Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Training Camp - Day 2

Today went by very smoothly. We added one new player today, Jeff Martens. There are a few players so far who have already stood out. Tim Hockley, newly arrived from the rival Huntsville Havoc, has already made an impact on this team (to be accurate, he's made many impacts). He is playing very physical and it seems to be contagious. The whole team has amped up the body contact and it's nice to see. We won't get pushed around, that's for sure. Nicholas Boucher is not very big, but he plays fearlessly. He drives to the net hard, and if he gets knocked down he gets right back up again (cue "Tubthumping")'re never gonna keep him down. Joey Martini has looked pretty good-very composed with the puck and he knows what to do with it. He's going to be fun to watch. And Kevin Kozlowski has looked pretty good on defense. Like Boucher, Koz is not very big, but you wouldn't know it by the way he plays (and he's got some skill, too). It's still very early, but so far I really like the way this team is shaping up.

We still have only 2 goalies in camp-Steve Bounds is still up in South Carolina. It will be hard for Jerome to make a decision on our goaltending situation when he hasn't even had a chance to watch the one guy that he's never actually seen play before. It should make things interesting. We currently have 12 forwards and 7 defensemen in camp, but there may still be one or two more late additions, depending on who becomes available out of ECHL and CHL camps. We've got 2 more days of camp before the exhibition games. That will be the real test for some of these guys-a chance to show what they can do. Some of these guys are going to need to step up.

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