After completing a ropes course challenge
on the second day of Carolina Hurricanes Prospects Development Camp, the group got back on the ice for a pair of power skating sessions on Wednesday evening, the first with defensemen and goalies and the second with forwards.
Here are some notes from each session, which were led by instructor Kim Muir and her staff.
Defensemen and Goalies
-- Muir was rocking the “Madonna mic” as Amber Jaye called it, allowing the folks in the stands to hear her instruction.
-- A number of defensemen stood out doing these drills, Haydn Fleury and Josh Wesley included. Not surprisingly, the guys that looked more comfortable have done power skating before.
“I do it quite a bit during the summertime,” Fleury said. “It’s been something I’ve really had to work on in the last couple of years, so now it just comes easy. But you still challenge yourself with the things you can do out there.”
Muir singled out Wesley as her best defenseman.
“Josh skated with me all year long,” she said. “He knows all my drills.”
-- Goaltender Logan Halladay was also one that had power skating experience under his belt, and it showed. Even in his gear, he was pretty dexterous.
“I’ve actually been doing it for a while,” he said. “That was one of the big things developing us when we were growing up. We had an awesome coach who put a huge emphasis on the power skating, not only for the players but for the goalies as well. It’s something we didn’t like too much as kids, but I can look back and say that I’m extremely glad that I did it. It’s helped me tremendously.”
-- It’s always interesting to watch the goalies do the same drills as skaters with all of their equipment on. I astutely noted last year that this puts them at a great disadvantage, and my stance on this matter remains unchanged.
“We just have to try to make with what we have and hang with the players,” Halladay said with a grin. “We try to have fun with it and focus on getting better.”
-- The forwards session was noticeably different in that it seemed more up-tempo. Over the years, Muir has noted the same.
“Forwards are usually high-tempo, super-fast, more about doing the drill as opposed to methodically doing it correctly,” she said. “They want to be first always. They want to be the best.”
-- Brendan Woods missed the last 25 games of the Charlotte Checkers’ regular season with a knee injury. He looked no worse for wear doing the power skating drills.
“Power skating was good,” he said. “I didn’t have any problems, really.”
Having a year in Charlotte already under his belt, Woods is not unfamiliar to Muir and power skating, as she would work with the team about once each month. So, naturally, Woods was picked on a bit during today’s session.
“She put me on the spot a couple times today,” he said. “She’s great, and I love her to death. It really does help you, and you notice it in game situations.”
-- Muir anointed Brent Pedersen, a fifth-round draft pick of the Canes in 2013, as her best forward.
“Just solid, smooth and controlled,” he said. “You’re not just looking for the super-fast one, but the transitional one.”
Amber Jaye is anchoring exclusive live morning coverage of closed on-ice sessions for the remainder of the week. If you missed this morning’s broadcast, you can check it out here. Be sure to tune in on CarolinaHurricanes.com or in our official mobile app at 10:15 a.m. on Thursday and Friday for more fun!
Thursday evening’s schedule features a team practice at 5:30 p.m. It’s open to the public, so bring the family and escape the humid heat for dinner and hockey. It’s the same drill for Friday if you can’t make it on Thursday. A full schedule for the week can be found here.
Saturday marks the Summerfest Celebration, which features the final practice and skills competition of development camp, an autograph session and plenty of interactive fun for the entire family. More information can be found here.