Prospect Camp Day 3 – The scrimmage

I did my best to follow the action but the Blue Team came from behind to win Sunday’s Prospect Camp scrimmage with a 7-6 shootout victory.

Paul Postma had the only goal in the five-round shootout to give the Blue Team the win.

The Blue Team tied the game with a goal by Andrew Kozek with 40.4 seconds remaining with an extra skater.

Also scoring for the Blue Team were Carl Klingberg (2), Victor Saponari, John Albert and Vinny Saponari.

Jimmy Bubnick had three goals for the White Team, including two goals in the first two minutes of the game.  White also got goals from Cody Crichton, Daultan Leveille and Evander Kane.

The scrimmage was a 4-on-4 game with two 15 minute periods. There was no stoppages for a single penalty or offsides call.

Now for some fun facts from camp, courtesy of Don Waddell.

In the testing, Kane was the prospect with the lowest body fat – 4.1 percent.

Kane also won the push-up title, doing a high of 55. Paul Postma was second with 53.

The fastest skater in camp was Kyle Reed, followed by – you guessed it – Kane and then Postma.

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July 12th, 2009
6:24 pm

Anyone else get the sense that scouting is finally showing some promise and that the team is developing some good depth?


July 12th, 2009
7:22 pm

Sounds like Kane is having a good camp. We have to remember, though, it’s a prospect camp. He does sound like he’s excelling, which is as expected. He looked good for the short time I saw him. Not bad for a 17 yr old. He looks ready to challenge for consideration for a Thrashers spot. As opposed to, say, when 1st round pick Alex Bourret came to Atlanta – out of shape and soon to be out of town.

robbie dee

July 12th, 2009
7:54 pm

I could’ve swore that Bubnick had one goal, and Redmond and O’Dell had goals. maybe that was just me, though.

Hockey Biltong

July 12th, 2009
8:03 pm

Lots of banging around and some exceptional passes in front of the goal. A couple of misadventures as well. One forward[couldn't see #] did a left rip and lost it crossing the blue line, another had a blowout that sent him careening into the wall. Good energy all around. One of the best camps I have witnessed.


July 12th, 2009
8:14 pm

Had a fun time watching the practice and the scrimmage with my wife and 2 tax exemptions.

Postma was a man amongst boys out there today. He outshined everyone in my opinion. Kane looked solid, but was ridden off the puck a few times. The size and speed of the NHL may be too much for him yet. Not a knock on him, he still looks like a stud, but the Prongers would eat him up. A lot like Stamkos this year.

Klingberg and Morin looked interesting. Some definite upside with those 2, as was O’Dell and Holzapfel.

Overall, the consensus of the guys I was in the corner with was that the boys were a step up in skill and size from last years crop.


July 12th, 2009
9:17 pm

Bourret was probably a guy that should have gone in the top 20. But it’s not like he was a lottery draft pick, like Kane is. Waddell said he wanted Bourret at 8th overall in 2005. That’s spin talking. I doubt Waddell was serious.

Thrashy Thrashy

July 12th, 2009
11:25 pm

Thanks for the Kane and Klingberg stories, Chris.

Klingberg’s got a cool sense of humor. I’m sure the boys will love him when he’s ready to play in the NHL.


July 13th, 2009
7:33 am


Thanks for the articles. I don’t think I will get a chance to see these guys in Duluth, so your updates are much appreciated. My question is…what do you think are the chances Postma will make the team? He just got signed and he seems to be a success so far in camp. Maybe send Samela down to start the season?

Chris Vivlamore

July 13th, 2009
8:54 am

Toby: Postma has impressed at the prospect camp, but he is unlikely to make the team. I spoke with him last week and will do something more on him – either a story or a blog. He is much, much more likely to be in Chicago next season.

Sage of Blueland

July 13th, 2009
9:54 am

Looks like the Washington Nationals fired their manager after an embarrassing start.

Meanwhile, Donny still has a job, but I’m sure the Blueland sheep still BELIEVE…


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July 13th, 2009
10:14 am

Went to camp on Saturday and saw the tail-end of the White practice before Blue took the ice. EK is simply all that and thensome. His hands are lightning quick and his ability to place his shot exactly where he wants it was better than anyone for sure. And he seems to have that extra gear of speed that all great players possess. He astonished me a couple of times with his acceleration to a loose puck. And his defensive skills (back-checking, stick-lifts etc) are every bit as good as his offense…I can see why he was a +51 last year in Van.

BTW, Mike Looby (Gladiators should sign him…hell, perhaps Chicago should take a look) is a beast and was the most dominating D-man on the ice during the drills. Could be a diamond in the rough.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 13th, 2009
12:03 pm

Acta’s firing is akin to Hartley being fired after the playoff sweep and dismal beginning to the 2007 season…”manager” in baseball is similar to “head coach” in hockey. Had Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo been fired, you could then make a correlation to Waddell.

Washington, however, has held their GM no more accountable than Atlanta is theirs. Former GM Jim Bowden had lead his team to 5 straight sub .500 seasons, and the highest the Nationals ever finished in their division was 4th (out of 5) in 2007. He resigned in March of this year.

Comparing the Nationals to the Braves is pretty good, except the “accountability” you’re trying to highlight was enforced by an FBI investigation rather than ownership and upper management making a general managerial change due to successive failures.

But maybe you’ll get lucky and it will come to light that Waddell is skimming signing bonuses from the European prospects, ala the allegations that have forced Bowden to resign.

Sage of Bluesland

July 13th, 2009
1:47 pm

That wasn’t me, Chief–and I do agree that the childish impersonator showed his age as s/he thinks a GM is akin to a head coach.

However, on the subject of “successive failures”, I wouldn’t go there…Do you still think bumbling Donny hasn’t made a bad move yet?


ranallo10 (in AT)

July 13th, 2009
2:35 pm

That wasn’t me, Chief — I noticed the mispelling, but still wanted to give the person a response. It doesn’t matter who the person was that typed it, the same response would’ve been given due to the inaccurate comparison of a GM to a head coach.

Do you still think bumbling Donny hasn’t made a bad move yet?

You’re confusing me for someone else. I’ve never, never, said Don Waddell hasn’t made a bad move yet. I can point to many situations where I feel Waddell did something differently than I would’ve preferred, and in some of those instances they turned out for the worse (if you care to check the blogs look at my reaction to the Coburn trade…though understanding of WHY it was done I hated sending Coburn away).

I do remember who you’re thinking of, but you got the wrong forum participant this time.

ranallo10 (in AT)

July 13th, 2009
2:36 pm

That’s funny…I misspelled “misspelling”.

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