Pre #7: Sabres at Flyers - Friday, Oct. 1, 2010 - 7:00 PM (ET)
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10-02-2010, 02:18 AM
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I think we noticed Gustaffson too much tonight for my liking. He fumbled with the puck too much and forced his partner to come over and help him out. He's not ready for the speed of the NHL yet, but he does have promise.
Solid is definitely the word I'd use for O'Donnell. He's a guy I didn't notice unless I forced myself to key on him.
Shelley is completely useless on this team. Darroll Powe is more useful in the everyday lineup the way he battles to steal the puck and push it up ice, Shelley couldn't keep up with the ballerinas the Sabres had out there.
JVR's goal was a beauty, love to see hands like that in tight.
Zherdev looked pretty good out there. Definitely has the offensive tools we hoped to see, but his deficiencies in the defensive zone haven't changed. He needs to play with the right linemates. I'd love to see a scorer like him on a line with a good passer like Giroux, but we might get stuck in our own zone.
Also, did anyone else here that Zherdev wants his first name to be changed from Nikolai to Nikolay?
He had one sequence chasing a guy around behind our net where he looked awfully slow and kept stumbling, which doesn't assuage the concerns I had when we signed him about foot speed...but to his credit, he managed to stick with the play, more or less, and we didn't get burned on it. But aside from that one, he did look just fine out there. Nothing fancy, just a simple game. I think he's gonna work out to be a pretty good depth guy, but I expect we'll see him get burned by quicker players at least a few times this year.
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