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Day Three: Penguins Development Camp

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Things got more competitive on Day Three of camp as they spent the second hour of the two hour session splitting the rink into two mini scrimmages. There were four 7-minute 3-on-3 scrimmages and a 5th session was needed to act as an overtime period.

Adam Payerl continued to stand out. His big frame and strong skating is almost unparalleled at this camp. Payerl put his body to good use in the scrimmages, netting a goal and being tough in the corners and around the net.

The two who stood out most to me today were forwards Blaine Byron and Oskar Sundqvist.

Byron, if you recall from the other day, had a nice breakway goal in the form of the patented Datsyuk move. He was even more noticeable in the scrimmages today. He netted a few goals, but none nicer than his coast to coast work on the right side of the rink. Byron spun off a check behind his own net, dangled through traffic and scored a goal to finish off a beautiful play.

Oskar Sundqvist was equally impressive and very noticeable as well today. His shots were wired to the top shelf this afternoon. What I liked most about Sundqvist was the grittiness he showed. He wasn't afraid to use his frame (listed at 6-3, 182) to deliver body checks in the corners and fight for loose pucks. The quick release he has on his shot was incredible today. He finished the OT with the game winner, on a gritty hard working effort as he tipped a shot in while on his backhand. Frankly, Sunqvist was a sniper out there today.

The on-ice practice started with about 45 minutes with Marianne Watkins - the Penguins power skating coach. Dominik Uher and Adam Payerl stood out during those drills as guys who have really improved in that regard. Jayson Megna was also flying out there.

As you can see, the prospects here at camp are getting a variety of drills/practices this week. The plan for tomorrow's practice is to split the forwards and defensemen up into two separate groups for the two 60-minute sessions.

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