Let's get right to it!
The groups experienced a lot more variety today. In all, 11 different drills were done by each group, and they involved everything you can think of: passing, odd man rushes, power play drills and more. Drill 'em all! Both groups finished with about 20 mins of "loose" time AKA whatever they wanted to work on. For example, Wheeler and Lemieux worked on shot tipping, others worked on faceoffs, etc.
Group 1 Highlights
- No Andrew Ladd or Bryan Little. Yikes!
- Jan Kostalek and John Albert skated on their own.
- Some line combinations of importance included Blake Wheeler, Mark Scheifele, and Drew Stafford, followed by Nic Petan, Adam Lowry and Ryan Olsen, and Brendan Lemieux, Andrew Copp and Joel Armia. Chase De Leo centred Chris Thorburn and Thomas Raffl.
- Josh Morrissey - Brendan Kichton, along with Mark Stuart - Jacob Trouba and Toby Enstrom - Dustin Byfuglien made up the noticeable defense pairings.
Group 2 Highlights
- No players absent from this group.
- Jay Harrison - Tyler Myers made up one defensive pairing, while Adam Pardy - Paul Postma and Ben Chiarot - Julian Melchiori comprised the others.
- Matt Halischuk and Anthony Peluso were centred by Patrice Cormier, while Alexander Burmistrov centred Mathieu Perreault and Nikolaj Ehlers.
- Nothing major to note with the goalies today, however I did notice a lot, and I mean a lot, of five-hole and glove hand/ top corner shots.
- The stands were packed again for the practices. Incredible!
- Today's full practice will be the last for a while, as Tuesday's ice time will be used as a pregame skate. Tuesday night's game at the MTS Centre will be against the Minnesota Wild. Selected players will then travel to Edmonton to take on the Oilers Wednesday night. Thursday will be a mandatory CBA day off, and Friday will be a pregame skate as the Oilers are in town. It will be back to practices on Saturday, with training camp likely down to one group of players.
- Monday's practice was also the last one that was open to the public.
- On Thursday and Friday, the Jets will begin making the first round of cuts, decreasing their practice roster considerably, as a good portion of the players will be sent back to their junior squads or the AHL. With that said, I wouldn't be surprised if the Jets' rosters for the first two exhibition games consisted mostly of players who will be cut later in the week.
Well, there you have it! Cheers!