9/15 - Young Stars - Game 4 - Canucks (0) vs Jets (2)
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09-15-2011, 05:06 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
My oh my, Mr. Polasek woke up feeling mighty adventurous this morning.
You can see the ability there and at times he looked good, but a lot of the time he looked like he was playing shinny out there. Impressive that he can look like he's shinny and still controlling the play like he was, but that shenanigans isn't going to fly in the AHL. And at times, he looked like a one man firedrill in his own zone, spinning in circles chasing players all over the place, etc.
I'm not really going to read anything into that. Just gonna chalk it up to the environment, with an early start to the last pre-preseason prospect game, just trying to impress and have fun. But it was eerily like the 'good bieksa/bad bieksa' routine.
Rodin was a lot more noticeable today, but i still feel like he's a really 1-dimensional player right now. Seems to love stealing moves from 'crest-sniper Sammy' and 'puck-hog Raymond'. Questionable effort defensively. Every now and then you see him hustle though, and he looks a lot more promising.
Anthony came out strong, then sort of fell into the shadows a bit when MacT shuffled the lines a bit. Clearly not a guy who is going to carry a line, but i liked what i saw from him defensively, and as a complimentary player with the skilled guys. Positionally, it looked like he was taking it a lot more seriously than most. I really think he would be an interesting linemate for Rodin, as Anthony seems willing to do a lot of dirty work and a reasonably adept passer, but fairly reluctant to actually shoot the puck...with Rodin looking somewhat the opposite.
Schneider looked like what you expect from a big kid with AHL experience playing in a game like this. Had his moments and he certainly does have that PK prowess, but outside of that...i still don't get it. Seems like a wasted contract to me.
Tochkin definitely has some patience and creativity offensively...but when you hear the 'Wellwood aspirations' and then you watch him playing at this level, and looking about as effective as Wellwood at the NHL level, i can't help but think he's going to have an incredibly uphill battle to make it to the AHL, but MacT seemed interested in seeing what he had to offer.
Erixon skated well again and oozed confidence with the puck. I like a lot about his game and there's really nice potential there, but as a Pro, i hope he's able to pick his spots better. Remains to be seen how he adapts to the added physicality and the more robust forechecking of the north american pro game. Really love his skating though, and if he can build around that, we may really have something.
Grenier is still so incredibly raw, but the potential is there. Every now and then he showed flashes of really exciting play, but away from that seemed unremarkable at best. Really looking forward to watching how he develops in juniors this year, with what should be a pretty good surrounding cast.
Friesen impressed me again. Another year with Niagra could really benefit him, but he plays far bigger than he is, is good defensively, and seems to have pretty decent vision and hands to boot. Excited to see what he can bring to camp next year.
St.Laurent looked good again, but you have to wonder where he'd fit in to the Canucks plans. I don't really see anywhere that he fits...unless they want to bring him on board as an ECHL guy or something. At his age and experience level, you kind of expect him to look competent at this tournament, and while he was good again today...it was FAR from the sort of dominance we saw from Lack last year. An interesting guy though, wonder what will happen with him.
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