The second group was highlighted by Frans Nielsen, Kyle Okposo, Mikhail Grabovski, Nikolay Kulemin, Ryan Strome, Kirill Petrov, Ryan Pulock and Nick Leddy. One of the more intriguing items from the second groups skate was the all Russian line (Petrov-Grabovski-Kulemin).
Jack Capuano was asked about the reasoning behind pairing the three together.
"For me just having a guy over here I think that would be the best fit," he said. "Especially some of the drills with [Grabovski] and [Kulemin] knowing some of the systems and some of the drills that we’ve done. It’s the perfect fit to try to leave him with those two guys."
Other notable line combinations -- although they mean nothing at this point in camp -- include Nelson on a line with Okposo and Alain Quine, and Strome skating with Nielsen and Justin Florek. Pulock was paired with Leddy on defense and Thomas Hickey was with Scott Mayfield.
Capuano addressed several topics after the day's activities were finished. Below are some of the highlights:
On the first day:
"I think it was a good first day. It’s good to get out there obviously and show some video. Get some of the systems down pat and address the guys what our expectations are."
About the first preseason game being so close:
"It’s the same layout as last year. The first three days, we can bang seven or eight systems that we need to do and obviously work on them. Execute them, work on some conditioning. It’s tough you go through the summer… The three days for me is good for both teams. It gives some guys the chance to get on the ice and work on some things they need to work on."
On Brooklyn being the official home:
"It’s the official home. I haven’t thought about it too much. They’re still working to get things ready for our first preseason game, but for me I’ve been here through the whole process when it started with Charles trying to keep the team where he needed to keep it. But he kept it close by. New home and we’re excited about it."
On the Michael Grabner trade:
"When you look at Moulson and Paranteau and Grabner and Andrew MacDonald and all the guys, you feel like you had an impact on their career. It’s always tough. Grabs is obviously is a great kid. He was a great locker room guy. We never had any problems with him and he’s a great family guy. He’s got a great family. He’s got world-class speed, great penalty kill for us and, as I told him yesterday, it’s a new chapter for him. I wished him nothing but the best."
Do you and the staff start evealuating today or do you wait a couple of preseason games?:
"What I evaluate is habits. I don’t evaluate their talents because everybody on the ice has a different talent level. Some guys are going to be more skilled than others, but at the end of the day skill isn’t going to win you hockey games. As I told the guys, you’re going to impress us by what your habits are. We can stress our habits all we want, but you have to hold yourself accountable and that’s what I thought our guys did last year is they held themselves accountable as a team. For me it’s about habits and who’s doing the right things all the time."