Day Two of Florida's camp kicked off much earlier Tuesday, with practice portions getting underway around 8:45 a.m. Practice today consisted of more skating drills, but also contained a 3-on-3 scrimmage and a shootout.
Twitter Feed of the Action:
Two groups today, teams mixed together. No big names in the first group.— Shane O'Donnell (@shane1342o) July 8, 2014
Some notes on Fagerblom; poor rebound control and lateral mobility. Uses his size to make up for it.— Shane O'Donnell (@shane1342o) July 8, 2014
Hugo Fagerblom has potential, but boy is he raw.
Rau is a very agile skater, and he outthinks most every other player on the ice. His shot is crazy quick, and catches goalies off guard.— Shane O'Donnell (@shane1342o) July 8, 2014
I like Kyle Rau. Really hope he signs here.
Grimaldi (5'6) next to Ekblad (6'3). Both expected to make pro debut next year. pic.twitter.com/9aaeasNHrs— Shane O'Donnell (@shane1342o) July 8, 2014
Rocco Grimaldi is so much smaller than most of the guys but he's just so multifaceted. As Player Development Coach Brian Skrudland said, "He's such a dynamic player... I've been to hockey games where whether he got an assist or a goal, this guy disrupted the whole game. He had the biggest guys, the littlest guys, the whole team, I think he had radio people up in the booth who wanted to come down and grab him and say "That's enough!".
Ekblad to Trocheck for the first mini area goal! Beautiful play #FlaPanthers— Shane O'Donnell (@shane1342o) July 8, 2014
This was a great pass, threaded two guys, and Trocheck undressed the goaltender. Great stuff.
That was one of the most impressive snipes I've ever seen from Aaron Ekblad. Kid has a shot.— Shane O'Donnell (@shane1342o) July 8, 2014
Hawryluk hitting every Panther he sees including Trocheck and Weegar. Ekblad just top shelfed a blast! #FlaPanthers— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) July 8, 2014
What a snipe from Ekblad. Holy smokes. #FlaPanthers— Highland Park Hockey (@H_P_Hockey) July 8, 2014
This shot was crazy impressive. Crazy impressive.
Hawryluk was a human wrecking ball, but wasn't too offensive. Still not sure how I feel about him; he plays with energy and grit, but also has stretches of play where he just sits there and lets the opponent do what he wants. He may be likely to head back to the WHL next season.
I'll say it again; Weegar has crazy hands— Shane O'Donnell (@shane1342o) July 8, 2014
Great puck control, passing in traffic, and scored a nice shootout goal. I'm very optimistic about MacKenzie Weegar.
Zach Hyman puts it in the net! mazel tov!! #FlaPanthers— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) July 8, 2014
Zach Hyman interests me. You would be looking around the rink for a big name, and then this smaller guy would put the puck in the net and you would be looking at his number and then the roster sheet to figure out who he was. He didn't wow with chance creation, but when the puck was on his stick near the net, it usually went in. I look forward to seeing more of him.
Barkov with an unreal move in the shootout. Stick in one hand and puck in the back of the net. #FlaPanthers— Highland Park Hockey (@H_P_Hockey) July 8, 2014
Barky amazing one-hander flick over Brittain #flapanthers— Harvey Fialkov (@hfialkov) July 8, 2014
This was a wow moment courtesy of Aleksander Barkov, plain and simple.
No action at the Ice Den tomorrow, as the guys will be doing a beach workout and a community service project. Expect updates to come from the Panthers and prospects themselves, as I won't be there. Practices pick back up Thursday.