Originally Posted by Impossibles
Man, are Harry Neil Jr and Bob Cole Jr calling the game?
That is some of the most homer-like play-by-play I've ever heard.
No kidding. Loubardius (or however you spell the moron's name) is one of the worst play by play guys in North America, not just Canada. If I hear his WWE style of broadcasting (or hear him use terms like "disc" and "cage" too much more) I'll lose it. I swear this jackass used to do sports for a Yorkton, Sask. tv station back in the 80's when I was growing up on the prairies. I can't escape this guy. It appears the Leaf bias even extends to the farm team. Not to mention Sportsnet when the Leafs bias used to be restricted to just TSN and the CBC. Wasn't the network aware that the baby Leafs opposition was also a Canadian team with a Canadian parent club? http://www.hfboards.com/images/smilies/rolleyes.gif
Otherwise, great game. Some points for those who missed the telecast:
Auld was spectacular. Both him and Centomo were amazing between the pipes.
Reid was simply dominant every time he was on the ice (although I still maintain that his finishing skills are not NHL calibre).
Vydareny and Grenier are great in their own end of the ice (Grenier even had a couple of assists). Obsut scored a pair.
Komarniski was on defense all night to replace St. Croix who was scratched.
Nolan was back in the lineup and was impressive for a rookie.
Fedorov was justifiably benched for the first half of the game for his ridiculously deserved 6 minutes in minors in the 1st (unfortunate since he was dynamic when on the ice). Had his 5 game points streak snapped. Pass the puck Fedor. Slapshots from the blueline off the rush don't usually beat the goalie at any level above junior.
Koltsov is going to be a NHL powerplay quarterback. What a gifted set of hands and wheels. Problem is, he's absolutely horrible when he doesn't have the puck. Smyl has a serious project on his hands. Oh well, he's still young. I don't want to sound like a moron here, but maybe he should be converted to a forward. He'll never have NHL calibre size or strength imo to handle players in front of the net. In the offensive zone however, Koltsov rivals Naslund's set of hands. Something to think about (let the flaming begin http://www.hfboards.com/images/smilies/tongue.gif
Kesler was simply as advertised. Hard working, mature, smooth skating, excellent defensively, good on draws, fiesty, strong along the boards and on his skates, and possesses some decent offensive upside. Perhaps since Lindgren is out for a few months, Kesler should be called up after our next forward injury, to play center with Arvedson and Linden (enabling Trevor to shift back to the right side). Kesler may shine with great linemates such as these two.
Justin Morrison was one of the best forwards on the ice besides Reid. Unfortunately, he's even more inconsistent than the average, prototypical power forward. According to most Moose fans, his play fluctuates from one extreme to the other. A shame considering his raw skills and size.
That's all. Amazingly enough, the next Sportsnet AHL telecast involves the baby Leafs again, as well as the new Toronto franchise. Coincidence or homerism?