July 18, 2011
Many junior hockey players have spent the last few weeks away at NHL development camps -- some getting their first taste of what it takes to become a pro, while others more familiar with the drill try to earn an invite to the main training camp in September.
Most of the time they're being poked and prodded during off-ice fitness testing -- while on the ice they're taken through various drills which may include being whacked in the head by Buffalo Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff.
There's also the team bonding aspect the players get to participate in, which can include everything from recreating scenes from Happy Gilmore to painting your face and running around in the woods while G.I. Joe yells at you.
The highlight for the fans come during the scrimmages, where they get to see their future stars in action. Usually after the scrimmages, teams will hold a shootout to give their young charges a chance to dazzle the crowd and the coaches at camp.
Here are three of the best goals scored at NHL development camp in the last month.
TOP SHOOTOUT GOALS:
Development camp is all about showing off your mad skills, which Niagara IceDogs forward Ryan Strome has in spades. The New York Islanders draft pick (5th overall in June) is quickly becoming a YouTube favourite with his slick moves and here's another pretty goal to add to his resume.
Looks like Granlund might have some creative competition on the Wild when it comes to dekes and dangles as Sam Lofquist of the Guelph Storm shows here: