Palmieri's Blog: Ducks Prospect Checks in from Camp in Norfolk

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Palmieri\'s Blog: Ducks Prospect Checks in from Camp in Norfolk
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By Kyle Palmieri

Hello, Ducks fans. Just checking in from training camp here with our AHL team in Norfolk, Virginia.

I got to Norfolk the Saturday before training camp started, around a week and a half ago. It’s a lot different than Syracuse, which was the Ducks' AHL team last year, but it’s been nice so far. People in the city, they love their hockey and they love their Admirals. So far it’s been awesome and we’ve gotten a great reception. It’s a long offseason for everybody, and I think they’re excited to get hockey back and for the season to start.

When you start camp, it usually takes a couple of days to get back up to speed. Everyone is trying to go a million miles an hour and impress the coaches. It takes a practice or two to get your mind right and get your body up to that speed again. You can skate all you want during the summer, but once you get into game and practice situations, you really can’t prepare yourself any other way. We’ve had scrimmages the last couple days of camp, since we have enough guys for two full teams. It’s nice to face off against each other for a little friendly competition.

I’ve been in a hotel in downtown Norfolk with the other guys in camp, and yesterday I did some apartment hunting, just kind of scouting out some good spots to live in. I’d like to find a place that’s close to some of the other guys, since we usually try to stay together. Once you leave the rink, your friends are pretty much the same as they are at the rink, so we like to stay close and keep each other entertained. Some of the guys are spread out right now between Virginia Beach and downtown Norfolk, so it’s just a matter of personal preference of where you want to live.

We have a good mix of guys and a lot of new faces. It’s good to get acquainted with the other guys, and obviously a lot of them will be my teammates this year. Right now we’re getting to know each other, and a lot of us are hanging out together at the hotel or in town.

When there is free time, you try and walk around the city, catch a few movies, that kind of thing. I’m not really a big movie theatre guy, so I usually just try to watch what’s showing in the hotel room. My roommate John Kurtz and I rented “The Chernobyl Diaries” the other night, and that was pretty good. I’m not normally a big scary movie guy. They get the best of me usually, but I could handle that one.

From what I can tell so far in camp, we’re going to have a great team. The fans are excited, the city is behind us, and hopefully we can play well in front of them. The Admirals last year finished the regular season with a record 28-game winning streak, and even though the team has new players this year, we hope to keep that going. We have two exhibition games this weekend and then our home opener is on Friday the 12th, so I’m definitely looking forward to that.

In the meantime, I’ll check in within the next few days to update you on how it’s going here. You can also follow me on Twitter.


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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
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
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
F. Andersen 20 5 0 .923 2.29
J. Hiller 29 13 7 .911 2.48

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