With some development camps shifting from mid-summer to one month before the NHL season, teams have elected to get creative with how they do things. The Maple Leafs have decided to make camp, which is headed by Senior Director of Player Development, Hayley Wickenheiser, more about competitiveness rather than learning.
“What we opted to do rather than do a lot of teaching, we only have three practices and two scrimmages, so we’ve opted to create a competitive environment versus a teaching environment.” Said Wickenheisier.
There are plenty of ways to view this decision. In some instances, it makes sense to go more into the development of players. When you’re able to have more time with them, it allows you to slow everything down and make it more about learning. However, with the short amount of time the Maple Leafs have, it makes sense to change things up this year.
“What we’ve done is we’ve introduced concepts into gamified drills,” said Wickenheiser, “we want to see how players can think the game, how their compete level is, what type of character they can demonstrate under difficult circumstances, and then their skill ultimately.”
Electing to make the development …
Author: Nick Barden / The Leafs Nation