<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.