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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

NHL Research and Development Camp

The NHL had its Research and Development Camp today in Toronto.

I'm not all that interested in re-capping all of the zany ideas the NHL had in play today such as a single big faceoff dot, 3-on-3 overtime, a double-wide blue line and so on. For more on that stuff, here's a pretty nice writeup complete with video from NHL VP Brendan Shanahan and former Stars-Flyers-Blue Jackets bench boss Ken Hitchcock. The only NHL coach in attendance was the Washington Capitals' Bruce Boudreau.


I'm more interested in observations on the 2011 draft prospects from the CHL who were in attendance and how they looked to some of the NHL personnel and media in attendance.

I'll update this post with some thoughts on how some of the guys looked when I get a chance to hook up with some of my sources.

UPDATE 8/21: Talked to someone who was there, and the word is that it was a productive thing for NHL front office personnel and scouts to see, as there were scrimmages and an opportunity to see a lot of the top 2011 draft-eligible players from the various leagues before the season kicks off.

"From a scout's point of view it was great. I hope they do it every year. The kids were skating hard, throwing the body and working their (butts) off," said one scout in attendance.

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