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Steve Carroll at Conditioning Camp - Part 2

Thursday, 07.13.2006 / 12:00 AM / News
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Steve Carroll at Conditioning Camp - Part 2

With the annual Anaheim Ducks summer conditioning camp winding down Wednesday afternoon at Anaheim Ice, it was time to get some insight from those taking part and overseeing the event.

"I think we are very happy," said Chuck Fletcher, Vice President of Amateur Scouting and Player Development for the Anaheim Ducks. "We had an extremely large group, 28 players by the end of the day. It's by far the biggest camp we've had in the four years we have been doing this. The players every year seem to be coming in, in better and better shape. They have a much better idea of the demands of pro hockey. They seem to prepare accordingly. The conditioning and strength levels of the players were impressive."

"We had some good on-ice workouts and good power skating sessions," says Fletcher. "All in all, it was a great week."

The Ducks farm team in Portland, Maine of the American Hockey League reached the semifinals this season. The Ducks affiliate in Cincinnati advanced to the second round of the AHL playoffs the previous year. Anaheim has also won the last two rookie tournaments. A lot of the same players move from group to group. So, the Ducks are starting to see benefits from camps such as this summers conditioning camp.

"They start in the summer camp, then to rookie camp and they end up on the American League team together," added Fletcher. "What we have found is that the players have learned a lot about conditioning. We work with them on their power skating. But the biggest thing they take from this is a sense of team. There seems to be a tremendous chemistry amongst the guys that come to all these camps and rookie tournaments together. I think we are seeing the results now in the NHL with Penner and Getzlaf and Perry. All these kids came through the system, the development system that we put in place. It's just a very tight group of players."

In the new NHL, Is there changes in the conditioning programs for players trying to reach that level of competition?

"We really take a strong look at their body fat and their leg strength," added Fletcher. "Sean Skahan works very closely with the players after he tests them. He shows them the results and how they compare to the group. And the good thing is that we have a log. When they come back in September, we'll test them again to see their improvement. Over a course of two to three years, we can see their development. Where they don't develop properly, we have an opportunity to address that. Maybe change their workout program. Again, Sean Skahan stays on top of that and monitors their development very closely."

For forward Curtis Glencross, it's great to have an opportunity to participate in a summer conditioning camp.

"You have so many different guys in here and you know what you are up against," said Glencross, who appeared in 41 regular season games for Portland this past season. "Coming down and having Sean help you out with the things you have to key on in order to get to the next level is huge. It's awesome. You get to hang out with the guys and get to know them. Get a little team unity. It's a great time."

Every camp, a player learns something new about training habits.

"There is always something new coming out and that's what Sean is here for," mentioned Glencross. "He does his homework. There are new exercises, new stretches and new medicine ball things."

Goaltender David McKee looks ahead to rookie camp, which is about six weeks away.

"This is my first time coming here for this camp and I got to see what it's all about," says McKee. "I do a lot of leg strength things as a goaltender in addition to a lot of flexibility training. Sean is really good at what he does and knows what everybody needs to do on a specialized basis. This also gives me an opportunity to work with as much as possible."

Skahan, the Ducks Strength and Conditioning coach the past four seasons says this current group of young hockey players works very hard.

"Certain individuals have some things they need to work on, some weaknesses they need to address," says Skahan. "In terms of physical development, some of the older players are where they are going to be. Now, it's a matter of getting their skill to be NHL caliber."

"Some guys may need to work on lean body mass," added Skahan. "Some may need to lose some body fat. Some may need to improve their foot speed. Guys might have some injury areas they need to work on. All these different things we need to work on with each player, while also keeping up with the core of our program."

If there is one thing in particular that impressed Fletcher at this years conditioning camp, it was the how the depth of the organization's defense is increasing.

"We have many more quality defensemen here this year than we've ever had," mentioned Fletcher. "Several good puck-moving, good skating defensemen that seem to be the proto-type style of defensemen we'll see now in the NHL going forward. Very agile, smart players. I think the prospects on our blue line have never been better. I think that will bode well for the future. But to me, that was the biggest surprise."

"There's a lot of talent up front, obviously, and a lot of skill," says Fletcher. "But when you look at the blue line, that's one of the hardest commodities to get. And it looks like we are starting to stock up there well."




1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67


R. Getzlaf 77 31 56 28 87
C. Perry 81 43 39 32 82
N. Bonino 77 22 27 14 49
M. Perreault 69 18 25 13 43
A. Cogliano 82 21 21 13 42
C. Fowler 70 6 30 15 36
K. Palmieri 71 14 17 9 31
D. Winnik 76 6 24 6 30
H. Lindholm 78 6 24 29 30
S. Koivu 65 11 18 3 29
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48 is the official Web site of the Anaheim Ducks. Anaheim Ducks and are trademarks of Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup and NHL Conference logos are registered trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. Copyright © 1999-2013 Anaheim Ducks Hockey Club, LLC and the National Hockey League. All Rights Reserved.

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