Habs’ Development Camp (Day 3)

By Chris Boucher
Day three of the Canadiens’ prospects camp was slightly more intense than the previous two. The drills were a little more complicated, and the players were asked to perform at a noticeably higher tempo. At the same time there were a few more smiles and laughs on the ice, as the players begin to get to know each other.

Defenseman Gennady Razin was the best player on the ice. He not only showed good puck control, he also demonstrated strong skating skills for a player of his size. Razin has a presence on the ice, the other Russian-born players seem to look to him for leadership. Especially Markov, who relies on Razin for translation.

Matt Carkner also showed good skating ability today. He moves well for a big man, and seemed very comfortable on the ice. He especially excels during the 1 on 1 drills, where he shows good lateral movement, and a strong backward to forward cross-over.

Marc-André Thinel continues to show great skills and creativity. As the camp moves along, he seems increasingly comfortable handling the puck. Ben Guité, who was chosen in the 97 Entry Draft out of the University of Maine has shown an excellent work ethic. He never stops fighting for the puck, and even uses the down-time during practice to work on his skating and puck-control.

Roland Melanson continues to spend much of his time talking with Evan Lindsay. Lindsay showed flashes of brilliance today, particularly when the situation allowed him to use his skating ability. He moves especially well laterally. Unfortunately his concentration and energy level during practice seem to be inconsistent.

Mike Ribeiro was absent from practice. No word yet on why. The on-ice portion of the camp continues Friday morning.

Prospect of the Day:

Matt Carkner (D) 6'4/215 11/3/80 D-Mtl99(2/58)

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