First drill observations

Byron blows a tire on his first turn. Very deft with the puck otherwise. Enroth looks sharp in his movement. Swift side to side, covers space well in this 3-0 warmup drill. Stopped most of the pucks sent his way. Quick low shots were the ones that beat him. Eno is getting lit up early in drill #2. Improved greatly near the end. Nice glove. Not as agile as Jhonas. Tropp, Adam, Ennis, Byron have goal scorer written all over them. Again, these were merely undefended shooting drills. 1-1 and 2-1 drills Adam very good east-west mover entering the zone. Ennis has ridiculous wheels and makes good, quick decisions. He's a lot to handle. Byron beat Persson cleanly wide. Persson has trouble pivoting backwards. He fared better against Cepis. Myers is the real deal in terms of skating and skill. In a D posture, Gragnani crashed into the boards. Put him back at LW already. Irwin is a very impressive skater. Looks like a player. I'd like to see him in a game setting.
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Anonymous
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Thursday, June 26, 2008 ×

I have never gotten that good of a look at Gragnani. I'll be going to camp this Sat. but would you say his experience on defense makes him a really good 2-way forward and isn't he pretty good playing point on the powerplay?

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Kris Baker
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Thursday, June 26, 2008 ×

That's the direction I see him heading, yes. Last season, it made more sense to roll him down a wing with the lack of forward talent in Rochester. It's a whole new ballgame this season with Gerbe, Schutz, Kennedy, and hopefully Gogulla in the fold.

Right now in Portland on D:

Funk
Card
Butler
Kostka

I think they're going to need Gragnani on D since all other will be going to back to college/juniors/SEL (Persson).

Weber (depends on Free Agency and camp performance) could start in Portland. Doubtful, though.

Sekera is in Buffalo to start the season in my opinion.

Of course, this all changes if, say, the Dallas Stars toss four or five kids to Portland to fill out the roster.

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Anonymous
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Thursday, June 26, 2008 ×

It would be nice to see Card make a full recovery and improve his game this year.

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Chainshot
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Friday, June 27, 2008 ×

I was pleasantly surprised to see Card out there and keeping up in drills. It seems he's recovered and now it's again a matter of trying to get some more meat on those bones.

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