by David Pavlak on 09/18/11 at 01:59 AM ET
With Devils camp finished for the day, I will fill you in on some news that has been going around.
Right off the bat, head coach Peter DeBoer pushed the Devils, regardless if you were a veteran or a rookie.
Dave Lozo of the National Hockey League reported these quotes:
“There’s not a lot of standing around,” forward Zach Parise said. “All of the drills were high-paced, lot of guys moving during the drills, so that’s good. And not a lot of rest in between drills, so your heart rate is up pretty much the whole time.”
“You got to like it [DeBoer’s aggressiveness]. He wants to play aggressive,” Elias said. We’re going to forecheck, be in their face. Maybe in the past we were too passive and he wants to change that.”
In addition, Parise and Elias played on the first line together in practice, with Elias obviously manning the center position. This may be a sign of things to come in N.J.
While on the topic of Parise, he talked about the vacant captaincy, as well as his contract, which both seem to be issues that he will constantly be nagged about until something is done about them.
“We’re working on it. Nothing’s going to change,” Parise told Lozo. “Mentally, I feel great. I feel fresh. I’m excited to start. Like I said, you can ask me now or you can ask me in two months—we’re working on it. I’m sure people are going to keep reminding about it, but I don’t see it affecting my play.”
“A guy like Zach, he’s going to be looked at as a big leader, just like (Ilya Kovalchuk), just because of the talent they have and the impact they have on other players,” Martin Brodeur told Lozo about Parise as a possible captain. “That’s why they have to take their time. They have to make sure all the pieces are in places, if that’s the route (Parise as captain) they want to go.”
Personally, I think the Devils should start the year without a captain. Elias has said that he isn’t exactly comfortable wearing the ‘C’ and Parise’s status with the team is unknown right now. Kovalchuk also has the option of possibly becoming the captain of the team since he has experience with the letter on his chest in Atlanta. However, until someone proves something on the ice, and is a leader both in and out of the dressing room, Elias, Parise and Kovalchuk should all just wear an ‘A.’
Bryce Salvador is back on the ice for the Devils after recovering from a post concussion syndrome disorder. He led the second team on the ice and in drills the other day. Salvador played with Adam Larsson on the ice, and Devils fans could potentially see that same combination in the very near future.
With Larsson, he told reporters that he was excited to be here, and ready to get going in trying to make the final roster.
“I’m just going to do my thing,” Larsson said. “The biggest difference between here and Sweden must be the speed and skills of the players. Hopefully I’ll get used to it. Of course this is a dream for me. It’s huge for everybody to be part of an NHL team. I’m just going to do my best and hopefully I will make the team.”
When asked if he thought he belonged here, Larsson’s responce was clear.
“I’d be stupid if I didn’t.”
Lozo talked to Salvador after practice and after being paired with him on the ice, was impressed with what he saw.
“I think he’s definitely got the skill set,” Salvador said. “You just can’t put too much pressure on him. Playing defense in this league is very difficult. We just need to let him develop and not put too much pressure on him.”
Larsson should be on the starting roster this season. The Devils are putting alot of their eggs into his basket, but the risk is worth the reward. If Larsson develops and grows the way he is expected too, then it should be the second coming of Scott Niedermayer in N.J. That is something that everyone would look forward too.
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