter and training gets tougher.

"A lot of our team is in here now. It was certainly a long and hard practice today, we got a taste of what to expect for the rest of the week. It gets that much tighter, that much harder for completion and earning spots on the team and where you're going to play. Im a guy that wants to play big roles and big minutes, so I have just as much to prove as anyone else. Now it's just about getting that tight group, that team you want to bond together with and become close," said Coleman. 

Video: RAW | Blake Coleman

Head coach John Hynes says that his focus on this second week of camp is more detailed to special situations and maybe even tougher for the younger guys.

"This week is a little bit more detailed, special stations. You also want to continue the conditioning, the battle, the hardness, but this week is a little bit more fine-tune because we have fewer guys. Every day the competitions get more intense. The every exhibition game you play against will be filled with more NHL players. The second week of preseason is defiantly more difficult for younger players because you're playing and practicing against more NHL players," said Hynes. 

Video: RAW | John Hynes

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