Thoughts from Jets Development Camp

For the final day of development camp the Jets prospects split into two groups and held 60 minutes of four on four scrimmage followed by 10 minutes of three on three. Unlike Tuesday night where it seemed to take them a little bit of time to get into it, the pace was fast and furious right from the get go today. After the break I go over the players that stood out in a positive way to me.

Standouts

Some of the forwards that stood out for me were:

  • Connor – Didn’t score himself but was buzzing all over the place and set up a couple goals. Reminded me of the way Ehlers looked at these events in years past, every time he was out on the ice you were just expecting him to speed down the ice and do something fancy.
  • Roslovic – Not quite the performance he had Tuesday evening but still an offensive standout and probably the best forward on team white. Scored a pretty breakaway goal off a broken play at center ice.
  • Lemieux – Looked to have a little less energy today, didn’t stand out much in terms of offensive play but still getting in there and being chippy as anyone would expect.
  • Foley – Similar to Lemieux, had a few nice rushes up the ice but looked a little slower today.
  • Lodge – A standout for team white once again, flashed high level hands on a few rushes and was one of the few on his team that could create and sustain offense.
  • Spacek – May have been my favorite forward to watch today, obviously the smallest guy on the ice but super shifty skater and big time puck hound. Came away with the puck against the boards against bigger players on many occasions and always moving the puck towards the net.
  • Fronk – Continues to look like a guy with a lot more skill than the scoring he’s managed the last couple years would suggest. Hope to see him get an expanded role with the Moose this season.
On the defensive side of things the standouts for me were:

  • Stanley – The star of the show today, scored two goals including the nicest on the day picking up the puck in the high slot, splitting two opposing players and wiring a shot top shelf. The skills that made him a first rounder were certainly on display, and while he does struggle with decisions once the puck is on his stick, if he can iron things out over the next couple seasons you can definitely see the potential for him to be a big time player.
  • Blomqvist – Tucker Poolman got hurt and left early on and they moved Axel back to defense in his spot. Definitely didn’t look out of place on D and was the trigger man on a couple of nice plays set up by Kyle Connor.
  • Nogier – Very strong skater, sniped a nice goal to get team white back within one while the had the goalie pulled.
  • Kostalek – Better showing than Tuesday, not always the greatest in his own end but was jumping into the rush and showing off his heavy shot.
  • Green – Today’s best for me, as the game went on I found that almost every time I saw a great play from a player in white it ended up being Green. Consistently and effectively jumped into the play on offense and always seemed to be able to get back into position defensively. Nothing flashy but solid all around play had be super impressed.
Jamie Phillips and Sami Niku were not on the ice today due to injury recovery, and as mentioned above Tucker Poolman left fairly early in the first period.

Final Thoughts

It’s important to remember that in the grand scheme of things these sorts of games / camps mean very little, Jack Roslovic and Logan Stanley are no better or worse prospects now than they were last week.

It does allow us as fans to get a better glimpse into prospects we don’t get to see as much, and get a bit of a feeling for the overall skill of the prospect group. I’ve gone to at least one day of these camps four of the five years they’ve done them and I do feel like this group is one of the highest skill we’ve seen, or at least one that plays with the best pace.

  • FishWhiskey

    Thanks for the report AWeeler.

    Glad to hear that not only did Stanley NOT look out of place with top prospects but actually thrived.

    I was one of the voices expressing serious doubt at his being drafted by the Jets in any round, let alone the first but I am also looking forward to being proven very wrong. Good work young Stanley!

    After seeing Connor thread some impossible passes to set up goals at the World Chamionships it makes me a little week in the knees imagining the first and second power play units the Jets will be able to ice in years to come with the likes of Laine, Ehlers, Connor, Scheif, Wheels, Perreault, Petan and Little.

    The Jets will be packin nukes!