Saturday, August 6, 2011

Development Camps Pt. 3.

Here's a wrap on the rest of the stuff I stumbled across concerning the Sioux presence at this summer's NHL development/prospect camps:

Brock Nelson Interview:

By all indications, Nelson has fully recovered from the broken tailbone he suffered in the national semifinals against Michigan this past spring. He's put on 10-12 pounds and appears to have turned the right heads at the New York Islanders prospect camp. Here's what Isles head coach Jack Capuano had to say about Nelson after a team scrimmage (click on the quote for the full article):
“Brock had a strong game,” the coach said. “Comparing Brock from last year to this year, he’s stronger on the puck, great vision, great reach with his size and the weight and muscle he put on never really affected him at all with his acceleration and his speed so I was very impressed with his game today.”

Here are a few more Nelson themed links:
Nelson Making Strides
Nelson Strong in Scrimmage
Nelson & Anders Lee Stars of the Week

Derek Forbort attended the Los Angeles Kings camp last month and he was featured as one of the Kings top blueline prospects. The father of former Sioux Brett Hextall and Kings assistant GM Ron Hextall comments on Forbort's development, and here's a video interview:

Nick Mattson and Joe Gleason were at the Blackhawk's camp, and this feature reviews the USHL Defensman of the Year's thoughts on the prospect camp experience.

Rocco Grimaldi, Corban Knight, and Derrick LaPoint all took part in the Florida Panther's camp. Grimaldi stood out, and here are several links:
Montreal Gazette Article
Dev Camp Review
Fan Friendly

Also, one message board post I ran across had this to say:
- Rocco Grimaldi stole the show again today. He was amazing in the 1 on 1 drill in front of the net. This kid has it. His size is no concern, he's just so good. To top it all off, he did one of the nicest things I've ever seen a young kid do. At the end of practice, he saw a little boy in a Panthers jersey sitting by the glass. Rocco tapped on the glass, motioned for the kid to come to the door, got off the ice, and handed the kid a puck and started talking to him. It made the kid's day. Hats off to Rocco.

Chay Genoway took part in the Minnesota Wild development camp, and about 35 seconds into the video below you'll see him zip through four defenders on his way to beating the goaltender with a wraparound. It was a classic Genoway goal, a sight surely to be missed this coming season:

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