I was able to attend the first two groups A and B today down at the Dome. There were a few surprises for me and some assurances that the big guns are ready.
Out of the tryouts:
I'm not saying he was fantastic, but he had a good first day. He showed what he brings to the table. A spark plug with a side of nastiness.
And the Hammer cometh. Travis was steady; he had a couple of one-on-ones with Brodie. The two of them put on some major battles. He put a smile on my face, knowing our defense is in good hands.
He was strong in the camp. He looks like he has beefed up. Hard to get off the puck. He showed he is ready. He may very well fight for a spot on the team this season. It is time to put up or shut up for Mark.
Johnny and Sean were still a little rusty, but in all honesty, it is only the first day of camp. Frolik is skating hard, showing that he is ready. Tkachuk and Frolik had some good battles in the corners for the puck.
Smith showed off his stick work with nice passes. In the three-on-three scrimmage, Jankowski set up Cramarossa on a nice goal.
The sixth and seventh dman battle will be an interesting one at camp. I only saw Tyler Wotherspoon and Mark Bartkowski. Neither stood out to me, but they are in the mix. I find it interesting that Rasmus Andersson was with Stone in the third group. Does that mean it is his job to lose?
I must make a comment on Gillies. I thought he looked good. Most importantly, he looks healthy. He was consistent. His glove hand looked good and had good rebound control.