Your Daily Cup: Prospect Camp Schedule Released

Hockey, in my July? It's more likely than you think. (Photo: Cheryl Adams/flickr)

The Blackhawks released their detailed Prospect Camp Schedule today. Here is what you should expect:

Thursday, July 7
Johnny’s Ice House West
10:00 – 10:30 A.M. Practice: Group 1
10:30 – 11:00 A.M. Practice: Group 2
11:15 – 11:45 A.M. Practice: Group 3
12:00 – 12:30 P.M. Practice: Group 4
12:45 – 1:15 P.M. Practice: Group 5

Friday, July 8
Johnny’s Ice House West
10:00 – 11:15 A.M. Practice: Team A
11:30 A.M. – 12:45 P.M. Practice: Team B

Saturday, July 9
Johnny’s Ice House West
10:00 A.M. Scrimmage: Team A vs. Team B (Three 20-minute periods)

Sunday, July 10
Johnny’s Ice House West
10:00 – 11:15 A.M. Practice: Team B
11:30 A.M. – 12:45 P.M. Practice: Team A

Monday, July 11
Johnny’s Ice House West
(Team rosters will be determined following Sunday’s practices)
10:00 A.M. Scrimmage: Team 1 vs. Team 2 (Three 20-minute periods)

Runs On Duncan will have at least one reporter at the camp this weekend and will provide you with live Twitter updates, as well as a post recapping each day.

After the jump, find out why GMs tend to shy away from offer sheets, as well as the interesting bits from Ben Smith’s Q and A.

Why have there only been six offer sheets signed since 2005? Former Calgary Flames GM Craig Button offers his opinion in this article:

“We sit here and say, ‘Why aren’t there offer sheets?'” Button said, “but you may impale yourself. You not only need to know your current situation, but you need to know your future situation better than you know your current one.”

The article also refutes the commonly-held belief that threats from big-name GMs like Brian Burke to target RFAs from teams who try to put in offer sheets for their players are the main reason why there have been so few offer sheets put on the table.

Get to know Sean O’Donnell, the newest Old Man of the Blackhawks. Here’s what he has to say about his game:

“Anyone who’s seen me play knows you’re pretty much seeing what you’re going to get,” he said. “If you don’t notice me out there, that means I played a pretty good game. I just play simple and hopefully mistake-free hockey.”

“I’m not 25 anymore, so I don’t fight the way I used to, but I’m still not afraid to go at it and stick up for a teammate,” O’Donnell said. “I feel if something happens in the game that might change momentum if I start something, I’ll do that but I think for the most part, I’m a good locker room guy, a good character guy and a good teammate.”

For Wolves fans, here is an update on ex-Wolves who have now moved on to different team. One ex-Wolf signing is also of interest to IceHogs fans:

Garnet Exelby: Spending only two years with the Wolves (2001-2003) he was a part of the first Calder Cup team and the Wolves began the start of his hockey career. Exelby signed a one year deal with the Detroit Red Wings with most think he will be on the Grand Rapids Griffins.

This means that there will be a new captain for the IceHogs this season. Fans should be used to this by now; the IceHogs have not had a captain lead the team for more than a year since the team joined the AHL.

How can the Wolves — newly affiliated with the Canucks — win over fans? Daniel Wagner has the right idea:

Add in the fact that the Canucks prospect pool is significantly stronger than that of the Atlanta Thrashers, and this could be the start of a beautiful relationship. Forwards Billy Sweatt, Cody Hodgson, and Jordan Schroeder were all productive for the Moose last year, while Prab Rai, Anton Rodin, and Darren Archibald will be solid additions. Meanwhile, defensemen Kevin Connauton, Yann Sauve, Sebastian Erixon, Adam Polasek, and Ryan Parent will round out a formidable defense corps.

Finally, here is Ben Smith’s Q and A on the Blackhawks site. Probably the most surprising entry?

Best tattoo: John Scott, because I don’t know who else has one

I wonder what kind of tattoo John Scott would have…

Oh please, oh please. (Photo: Lisa Heckler)

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