July 10, 2010

Martindale at Oilers Camp - Day 4

I made the trek to the east end of Edmonton to catch the last day of Ryan Martindale at the Oilers development camp.

The 27 prospects were divided into four teams and played half-ice 3-on-3 scrimmages with two games going on at the same time. The scrimmages were 3 5-minute running clock periods. Ryan was on the Red Team with D Brandon Davidson (WHL), D Damon Kip (NCAA), Jordan Eblerle (WHL), Anton Lander (Swe) and Drew Czerwonka (WHL). His linemates were Brandon and Drew and for the game I watched, they were up against the Blue Team made up of D Jeff Petry, Mike Connolly, Taylor Hall, Tyler Pitlick, Kellen Jones and Cameron Abney.

Eberle and Pitlick were clearly the most intense players in that scrimmage. The Red Team won and moved to the other end of the rink to take on the Grey Team who apparently also won their game. Based on their reaction at the end of regulation time, it looked like Team Red may have won that one too.

It will be really interesting to see what Ryan takes from his time at camp. He certainly didn't look like one of the more intense players on the ice. It might have been the awe of being at his first professional camp or perhaps he's one of those players who tends not to look all that intense. His development will be interesting to follow.

Some pictures:

Prospects saluting their avid fans

Team Photo of the Oilers 2010 Development Camp

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