Now that the draft is over, all those bright and shiny new draft picks need to know what the NHL is all about.
Therefore, it is time for the Ducks annual prospect conditioning camp and scrimmages. The six-day camp, which starts Thursday, June 28, focuses on both the on- and off-ice development of the players. In addition to skating sessions, each player will participate in strength and conditioning drills and daily weight and aerobic training. The players will have personally tailored nutritional recommendations and will be tested for strength thresholds, range of movement and aerobic capacity.
All work and no play would not be fun, so there will be two scrimmages at Anaheim ICE on Monday, July 2 and Tuesday, July 3. Both one hour scrimmages begin at 10:00 a.m. The scrimmages are open to the public, free of charge, but the rest of camp is not.
Players participating include all eight Anaheim selections from the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, including first round selection Hampus Lindholm and local boy, Nicolas Kerdiles (second round). Other players include 2011 first round pick, Rickard Rakell, 2010 first round pick, Emerson Etem and 2009 first round pick, Peter Holland. Devante Smith-Pelly, who won a spot on the roster last season, will also be at camp.
Conditioning camp is a huge part of preparing the prospects for training camp and future expectations. Two years ago, Etem was grateful for the conditioning camp experience after he had been drafted.
“I think conditioning camp helped in that aspect of getting me ready for the speed of what’s going on right now,” Etem said at the time. “I have my legs. I’m feeling good out there. I can use my speed. At conditioning camp I didn’t feel that.”
Cam Fowler, also a first found pick in 2009, agreed with Etem.
“It gave me an edge up coming into this camp.”
These players will also have an edge and a great start on the preparation necessary to eventually make the NHL (and improve their chances of staying there).
A complete roster of all 30 players attending can be found at http://ducks.nhl.com/v2/ext/ConditioningCampRoster.pdf.