The final event of the summer has come and gone with VGK prospects wrapping up Development Camp at City National Arena this afternoon. The young players participated in a pair of scrimmages as well as a host of practices over the week. Here are my takeaways, mostly from the two scrimmages.

Trevor Connelly

Unfortunately, VGK’s 1st round pick this year picked up a knock that kept him out of the second scrimmage, but he was impressive in the first one. The biggest element of his game that stood out was his composure on the puck. Once he gets it, he looks so comfortable, plays with his head up, and is always looking to advance the play. There haven’t been a ton of 1st round picks that have come through VGK Development Camp, but of the ones that have, Connelly was the most impressive in their first appearance.

Carl Lindbom

The Swedish goaltender who had a monster season in the SHL showed well in his appearances in the scrimmages. He’s not the largest guy so you’d expect him to need to be very athletic to make saves, but it’s not necessary with the fluidity of his movement. This isn’t to say he’s not athletic, it’s just that he rarely puts himself into a position where he needs to rely on recovery moves to make saves. He confirmed the plan is to play in North America this year, so his stock could shoot through the roof in the next 12 months.

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