Blue Jackets camp opens: Moore, Ruth may be patrolling the blue-lineJuly 1 2010 at 7:01 AM
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|July 1 2010, 6:52 PM |
Development Camp -- Day 2
It had all the makings of development-camp disaster. Defenseman John Moore and forward Matt Calvert -- the prospects with the best chances of wearing Blue Jackets' jerseys next season -- on a collision course in a skating drill.
Moore was skating backward coming out of a loop. Calvert, the little engine that could, was barreling forward coming out of a loop. Neither player seemed aware of the other. Some in the Dispatch Ice Haus braced for a crash.
"I saw him at the last second," Moore said. "I don't think he ever saw me."
The slick-skating Moore contorted his body just enough to avoid contact. Crisis averted, Moore proceeded to have another impressive morning at camp.
At 6-foot-3, 198-pounds, Moore just looks like a pro. He's not the skinny kid just a few days removed from being the Jackets' first-round draft pick a summer ago. His body has developed. So has his game. During another drill, Moore crunched winger Tomas Kubalik with one of the day's hardest hits.
-- Camp began again with power skating lessons from Shawn Allard. The guy looks like he starts his mornings with a six pack of Red Bull. He flies around the rink barking instructions. The players seem to like the skating drills, but one participant wondered if they would not be more beneficial at the end of practice because of how chewed up the ice gets. A valid point.
-- Had a nice chat with defenseman David Savard today. The Dispatch will have a feature on him in the coming days. Prior to the draft, the Jackets apparently quizzed Savard about his Moncton teammate Brandon Gormley. You recall the Jackets had considered taking the defenseman with the No. 4 overall pick that they used for center Ryan Johansen. Savard's teammate slid to No. 13 where he was selected by Phoenix.
“They asked me a lot of questions about him,” Savard said. “I thought he would be a good pick, but they decided to do something else. I would have loved to have him here but I’m sure our first rounder Ryan Johansen is going to do very well.”
-- This observation courtesy of Dispatch photographer Kyle Robertson. Calvert is first in line for every drill.
-- New assistant coach Dan Hinote is expected to be at the arena on Friday. Not sure if he will arrive in time for practice. Coach Scott Arniel said today his minor-league team, the Manitoba Moose, tried to sign Hinote, 33, before the forward elected to play in Sweden last season.
-- Mentioned yesterday the camp opened with a 1-1/2 mile run. Moore was the first to cross the finish line.
-- Tom Reed
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|July 2 2010, 8:23 PM |
July 2, 2010
Development Camp -- Day 3
It was an interesting day at development camp and we never saw a puck. The coaching staff conducted on-ice fitness tests with players wearing heart monitors.
The prospects had to maneuver through a 14-pylon course five times in a 10-minute span. It was exhausting stuff. The tests replicated 30-second shifts with 90-second interludes.
“When our group was sitting on the bench after the last one, the talk among the guys was our legs were on a different planet,” defenseman John Moore said.
Coach Scott Arniel got the idea from his days as an assistant coach in Buffalo. New strength and conditioning coach Kevin Collins also worked in the Sabres organization. They don't think using stationary bikes, as some organizations do, offers as accurate a gauge.
The veterans also will submit to the tests when they arrive at training camp. Collins will take the data -- heart rates measured while skating and at rest -- and tailor individual workouts. The goal is to reduce a player's recovery time between shifts.
Jackets fans probably got tired of reading stories last season about the team's fitness level. Arniel and general manager Scott Howson are determined to make conditioning a non-issue.
-- Here's a little story that makes the coaching staff so excited about John Moore's future. Last season, Moore was named the OHL offensive defenseman of the year. He wants, however, to be a multi-dimensional contributor.
Arniel said the defenseman talked to the Kitchener Rangers coaching staff after the season about ways to improve his defensive game and his play away from the puck.
"He's looking for ways to get better," Arniel said. "He could have just come back and cranked it up again. He wants to be a complete player."
-- New assistant coach Dan Hinote joined the club yesterday. He was zipping around the ice with the prospects. I don't think he stopped smiling.
Hinote played nine NHL seasons, but said he knew his days were numbered in the salary-cap era because many teams are filling grinder roles with young, cheap labor. He started last season in the San Jose camp, but lost his spot in part because the club signed Manny Malhotra to a one-year deal in September.
Of course, Malhotra, the former Jacket center, hit the free agent jackpot yesterday signing a three-year, $7.5 million contract with Vancouver. How high has Malhotra's stock risen since leaving Columbus? Check out this account.
OK, back to Hinote. After the Sharks released him he got a call from good friend Peter Forsberg to join the Modo Hockey club in Sweden. (Hinote and Forsberg had played for the same team during the NHL lockout.) They also were teammates in Colorado.
-- Hinote and Jackets winger Jared Boll are headed to Iraq later this month as part of an NHL goodwill tour. They will spend a week in the Middle East. Hinote will be representing his former team, Colorado. Hinote, who attended West Point for two years, is stoked about the trip. He has a real appreciation for the military.
-- Tom Reed
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