WINNIPEG - Winnipeg Jets Development Camp continued Monday as Groups A and B took part in the on-ice testing component - a puck-less portion of camp that included the dreaded "beep test," where a player's aerobic capacity is measured in a lengthy and multi-faceted test of endurance.
The players began testing at 9:45 and after chiselling the sheets for more than two hours at high speed, Day 2 came to exhausting end as team brass looked on.
For 2016 first-round pick Logan Stanley - winded like all the rest - he was just excited to be out there to show what he's got.
"(The legs) are a little bit tired and a little bit sore, but it's fun to do that with the guys," he said. "It's been a good week so far - pretty busy and the skate test was hard today - but I'm enjoying myself."
Stanley had 17 points (5G, 12A) and 103 penalty minutes in 64 games last year with the Windsor Spitfires. He was drafted by the Jets 18th overall last week in Buffalo, with General Manager
Kevin Cheveldayoff trading up from No. 22 spot to get him.
"It was exciting," Stanley said. "It didn't really sink in until a couple days later; lots of supporters back home, friends and family, with lots of positive comments coming my way. It was a quick turnaround. I got back into the gym right away and now I'm here. … The guys are good and welcoming. The guys who have been here before are kind of showing me around a little
bit, so it's been nice."
Stanley, who trains with Los Angeles Kings forward and fellow Waterloo product Michael Latta in the off-season, plans to work on his foot speed over the summer, so that when camp kicks off in the
fall, he'll be better prepared for the faster, more intense NHL pace.
While the physically gifted, 6-foot-7, 225-pound defender is all but impossible to beat one-on-one, he wants to become a more complete player, with the rangy abilities of another, equally tall Winnipeg blueliner: Tyler Myers . He, too, struggled at times to develop the requisite coordination, but after years of work and dozens of painstaking power skating sessions, it all paid off.
"It's fast out here and training camp in September will be even quicker, so I'm trying to work on my foot speed and my skating," he said, adding that his first NHL training camp will be a "good measuring stick" for him moving forward. "These are the best guys in the world, so you've
got to be pretty good to play with them. … I'll be able to see where I fit in."
A NEW HOLM
2016 fourth-round pick Jacob Cederholm hasn't stopped smiling.
Chosen by the Jets 97th overall last week in Buffalo, Cederholm was one of the most excited players we've ever seen on the draft floor, and that elation hasn't waned in the nine days since.
Cederholm flew from Buffalo to Portland, Oregon, where he visited with his brother, Vancouver Canucks draft pick Anton, before arriving in Winnipeg.
It's been a whirlwind, no doubt, but he wouldn't have had it any other way.
"It's unbelievable. To be here around all the guys that have been drafted and were invited to this camp, it's amazing. They're so good and so professional, so just being around those guys is huge for me.
"It took me a few days to soak it all in. Now being here, I'm so excited. I'm just enjoying this (experience)."
Cederholm had one goal and five points in 35 games with HV71 of the Swedish Hockey League's junior division last season.
ONE MORE YEAR
Tucker Poolman will be returning for a third season at the University of North Dakota, but that hasn't changed his focus.
He wants to be a Winnipeg Jet.
"It's something I'd discussed with my family, coaches and teammates for quite a while," he said of the decision. "I just decided I wanted to stay another year and keep preparing."
Poolman is returning to play with his younger brother, Colton, who is joining UND as a freshman after spending the 2015-16 season with the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League.
Until now, the two have never played together.
"It's pretty special. One of the big reasons I went back was to have the opportunity to play with him," Poolman said.
Poolman, along with former Manitoba Moose coach Brad Berry, won the NCAA national championship back in April in Tampa, Florida. The 23-year-old tallied five goals and 24 points, along with a collegiate career high +22 rating in 40 games this season.
"It takes a lot of people - teammates, coaches, staff - everyone's got to pull the rope in the same direction," Poolman said of the title-winning campaign. "We had a lot of guys buy in and accept
their roles. We had a real talented team with lots of good players.
"It was pretty special to get it done."
Cheveldayoff commented on Poolman at his year-end press conference following the Jets' 2015-16 season.
"Tucker is an interesting prospect for us. He's a player that is more mature because of his age and experience. … Last year he played mostly as a forward, at times, and this year he was a big part of them winning the championship. The sequence of plays that he had in the Denver [Frozen Four Semifinal] game where he blocked some shots, those are the sacrifices you need to make to win a championship. We're proud of him, we're proud to have him as part of our organization and
at the appropriate point in time we'll have different discussions with him."
Poolman, a fifth-round pick in 2013, must be signed by Jun. 1, 2016, or he will be become an unrestricted free agent later that summer (Aug. 15).
- Ryan Dittrick, WinnipegJets.com