After an enjoyable night out at the ballpark on Tuesday, the players at Phoenix Coyotes Prospect Development Camp took the ice for the second day of on-ice sessions. The play on the ice was quicker, sharper and more physical than the day before.
In front of yet another packed Ice Den rink, the prospects finally got to show off their in-game skills with a good ol' fashioned scrimmage. Not a drill, not a power skating session, just Red team versus White team.
White team opened the scoring when 2011 first round pick Connor Murphy lifted a point shot past 2010 first rounder Mark Visentin. The Red team tied it up minutes later when Arizona-native Zac Larraza wristed a puck past 2013 6th round pick Brendan Burke. Team Red continued their strong play scoring the next two goals of the game. Free agent forwards Taylor Burke and Josh Currie gave the Red team a lead they would never relinquish. Mikhail Plotnikov, also a free agent forward, would score the final goal of the game for team White. Red escaped scrimmage one with a 3-2 victory.
First round pick Max Domi continued to dazzle in his second on-ice session in Scottsdale. His combination of skill, speed and an NHL-ready saucer pass, makes him a must-watch at tomorrow's camp and at training camp. Domi played mostly center on Wednesday after playing Left Wing on Tuesday.
"I'm just going to work hard every day this summer and do whatever it takes to be a better hockey player," Domi said, "(I'm) looking forward to the challenge."
Defenseman Murphy stood out on day two above and beyond his scrimmage goal. His play and body positioning in the 2-on-2 drill and in the scrimmage was very sound. If injuries don't continue to derail his progress, Murphy could spend a lot of time in the NHL very soon.
The goalies had a better day all around on Wednesday as practice turned into game-like situations. Louis Domingue was the only goalie to not allow a goal in the Scrimmage (Both Visentin and Marek Langhamer allowed one while Burke allowed three).
A day after being mentioned by Head Coach Dave Tippett as a player who could crack the main roster, forward Lucas Lessio had another solid afternoon at camp. "Every chance you get to make a good impression, you want to make the most of it," Lessio said.
The final on-ice session of development camp will take place between 2:15 and 3:45 p.m. on Thursday at the Ice Den in Scottsdale.
To read about day one, click here.