Sunday, July 17, 2011

Development Camp Updates

(Note: Thanks to our NHL blogging pals for their help in our coverage of Development Camps.)


Saint John Sea Dogs forward Zack Phillips potted a pair of goals in Saturday’s Minnesota Wild Development Camp scrimmage. The game, played in front of 3,300 fans at the Xcel Energy Center, ended in a 5-5 tie.

From the Wild website:

Team Green finally got on the board a minute later when Zack Phillips -- the second of the Wild's two first round selections in the most recent draft -- potted a goal thanks to some puck luck. Traffic in front deflected a shot by Marco Scandella to Phillips, who was all alone at the right circle.

That goal capped first half scoring.

"I try and be an offensive player so it was good to get a couple goals for the fans out there today," Phillips said. "That was important to me, so I'm glad they went in."
Team Green was then down by two but scored three straight to take a 5-4 advantage late in the contest.

Phillips struck again, capping a pretty 2-on-1 rush after a great pass through the defenseman by Kris Foucault.

"Foucault made a nice pass to me, I thought he was going to shoot but he made that nice saucer pass and I just slapped at it and it went in," Phillips said of his second tally.
Team White tied it late to end the game in a 5-5 tie. There was a shootout after the match and apparently Team Green “dominated.”

Here are the scrimmage highlights:

Mikael Granlund’s sick shootout move:

Wild camp comes to a close today with another scrimmage held at the Xcel Energy Center.

Washington Capitals Development Camp came to a close yesterday with a scrimmage. Team Red won the final contest by score of 5-2. Sea Dogs forward Stanislav Galiev netted an empty netter with 13 seconds remaining.

“Today was probably the best game for everyone,” wrote Galiev in his Caps website blog. “We all worked hard and I felt great.”

From the Washington Times:

Galiev has some wheels and good vision, but another year in junior could help his decision-making abilities.
Here is Caps head coach Bruce Boudreau speaking with the media following the match:

As always, Japers’ Rink has all of your Development Camp links.

Pittsburgh Penguins Development Camp came to a close yesterday with a scrimmage at the CONSOL Energy Center where roughly 5,000 fans showed up.

Former Sea Dogs Alex Grant and Nick Petersen along with current/former Dog Simon Despres all took part in the camp. According to Inside Pittsburgh Sports, Grant did not play in the game.

“Nick Petersen showed a lot of movement on the ice and made some great moves for a goal, an overall work ethic that this team loves and thrives on,” writes Alex Stitch on Pensburgh.

Petersen had a goal and two assists in the match.

“Despres and (Penguins 2011 first round pick Joe) Morrow teamed up on D for the white team. That could be future version of Keith/Seabrook,” tweeted Seth Rorabaugh of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Here are some highlights:

In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette today, Despres said that he would like a roommate that enjoys cooking for his first season of pro hockey.

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