Wednesday, 17 August 2011

2011 NHL Research and Development Camp

Starting this morning at the Mastercard Centre in Etobicoke, Ontario the National Hockey League will be hosting it's annual Research and Development Camp to test out new ideas and rules. Last year was the first year the NHL ran such a camp and found it to be a very helpful and useful tool to help gauge the pro's and con's to some of the possible changes to how the game is called by it's officials and even more so played by it's players.

In order to get a firm grasp on the how the changes will be affected at full speed and in a game setting the NHL has selected a group of players who will be eligible for the 2012 Entry Draft to participate in the drills and scrimmages designed by the league's task force headed by former standout winger, Brendan Shanahan.  This is an excellent opprounity for these young men to show the various NHL clubs first hand what they are capable of doing in such unique environment. This time last year, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins used this same camp to his benefit as it helped springboard him into a fine season that was capped off by being selected first overall this past June by the Edmonton Oilers.

Here is a run down of the intinerary for the camp which commenced this morning and the players who will participating.

Wednesday, August 17 (all times ET)
10:00 a.m - Noon
• No-touch icing
• No line change for team committing an offside
• Face-off variations (penalty line for center committing an infraction; all face-offs in circles; same linesman drops puck for all face-offs)
• No icing permitted while shorthanded
• Verification line (additional line behind the goal line)
• Overtime variation (four minutes of 4-on-4 followed by three minutes of 3-on-3)
• Shootout variation (5-man shootout precedes sudden-death format)
• Shallow-back nets
2:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m.
•After offside, face-off goes back to offending team's end
• Face-off variations (both centers must come set on whistle; all face-offs in circles; same linesman drops puck for all face-offs)
•Delayed penalty variation (offending team must exit zone in possession of puck to stop play)
• Changes only permitted on-the-fly (except after goals and upon manpower changes)
• Strict enforcement of goaltenders covering puck outside crease (Rule 63.2)
•Remove trapezoid
•Verification line
• Allow hand passes in all zones
• Overtime variation (switch ends)
• Shootout variation (5-man shootout with repeat players if tied after 5 shooters)
• Thin-netting nets
Thursday, August 18
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
• 'Hybrid' icing
• Offside variation (offending team can't change and face-off in its end zone)
• Face-off variations (player encroaching can't replace thrown-out center, all face-offs in circles; same linesman drops puck for all face-offs)
• All penalties to be served in their entirety
•Strict enforcement of goaltenders covering puck outside crease (rule 63.2)
• Bear-hug rule
• Verification line
• Overtime variation (switch ends for four minutes of 4-on-4, followed by three minutes of 3-on-3)
•Shootout variation (3-man shootout with repeat shooters if tied after 3 shooters)
• Shallow-back nets
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
• All-Star Skills competition (fastest skater, breakaway challenge, accuracy shooting, skills relay challenge, hardest shot, elimination shoot out)
Other technology/modifications to be tested during various sessions:
• On-ice officials communication - ref-to-ref wireless
• Overhead camera - to assist Hockey Operations reviews of various initiatives (verification line/goal netting/in-net camera)
• In-net camera - mounted camera at one end with one net with camera view focused on the goal line to help verify goals
• Robotic camera - to test camera angles for coverage closer to ice
• Video replay application review
• Curved glass - protection options at players bench areas



Name
Pos.
Club (League)
Height, Weight
ALTSHULLER, DANIEL
G
NEPEAN (CCHL)
6' 2', 194 lbs
ATHANASIOU, ANDREAS
C
LONDON (OHL)
5' 11', 157 lbs
BEAUVILLIER, FRANCIS
LW
RIMOUSKI (QMJHL)
6' 1', 170 lbs
BUSSIERES, RAPHAEL
LW
BAIE-COMEAU (QMJHL)
6' 1', 183 lbs
CAMPAGNA, MATTHEW
C
SUDBURY (OHL)
5' 10', 170 lbs
CECI, CODY
D
OTTAWA (OHL)
6' 2', 203 lbs
CURCURUTO, GIANLUCA
D
SAULT STE. MARIE (OHL)
6' 1', 191 lbs
DARCY, CAMERON
C
U.S. UNDER-18 (USHL)
6' 0', 185 lbs
DI GIUSEPPE, PHILLIP
LW
U OF MICHIGAN (CCHA)
6' 0', 185 lbs
DRIEDGER, CHRIS
G
CALGARY (WHL)
6' 2', 172 lbs
DUMBA, MATHEW
D
RED DEER (WHL)
5' 11', 171 lbs
EBERT, NICK
D
WINDSOR (OHL)
6' 0', 195 lbs
FRASER, JEREMIE
D
ACADIE-BATHURST (QMJHL)
6' 1', 200 lbs
FRK, MARTIN
RW
HALIFAX (QMJHL)
6' 0', 192 lbs
GALCHENYUK, ALEX
C/LW
SARNIA (OHL)
6' 0', 185 lbs
GAUNCE, BRENDAN
C
BELLEVILLE (OHL)
6' 2', 205 lbs
GIRGENSONS, ZEMGUS
C
DUBUQUE (USHL)
6' 1', 182 lbs
GUDBRANSON, ALEX
D
KINGSTON (OHL)
6' 1', 200 lbs
KERDILES, NICOLAS
LW
U.S. UNDER-18 (USHL)
6' 1', 183 lbs
KOSMACHUK, SCOTT
RW
GUELPH (OHL)
6' 0', 182 lbs
LAUGHTON, SCOTT
C
OSHAWA (OHL)
6' 0', 174 lbs
MAIDENS, JARROD
C
OWEN SOUND (OHL)
6' 1', 169 lbs
MATHESON, MICHAEL
D
DUBUQUE (USHL)
6' 0', 170 lbs
MARCANTUONI, MATIA
C
KITCHENER (OHL)
5' 11', 185 lbs
MURRAY, RYAN
D
EVERETT (WHL)
6' 0', 182 lbs
OLSON, COLLIN
G
U.S. UNDER-18 (USHL)
6' 3', 189 lbs
POULIOT, DERRICK
D
PORTLAND (WHL)
5' 11', 185 lbs
RIELLY, MORGAN
D
MOOSE JAW (WHL)
5' 11', 189 lbs
RYAN, ANDREW
LW
HALIFAX (QMJHL)
6' 3', 193 lbs
SCHMALTZ, JORDAN
D
SIOUX CITY (USHL)
6' 2', 175 lbs
SISSONS, COLTON
RW
KELOWNA (WHL)
6' 1', 182 lbs
SIWAK, DAULTON
C
RED DEER (WHL)
5' 11', 190 lbs
SUBBAN, MALCOLM
G
BELLEVILLE (OHL)
6' 1', 178 lbs
TIERNEY, CHRIS
LW
LONDON (OHL)
6' 0', 170 lbs
TROUBA, JACOB
D
U.S. UNDER-18 (USHL)
6' 1', 175 lbs
YAKUPOV, NAIL
RW
SARNIA (OHL)
5' 11', 180 lbs

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