Posts Tagged ‘development camp

03
Jul
10

97 Days and counting

Happy Independence Day all! Before the hockey-less summer really gets rolling, I had the idea to help keep track (for better or worse) with a Blue Jackets countdown.

Oddly enough a numerical roster for the Blue Jackets could not be found on the team site or many of the other hockey database websites. Thankfully there are a few die-hard fans and therefore a big thanks is owed to En4cer45 (of twitter fame) for compiling an all-time Blue Jackets Numerical roster to aide with the countdown to 2010 Puck-drop in Sweden!

Rusty Klesla is the only Blue Jacket to wear #97 and thus is the only mention today. Klesla was the Blue Jackets first ever NHL Entry Draft pick and has been with the club since it’s inception. Some refer to him as the lone “original” Blue Jacket, but playing in only 8 games that season does not make him a part of that original team.

I look forward to jogging some memories on the past of the Jackets and hopefully we can all learn something.

The Jackets will wrap-up their development camp tomorrow after 4 days of drills, conditioning, and fitness testing. So far I’ve been able to see each day of camp and have been really impressed with a few players.

John Moore, 2009’s 1st round draft pick has impressed since the first practice I watched. Smooth skating, speed, and conditioning all seem to be there. From what I’ve seen I would be very surprised to not watch him play in the NHL this year.

Matt Calvert, a 2008 5th round pick has reached a point where he will be pushing most wingers from last year’s team for a spot. This kid is fast, agile and seems to have some pretty sweet moves.

Cam Atkinson, while he is one of the smallest guys on the ice the 2008 6th round pick has been pretty impressive. I don’t have a clue if he’ll be in Springfield or Columbus this year, but according to CapGeek.com he has not signed a contract yet, probably pointing to his return to NCAA Hockey.

Petr Straka, has been interesting as there are moments of brilliance and then some boneheaded bad passes or receptions of passes. He’s someone to keep an eye on.

Gustaf Wesslau, while not a recent draftee, Wesslau was recently signed to provide much-needed goalie depth in the minors. I have a difficult time judging goalies, but from what I’ve seen, Wesslau does not give up many rebounds and tends to get them away from the middle.

I don’t claim to be a scout, but just sharing what I like about some fo these guys. Tomorrow will be a tournament which should be very interesting.

Happy 4th and Go Jackets!

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