Razor With an Edge: Camp Cowtown

Monday, 09.16.2013 / 10:05 AM CT / Razor With An Edge
By Daryl "Razor" Reaugh
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Razor With an Edge: Camp Cowtown

After two years of having training camp in the Dallas Stars fanatic hotbed of Prince Edward Island…the 2013 camp was held just out to the west in Fort Worth.

Yes, the seafood wasn't as fresh, but the travel and rational were much much better.

Here are some quick thoughts on what was an enjoyable three days in the town of the cow:

• I really like young defenseman Kevin Connauton. Smart, good size, reads his options well while both defending and on attack.

Jack Campbell has 'decaffeinated' his game. Stars goalie- whisperer Mike Valley has implored the excitable 2010 first round pick to embrace the less is more approach. Campbell himself told me he has spent a lot of time incorporating meditation and yoga into his mental prep. I won’t say he looks calm as a reflecting pool but he’s made enormous strides.

Tyler Seguin? Phenomenal with the puck but you also see his strong Bruins DNA in how he plays responsible without it. Him look very, very good back at center.

Jamie Oleksiak is a large human being.

• Very apparent to me was a focus on intensity. Some recent camps were so bogged down with ‘teaching’ and systems work that they were glorified walk-throughs. This camp was full-throttle and full-contact from the get go. Call it the Lindy Effect.

• Camp invite Brendan Ranford accounted for himself quite well. No shock. He’s a Kamloops Blazer.

• If you wear #29 as a Star you better be a hundred percenter. Curtis McKenzie is.

• Training table food at The Omni was beyond delicious. I ate like I was still a player yet I trained like a 40-something broadcaster - bad combo. Lindy is spot on when he smirks and announces “NHL, stands for Never Hungry League”.

• Every time I looked at Ray Whitney down there on the “conditioning quality” ice, I’d wonder aloud, how much do you think the 41 year old is enjoying THIS?

• Most truly enjoyable name to say: Jyrki Jokipakka

• The new skinny NHL nets were undetectable to the naked eye - which is a good thing.

• Hybrid Icing seems like a good idea. Might save a career or two, or a life, if it gets adopted after the preseason.

• I conducted a couple interviews without cursing. Always a camp hurdle for me.

• Speaking of interviews, Shawn Horcoff is a Hall of Famer. Thank you probing Edmonton media.

• Again, I love the high number boys being told they will be sporting 'traditional' hockey numbers this season. Garbutt #16, Roussel #21, Jordie Benn #24.

• 18-year-old Valeri Nichuskin is a load to handle already. Yes, he does remind you a lot of the Penguins Evgeni Malkin.

Sergei Gonchar is syrupy and cerebral. A joy to watch. Makes game look easy and simple.

• Sadly, I did not have time to dole out bull riding lessons at Billy Bob's.

SCHEDULE

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 55 35 16 4 153 127 74
2 DAL 52 33 14 5 169 137 71
3 STL 54 29 17 8 128 128 66
4 LAK 51 31 17 3 135 117 65
5 SJS 50 27 19 4 145 132 58
6 COL 54 27 23 4 146 148 58
7 NSH 52 24 20 8 130 137 56
8 ANA 49 24 18 7 106 113 55
9 MIN 51 23 19 9 126 122 55
10 ARI 51 24 21 6 136 156 54
11 VAN 51 20 19 12 119 138 52
12 CGY 49 22 24 3 129 145 47
13 WPG 50 22 25 3 129 143 47
14 EDM 52 21 26 5 130 151 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Benn 52 28 30 16 58
T. Seguin 52 27 28 12 55
J. Klingberg 52 8 35 17 43
J. Spezza 52 18 22 5 40
P. Sharp 52 16 24 -1 40
C. Eakin 52 10 13 2 23
A. Goligoski 52 3 20 20 23
M. Janmark 52 10 9 13 19
A. Roussel 50 8 10 6 18
V. Nichushkin 49 6 12 8 18
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 20 9 5 .910 2.46
K. Lehtonen 13 5 0 .908 2.82
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