Tag:Andreas Athanasiou
Posted on: August 18, 2011 10:10 pm

Shootout skills on display at RDO Camp Day 2

By Brian Stubits

While the NHL Research and Development Camp is mostly about testing new ideas and changes to the game, it's also about getting a look at some of the top prospect for next summer's draft. And a chance for said prospects to show a thing or two.

When it came time for a skills competition, a few guys showed off some serious skills.

Check out Mathew Campagna go at the goalie with one hand and the puck off the ice.

There have some excellent displays, many of them this summer. There was Linus Omark. We saw one from Isles prospect Ryan Strome. And there was this from Israel's Eliezer Sherbatov. But this attempt in particular is as impressive as I have seen. I don't much care that it didn't go in the net, the ability that takes is tremendous.

These shootout attempts are quickly starting to rival the NBA's slam dunk contest for me. It's the sport's equivalent and I am finding it as entertaining to watch them as the outdated dunks.

But the prospects weren't done. Not to be out done, Andreas Athanasiou took his shot, getting the puck airborne and punching it over the goalie and into the cage between his legs.

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