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The Colwood Crawl - SEP.08.07


Taylor Ellington

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<table width=90% align=center><tr><td><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington3_09062007_blog.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4>Let me clear something up right off the top: I see I’ve been taking some heat for my traffic jam comment.

I’ll admit, I completely forgot about the Colwood Crawl, but I’m from Saanich and I never have to deal with that. I went to Claremont, so it was just straight back-and-forth to Saanich for me. Easy drive.

With that cleared up…

A couple of reporters were asking me about the intensity on the ice today. They all said it looked like it was cranked up a notch from yesterday. I didn’t really think so. To me it’s all the same. It's just as intense as yesterday, but maybe it looks different from the stands.

<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington01_09082007_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington01_09082007_t.jpg border=0 align=right vspace=3 hspace=4></a>I mean all camps are competitive and everyone plays their heart out to get a spot right from day one – and this one is no different. There are only a few spaces open for main camp (I think they’re taking 12), so competition is tight.

And then you’ve got guys like Alexander Elder and Luc Bourdon flying around out there – they both always make the right breakout plays and they’re really poised. With guys like that on the ice, it’s hard to figure out where you stand.

Usually you have a pretty good idea of who you have to beat out to make it, you just kind of pick a guy with a similar style and odds are it’s him. But I don’t really know the way these guys play, and everyone is so good at this level. It’s a lot different than the WHL and I’m still trying to adjust.

<a href=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington02_09082007_b.jpg target=_blank><img src=http://cdn.nhl.com/canucks/images/upload/2007/09/ellington02_09082007_t.jpg border=0 align=left vspace=3 hspace=4></a>I’d recap the day, but the camp was almost identical to yesterday: Catch the shuttle down to the rink, stretch, do drills for all the first on-ice session. Take a break, come out for scrimmage, then do a conditioning skate. Then it’s dryland training, media, and back to the hotel.

Not much happens after that. Guys usually get together in a group to go to dinner. I’ve been hanging out with Evan Fuller, Dylan Yeo and those guys.

It’s not like there are specific groups you hang out with – but you tend to fall in with guys who have similar routines. Mostly it’s just dinner and then bed.

We’ve been going to that place up on Bear Mountain, I can’t remember the name right now. I want to say Copper Grill… Anyway, a few of us drove down to the Macaroni Grill by Mayfair Mall last night. Honestly, it was pretty quiet. Everyone’s focused on the morning.

Which I should probably do as well. There are only two days left and I want to rested for tomorrow.

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You seem like a good kid, with your head screwed on right, and an engaging writer too. Thanks for the effort. Keep learning and getting stronger in the Dub the next year or two, and we'll soon be seeing you with a whale on your chest in Vancouver.

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Which forward prospect is the hardest to go one on one against?

Hansen, Raymond, Simek or Grabner?

Hope you can read this and answer that in your next blog :)

Best of luck to you and hope you make the big camp.

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