Draft Picks Make Their Presence Known

Posted: June 27, 2012 in Prospect Development Camp

Day two of Phoenix Coyotes prospect development camp took place at the Scottsdale Ice den on Wednesday. Coyotes draft picks and prospects assembled at the Ice Den for the second day in a row for on ice drills and a scrimmage.

The level of play amongst the group was significantly higher on Wednesday than it was on day one. Several players stood out and played at a high level throughout the on-ice session. Wednesday was day that showed off the 2012 Coyotes draft picks. The two best players on the ice were 2nd round pick, Jordan Martinook and 6th round pick Hunter Fejes.

Martinook displayed a wide variety of skills during day two of prospect development camp. He showed off a powerful wrist shot to both sides of the net, he deflected a punk into the net during the net-front drill, and made some beautiful tape-to-tape and drop passes throughout the session. The Coyotes are high on Martinook after he scored 40 goals last season for the Vancouver Giants of the WHL.

Fejes made his presence known on Wednesday by touching on all facets of the game. Fejes blocked shots and made body checks during the 4-on-4 scrimmage. He also skated fast and smoothly around the ice and scored some very nice goals. While the pair of Martinook and Fejes seemed to gel well while playing together, each player was impressive individually, and when paired with other skaters.

Two players that did not do anything exceptional but did everything well was Scott Arnold and Henrik Samuelsson. Arnold was signed by the Coyotes as a free agent late last season.Arnoldskated strong and fast throughout the practice, he had good body position on defense in the one-on-one drills. Samuelsson displayed his great puck control ability. Samuelsson skated around the net several times with a defender draped over him and maintained possession of the puck and was able to score. Both players improved their performance on day two.

Lastly, the guy most fans believe will be suiting up for the Coyotes in October that is in this camp is Defenseman Brandon Gormley. Gormley did not have a great start to camp on Tuesday but played better after the intermission. On Wednesday, Gormley showed why fans think so highly of him. In the most game-like situation so far at camp, the 4-on-4 scrimmage, Gormley remained in good position and always connected on the first pass out of the defensive zone.

Overall it was a much more solid practice all around on day two. The players were faster and more intense and instead of one or two player jumping out, about a half dozen did. If you would like to attend the final day of prospect development camp, it takes place at the Scottsdale Ice Den at 2:15pm on Friday.


DAILY NOTES:

– Forward Chris Brown was injured early in practice when he accidently blocked a Brandon Gormley point shot. He sat out the next drill but would return later and was very physical.

– Defenseman Mathieu Brodeur had a solid day on defense. He had a very active stick and was in sound defensive position. He played well with Gormley as a pair.

– The most impressive move of the day belonged to free agent invitee Miles Koules. Koules danced around a defender late in the scrimmage and proceeded to deke the goalie out of position and score. This drew many “oohs and aahs” from the crowd along with cheers.

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