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Old 07-06-2019, 02:17 PM   #111
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Development Camp 2019
Was at camp on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Here are some observations. Take them for what it’s worth.

Goalies
82 - Tyler Parsons - Stockton Heat (AHL)
-Very calm. Seemed more positionally sound and efficient in his movements. More quiet in style and settled in the crease than previously. Made the extra effort to stretch and outwait players for some saves.

40 - Dustin Wolf - Everett (WHL)
-Quick lateral movement. Covers bottom of the net well. Active stick. Got beat high a couple times.

72 - Christoffer Rifalk - Rogle BK (SHL) - Free Agent Invite
-Hard to judge. Looked economical in his movements. Got beat high and let some squeakers through in some drills but I wouldn’t read too much into it.

70 - Nick Schneider - Stockton Heat (AHL)/Kansas City Mavericks (ECHL)
-Looked more comfortable this time around. Positioning was good.

50 - Artyom Zagidulin - Stockton Heat (AHL)
-Seemed very calm and relaxed in net. Not many shots seemed to fool him. Interested to see him against better competition as he looked a bit disinterested with the shots he was facing.

Defence
94 - Zach Giuttari - RD - Brown (NCAA) - Free Agent Invite
-Decent skater for a big defenceman.
Age (23) and experience showed. Defensive defenceman similar to Josh Healey without the open ice hitting.

57 - Robert Hamilton - LD - Stockton Heat (AHL)
-Pro experience shows. Skating, puck moving ok, no skill really stands out. Good awareness.

96 - Tommy Miller - RD - Michigan State (NCAA) - Free Agent Invite
-Battled hard. Didn’t stand out much otherwise. Defensive defenceman mould.

43 - Andrew Nielsen - LD - Stockton Heat (AHL)
-Big, long stride. Long reach. Agility and mobility means AHL is probably his ceiling. Likes to play physical.

92 - Jerad Rosburg - LD - Michigan State (NCAA) - Free Agent Invite
-Hard shot. Tough in one-on-one battles. Physically developed at 23.

54 - Corey Schueneman - LD - Stockton Heat (AHL)
-Good skater, handles the puck well. Can tell he has learned from his short pro experience. Smart defender who reads the play well and doesn’t throw it away. Good shot.

95 - Johannes Kinnvall - RD - Hv71 (SHL) - Free Agent Invite
-Very mobile. Good puck mover. Undersized but some flashes of skill. Has a couple more seasons on his SHL contract. I’d be interested to see his development in a couple years.

46 - Carl Johan Lerby - LD - Malmo RedHawks (SHL)
-Good skater but not effortless in style. Handles and moves the puck well. Very engaged in the play. Good shot, instincts. Battles well for his size. High intensity style. Interested to see him in North America in a year’s time.

85 - Chris Merisier-Ortiz - LD - Baie Comeau Drakkar (QMJHL) - Free Agent Invite
-Can see flashes of skill but it needs some refinement. Uses an active stick to break up plays. Good offensive instincts. Needs some strength and weight. Shot needs some more power. Battles well for a smaller d-man and did well as one of the younger guys. Noticeable in the two-on-two drills. Overheard Conroy saying “he’s playing not bad. I noticed him.”

97 - Montana Onyebuchi - RD - Kamloops Blazers (WHL) - Free Agent Invite
-Big, mean, nasty player. Can see why he got into fights. Likes to play physical. Hands are not up to par.

98 - Jackson ven de Leest - LD - Calgary Hitmen (WHL) - Free Agent Invite
-Big, good stick. Likes to play physical. Hard shot but accuracy needs work.

45 - Alexander Yelesin - RD - Stockton Heat (AHL)
-Started to shine when board battles were involved. Physical. Plays bigger than his size. Hard shot. Will need some time in the AHL I suspect.

Forwards
60 - Lucas Feuk - LW - Sodertalje SK (Allsvenskan)

-Needs work on his skating. Nice shot. Still pretty raw but you can see flashes of higher end skill.

79 - Ben Freeman - C - UConn (NCAA) - Free Agent Invite

-Skating could use work. Big guy.

59 - Andrew Fyten - C - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) - Free Agent Invite

-Decent skater. Lots of energy and intensity in drills.

42 - Glenn Gawdin - C - Stockton Heat (AHL)

-Poised. Pro level skating and puck handling. Looks like an AHL vet. Doesn’t do any one thing particularly well but appears to be a solid 2-way pro.

73 - David Kope - RW - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) - Free Agent Invite

-Tall. Hard shot but inconsistent. Decent speed at times. Pretty raw as a player.
83 - Demetrios Koumontzis - LW - Arizona State (NCAA)

-Lots of energy. Still pretty raw. A real buzzsaw out there. Low centre of gravity, wide stance, hard to knock off the puck, strong edgework. Likes to drop the shoulder and use power moves to drive the net. Much improved from last camp.
74 - James Malm - LW - Calgary Hitmen (WHL) - Free Agent Invite

-Speedy, skilled forward. Scored a nice goal in two-on-two.

84 - Josh Nodler - RW - Michigan State (NCAA)

-Low skating stance, good in board battles. Surprisingly quick release. Good hands, flashes of skill.
64 - Emilio Pettersen - LW - Denver (NCAA)

-Great hands. Quick, smooth skater. Great puck-handling, excellent shot. High end offensive skill, hangs on to the puck until he sees a play. Drives the play. On a two-on-two drill he deked through two players including through one player’s legs and dished to Roman for a tap in. Really smart, confident player. Always asking coaches questions.

76 - Martin Pospisil - C - Stockton Heat (AHL)

-Skating a work in progress. Big frame but still thin. Looks like he’s still growing into his body. Some sneaky moves in tight that fooled defenders and goalies. Hard shot. Tough in board battles, annoying to play against.

65 - Milos Roman - C - Vancouver Giants (WHL)

-Quick, but not smooth. Somewhat choppy stride. Compete level is evident. Intelligent player. Good chemistry with teammates.

61 - Tristan Crozier - RW - Brown (NCAA) - Free Agent Invite

-Smaller quicker skill guy. Didn’t really stand out.

90 - Ronnie Hein - C - Ohio State (NCAA) - Free Agent Invite

-Some speed, intensity. Hands aren’t quite there.

81 - Linus Lindstrom - C - Skelleftea AIK (SHL)

-Smooth skater and puck handler. Smart. Accurate shot. Deceptive skill. Needs to add strength and speed as he is still slight and gets muscled off the puck.

91 - Mitchell Mattson - C - Michigan State (NCAA)

-Big. Straight line speed is good but questionable agility as he corners slow. Not seeing too high of a ceiling. Heavy shot but accuracy and puck handling are not strong.

51 - Jeremy McKenna - RW - Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL) - Free Agent Invite

-Good speed, compete level. Skills a bit raw at this point and need some refining.
86 - Mason Morelli - LW - Stockton Heat (AHL)

-Short pro experience showed. Good skater, good hands. Better touch around net then the college free agents. Doesn’t give up on plays.

49 - Jakob Pelletier - LW - Moncton Wildcats (QMJHL)

-Very quick, good edges, handles the puck well, great hand-eye coordination. Drives the play. Can hang on to the puck. Good vision and passing. Real battler. No fear of bigger players in board battles. Has a knack for coming out of a one-on-one on the boards with the puck. Knows how to use his body positioning to shield the puck. Harder, more accurate shot than most players his size (or age) at this camp. Scored lots on drills.
47 - Matthew Phillips - RW - Stockton Heat (AHL)

-Has not gotten any bigger. Great edgework, smooth, quick stickhandling. Lots of creativity and confidence offensively. Scored more than most during drills including some nice backhand goals. Weak shot but very accurate.
39 - Luke Philp - C - Stockton Heat (AHL)

-Smooth, quick skater, excellent edges. Good hands. Can score in tight, good finisher. Interested to see how he transitions to AHL from CIS. I think he’ll be able to put up a few points there. Seems mature.

63 - Adam Ruzicka - C - Stockton Heat (AHL)

-Skating has improved. Good puckhandling. One of the more skilled players out there. Big, strong, good hands. Heavy shot. Interested to see how he does playing against men in the AHL as I think he has got by on size and skill alone. Compete level is a question for me (I expected him to win more board battles and be a bit more physical).
62 - Filip Sveningsson - LW - IK Oskarsham (SHL)

-Strong skater, nice stride and good speed. Hard and accurate shot. Very impressive physical skills and power in both his skating and shot. Has some offensive creativity. Doesn’t shy away from physical play. He could fit a checking role if the offence doesn’t fully develop.
*78 - Dmitry Zavgorodniy - RW - Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)

-Not on ice.

General observations:

None of the players are at the level we have seen in the last few years. I would be shocked if anyone outside of the Russians (Zagidulin, Yelesin) stayed late in training camp (other than Pelletier for an extended look but I suspect he’ll go back to juniors. Lerby was also strong but is back to Sweden).

Forward standouts: Pelletier, Phillips, Pettersen, Sveningsson

Defence standouts: Schueneman, Lerby, Chris Merisier-Ortiz (Yelesin may look better in the scrimmage).

Goalie standouts: Zagidulin, Parsons (but really hard to evaluate at this camp)
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