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Camp wrap, Day 4

Posted by Fluto Shinzawa, Globe Staff  July 11, 2008 02:07 PM

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WILMINGTON -- The campers were originally scheduled to partake in an on-ice skills competition this morning.

But the schedule was tweaked after Don Sweeney, director of hockey operations and player development, termed today "hump day," considering the number of activities the players have gone through so far.

"Guys are a little sore," Sweeney said. "Some of them haven't been on the ice that much."

So the second session was turned over to skating coach Paul Vincent, who ran the players through several drills. One circuit had the players skating on one leg, making tight turns on the outside edge of their blades to emphasize balance and core strength.

* F Joe Colborne continues to impress. The 18-year-old is a smooth skater with a quick release and a heavy shot, who should explore the power game at the University of Denver. Colborne skated on a line with Levi Nelson and Matt Marquardt during drills.

* How's this for a No. 1 line in Providence: Brad Marchand, Zach Hamill, Blake Wheeler? The three have skated together during parts of camp.

* A possible defensive pairing in Providence: Andrew Bodnarchuk and Adam McQuaid. The puck-mover and stay-at-homer skated together this morning.

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