So during an instant message conversation a couple days ago with the ‘Sage I realized that I made the egregious error of not holding up my end of the bargain from the last post. So without further ado…
Darik Angeli – Darik showed that he has the size to play with the big boys, but he needs some polish. Appeared to struggle with a couple of the skate drills during power skating but during scrimmages he showed that he wouldn’t shy away from the contact. He’s got a nice shot but needs to work on accuracy a little. Overall a nice invite.
Anthony Camara – What can I say, he didn’t shy away from the contact last year at development camp and this year he appears to have gotten bigger and stronger. His skating has improved and he showed during the scrimmage that he has learned when physicality is necessary and when to avoid it. As I noted last year, his positioning is good (which appears to have improved) and he has a nice shot.
Colin Campbell – I hate to admit this, but he didn’t stand out during camp. This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, there is some tough competition out there and with the size on the ice, even at 6’1″ and 190, he doesn’t leave an impression size wise. Colin did show that he can get up and down the ice and didn’t appear to have any issues in power skating but during scrimmages he just appeared to blend in. Again, not really a bad thing.
Daniel Carr – Listed at 6’0″ and I’m not one to argue, but it was tough to distinguish because he always seemed to be up against the “giants”. Seen on more than one occasion trying to chop down the redwood that is Dougie Hamilton, Dan doesn’t appear to shy away from the contact. He has good speed and gets into the corners. He did appear to struggle getting back on defense, but that can be said for more than a few at camp.
Justin Courtnall – Justin turned more than a few heads with his aggressive play during scrimmages and practice. Appeared to do well during the skate drills but not quite there yet. He gets up and down the ice quickly and is willing to get dirty. He also doesn’t shy away from contact and got under the skin of a couple of the d-men he was playing against. Accuracy seemed to be an issue when shooting at times.
Brian Ferlin – Last year saw Brian hustling through workouts and giving his all. That carried over to this year. The question of his being more physical may have been answered as he was more willing to engage but still shows more of a propensity for the offense. Skating is not an issue here, and while he doesn’t have Spooner speed, he can get around pretty quickly.
Justin Florek – According to one source I have spoken to, Justin is slow. I don’t see it, and apparently I didn’t see it at last year’s camp either. Still has that shot but didn’t appear to show it off as much. Good size and definitely not afraid to get dirty or get physical.
Seth Griffith – Nice footwork, showed it off during skate drills. Decent offensive skills. Didn’t appear to get back on defense as quickly as he could have. Overall a good camp for him. One of the notes I jotted down during camp…The steal of the draft, avoided because of his size.
Colton Hargrove – This young man from Texas has some serious potential. The size and grit are obvious. He didn’t back down from contact. He has really good hands and a hard shot. While talking to him it was clear that he knew what he wanted and what he felt he had to work on. Colton also stated that he modeled his game after Mike Modano and Milan Lucic (yes!). Heading to Western Michigan to play for the Broncos this fall. He should perform well there.
Cody Payne – Yup, another big, strapping forward. Cody appeared to have a little trouble with a couple of the skate drills and he’s not the fastest forward on the ice. But grit and toughness he has. Just looking at his numbers with the Whalers last season bear that out. Only 14 points but 95 penalty minutes tell us what kind of player he is, but Cody does have skills and it would be good to see him expand those skills.
Ben Sexton – A junior at Clarkson, Ben is still learning, and growing. He reported to training camp listed at 6 feet. The speed is still there, and his offensive skills. He appears to have improved on his defensive game since last year’s camp. Ben still hustles up and down the ice, and appears to have a good idea where his line mates are. Good passer too.
Wayne Simpson – Didn’t do anything to stand out but didn’t do anything to hurt himself either in the eyes of the viewers during camp. He has good offensive capabilities and got through all the skate drills without any issues. He needs a little more size and grit to compete with the other campers, but a good invite and someone to keep watching.
So that covers all the forwards at camp. One of the things Peter noted about camp was the size of the campers this year. It’s obvious that the B’s covet size in their players, as well as grit and a willingness to get into the corners and muck it up. It was noted that no one is going to be offered a job in July, but some of the young guns in camp did much to improve their value to the club in the coming years and the future looks bright. Look for the defense and goalies later today.