Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Some Quick Training Camp Notes

Sans the unsigned Matt Cooke, the Vancouver Canucks opened training camp yesterday at GM Place. Some quick comments from the open practice:
  • I'm excited to see what Richard Park will be able to do playing the Canucks system. He is quick, quick and quick, and has decent hands.
  • True to media reports, Daniel Sedin looks bigger and Ryan Kesler looks fitter and stronger.
  • While practice is never really a good time to evaluate goalies, Brent Johnson looks like he isn't ready to concede the back-up goalie spot to Alex Auld. Johnson was all-work through the entire session.
  • I know it's only the first day, but I wasn't overly impressed with Anson Carter. For some reason, I expected him to be bigger and quicker. He was neither.
  • On the battle for the final defensive pairing, no one stood out. Nolan Baumgartner was steady but not spectacular. Same with Sven Butenschon and Steve McCarthy. Jason Doig looked winded half-way through practice.

More on camp as the week goes on...

posted by J.J. Guerrero, 6:44 AM


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