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Development Camp Groups

The 24 prospects invited to this year's development camp -- which is starting right now at KCI -- is divided into two groups, A and B. Here's how the youngsters are divvied up:

Group A: Joel Broda; Trevor Bruess; Greg Burke; Phil DeSimone; Dan Dunn; Joe Finley; Brett Flemming; Andrew Glass; Braden Holtby; Zack Miskovic; Garrett Mitchell; Mathieu Perreault.

Group B: Francois Bouchard; Benjamin Casavant; John Carlson; Stefan Della Rovere; Cody Eakin; Josh Godfrey; Anton Gustafsson; Jake Hauswirth; Dmitry Kugryshev; Eric Mestery; Dmitri Orlov.

Hopefully that will be of some help when you're deciding which sessions to catch this week.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  July 13, 2009; 9:48 AM ET
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Strange, but why are both goalies in the first group?

Posted by: tempusfugitrgv | July 13, 2009 9:59 AM | Report abuse

Anyone on this list possible for roster in 09-10? Does not look like it outside of Bouchard, Carlson or Gustafsson

Posted by: flee001 | July 13, 2009 10:03 AM | Report abuse

I would say watch for Finley, big mean nasty defenseman that they need and outside shot would be Della Rovere, has improved a ton. Went from being a 7th round draft choice to playing on Canada's junior team. A Cook type of guy, hustles and is a huge pest.

Posted by: RichC3 | July 13, 2009 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Hi Tarik,
What about Patrick Wey, is he there?

Posted by: gavlegirl | July 13, 2009 10:19 AM | Report abuse

I hope not too many of the kids collapse after Bruce makes them do suicides at the end of the practice. I remember last year, almost everyone but Carlson and Alzner laying flat out exhausted on the ice.

Posted by: madflava | July 13, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

What're "suicides", madflava?

Posted by: LeftCoastCapsFan | July 13, 2009 11:30 AM | Report abuse

We used to do full-ice suicides starting at the goal line. Skate to the opposite goal line, come back. Skate to the far faceoff dot, come back. Far blue line, back. Red line, near blue line, top of the circle, faceoff dot.. Just skating and stopping and coming back. Direction change like that is the most tiring thing you can do on skates.

Called "suicides" because they friggin kill you.

Posted by: thiazzi | July 13, 2009 12:06 PM | Report abuse


My legs and lungs still hurt from just thinking about them.


at least we get some action this week.

Posted by: Dizzy1205 | July 13, 2009 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"Suicides" or "herbies" as they're sometimes called is a conditioning drill. I'm not a proficient enough skater to go all out on them yet (getting closer, though), but I'll tell you the name is apt. The drill goes like this:

- Start at one end goal line.
- Skate all out to the blue line.
- Stop, and skate all out back to the goal line where you started.
- Stop, and skate all out to the center line.
- Stop, and skate all out back to the goal line where you started.
- Stop, and skate all out to the far blue line.
- Stop, and skate all out back to the goal line where you started.
- Stop, and skate all out to the far goal line.
- Stop, and skate all out back to the goal line where you started.

That's ONE round. Yeah, they're brutal.

Posted by: kittypawz | July 13, 2009 1:08 PM | Report abuse

When I was growing up and playing from the late 70's thru the early 90's, they're called Herbie's after the Late Great Herb Brooks. Brooks wanted conditioned atheletes on that team not neccessarliy talented ones. And he got them conditioned allright....

One of the truisms in the Disney remake of the "Miricle on Ice" with Kurt Russell, is the scene in Norway where Herb Brooks skates the team to death. The skating you see there is the execution of the drill.

So, if the apt descriptions in the posts before mine don't illustrate it for you, watching that scene in the movie will.

And, as I write this, my legs and lungs are aching just remembering those conditioning drills.

RIP Herb...

Posted by: | July 13, 2009 1:58 PM | Report abuse

are you kidding me ?

Posted by: fetrew | July 14, 2009 7:08 AM | Report abuse

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