It was a light day practice wise as the optional skate drew only a handful of players to the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence.
Only Luca Caputi, Christian Hanson, Wayne Primeau, Garnet Exelby and Jeff Finger made the optional practice.
The small group of players made it cozy enough to incorporate drills that seemed to be better designed for goaltenders, while one particular was an effective lesson for any hockey player regardless of age.
Stopping in front of the net.
Notes: Curious to see Caputi stumbling a bit in the drill as he slipped in a tight turn. Skating is still not up to par, with a summer ahead to work on his overall stride and balance. His edgework, stop/starts and directional shifts in small tight spaces is polished. I attributed that to his ball hockey days, playing for Midnight Express, a top tier ball hockey team in the greater Toronto area and he agreed somewhat. The game without ice forces players to keep their feet moving, or else their out of the play. There’s more on this to come.
Someone had asked about access to the Leafs practice. Anyone can attend and watch from the glass encasing the rink. Access today was granted for fans, but normally would not.
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