Ok, just got back from the game... just my opinion so don't attack
Overall the team competed with some of the top Sharks players and did not embarrass themselves. Decent games turned in by all, some bad plays and giveaways by rooks and vets alike. Typical so let's not harp too much on one guy. Not going to mention everyone.
Lack - Big mobile really sound and has good movement. Shaky rebounds and wtf moments when blockering shots out to dangerous areas. Really bad playing the puck behind the net. No fault on 3rd or even the 4th goals. Very good prospect, but not close to unseating Schneids yet.
Parent - Everyone agrees he's a definition of 1st round bust I think? Seems like he's never in the right defensive position, not enough edge and can't finesse his way out of trouble. His gap coverage is horrendous, literally a full face-off circle away from the shooter he's defending. Could hardly ever get the puck out when paired with Sulzer. Should be rated the lowest d-man in the system. I can't see him ever having any kind of significant time with the big club. If he does we're fucked.
Sulzer - Not the most physical, decent and pretty calm unless paired with Parent. Ridiculous power and consistency on his one-timers, never whiffs, but needs some control. If Rome and Alberts is a notch below Tanev and Ballard, then Sulzer is a notch below them. Call up.
Baumgartner - I thought he was done as an AHL defenceman, but he was surprisingly steady tonight. Can't say anything bad. But if he's up here before some other call ups, we're fucked.
Rome - Really steady, then he disappeared. I didn't see what happened.
Erixon - Didn't pay attention.
Ballard - Rock solid. Directed the d-corp. Made some nice breakout passes. Is obviously no Ehrhoff but was pretty good on the PP late in the third... along with everyone else.
Pinizotto - What happened? He was out before I got to my seat.
Duco - Slowed down a bit tonight, maybe not as effective, but still love the energy he brings. Does not discriminate while hitting. Almost as tiny as Schroeder.
Schroeder - Did some nice things. Has obvious offensive skills and works hard to back-check, but I just don't think he's NHL ready especially at center. Just gets manhandled too easily. Probably should never be an NHL center either.
Ebbett - Meh. No way he should get the nod over CoHo... or even Jordan imo. No way San Jose.
Jensen - Didn't do too much, but man, what a rook! Just poised and smooth and doesn't look out of place. He will be here soon!
CoHo - What can you say? Just worked hard and battled. Made things happen and was confident. Obviously it's a tough position and he made some errors and got schooled a bit, especially in the dot. But he was good on the PP in the third, made plays, put pucks on the tape in the slot and crashed the net to score. I know Tops thinks otherwise. I can't see him NOT making a spot for himself.
Nolan - Ok I'm torn. In the first two periods he looked shot. Could not play the hard-forchecking style with his linemates, just couldn't get there. Fortunately he positioned himself defensively where he wouldn't get burned. Veteran smarts, but just kills the system. Third period he was better. Still got good hands and useful offensively, but I don't know... after watching this game, I don't think it's going to happen with AV. Update: He gone.
Sturm - Smart, veteran, goes to the net. I noticed he wasn't quite as speedy tonight? Tired or knees?
Volpatti - Skates harder, hits harder than Tanner Glass but is he a better player? I can't say yes. Should get in a few this season?
Roussel - Medal of Honor just for jumping in to take on Swedish Godzilla... and surviving. Earned some brownie points.
Lappy - Did he just get a whole lot better? I never thought much of his playing skills especially when he first came here. But then the playoffs happened and he's carried it over. Made some seriously good plays and drove the Sharks nuts at the same time.