ClamRussel wrote:Sutter on RW?!? Which Sutter is that?
Jelly wrote:- Wellwood, especially shown in the last two games, is a lot faster, a lot more willing to battle for the puck, and what surprises me is that he uses his stick handling skills to win the puck battles very well. Very deserved Penalty shot, and looks like he'll be a lock in our shoot out line up as long as he doesn't play poorly that game. Yet, he showed how lazy he can be with that lame shoot out attempt
- Bernier is faster, his shot accuracy is still, not there, we need that machine in The Fly to fuse his body with Shirokov's shooting skills and we'd have our perfect linemate for the twins.
- Raymond is faster, if you can believe it, and STRONGER, I haven't seen him fall to the ice because of puck battling once in the preseason, and that is something I am very excited about. Drive to the net and you get a goal, do it Mason, do it often!
- Grabner was given plenty of chances, manning the point on the PP with the Twins, two wide open chances on the PP in the middle of the second period, couldn't hit the net.... Graner still at the point in a 3-3 tie? comon AV, STILL at the point down a goal??? and STILL misses the net?? Sure the game doesn't matter, but comon AV.
- Hodgson, same as Graber, given PP time with the twins, nothing really showed, definitely needs to work on his skating, but that's something that can be taught in time. He can't go to AHL, he shouldn't go back to Junior, but I just can't see do well enough to warrant a roster spot. Can we "loan" him to the KHL, I'm not joking, a season of development playing against men (somewhat second tier compared to NHL, but should be a step above the AHL) could do him "some" good. LOL, Garrett and Shorthouse was just discussing the exception rule for Hodgson after I typed this.
- Henrik's vision, if it's possible, has gotten even better this off season. That behind the back pass to Daniel, who shot it over the net at the door steps, is sick. SICK.
- Daniel seems more physical? Or is it just residual from the play off games? Is that possible that our top sniper has developed a more physical side to his game? Wouldn't that be nice. The confidence of coming in to score after one being waived in the dying seconds of a game, that determination and desperation level is something alike Game 6 in Chicago.
- Parrish is in a bad spot. We don't have the room for Parrish, but he should end up with a team this year, Atlanta? He provides nothing more then Samuelsson will, and Parrish is the one that doesn't have a 3 year contract, sucks for him.
- Schneider didn't play too badly. I have a feeling that he's the type of goalie that needs a lot of action to keep him in the game, the Flames certainly didn't provide much action the first two periods. First goal was just bull crap, Glencross tripped Rome with a leg drag, the non call is fine by me, but the goal should have been waived off. The second one he could've had, but that'd be in Luongo's tier in terms of goaltending IMO. The third one, wait, what third one? 4 on 3, can't exactly blame him. But that's one of saves you need to make if you want to be an NHL starter.
-O'Brien's brain freeze moment in the late first period was scary, but atleast he got that out of his system in the preseason. That moment certainly didn't help his cause to stick to the team.
- Salo needs to use his cannon more, he's afraid of his own power, incase he hurts someone, I don't blame him, but his cannon is one of our most threatening weapon. Maybe he's holding back because he's afraid of an injury to his shoulder? Who knows, time will tell. Maybe I'll ask him next time he comes into my shop. Did he get hurt during the PP in OT? The way he twisted to try and grab the puck out of the air is exactly the kind of the glass boy injuries that he is prone to.
- Ehrhoff has given our team a dimension that we did not have last season, his speed overcompensates for his once a while defensive gaff, and his offensive game will be another thing on the opposing coaches' mind. Gillis wasn't kidding when he said he expects 200 points out of our defense.
- Ramsey has gotten a lot more ice time then I expected, I get scared every time he touches the puck. I'd rather have Oberg play instead of him, but I guess we need the warm bodies.
- Rome played like a #6 defenseman, no big screw ups, no fancy stuff, I like him. He and Oberg would definitely be fighting for the last spot in the 3rd pairing next season, if not this season. Rome played really well in that PP in the OT, letting the other 3 doing most of the work, but chipping in as needed. Did very well being the defensively responsible on on the ice.
- Glass reminds me of when Burrows first games, works hard, skates hard, doesn't give up. I hope he continues that on the Moose and could challenge for a bottom 6 spot as soon as next training camp IMO.
Penalties were whack, Parrish didn't do anything, other then to forecheck a Flames player who lost his own balance trying to stop. Erhrhoff was being ran through by a Flames player and he was called for interference? Maybe I'm a homer, but he had no chance to get out of the way, the guy chipped the puck over his shoulder and then ran into him. Sjostrom got screwed by the Refs trying to even it up for the Canucks... typical NHL refereeing.. trying to make things "exciting".
We got jipped on the Raymond's 2nd goal. Flames goaltender didn't even know where the puck was, the referee didn't even know where it was. There's gotta be more time between when a Ref loses sight of the puck, and the stoppage of play. None the less.......
And Daniel just OWNED the Flames. I can't type faster then their awsomeness. 10 seconds left, face off in neutral zone, and we tie it up. This goal is up there with Cooke's tying goals against the Flames in Game 7, and against Minnesota in Game 1.