DAY II |DAY I
In terms of evaluation purposes, you are still best off on holding making evaluation decisions in pen…you are still using a pencil.
Today, I think it was an outstanding idea to give the young kids a chance to play with some of the players that will be playing with the big club. Thomas Hickey, on his first day in camp, was paired with Rob Blake, while Brian Boyle was paired with Lubomir Visnovsky.
There were a lot of young guys that got to skate with NHL guys and it was great to see how they reacted, it was great to see the young guys have an on-ice learning session throughout the games.
So we still have to wait.
Today is much like day one in regard to the players still being in the feeling out process. Each player is getting more and more comfortable with Coach Crawford and what his staff wants to play system wise. There is a lot of thinking going on the ice as opposed to just reacting, which comes later when everyone is comfortable.
There are three days of scrimmages and what you are seeing is a heavy flow of trying to get everyone up to speed systems wise. They are feeling themselves out with the system and with each other at this point.
That is a byproduct of having such a short camp schedule this year to accommodate the team opening in Austria and London. But when it is all said and done, when you look at the positives in spending the time away on the road as a team, I think that will increase in the bonding process.