Greenburgh, NY - Day 1 of the Rangers prospect camp at the MSG Training Center was all about one aspect of the game: conditioning.
In attendance at the camp included Rangers Head Coach John Tortorella, General Manager Glen Sather, and former Ranger Adam Graves, who was assisting with the on-ice activities.
Group 2, which took the ice about 30 minutes later, included third round pick Ryan Bourque, and OHL Rookie of the Year for 2008, Evgeny Grachev.
Grachev stood out for his size and skating stride, though was not necessarily fleet of foot. Bourque, however, was very quick as was Kreider. Both seemed to possess the speed the Rangers have been searching for.
The latter portion of the day was based more on game-like action, including breakout drills, breakaways and a 3 v. 3 scrimmage. Each of the players worked through the simulations intended to provide a more "game feel" to the workout.
Last season, former coach Tom Renney was praised for the condition his players were in during training camp. However, as the season wore on and into the playoffs, the players were both mentally and physically fatigued.
Tortorella vowed not to allow that to happen again.
We'll be covering camp all week so stay tuned for continuous updates...
- by Jason Akeson