2015 Development Camp Day 1 Recap

The Panthers kicked off their annual rookie development camp today at the Ice Den in Coral Springs. Twenty-six prospects took the ice this morning including the Panthers’ 2015 11th overall pick, Lawson Crouse and 2012 23rd overall pick, Mike Matheson, among others. Continue reading for a recap of the drills that took place on day one. 

Day one was filled with high-energy events for the prospects. The one vs. one drill that got things going became very physical especially since it was done in a very small area of space on the ice along the boards. Lawson Crouse, the Panthers’ 2015 first-round pick, started off a little shaky, but looked impressive as the drills progressed. He skates very well for his size and as you can see in the stickhandling video below, he has good hands for his size as well. He used his big frame to his advantage during the one vs. one drill and his wrist shots looked like lasers when they left his stick blade.

The two most impressive players of the day were forward Rocco Grimaldi and defenseman Mike Matheson. Grimaldi looked like pro and he worked hard all morning long. He was skating all over the place and he had really good shot placement, getting most of them in under the cross bar. He held his own along during the one vs. one and 2 vs. one drills, and overall, he showed a ton of hustle and determination to get the puck into the net. Matheson started to look like the defenseman we all hoped he would become. On the odd-man rushes, he was breaking up plays left and right, he showed offensive flashes with some really nice wrist shots and slap shots, and overall he looked very steady and calm.

Some other noticeable guys were 2013 4th-rounder Matt Buckles. His skating appeared smooth and quick, and he put some really nice shots behind the goaltenders, including a deke where he slid the puck in five-hole. Jayce Hawryluk wasn’t scoring on every shot, but he was making some really nice passes on the two vs. one drills and Juho Lammikko looked just as impressive as he did last year, showing off surprisingly hard and accurate wrist shot.

We’ll be including some of our photography from the morning’s drills as soon as we can, but for now, here are some tweets from the Cats on the Prowl Twitter account which were made earlier today as the on-ice session progressed:

 

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