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I'm finally going to do a real post on the Flyers Prospect Camp. And I need to write my first blog post about it too. I might wait till tomorrow for that since I'm going to camp again. I finally got the pictures uploaded to both Google so I can spam them on here but I also have them up on Facebook if you have me friended. Facebook is So much easier. I suppose I could just post the link to my photoalbum on Picassa but what fun is that? My period totally kicked my ass this week :( The cramps just about killed me. And I was so tired. About the only thing I've done since Wed is come home, cook dinner for my kids, and sleep. No much fun at all :(

Last night I totally freaked out but in a totally good way. I was playing on Twitter and one of the Philly bloggers I follow had reply to Ray Emery!!! So you know I had to follow him too. He looked for real and he has replies to Claude Giroux!!! I've been trying to get added to Claude's facebook so I could stalk him but in a non-threatening way for few months now so seeing Claude on Twitter made me WAY too happy. I am 99.9% sure Claude's is the real him. Because honestly? It's too boring to be a fake account. He's so damn adorable, he apologizes for being boring. <3 I swear it makes me love him so much. If you want to follow them it is RayEmery29 & CGiroux28. I swear knowing that Ray is telling Claude who to add in Twitter makes me want to write some oh so wrong but smoking hot Claude/Ray slash. Maybe someday. I'll add it to the list.

I went to my first Prospect Camp ever last Wedsnday with my daughter. It was great seeing so many of the guys I watched last year. Almost all my favourite Phantoms were there: Pat Maroon, Jon "can't wear his helmet" Matsumoto, Matt Clackson, Andreas Nodl, and Jon Kalinski were there along with Mike Ratchuk, Josh Beaulieu, Rob Bellamy, Garrett Klotz, David Laliberte, Michael-Lee Teslak (who was a Phantom last season when J-S Aubin was hurt) and of course the most hyped prospect JVR ( James van Riemsdy). Can you tell I'm not all that excited about him? I don't even know why!  I just don't like the top draft picks. It is not logical at all. But, I really don't like John Tavares, Sidney Crosby, and I really, really don't like JVR. Okay, so maybe Sid doesn't count. I like Patrick Kane but he is just SO dorky, how can you not like him? But, I really don't like JVR and as a Flyers fan I should be totally excited about him playing. I think part of it is that he didn't listen to Holmgren who told him to play in juniors and until this summer acted like he wasn't even sure he wanted to play in the NHL. I can understand him wanting to stay in school but he was the 2nd overall pick how can you not be dying to play in the NHL? The other guys picked the same year as him? Patrick Kane. I don't even have to say anything about him. Kyle Turris, Sam Gagner, Jakub Voracek.... All of those guys have played in the NHL. But, my favourite guys are the ones who make and were never supposed to. I know I talk a lot about Claude but he went undrafted by the OHL and QMJHL. Nobody wanted him. Because he was small? Pft, I think the OHL is looking pretty damn stupid now. Claude played better last year than a lot of his teammates from the WJC who were drafted ahead of him. He was a steal at 22. Okay. I'll shut up about him now. Then, there is Nicola Riopel. He was undrafted by the NHL the last two years but busted his ass and got better each year. Last year he was voted the player of the year in the QMJHL and won another award for lowest GAA. And my favourite Phantom Pat Maroon. A lot of scouts and coaches told him he wouldn't make it because he was too slow, out of shape, and fat. Two scouts from St. Louis worked with him because they saw something there. He lost weight, got in shape, and worked hard. He played a year in juniors with the London Knights unlike JVR and got real good. I watched him play a lot of games last year and he's impressed me a lot. He is HUGE, but has as the experts say, "great hands." That sounds so dirty. haha. Okay. I'll shut up now.

The best part of prospect camp was getting a chance to see the guys who were just drafted and the ones I never got a chance to see play.

A few thoughts?

Nicola Riopel. I was wrong. He shut out the "black" team during the scrimmage. He was as amazing as I thought he would be. Even though I'm sad about losing Scott Munroe and J-S Aubin this year (and possibly Ross, Syrvet, and Kane). I have a lot of hopes he'll make the Phantoms. He is a lot like Carey Price but in a good way :) I also love his mask. Wildcats! Rawr :D

Kevin Marshall. I love this kid a lot. I'm real excited about getting to see him play a few games when the Phantoms are in Scranton or Hershey. There is also talk he could make the Flyers as the 7th d-man. I think it will him or Ratchuk (unless Danny Syrvet resigns). Kevin is a shut-down d-man but can score too! Think Luca Sbisa but meaner. There was an interesting article on how he spent all of the off season training with Ian Laperriere. Hmm, and they could end up on the same team? No, I'm not going to write it. He's had an impressive camp so far, scored 2 goals during the scrimmage.

Pat Maroon. He looked great out on the ice so far. He trimmed down even more since last year and is skating better. He is impressing a lot of people at camp and that makes me so happy. With Knuble gone, he could make the team on the 3rd or 4th line. I would LOVE to see him steal JVR's spot.  I know I'm a bad Flyers fan.

Another thing I notice, with a few exceptions (Marc-Andre Bourdon & Kevin Marshall) the Phantoms guys played a lot harder than the college & juniors guys. You can tell they are really trying to make the Flyers. They were hitting hard for just a scrimmage. No fights my first day :( but I'm hoping for one tomorrow.

We took heaps of pictures.  About 1/3 were taken with Melissa's awesome Fuji camera that I got her for her b-day.  Most of  those pics came out amazing.  The rest were with the old camera but came out okay.  There are a whole lot of pics under the cut but I didn't even include all of them.  If you want to see the rest you can see them here.

Adam Morrison (3rd round pick) and Cody Rosen (undrafted). I just <3 baby goalies.

I was so mad the Swedish goalie Joacim Ericksson never took his mask off. He is beautiful. His nickname is "Sunshine."

I love the expression on Cody's face :D

Not even sure who this is?

I love that Derian Hatcher is back coaching the young guys. <3



He has the most gorgeous eyes but I'm not even sure who he is. I know he was on the Phantoms last year.

Matt Clackson. I got heaps of pics of him.

Who is he???

My new favourite dirty d-man: Kevin Marshall <333

Mmmm, I'm not even going to say anything about what this looks like. The guy in back is Pat Maroon. <3

Nicola Riopel. With Marty & J-S gone :( my new favourite French Canadian Flyers/Phantoms goalie

He would NOT take his mask off. :( :( :(

Marc-Andre Bourdon. He's supposed to be one of the best d-men in the QMJHL. Should be on the Phantoms this season.

Nodl & ?

Rosen has the most LOLZy expressions :D

JVR (middle) and Nodl. I think.

JVR again.

OMG. I love this pic. So cute.

It's okay, Matty. Don't cry.

<333 this picture of Matt.

but not nearly as much as this one of Pat. That boy is so big but oh so pretty.

I think this is Kevin Marshall. They changed uni's for the scrimmage.

Kevin Marshall. I'm a big fan. Not pretty but dirty hot. <3

Nicola & I think Jacob DeSerres

Matty? Why did you cut your hair soooo short?

Oooh, Jon (Kalinski)  That pose is so gay. <3 

The black team. They had some good scorers like Jon Matsumoto & JVR but the red team's d & goalie (Nicola) were better. :D

Nicola in Flyers orange. So, so much love :D


ahh, memories ; )

Okay. I think I've spent all afternoon writing this post and the HTML code.  I really should be writing fic. Or reading.

Date: 2009-07-11 10:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He has the most gorgeous eyes but I'm not even sure who he is. I know he was on the Phantoms last year.

GARRETT KLOTZ!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3
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<3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

hi. i love him. :) (in case you couldn't tell! lol) He got into a fight within the first few seconds of a game that was on CSN this past year and he ended up having a seizure on the ice. It was freaky. He didn't play a lot after that.

I HAVE to find a way to get to the skate zone tomorrow. ahh! This post just killed me dead. I will walk to the skate zone if i have too!

Oh and I'm a little hesitant to love JVR as well, just a little bit. One thing I have to say about him is that boy is a MONSTER. He's Huge!!! When I first saw him at a Phantoms game he was scary big!

You should talk to me on aim about your camp adventure. Yes. lol.
(just to warn you I'm a little shy so that might be a reason why I haven't im'ed you yet D: )

Date: 2009-07-12 04:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I can't believe I missed that it was Garrett. *head meet desk* I love him. I knew that I should have known who he was. How come the Flyers tough guys are so, so pretty? Him and Matt are too pretty to be fighters. I saw that game where he had the seizure. Scariest thing ever. I hope he gets back to playing more.

Did I read your twitter status right that you were going tomorrow? I'm going for sure :D

Sorry I missed you on aim tonight. I ended up having to take a nap. I'm shy too but will bug you next time I see you on.

Date: 2009-07-11 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Dude with beautiful eyes = Garrett Klotz. :)

Date: 2009-07-11 11:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Oh, and that wasn't Marshall...that was Beaulieu. ;)

Date: 2009-07-12 01:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In the orange or both pics? I feel like such a bad fan :( It's so different than going to Flyers or Phantoms practices where I knew most of the players by sight.

Date: 2009-07-12 01:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
In the picked out Marshall correctly.

Don't worry - I was a game plan holder for the Phantoms, so I know them by sight. You're ahead of me with regards to the newer draftees, though.

Date: 2009-07-12 01:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks :) I thought so.

You were a game plan holder? I really regret that I only started going to games last season. If they didn't move all the way to NY, I'd be a game plan holder this year. I'm still mad at Comcast for selling them. Glen Falls is just far away.

Date: 2009-07-12 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
*head/desk* I should have known that. I've seen him play a few games. Thanks :)

Date: 2009-07-12 12:50 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] have no idea how happy I am to find someone else who isn't that thrilled with JVR. I think he's going to be an okay player and whatnot, but I don't know if he's worth all the hype, and I can't help but question his confidence level and all that jazz considering that he turned down that first year... I mean, who does that?! But oh well I guess... we'll see how he ends up playing.

But ANYWAY, a bazillion thanks for sharing the pictures! :D :D I see Channing in a few! XD I'm glad you had a good time and I hope you have a good time the other day/days you go to camp! :)

Date: 2009-07-12 01:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Really? I love you for saying that. I think a lot of my dislike of him going against what the Flyers told him and taking forever to decide to come & play for the Flyers. I do think him staying in school last year is going to hurt him and he'll have to play in the Phantoms awhile to be ready.

I'm SO happy you liked them and that I was able to get Channing in a few. My daughter took them and I kept bugging her to make sure she got him. I plan on going back tomorrow so I'll try to get some more.

Date: 2009-07-12 05:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Post on HG!!!! We need you! :-)

Date: 2009-07-12 06:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I will!!! I would've done it sooner but my period was kicking my butt till yesterday :( I figure I'd wait till after tomorrow because I'm going to camp again and hope to have better pics. I shall work on a post for HG tomorrow when I get home :)

Date: 2009-07-12 06:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yay! Looking forward to your post and pictures! :-)

Date: 2009-07-12 02:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Glad you had fun. :-) Nice pics!

The Bruins print programs with the practice #s and vital info on the kids at camp - makes life so much easier when you're trying to figure out who's who!

They had a cookout last night at a coach's house to close out camp - what I wouldn't have given to be a eavesdropper at that! LOL

Date: 2009-07-12 10:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Thanks! It was a lot of fun and different than regular camp. The Flyers had a sheet with basic info (name, number, and team they played last year) but except for the scrimmage they didn't have their numbers or names on their jerseys. It's on the back of their helmet but it was hard keeping seeing at times. I'm glad you got to go too. Was it far from where you live?

Aww a cookout? I'd love to be able to listen in on that ;)
Edited Date: 2009-07-12 10:25 pm (UTC)

Date: 2009-07-13 05:07 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Unfortunately it's a bit of a hike - a two-hour drive one way. I wouldn't have gotten home in time for my son getting home from school, so I took him with me and we had lunch afterward, so it was a pretty full day.

Hopefully I'll be able to go to training camp in September, but it seems awfully short, especially compared to baseball. In hockey, they don't fool around. Put on your skates and let's play! ;-)

Date: 2009-07-13 01:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Yikes that is far. I always forget how lucky I am to be about 40 mins away. You're right, camp isn't long at all :( and 2 hours is a long way to drive for a few hours. Of course, I think it's totally worth it. I'd go for 2 hours.

Date: 2009-07-12 04:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
HATCH!! ♥ So good to see him again.

Could the random hot guy maybe be Nate Guenin? I'm taking a complete stab in the dark, I just remember my friend saying how pretty he has when she met him at the Carnival earlier this year.

Date: 2009-07-12 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
The first guy with the eyes? Unfortunately no :( He signed with the Pens. We're going to miss him a lot. He was the best d-man on the team. He was pretty too :)

It has been great seeing Hatch on the ice. I'm so happy the Flyers decided to keep him on as a coach. He seems great with all of the young guys.

Date: 2009-07-12 09:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Cody Rosen is adorable! He might make losing Joff, Scottie, Luca and Knubie beter. For me anyway.

I so smiled when I saw Hatch picters.:)

Date: 2009-07-12 10:30 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Isn't Cody the cutest thing ever? I think he might help. Well, him and Nicola. He's adorable too but never takes off his mask. I need to post a pic spam of prospects at the beach thing they did. Shirtless prospects in shorts = ♥ I think Cody & Nic make losing all them guys a little better but only a little. I miss Luca the most right now.

I love Hatch a lot.

And Scottie still hasn't signed! And might not because they can't agree on a number. Stupid teams.

Date: 2009-07-22 12:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
He is. He need to be slashed, maybe him and nic?;p

Yes shritless prospects in shorts=lost of love.:3 I am missing Joffer's somthing bad at the moment.

Hatch played the style off hockey that I loved. Physcial and tough.

Date: 2009-07-13 02:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
Posts like this remind me of how badly I'm missing hockey. Thanks for sharing all the pretty pics =)

And I realize as a Pens fan my opinion on the subject doesn't matter, but I too think JVR is a bit of a punk.

Date: 2009-07-13 01:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile]
I'm glad you liked them.

No, actually your opinion matters a lot. Even if you are a Pens fan. ;p It helps to hear an outsider's view because I'm so tired of hearing all the hype on Comcast (which is owned by the Flyers) and other Flyers fans. In the two days I was at camp, I hardly noticed JVR on the ice at all. I guess we'll see when real camp starts.

Oh I was thinking about you when I listened to Pronger's press conference. A reporter asked him how he felt about Coburn having a poster of him up on his wall and he said your boy did too. I think it's so adorable how all these young d-men have man crushes on Chris. And Ray Emery does too :)

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