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Interested in development camp, especially the defense group. 

Vaj is the top goalie although there's some solid NCAA and junior goaltenders too. McClellan and Rousseau are both interesting but Wutzke is the newest tallest, skinniest guy.

Ohgren is there with Stramel and the top picks Haight/Heidt but also Goldsworthy's nephew and Pascal Dupuis's kid. A few local guys, Nevers as an invite. Large Kampu, and Sop are guys who will be important for IA with Bankier. Lorenz is another player that will hopefully keep winning at the NCAA level. Sorry Gopher or Spartan prospects but Denver will be hard to beat. Peart is kinda an afterthought looking to the back end.

The defense group has big Steevie, Buium, and Spacek, Masters, along with Lambos who have the most pro experience. Not a ton of size with this group but Soini is 6'2" and shoots right. Benoit, and Pionk along with the AHL guys are at least 6'+.

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3 hours ago, Willy the poor boy said:

Sounds like it's Finland or bust for the next 2 years for Kump...

Better for his development than IA? How's he gonna get the grit-injections?

Maybe we can hope he turns into a highly-skilled Euro. With no Norwegian Hobbit or NoJo, MN will need Ogie to do it. Maybe RasmuKampu can be plan B? 😁

 

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Haha, that's quite the jersey. Devcamp was a good excuse for me to get out with the family into some nice AC & then get good food & drink at T.Reid's.

For what it's worth (observations I could make past a whiny 4 year old & a ASD/ADHD 7 year old):

1) Heidt is noticeable, whether it is skill-drills or 3v3

2) Stramel is pretty good at navigating the crease 3v3, had good inside cuts with solid balance, he shined a little less at skill-drills

3) Ryder Ritchie was also quite noticeable, he basically dipsie-dooed everyone for a goal 3v3. He didn't seem to have any issues with skills either.

4) Defense seemed to be having alot of fun out there, a couple of friendly scraps. Zeev got into a comical soft-jab match with Soini (I think).

5) Kiviharju looked laser focused & seemed to have quite the chip on his shoulder. He was looking like a combination of smooth with some piss-&-vinegar.

6) Surprising entertainment & worthwhile watch was Leskovar. He was loose (like a 6th rounder), but the dude's shot is a fricken cannon. His slapper is very consistent, finds twine alot too, I don't think I saw him shank one. I think he snapped a couple of twigs. Now if he could get the skates moving beyond molasses-speed, to be fair I didn't actually see him during any speed drills

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**Add-on

Another interesting Kiviharju bit. He was quarterbacking a bunch of D-coverage, there were several plays where he could be seen pointing to his fellow d-man to close a gap or take another player. It was interesting that he would do that on such an enclosed ice surface with so little time to structure a defense.

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As long as he plays defense himself I don't mind it but sometimes surveying the ice and directing is counterproductive. 

I ask myself what would Scott Stevens say? Two hands on your stick and don't lay down on the ice when defending. 

Give the Finns a couple years. Let's see how the three of them do this season with the snazzy-sweaters.

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4 minutes ago, Protec said:

As long as he plays defense himself I don't mind it but sometimes surveying the ice and directing is counterproductive. 

I ask myself what would Scott Stevens say? Two hands on your stick and don't lay down on the ice when defending. 

Give the Finns a couple years. Let's see how the three of them do this season with the snazzy-sweaters.

Yep, i've seen that before. In these cases he had his man the whole way

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