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Rookie Camp Opens; Bouchard, Backstrom Audio

Rookie camp opened this morning and I got tired just watching Coach Hanlon skate the team.

While the drills didn't offer too great a chance to differentiate amongst the skaters, the standouts did stand out - notably Nicklas Backstrom, Francois Bouchard, Andrew Gordon and Sasha Pokulok (Dan Kronick, who skated with Backstrom and Bouchard, didn't look out of place either). Also of note, I was told that Eric Fehr is in town already and should be 100% healthy for training camp next week, which was good to hear.

After practice, I was able to catch up with Bouchard and ask him a couple of questions about his goals for training camp and beyond:

Finally, I got some audio from Backstrom, and asked him how Michael Nylander has helped his transition to North America:

Photos by Ken Berard