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Prospects Development Camp: Day 3

Brind'Amour, Cotton & Lorentz break down Friday's action

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

Friday's Prospects Development Camp schedule shook things up a bit, as the players took the ice for an hour-long morning practice first thing today.

The afternoon slate features more off-ice lectures followed by a team-building event on the golf course. Here are some notes, quotes and observations from what we saw on day three of camp.

Video: Prospects take the ice for the third day of camp

→ Each on-ice session hasn't differed too much from one another this week. It's a lot of the same drills and same concepts, but that's by design, according to assistant coach Rod Brind'Amour.

"We didn't throw a whole lot at them this camp. It was really just getting them on the ice and for us, getting a feel for what kind of players we have coming in here," he explained. "It's a feeling out process for them and us. They do all this testing we have going on. It's more to give them a baseline and make sure they leave knowing what we expect of them to be a Hurricane. That's really what this is all about."

Saturday's on-ice session, dubbed the Canes Prospect Game, should ratchet up the intensity.

"You can tell who can play and who I think has a bright future, but they're also some sneaky guys who have a competitive advantage," Brind'Amour said. "Maybe they don't skate as well, but all of a sudden, when game-time comes, you see a little different flair. I like what I'm seeing."

→ David Cotton has been an intriguing piece all week. Selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft, Cotton now plays college hockey at Boston College. He posted 24 points (10g, 14a) in 40 games as a freshman.

Video: David Cotton: "I have the reach to pull it off"

A shootout wrapped today's proceedings, and Cotton brought down the house with a filthy dangle. The youth camp kids watching from the club level were loving it.

Tweet from @NHLCanes: That's a bold strategy Cotton. Let's see if it pays off for him...#CanesCamp pic.twitter.com/QM2Xvc7Fc4

→ Steven Lorentz is another late-round pick from 2015, and this year marks his third development camp. He's a wily veteran by comparison.

"It's a battle. You've got to come in here and work with other top players as a team and unit," Lorentz said. "You were drafted for a reason. If you play that game, you're going to be successful."

Video: Steven Lorentz: "It's going to be high-intensity"

Lorentz had a big season with the Peterborough Petes in the Ontario Hockey League, posting 29 goals and 32 assists (61 games) in 66 games. He signed his three-year, entry-level contract with the Hurricanes in April.

From being passed over his first time through the draft to being selected 186th overall to today, it's been a long road of hard work and commitment for Lorentz - and he knows there's still plenty ahead.

"The Canes took a flier on me, and I'm very fortunate. I just never really stopped believing. I worked hard every day. I didn't let it get me down. There are a bunch of different ways to get into the NHL; you don't always have to be a first-round pick," he said. "I'm so fortunate that the Canes took a chance on me, and I'm glad that it's working out right now, but there's still quite a bit of work left to do. I'd like to work into this team in a few years."

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Prospects Development Camp will be capped off by the Summerfest Celebration on Saturday. It will be a busy day at PNC Arena with plenty happening for fans of all ages. The fun begins at 10, and the Canes Prospect Game faces off at noon. And, oh yeah, free agency opens then, too. Executive Vice President and General Manager Ron Francis is scheduled to speak to the gathered crowd shortly after 11 a.m.

A full rundown of what to expect at Saturday's Summerfest Celebration can be found here.

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