My last day of filling in for the boss is almost over. Now we can devote 100 percent to prospect camp. I did make it over for the first two days of camp. Good to see some familiar faces on Thursday.
I did a story on Patrice Cormier. You can read it here if you missed it. He seems to have put the past behind him. Interesting to see him assigned to rounding up the pucks and taking them off the ice following the first two practices. Maybe Evander Kane won’t have to do that next year.
I just finished a story on Paul Postma. That will be online a little later and in Saturday’s paper. I also talked to Carl Klingberg for a story to run Sunday. I’m also planning on doing stories on Akim Aliu, Julian Melchiori and the three goalies in camp. I will touch base with as many of the other prospects as possible. Let me know if there is someone in particular you would like to read about.
On the goalie front, GM Rick Dudley gets a big smile on his face when asked about Chris Carrozzi, Ed Pasquale and Alex Kangas. Here’s part of a quote from Dudley about them to foreshadow the story: ” I don’t even know how we can discern between the three of them but we feel pretty comfortable that one of them is going to turn out to be a dandy.”
Speaking of goaltending, I wanted to pass on this quote from new associate head coach John Torchetti about new Thrashers goalie Chris Mason. They were together in AHL San Antonio. “I love him. One of my favorite players. The best thing I can tell you about him as a player was when we were in San Antonio … I asked players to put up quotes (on a board) to identify themselves. Chris put a quote up that said ‘When times get tough, I roll up my sleeves higher.’ That’s what I can tell you about him. That’s what his work ethic is like.”
Ran into Angelo Esposito this morning. He is continuing the rehab on his knee. He skated by himself for awhile after the first session. I will try to catch up with him near August when camp gets closer for an update.
I’m told an announcement on the final assistant coach could be coming soon. Stay tuned.
Say hello if you are at prospect camp this weekend.