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12-05-2003, 05:45 PM
Join Date: May 2002
Well Toronto beat Syracuse 2-1 tonight after beating Pascal Leclair to death with rubber. The coaching staff finally figured out that Rita Saro and Salmo might be a pretty good line (duhhh) and they looked great together in the 3rd period. Here are my thought on a few of the prospects.
Rita –he looked a bit better tonight and scored but he has this maddening habit of floating for stretches at a time. Man if you could put Salmo’s heart in Rita’s body you would have one hell of a player. Seems to be playing RW a lot now so maybe that’s where the Oilers see him fitting in. Now if we could just get rid of Laraque to open up some space for him – either that or trade him for a goalie prospect.
Salmo – he’ll surely be a great little 4th line energy guy - but he just doesn’t have the size or hands to be more IMO. He sure is fun to watch though.
Lynch – decent game and you can see he has most of the tools (size, skating, shot). He needs to work on his a passing and toughness but most young dmen are in that boat. He could use this year and maybe even next in the AHL - but eventually he will be a decent 2nd pair NHL dman
Winchester – had a better game - and when he plays like this - you can see him becoming a big rugged 4th line center down the road. That’s not great – but it’s not bad either and it’s actually something we could use. He certainly needs another year in the AHL after this one.
Henley – nothing notable except he almost killed a guy with a cross-check. I think he has it in him to be a decent 3rd pair dman some day – and again – when you are this big and can actually skate that’s OK. You can tell guys hate playing against him.
Wright, Sarno, Hinz, Smith, Bishai, DiCassimiro and the rest – some talent but most are small skill guys without enough speed or hands or journeymen who could be a 4th liner or 7th dman in the right situation. None showed anything new or remarkable –they are what they are.
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