Peters, Canes prospects active as camp begins

07/21/2014 8:53 PM

07/22/2014 2:25 AM

It was hard to say who was more active Monday at the Canes' first on-ice session of prospects camp, the players or new coach Bill Peters.

Peters took to the ice for the first time at PNC Arena, skating about, staying on the move, shouting out instructions, coaching. Assistant coaches Rod Brind'Amour and Steve Smith also were on hand, as were player development coaches Glen Wesley and Cory Stillman.

The group of 26 skaters included defenseman Haydn Fleury, the Canes' first-round draft pick this year. Wearing No. 5, Fleury made a good first impression on Peters as did the group as a whole in the first day of camp.

"It was good," Peters said. "A lot of skill, obviously. Some good size. I thought some of the D-men were real good moving the uck, had good feet.

"I thought it was impressive. I thought for a group that has never done anything together, basically, I thought they move the puck well. I thought the pace was good."

Fleury, the No. 7 overall pick of the draft, called it a full day, beginning with 6 a.m. physicals.

"It was good to get on the ice," he said. "It was good to get out there and get the feet moving and feel the puck. The drills weren't too complicated today. It was more of a working day and it's good to build on those kind of days."

Goalie Alex Nedeljkovic, taken in the second round of this year's draft (37th overall), was slated to be at camp but is sidelined with a broken thumb. Daniel Altshuller and Logan Halladay of Cary are handling the goaltending duties this week.

Peters said he would stay on the ice for the first 25 or so minutes of the on-ice sessions. Odds are, he'll stay on the move. As for the players, there are some lessons to be learned this week.

"They're going to learn how to work," Peters said. "They're going to learn that we're going to come in and we're going to do things right, do things with pace."

Canes beat writer Chip Alexander

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