It may have been blistering hot outside on Friday, but the prospects at the Columbus Blue Jackets‘ development camp were cool and collected on the ice.
After on-ice testing on Thursday, the prospects were back to a full practice at the OhioHealth Ice Haus. Prior to the full-group session, goaltending coach Ian Clark again worked with the four goalies as he had done on Wednesday, focusing this time on puck tracking and efficiency in the crease. Joonas Korpisalo showed that he has an elite talent for only being 18 years old, while Martin Ouellette showed the most improvement over the week. While neither will be playing with the organization in the next season (Korpisalo will go back to Finland, while Ouellette will be playing for the University of Maine hockey team), they show the kind of talent that will only improve with time.
The full-group practice got underway, under the watchful eye of Springfield Falcons coach Brad Larsen. The focus of the drills for this practice was speed and getting pucks into the net, as well as odd-man rushes; three young men – Daniel Zaar, Seth Ambroz and Oliver Gabriel – were particularly skilled at that. This year’s top draft pick, Ryan Murray, also shined in the drills. He was noted to have a quickness and agility that made his execution of defensive maneuvers effortless.
Later in the afternoon, the prospects were treated to a bit of a tradition at Blue Jackets development camp – they were given cooking lessons. With Nationwide Arena‘s Chef David looking on, the young men were taught the basics in preparing a meal of steak, shrimp, pasta, veggies and salad for themselves and their fellow prospects. In the picture below, from the Blue Jackets’ Instagram account, Ryan Murray skewers shrimp with ease.
Camp wraps up on Saturday, capping off the week with a scrimmage at 2 p.m. that is free and open to the public. The Blue Jackets will also be livestreaming the scrimmage on their website.