Panthers Development Camp: Day One

Day One of the Panthers' development camp had its entertainment value. The players went through drills, including skating on one leg and with a puck under a skate. The players were split into groups of two, White and Red. Rampage head coach Chuck Weber took the ice with both squads, with a power skating coach leading the camp, and new hire Bryan McCabe skated with team Red (who was humorously forced into a few workouts). Prospect Quinton Howden and Erik Gudbranson were not on the ice. Gudbranson is out with an infection. A quick shot of players that impressed on the opening day:

  • Nick Bjugstad: Looked alright on the ice, but made headlines by saying he'll decide to go pro or return to Minnesota after the camp.
  • Jonathan Hazen: Really caught my eye from the start. After McFarland (more on him later), he was the best skater on team White.
  • Jonathan Huberdeau (Duh!): He has a spot on the roster for a reason, just a fun player to watch. He scored a nice goal that I wish I caught on video.
  • Steven Hodges: Made a nice first impression with his quick hands. Nice speed, as well.
  • Michael Matheson: No defense drills today, so Matheson got to show off his offensive game. He has some really good hands and does skate pretty well.
  • John McFarland: Most impressive guy on team White. Worked hard on the all the drills, and his skating really impressed me.
  • Jonathan Racine: Despite playing for rival teams, these two were very buddy-buddy at the camp. Racine's skating impressed me the most, and with Howden out, I believe he's best skater at camp.
  • Kyle Rau: The Panthers will have at least one impressive prospect at the University of Minnesota. Rau has a very quick shot and a really nice release.
  • Justin Vaive: He's 6'-6"!

Video after the jump