Thursday marked the third day of Lightning Development Camp, and while for the most part it was somewhat of a quiet day with the campers participating in only shooting drills and power skating, it still served as a valuable time to ease the prospects in to not only gain a feel for the NHL experience, but also to become more familiar with each other.
“A lot of these guys could be your teammates later on,” Tanner Richard said. “So it’s been a lot of fun, and we’re learning a lot with the skating coach in town and doing the shooting drills. It seems like everyone is doing great. This has been more of a learning process, just showing us new things and things that we can bring back and introduce to our program back home.”
TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME…
There was a nice moment yesterday, away from the ice, when the camp participants attended the Tampa Bay Rays vs. New York Yankees baseball game at Tropicana Field.
Sitting in the stands was Tanner Richard, selected with the 71st overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft approximately two weeks ago, who happened to be at the right place at the right time when he caught a foul ball that actually hit off the person in front of him before landing into his hands.
Richard said he didn’t even know whose bat the ball was hit off of, but it nevertheless made for a memorable outing.
By the way, rather than keeping the baseball as a souvenir, Richard opted to hand it off to a youngster who was sitting nearby, a gesture that then gained praise over Twitter from several of the other camp participants including JT Brown.