10/06/2016 2:51 PM
Photo By: Paul Jackow / Brampton Beast
In your words, sum up the first few days of Training Camp.
On the first day, we had the guys come in for FanFest. The guys were excellent about that. On Monday, we had our fitness testing, then a little practice and a conditioning skate. Tuesday, we went to Kingston for our exhibition game and then had a quick turnaround for Wednesday morning’s workout and 30 minute practice. Following that was a couple periods of intersquad play. It was a good first few days. The tempo, energy and attitude has been fantastic.
Any surprises over the first couple of days of Training Camp?
Not really. We have a couple more days of intersquad games left before we head out for another two exhibition games. That will sort itself out by then.
When do you start to put the lines together in your head for opening night? Have you seen enough already for that to start to take place?
I really like the David Pacan, Brandon MacLean and Brandon Marino combination. I think we’ve seen enough out of that group at camp. We will probably break them up to give some other guys some key offensive opportunities with some of those players. We’d like to have a little bit of grit and a little bit of finish with each line combination. Those three seem to compliment each other well. As well, Luke Pither and David Vallorani seem like they have had some good chemistry. We still need a little more grit and a little more muck in there to create some space for them.
You’ve done a great job building a team in the offseason. It’s likely that we may be receiving players from our AHL affiliate, the St. John’s IceCaps, over the next couple of weeks. Have you thought about those possible players when going about your business at Training Camp?
Since we can’t control who St. John’s sends to us, our job is to build the best possible team without their guys. We know that’s a possibility. They don’t know what’s going to happen with injuries and how their guys are going to perform in their training camp. We’re trying to build the best team we can at the ECHL level.
What do you look for over the next couple of days?
We’re really looking to see how guys respond to the grind. we’re purposely making the next couple of days really challenging because we know when things are good and people are healthy and full of rest, they’re going to be great. If it was easy to win and easy to be great, everybody would do it. We want to grind them down a little bit and see who’s not afraid to embrace the grind and muck it out. There will be a couple of tough days ahead and we will see how it all works out.
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