Just back from Day 2 of Prospect Development Camp. Actually got a chance to watch some skating today. Came away impressed with several players.
On defense, Paul Postma stood out. He can skate. I talked to him afterward and might use it for another story following camp or a blog during the down time of summer.
On offense, Riley Holzapfel stood out. Waddell really expects him to compete for a roster spot during training camp. Others that stood out were draft picks Carl Klingberg and Jeremy Morin. Don’t know much about Andrew Kozek, but he can shoot. Evander Kane looked good. He edged out Daultan Leveille in their group of the dreaded mountain skate drill.
I just finished story on Kane for Sunday paper and will be back at camp on Sunday. My plan is to write features on Klingberg, Morin, Holzapfel and the Saponari brothers. In addition to Postma, I will be chasing down several others that you folks requested last week. I don’t think it will be a problem.
Oh, finally met coach John Anderson today. I’m hoping for a sit down Q&A session with him during camp.
In the contract update department: I spoke to Don Waddell about the players that were offered qualifying offers. Jim Slater accepted his, as we know. Kari Lehtonen hasn’t accepted his, although he can until July 15. Didn’t elect arbitration. Looks like he may just play out this year. Colby Armstrong will go to arbitration. Those cases will be heard from July 20-29. Although he could still re-sign. There have been talks.
Hope that’s a good upate for now. I’ll do my best to keep you posted.