The 26 camp attendees will now pack their bags to disperse to various parts of the globe; some will meet up again in Traverse City, MI, for the annual rookie tournament and some will attend Canes training camp in Raleigh come September.
Here are some notables from today’s skate.
I love the way Brock McGinn plays. He throws his shoulder into everyone he skates near. It’s a shame that he falls two months shy of meeting the AHL age requirement for this season, but he’ll be worth keeping an eye on in September.
Sergey Tolchinsky gave Team Red a 1-0 lead in the first period with some nifty stickhandling, as he picked the corner blocker-side on Collin Olson. This kid is a lot of fun to watch. And he wasn’t done there.
“He was probably the biggest surprise or explosive guy this week that really made people look at him” said head coach Kirk Muller. “He had an impressive finish.”
Ryan Murphy – an NHL No. 7 among training camp numbers in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s – was a noticeable standout. He tied the scrimmage 1-1 on a shot from the left circle, as he was looking for a one-timer but had to corral and settle the puck before beating Daniel Altshuller.
“Murphy stepped it up today, and it shows the level that he has,” Muller said.
Camp invitee Charlie Millen replaced Olson in net for White, as Altshuller continued to tend for Red.
A fifth-round pick of the Canes this year, Brent Pedersen gave White a 2-1 lead, slipping the puck past Altshuller after a nice feed from Murphy.
Brandon Shea, another camp invitee, had a nice takeaway at his own blue line and finished the play off with a top-shelf backhand goal on Altshuller’s glove side.
Altshuller then had a pair of dandies, stoning Justin Shugg with a pad save on a rebound opportunity and denying McGinn on a breakaway. A lot of work for the 19-year-old goaltender who logged 58 games with Oshawa of the OHL last season.
It sounds like I’m a broken record, but there was Tolchinsky again, stickhandling through a few defenders and scoring his second goal of the game. It was 3-2 White at this point.
“He didn’t get drafted – let’s be honest – probably because of his size. But there’s a good example here where you get a look at him and get to know him,” Muller said. “He’s got a great attitude, he’s very much an extrovert, he’s a very fun-loving guy with the other guys and he goes out, plays hard and produces. He really made us turn our heads.”
Camp invitee Adam Brace made a sharp dish to defenseman Trevor Carrick, who joined the rush, for the easy goal on the near side. The mini-scrimmage would end in a 3-3 tie.
Odds and Ends
A shootout capped the week, as Team Red claimed victory and brought what was an exhilarating week both for the players and fans alike to an end.
“I think we’re really excited about the week,” Muller said. “It was a great opportunity for us as coaches to finally see some of these guys that are not only new from this year’s draft but the last few years, too. It’s great to understand your depth.”
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