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COYOTES ROOKIE CAMP: DAY 2

Sunday, 07.08.2007 / 11:51 PM / Features
By Chad Lynch
The Phoenix Coyotes 2007 Rookie Camp continued on Sunday morning with an intense on-ice workout that, as intended, brought out the best in the Coyotes’ young prospects.

Leading the way was the line of line of Kevin Porter, Matrin Hanzal and Blake Wheeler.  In their most impressive workout to date, the trio dominated offensively by not only creating scoring opportunities, but converting as well.

Additionally, forwards Peter Mueller, Kyle Turris and Daniel Carcillo were equally as impressive.  Mueller continues to show that last year’s decision to return the highly touted forward to the Everett Silvertips of the Western Hockey League (WHL), not only enhanced his skills but also increased his chances of playing in the NHL this season.

Turris, has lived up to early expectations by displaying impressive speed and creating scoring chances.  On Sunday, Turris continued to turn heads as his 6-foot-1, 170-pound frame, held it’s own in front of the net, despite giving away nearly 30-pounds to some of his counterparts.

For Daniel Carcillo, this season’s rookie camp has been an opportunity to lead by example and that is exactly what he has done.  With nearly three times as much NHL experience as the next closest prospect, Carcillo has been one of the most well rounded players at camp and appears poised to return to the Coyotes’ line up this Fall.

Watch Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney discuss Day Two of the 2007 Rookie Camp: 300K / 700K

LOCAL PROSPECTS SHOW PROMISE
Two of the most intriguing stories at this year’s Rookie Camp are those of forwards David Spina and Bryan Esner.

Spina, a native of Mesa, Arizona and Esner, of Paradise Valley, have emerged as two of the most dominant players at camp.  Their unwillingness to get beat to loose pucks and their aparent inability to take a shift off, have made the Coyotes front office and coaching staff take notice.

In addition to being the two oldest players (24 years old) in camp, both Spina and Esner have had the advantage of playing in the American Hockey League (AHL) last season and are hoping that the added experience translates into their play on the ice.

“Every second out there (on the ice) is an opportunity for us to show everybody (that) we’re here and we’re ready to take the next step and play in the NHL,” said David Spina.

Watch Matt Rosen’s exclusive interview with prospects David Spina and Bryan Esner, here: 300K / 700K
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