Just ask Henrik Bergfors, or anyone else in the Tampa Bay Lightning’s B Camp, for that matter. Nearly all of them have felt the effects of Aaron Lobb’s wrath.
It’s funny: The guy who was highly criticized for his lack of physical play at draft time is by far the most aggressive player in the Lightning’s B Camp. That knock—lack of physical play—was probably a considerable factor in his dropping to the forth round in the draft, though his consistency was also questioned. Whatever the reason, this kid appears to be the complete package, and he was a steal in the late fourth round.
Lobb opened camp with a bang, getting into a scrum with Swedish defenseman Bergfors just minutes into the first scrimmage. Though no punches were thrown before Lobb lost his balance and pulled Berfgors to the ice with him, it showed Lobb’s willingness and ability to handle the rougher side of the game.
Since then, he has thrown his body around at every opportunity—which at 6’4”, 198 is a lot of body to throw around. But, as Lobb says, “It’s just a part of the game.” When a ruckus arises, Lobb is one of the first ones on the scene. “I try to play the power forward role. By being that type of player, it comes with it.”
There is more to Lobb than his punishing hits. He has also impressed with his offensive skills and tremendous attitude, and he has been working hard while in Tampa Bay.
“We have really hard workouts, but the harder it is, the better it is,” he says. Hard does not even begin to describe the regimen that Brad Shaw, who will se Read more»
The London Knights are currently in their second year of management by the Hunter family and the last year playing at the IceHouse. A number of excellent players have donned the Knights uniform in the old barn, and we may be seeing the best of the bunch this year in Rick Nash. Pretty strong statement considering Jason Allison and Brendan Shanahan among others are alumni.
Nash stands six foot four inches and weighs in at 180 pounds. He shoots left and plays left wing. He is a probable top 5 pick for the 2002 entry draft and will challenge for the top spot. He will face great scrutiny this year, as numerous scouts pick apart his game, looking for flaws real and imagined, comparing him to the other elite players around the globe. Toss in going to school, dealing with teen age problems, and oh yeah, being the go to guy on an OHL team for the second year in a row and there will be a lot of pressure on his shoulders.
Nash has a number of things going for him, and lets start with his size. He is already a big man and one can imagine what he may look like in a few years when he is done filling out. But the amazing part is that he is totally comfortable with his body and shows no signs of the awkwardness that other teenagers do when they have grown rapidly. He is a magician with the puck and uses his long reach to his total advantage. He can stickhandle laterally with ease, and loves to pull the puck back to his body, leaving opponents lunging futilely in search of the puck. With his size he can turn a corner and shield the puck with one arm off his stick Read more»
It’s the final day of training camp and also the day of the championship
game. Teams A and C prepare to face off against each other before
boarding their buses and heading back to Detroit.
The opening line up is impressive. Team A’s starting line up consists of
Brett Hull and Yuri Butsayev, centered by the captain Steve Yzerman. On
defense for Team A is Mathieu Dandenault and Maxim Kuznetsov with Manny
Legace starting in net.
Team B’s starting line up is centered by Igor Larionov with Luc
Robitaille and Darren McCarty as the wingers. Nicklas Lidstrom and
Fredrik Olausson man the blue line with Domink Hasek in goal.
They played two twenty minute periods for the championship scrimmage.
The first ten minutes in each period were played as a regular game. The
next five minutes were played with the buzzer being sounded every fifty
seconds for line changes. The final five minutes played with exciting
Jason Williams was the first to score, notching a goal seven minutes and
thirty-five seconds into the first period for Team A.
A few minutes later Ryan Barnes was battling for the puck along the
boards and suddenly realized the puck was no longer between himself and
the boards. Turning around quickly and glancing to the left and right
for where the puck hand gone he seemed a bit confused until he heard it
hit the glass directly behind his head as someone shot it high trying to
clear it out of the zone.
With three minutes remaining in the first period, Barnes came around
behind the net and tried Read more»