How defenseman Reilly Walsh showed off his offensive skills at Devils Development Camp

Sunday, 16 July 2017, 06:48:18 AM. Defenseman Reilly Walsh had an impressive day to close Devils Development Camp.
NEWARK -- Coming off a big offensive year in high school, Devils defenseman prospect Reilly Walsh didn't seem fazed during the team's scrimmage to close Development Camp on Saturday. The 2017 third-round Draft pick scored a pair of goals for his team, while also showing physicality in the defensive zone with hits and blocks near the net. While Walsh saw a higher skill level around him at the camp, he said that helped him show off some of his offensive skills. "I think I read the ice pretty well coming up from the back end, finding soft spots," Walsh told NJ Advance Media. "I think I did a pretty good job obviously today kind of finding those late passes. Definitely helps playing with smarter guys. I think guys looking to make that late pass helps my game out, for sure." Why camp felt different for Devils Walsh had 69 points, including 30 goals, in 30 high school games in 2016-17, and he'll continue his playing career at Harvard next season.  In Saturday's scrimmage, Walsh scored his first goal when he cleaned up a loose puck by firing it into the back of the net off a scramble in the crease. He then scored in transition when he took a drop pass from center Michael McLeod before rocketing a shot into net. Walsh also got to play against some skilled forwards on the other end of the ice, and he didn't back down when Blake Speers, Nico Hischier or Miles Wood came rushing in. "All those guys are super shifty," Walsh said. "You really can't try to step up and lunge at them, you...Read more
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