Horvat played a solid game. Shinkaruk - in my mind - was more noticeable in that he was out trying to make things happen all game. Didn't always work, but his nose was right in there for the Santorelli and Sestito goals. I also liked how he was messing it up with Stone later in the game. The kid has spunk and he has skill. I also noticed that they ended up playing together as the game wore on and you saw the effect.
Even so, I doubt we'll see either much longer.
Both of them play a top-6 type of game. Bo can play a 3rd line role but that's not what he or Shink were drafted to be. Better to send them back to Junior, let them play top 3 minutes and go to the WJHC. Unless Gillis and Torts get desperate, I just don't see them staying more than a couple of games into the regular season - maximum.
Gaunce, on the other hand, may be the keeper. He's a guy who I can see growing out of 3rd or 4th line minutes to be that staunch 3rd line centre or winger you always need (maybe a 2nd-liner out of necessity and not look out of place) but he can play that 3rd/4th line role now.
Weber looked good out there, which spells trouble for Corrado IMHO. Alberts has been a bit of a turn-style this preseason, but he plays physical and can be effective when he plays within himself. You can't teach size, and he has a mean streak which the team can use. Corrado has a bit of both and will likely be better than both Weber and Alberts in time, but I don't see him outdoing either at their respective styles of play right now. Methinks he's Chicago-bound, which ain't a bad thing.
Nice to see Edler and Garrison teeing off with point bombs. Not only does it keep the PKers guessing where the shot's coming from, but as the commentators were saying it opens up the low game over time.
Thank God for Centre Ice!!!!
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