Development Camp: Day Two Wraps Up

Wednesday, 07.04.2012 / 7:37 PM
By Rob Mixer - BlueJackets.com / CBJ Today

Happy birthday, America.

Ok sorry - had to get that out of the way first. It's been an awesome day at Nationwide Arena and the OhioHealth Ice Haus, and it began early this morning with an intense goaltenders-only workout led by Blue Jackets goaltending coach Ian Clark.

Clark gathered Oscar Dansk, Anton Forsberg, Martin Ouelette and Joonas Korpisalo for a steady diet of shots, skating and competitive drills in a strictly-netminder setting, allowing some valuable education time for both the coach and his pupils. With two young goalies just joining the ranks at the 2012 NHL Draft, it was an opportunity to get to know the players further, and introduce them to their peers between the pipes.

A group huddle before practice begins at development camp.

Goaltending has certainly been a prevalent topic of conversation in the Blue Jackets organization of late, beginning with the acquisition of Sergei Bobrovsky on the day prior to the draft in Pittsburgh. GM Scott Howson said acquiring goaltenders (via trade, free agency or the draft) was high on his team's list of priorities heading into the draft -- and after taking Dansk at 31st overall and Korpisalo at No. 62 overall, he felt they addressed their weakness in the pipeline.

Though it's just one workout and one look at the future of the club, Clark likes what he's seeing.

"(Dansk) has tremendous clarity in what he wants to become, and that's an elite National Hockey League goaltender," Clark told BlueJackets.com. "He is single-minded in that goal. It's a very direct mentality and clear path he has set for himself. He has tremendous mental skills in the face of pressure.

"He has excelled on the biggest stages and has a great mental makeup for goaltending. He's a very well-schooled goalie with great positioning and he's really good athletically."

Clark said last week that Dansk was the top-rated Swedish goalie and Korpisalo the top-rated Finnish goalie in this year's draft class. In today's on-ice session, the goalies also got a heavy workout as the drills were focused on finishing opportunities and playing with speed up and down the ice -- an area that Blue Jackets coach Todd Richards and Springfield Falcons coach Brad Larsen seem to be completely aligned in.

That's even better for the goalies, and with the organization's trend toward drafting European goaltenders, it is a helpful transition to get used to the pro-style game.

"One of the nice things about the European goaltenders -- and one of the things you've noticed is a switch in our stable from the North American goalies to the European goalies -- is they have very good balance to their game," Clark said. "They have very good technique and they combine that with tremendous athleticism and competitiveness.

"(The four goalies in camp) are competing against each other and challenging each other to be at a higher level, and at the same time you're teammates, comrades and all those things. It's a unique parcel that comes with the goaltending position."

Other notable items from today's session:

-- During a 2-on-1 drill with two nets arranged half-wall-to-half-wall, Dansk decided to jump into the action and play left wing for a minute or two. It was entertaining for the appreciative throng of fans that packed the Ice Haus, and the coaches and players got a kick out of it, too.

-- Continue to be impressed by young Swede Daniel Zaar. He's got zip to his game and he really works quickly off the rush. Spoke briefly with CBJ senior advisor Craig Patrick about Zaar, and he's been pleasantly surprised. Likes his offensive game and his skating.

-- Gianluca Curcuruto has been impressive. He's not the biggest kid, but he moves well and has shown a stellar point shot. Along with Austin Madaisky and Mike Reilly (who said he's added some weight in the past year and grown an inch or so), the Blue Jackets' pipeline on defense is pretty well-positioned.

-- Oh, yeah, there's that Ryan Murray guy, too. He's really good.

-- Also have to be impressed by the play of development camp "veterans" Ryan Johansen and Cam Atkinson. They're setting a great example for the rest of the group, and have taken charge during drills and whiteboard sessions with the coaching staff.

-- Boone Jenner looks like a pro. It won't be too long before he's in the National Hockey League. Takes care of the puck and plays an intense game -- the "on the edge" style of hockey that's made a nice career for Mike Richards.

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SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Johnson 1 1 1 0 2
D. MacKenzie 1 1 0 0 1
M. Letestu 1 1 0 1 1
B. Dubinsky 1 0 1 1 1
B. Jenner 1 0 1 -1 1
F. Tyutin 1 0 0 -1 0
J. Wisniewski 1 0 0 0 0
B. Comeau 1 0 0 -1 0
N. Nikitin 1 0 0 0 0
J. Skille 1 0 0 -1 0
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Bobrovsky 0 1 0 .875 4.07
 
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