Good morning, and welcome to the second annual rookie camp day one live blog. I’m going to ask everyone to bear with me this morning as the AquaSox game last nigth didn’t end until about 11:40 p.m. and I’m still trying to work the sleep out of my eyes, so please excuse any typos.
It’s good to be back at Comcast Arena, though it’s odd to see the ice without any of the sponsor logos painted underneath just yet.
Anyway, rosters coming up.
Rookie camp rosters:
Goaltender: Ryan Cadieux.
Defensemen: Ryan Murray, Brett Kolins, Tyler Kauk, Jake Daughtrey, Ryan Cooper, Brett Losey.
Forwards: Matthew Lumsden, Josh Winquist, Jeremy Ward, Cole MCCaig, Sheldon Vannerus, Sam Fioretti, Mac Rushing, Joshua Twietmeyer, Austin Hoff, Tommy Healy, Anthony Patt, Max McHugh.
Goaltender: Adam Weersink.
Defensemen: Devin Dambrauskas, Evan Morden, Kiefer Johnston, John Stechyshyn, Jared Pilet, Sean Mulcahy, Tyler Narsing.
Forwards: Ryan Doner, Kole Harvey, Manraj Hayer, Matthew Garvey, Theo Campe, Andrew Kossack, David Norris, Tanner Tyndall, Tyler Thompson, Bryce Kenning, Dallas Friel, Sam Kinney.
Goaltenders: Austin Brihn, Trevor Gutierrez.
Defensemen: Mitch Boucher, Michael Berry, Casey Hill, Bray Mullin, Keenan Martens, Bryan Mueller.
Forwards: Tyler Giebel, Campbell Elynuik, Dylan Burton, Nathan Murray, Armando Mazzocca, Michael Scobie, Destry Straight, Zach Sikich, Jordon Robertson, Kyle Peterson, Peter Clements, Robbie Christensen.
59 players total. All of this year’s bantam draft picks are here except for forward Austin Wuthrich, the team’s 12th rounder out of Alaska. 2007 draftees here include sixth rounder Brett Kolins, seventh rounders Mitch Boucher and Campbell Elynuik, and eighth rounder Devin Dambrauskas. Goaltender Kent Simpson, defensemen Gabriel Minville and Kyle Janzen, and forwards D.Jay McGrath and Markus McCrea are heading straight to main camp. Forward Justin Waskewitch is injured. Not present are forward Devan McLean and defenseman Jordan Duncan, who I believe are no longer on Everett’s 50-player protected list.
And each year there’s always several misspelled player names, so if you have the correct spelling please let me know and I’ll change it.
—- 9:40 a.m.
RED vs. WHITE first period over with RED leading 2-1.
Once again camp consists of two half-hour periods with one-minute shifts before the horn signifies wholesale line changes. One difference this year is that penalties result in two-on-ones rather than penalty shots. In goal for RED is Ryan Cadieux and for WHITE is Adam Weersink. Anyway, here’s the scoring summary:
1. RED’s Sheldon Vannerus scores on a nice two-on-one feed from Josh Winquist. RED 1, WHITE 0.
2. WHITE’s Andrew Kossack picks the pocket of a defender, then feeds an open Theo Campe for an easy goal. Red 1, White 1.
3. Weersink, playing the puck in from the corner, puts an unfortunate pass right onto the stick of Winquist at the blue line, and Winquist slaps it into an unguarded net. RED 2, WHITE 1.
—- 10:26 a.m.
Final score, RED 6, WHITE 4.
4. Good forechecking by RED’s Sam Fioretti leads to a turnover and goal for Cole McCaig. RED 3, WHITE 1.
5. Off the rush, RED’s Joshua Twietmeyer gets a shot through Weersink. RED 4, WHITE 1.
6. RED’s Anthony Patt pokes a rebound under Weersink. RED 5, WHITE 1.
7. A backdoor backhander by WHITE’s Matthew Garvey finds Kossack open at the far post for a goal. RED 5, WHITE 2.
8. On a two-on-one, Garvey takes the shot himself and scores. RED 5, WHITE 3.
9. A nice backdoor pass by RED’s Ryan Murray finds an open Patt, who scores moments after being upended. RED 6, WHITE 3.
10. WHITE defenseman Evan Morden picks out the top corner with a wrister from the high slot. RED 6, WHITE 4.
Some player impressions from the first scrimmage:
– Ryan Murray is smooth. Nothing Everett’s first-round pick from this year’s bantam draft does looks labored. He has the reputation of being an offensive defenseman, but he played more conservative in this game — he only joined the rush a couple times. However, he looked pretty composed, and the one slap shot he took looked good. He also seems a little taller than I expected.
– Josh Winquist, Everett’s third rounder this year, also looked good. He showed some good skill and good instincts.
– Brett Kolins was easily the biggest hitter in the game.
– Ryan Cadieux looked pretty good in goal until getting beat by a couple shots late. He wasn’t a high draft pick so I’m not sure how serious a prospect he is, but overall he was solid.
– A handful of TEAM WHITE unknowns looked intriguing. Manraj Hayer was active, while Matthew Garvey and David Norris have good size. Keep in mind it’s difficult to truly evaluate these guys since I don’t know their ages.
– The 1992-born listed players from this game didn’t do a lot to distinguish themselves. But then you would have said the same thing about Kellan Tochkin last year after the first game, and he ended up leading the camp in scoring.
—- 11:34 a.m.
TEAM BLUE’s on-ice testing/practice is over. It began with speed testing. It’s always tough to tell who’s really going fast as they go one at a time. Defensemen Mitch Boucher and Michael Berry looked like they had decent speed, and Campbell Elynuik goes pretty fast once he gets that big body moving.
The first practice is always more about learning what’s going on rather than showing what you’ve got, so I’m not sure anyone stood out. I guess what stood out more to me is that the players seemed to pick up on the drills a little quicker this year than last year.
Anyway, I’m off. I’ll be back when camp resumes at 2 p.m.
—- 1:45 p.m.
Welcome back to the liveblog for the afternoon sessions.
During the lunch break Everett’s vets had an informal skating session. The group included several returning veterans (Graham Potuer, Mike Alexander, Jesse Burt, Shayne Barrie, Jordan Mistelbacher, Tyler Skauge, Chris de la Lande), a handful of rookies (Kellan Tochkin, Paul Van de Velde, Kent Simpson), former Tips captain Mitch Love, and NHLer Jeremy Reich. Reich, who plays for the Boston Bruins, is around town because his wife is from the Seattle area, and he was looking for some ice to get some offseason skating in.
However, the biggest development was probably the presence of Tyler Maxwell. Maxwell, the skilled 1991-born forward from California who the Tips invited to camp, skated during the noon session. With elite American talents the hardest thing is just getting them to show up, so seeing Maxwell in town and on the ice indicates he must be serious about playing in the WHL. That’s good news for the Tips, especially considering it looks like fellow 91-born Californian forward Brad Robbins is backing out of attending.
Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention from the morning scrimmage. Kudos to Bryce Kenning from TEAM WHITE for fully committing to blocking shots on two occasions.
TEAM WHITE practice up next.
— 2:55 p.m.
OK, TEAM WHITE’s practice is over. Once again Manraj Hayer impressed. The non-drafted player is a smaller guy without a lot of speed, but he’s tenacious and has some skill. David Norris had a nice highlight when he just bowled over his defender during the one-on-one drill, and Tyler Thompson has shown some feistiness. Ryan Doner looked pretty good.
Final scrimmage of the day, RED vs. BLUE, up next.
— 3:55 p.m.
RED vs. BLUE first period over. BLUE leads 3-2. The goals:
1. BLUE’s Nathan Murray pots a rebound. BLUE 1, RED 0.
2. A big slap shot from the left point by BLUE’s Michael Berry finds the far corner. BLUE 2, RED 0.
3. A deflected shot goes right to BLUE’s Robbie Christensen camped in front of goal, and he spins it in. BLUE 3, RED 0.
4. A great individual effort by RED’s Jeremy Ward as he skips past two defenders and puts it in the top corner. BLUE 3, RED 1.
5. Ward is at it again, this time streaking between the defenders and again scoring into the top corner. BLUE 3, RED 2.
—- 4:45 p.m.
Scrimmage over. BLUE 5, RED 3. More after I do interviews.
— 5:40 p.m.
OK, let’s try this again after the computer swallowed my first attempt.
First off, the second-period goals:
6. RED climbs all the way back from it’s three-goal deficit when Joshua Twietmeyer finds daylight down the right and scores with a shot off the underside of the crossbar. BLUE 3, RED 3.
7. BLUE restores its lead when on a two-on-two Peter Clements slides a backhanded shot into the corner. BLUE 4, RED 3.
8. RED pulls its goaltender in the final minute, but it doesn’t work as Michael Scobie scores into an empty net. BLUE 5, RED 3.
Now for some observations:
– Ryan Murray, if anything, played even better this afternoon than he did during the morning scrimmage. He got much more involved offensively and was a factor every time he was on the ice. He has great passing vision and exudes poise and confidence with the puck. Clearly the best player out there today.
– BLUE’s victory was a product of the defensive pairing of Mitch Boucher and Michael Berry as much as anything. They controlled the game every time they were on the ice. Up until the point in the second period when Berry was caught pinching and Twietmeyer took advantage to score, the duo was basically flawless. Berry has a heck of a shot, too.
– Tyler Giebel, Everett’s second-round pick, started slow but looked more comfortable as the game went along.
– Josh Winquist may not have gotten on the scoresheet, but he was involved in several good scoring chances. He had a good day.
– Both BLUE goaltenders actually played in this one, with Austin Brihn backstopping RED while Trevor Gutierrez backstopped BLUE. Gutierrez, who happens to be the younger brother of former Tip Moises Gutierrez, had a really good game.
– Jeremy Ward had an eye-opening performance. After the draft Everett director of player development Scott Scoville compared Ward to Garet Hunt. I’m not sure I saw much Hunt in Ward, but he showed more skill than I was expecting, at least in this game.
– Brett Kolins was once again throwing his body around. Tyler Kauk was another RED d-man who I though performed well today.
Anyway, that wraps up this year’s installment of the rookie camp live blog. I’ll continue providing updates throughout camp, but they’ll probably be a little more condensed. Thanks for tuning in.