I arrived early enough to get a good seat around the red line. It wasn’t overly full when I showed up probably a half hour before the start. The crowd did fill in heavily though before the start of the scrimmage. Former Sabre Mike Foligno was in attendance to watch son Marcus headlining the White team. Dan Catenacci and Gregg Sutch were listed on the team rosters, but didn’t play in the game. Drew Schiestel also did not play in the game.
Ennis – Adam – Kassian
Henley – Shipley – Tropp
McCarron – Isackson – Jokinen
Crawford – Biega
McNabb – Gauther-Leduc
Bailen – Adams
Foligno – Sundher – Parker
Boychuk – Sundher / Varone / Navin – Szydlowski
Lagace – Varone – Beyers
Wudrick – Navin – Zarbo
Brennan – M. MacKenzie
D. MacKenzie – Pysyk
Lepkowski – Fienhage
The Grey squad started off with Ennis – Adam and Kassian. For much of the scrimmage, the trio were able to hold the puck well in the offensive zone, occasionally frustrating the D. Brennan and M. MacKenzie were on D most of the time that the big trio were out there. Ennis-Adam-Kassian were able to keep pressure going in the White zone, but Brennan and MacKenzie kept them out of the slot for the most part, making the trio keep a “perimeter” game going.
Brennan had a great poke check of the puck when the trio were coming in on a 3-on-1. T.J. played the play perfectly. Later on Ennis did score on a 3-on-1 setup from Kassian. Kassian skated well, kept up with Ennis as well as possible, looked good out there, physical play, tough along the boards. Kassian can hold the puck well in the offensive zone. He slows it down but uses his size advantage to ward off defensemen from inside the half-boards to behind the net.
Luke Adam was winning most all of his faceoffs but otherwise was so-so. His skating was decent.
Team White’s Marcus Foligno played a strong game, was in front of the opposing net often. Scored a goal in the paint. Kevin Sundher was showing off some wheels for Team White. Good cycling in his own zone to lead up rushes on a few occasions. Almost had a breakaway once but was stifled by Nick Crawford. Sundher’s lack of defensive abilties looked pretty glaring. He played against the big trio on the other team and couldn’t get the puck away, wasn’t aggressive. I think Kassian was intimidating some of the Team White players.
Team Grey’s John McCarron was all effort all game. He was jumping after loose pucks, taking pucks away, doing whatever he could to get a goal (which he did with one second left in the scrimmage). All effort, quite impressive. Stood out in a very good way amongst the “no names”.
Team White’s pairing of T.J. Brennan and Matt MacKenzie worked out alright. They had plenty to contend with dealing with Ennis-Adam-Kassian. Drew MacKenzie had his ups and downs… some plays good, some not so good, but puts forth a decent effort.
I didn’t notice Team White’s Mark Pysyk too much, which maybe is a good thing. He took a possible scoring opportunity away from Kassian, wheeled in his own zone and made Kassian chase him up ice. Quality play there by Pysyk.
Alex Lepkowski played very well, very physical for Team White. Very rugged along the boards. Played a simple game, rough on the forwards, get the puck, skate, get it out. Put a good hit on Kassian on one play. Better skater than I thought he would be. Even almost had a near breakaway at one point.
Brayden McNabb seemed semi-invisible, but played alright. He played a physical game down low. A few good outlet passes.
Alex Biega played tough, hard checking along the boards, not giving an inch there. I believe he had one or two not so great giveaways in his own zone, but he is a very good skater with a quick burst out of the defensive zone.
Mark Adams was hit and miss. He shied away from a Foligno hit once. In the neutral zone, on more than one occasion he was willing to let the opposition take control of the puck while he skated backwards.
Jerome Gauther-Leduc is all wheels. Fast, smooth skater, he’ll jump into the offensive zone any chance he can get. Didn’t see him get to unleash his slapshot.
Corey Fienhage was o.k. at times. A time or two he couldn’t clear the puck and the Ennis-Adam-Kassian trio kept the puck in the White zone.
Justin Jokinen skated well, skated hard… kept trying to go wide on the defense to fire a shot to the corner of the net. None of those shots were ever going to go in the net. Decent effort from him though. Was skating strong most all of the scrimmage.
Steve Beyers showed some spunk in the scrimmage. The camp invite scored the first goal of the game off of a feed from Foligno. Team Grey was either doing a line change or not in position, but he sniped one to get the first goal of the game. Beyers has some wheels on himself. Quick skater, nose for the puck / net.
Riley Boychuk is definitely a banger. He threw some big glass-rattling hits for Team White. Also came close a few times in the slot to getting a goal. Big, rangy kid. Skated well too.
Corey Tropp was alright. I don’t recall him too much. Didn’t see any glaring mistakes, but no big plays either.
John Parker can stickhandle like a demon, but he’s a small kid. He had some offensive chances, but had a bit of difficulty maintaining possession of the puck at times.
Brad Navin played well, ended up getting a goal… pretty much an empty-netter. He has a nose for the net certainly. Not afraid to get into the high traffic areas. His goal came about from a smart play by T.J Brennan in his own end. Seeing the opposition ready to line change, Brennan fired a pass up to Matt Zarbo??? and that was fed to Navin in the slot for the easy goal.
Phil Varone and the aforementioned Zarbo had some good energy out there, quick skaters. Didn’t disappoint but didn’t stand out either.
Cedrick Henley struggled mightily. He looked labored in his skating, wasn’t able to keep up with the play. He had a few bad turnovers as well. All in all, not a positive outing.
Geordie Wudrick looked labored in his skating as well… almost winded. Just couldn’t keep up with the play.
As far as the goalies are concerned, both Nick Eno and Connor Knapp played very well, as they were in net for the first half of the game. Knapp made several solid saves, especially in close as the Ennis-Adam-Kassian were getting the puck to the paint often. Knapp held his ground well during his time in net.
Eno looked just as solid as Knapp. He made several very good saves, some screen shots he was getting the pad on. On one play, Eno had the highlight play of the day with a diving save in front of an open net. Definite ESPN Top 10 stuff. Great save and he played very well in the contest.
The other two goalies? John Cullen was decent… and Michael Houser was getting housed.
O.k., that’s enough. Any questions? Send them to the Prospect Camp thread.