Yesterday’s pc included some nice things about Hemsky (they need him to be in the top 20 in terms of overall scoring) and the fact that the veterans arrived in very good condition. He talked about the intense offseason and how much the organization tried to do in order to improve the team.
The usual clap trap.
On Penner: He moves well, and he can move the puck well. Strong on the puck. MacT liked what he saw, it’s early. He said Penner made lots of plays out there today.
On Gagner: First time he’d seen him play in person. He said any player going through their first camp has to feel their way in to a certain degree. He thinks he’ll settle down and play better as he gets more comfortable.
On Souray: Huge special team numbers. He’s going to have a huge impact on the PP. He likes the thought of having Stollie with him back there on the PP. Certainly on the 5 on 3, he’ll be a major player on the 5 on 3. “We’ll try to put together a pair that we want to match up against the other team’s best line that probably won’t include Sheldon.”
On the kids: Everyone is starting with a clean slate, it’s going to be a camp that is based on what you do during camp. There are a lot of opportunities here. He says he has no misgivings about starting the season with a lot of young guys. Schremp and Cogliano and Gagner and Nilsson are all in the mix. I don’t recall MacTavish ever saying that kind of thing, fall 2000 through last year.
EDIT TO ADD:
Punjabioil was kind enough to pass this along in the “comments” section. I missed it completely, but it’s an important item from the Edmonton Journal:
And Schremp did have a chance to shine on the opening day of camp, skating between Ales Hemsky and Ryan O’Marra.”I don’t know that I’m at the point where I expect him to make the team. He’s very capable,” coach Craig MacTavish said. “I do think the injury set him back a little bit but we’re much open to the possibility.”He’s making progress and very seldom do guys develop incrementally. It’s always a jagged curve.”It’s just a case of getting him physically strong enough and fast enough that he can compete against guys who are really strong and really fast.”