Hamilton Bulldogs [10-15-3] & Wheeling Nailers 2012-2013 2.0
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10-27-2012, 04:53 PM
Dont make me go nuts
Join Date: Mar 2008
Just finished watching the game, I was really satisfied with the way the Bulldogs played. I think they played a solid game but they were victim of a Marlies team with more experience who capitalized on the few turnovers or mental lapses that the Bulldogs had. Delmas didn't play bad by any mean, the only goals he truly had a chance on was the last one and MAYBE Gardiner's. The veteran group of the team (Blunden, Stortini, Palushaj, Geoffrion, Boyce) have been pretty disappointing so far, Geoffrion's shown some flashes of his offensive talent every now and then but his lack of speed is evident out there and he doesn't look like a guy who can be a difference right now and he doesn't deserve prime minutes on the PP right now with the way he's playing. Palushaj has been the best one of the group in my opinion but that's not really a compliment by any mean, he's still too weak physically to play his game even at this level so he wouldn't have been ready to make the NHL this year if there would have been an NHL season. But it baffles me that these guys would have been fighting for a spot in Montreal when they're so
out there. The rest have been ok but they don't look at all like guys who've been playing in the NHL in the last coupe of years, they take stupid penalties (looking at Blunden and Stortini) or they just look invisible most of the time (Boyce).
I was impressed with the way Beaulieu looked out there, best I've seen him so far out the game of him I've seen in the QMJHL or the WJC. He controlled the PP pretty well and showed he has potential to be a QB in the NHL for the PP. He had a few Brisebois-esque turnovers in his zone where he'd fan on his pass or give a soft one to his d-man but other than that he was solid.
Dumont can make our team next year in my opinion, he's an agitator and he's physical. I'd rather have him than Nokelainen at this point. His size isn't evident out there and he's not afraid to go to the dirty areas like one of his teammate, Brendan Gallagher, who reminded me a lot of a younger Brian Gionta with his grit and his preference to shoot.
Bournival played a good game, made some solid plays in the offensive zone and could've had more points if Gallagher wasn't as snakebitten. He reminds me of a Dominic Moore type of player when he's on the ice, a smart, speedy guy who has a good offensive and also defensive game who won't hurt you when he's playing.
PS: Gardiner is going to be a force in the NHL for years to come sadly for us. I was not impressed by Kadri or Colborne, two guys who looked invisible out there...
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