The Carolina Hurricanes’ annual Prospects Development Camp drew to a close on Saturday with the Summerfest Celebration, which featured a prospects scrimmage and shootout among other fun events in front of a crowd of 3,500 at PNC Arena.
Here are some notes from what we saw on the ice today.
-- Just from observing the rosters, I liked Team White heading into the scrimmage. Apparently, they did too.
“White team was pretty cocky before the game started, and we got humbled pretty quick there and realized this was going to be a game,” Team White defenseman Haydn Fleury said with a smile. We just couldn’t get back in it, but there was definitely talk in the dressing room before.”
Team Red, coached by Glen Wesley, struck first early, though, and never looked back.
-- The first four goals of the game – two from Red and two from White – were ugly goals, pucks that bounced in off skates, sticks or bodies. Thought it was just going to be that kind of game. Then, the skill emerged.
Camp invitee Dryden Hunt found the back of the net with a sweet toe drag move. A couple tallies later, Phil Di Giuseppe sniped one top shelf where there was virtually no room, sending the water bottle hurdling through the air.
“Di Giuseppe was good,” head coach Bill Peters said. “They got rewarded for their work.”
-- Team White used a couple of defensemen up front in the first five-on-five period, as Fleury and Josh Wesley took a few shifts as forwards.
“Those [shifts] are fun. I like playing in the offensive end,” Fleury laughed. “Whenever you get to play forward, the best part is you don’t have to worry too much about getting back for defense.”
-- At the end of regulation, Team Red held a 5-3 lead. A shootout followed, and Team Red emerged victorious, 7-5.
Brady Vail, Alex Aleardi, Bryan Moore and Clark Bishop – the first two shooters and the last two shooters – netted goals in the shootout. Di Giuseppe came close, getting Logan Halladay to bite but putting the puck right off the post.
-- Patrick Brown, signed as a free agent out of Boston College, impressed me in today’s scrimmage. He has pretty good speed and decent size, and he put the puck in good places.
“I thought Brown had a really good week throughout, Monday through Saturday,” he said. “He’s a guy who opened some eyes, and now I can put a name to a face.”
-- Di Giuseppe, who is forgoing his senior year at Michigan to turn pro, also stood out with his speed, shot and flashes of pure skill. He could be poised for a big year in Charlotte and is someone to keep an eye on in the coming months.
-- The crowd turnout all week and especially today was incredible, and it didn’t go unnoticed.
“For how many people that showed up in the middle of the summer for a little pick-up-type game … it was so cool,” Fleury said.
“It was unbelievable. I said to Ronnie, ‘Wow. That’s a big turnout, in my opinion,’” Peters said. “I thought the group that showed up today was impressive.”
From here, the prospects will put a bow on the week by attending the Durham Bulls game where Fleury will toss out the first pitch.
Keep it locked on CarolinaHurricanes.com in the coming weeks. We’ll have more from this past week, as we look back on the camp through the eyes of social media and put the feature spotlight on some of the camp attendees.
Additionally, another installment of Open Ice will debut in the near future, as our CanesVision camera crew documented development camp behind the scenes.
Finally, if you missed any of our coverage throughout the week, you can dig back through it here on the web and all of our social media properties, including Twitter and Instagram.