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11-05-2012, 10:10 PM
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My thoughts on some of the draft eligible players from tonight's game:
Going to start with the best here out of the 4 players I was keeping a close eye on; Valentin Zykov. He was absolutely fantastic tonight. Right off the bat he showed some great hands and went right to the net. He picked an assist, and his goal came from a bullet of a shot. It's pretty evident that he's a goal scorer to me. He's got those great hands that he uses in unison with his quick first step acceleration to dart around defenders. His skating, more specifically his edge work is also very good. Very agile. I'm going to be keeping a close eye on him.
Anthony Mantha was also very good tonight. He played with purpose tonight, which is something I haven't consistently seen from him. He hit hard and was pretty fast as well. His acceleration isn't the best, but he's a good skater regardless. He had a nice heads up pass to create a good chance. He didn't look out of place at all with some of the bigger name players like MacKinnon and Huberdeau on the PP. He fired some bombs from the point too. I really like his game tonight, my biggest issue with him is his weak defensive game and consistency, but I thought he was solid in his own end and put out a consistent effort every shift.
Now on to Nathan MacKinnon. He didn't look comfortable at all on the wing during the first two periods. He was flying all over the ice and he also had some nice hits. However, he turned the puck over and the Russians ended up scoring. He also had a bad play where he tried to flatten one of the Russians in the neutral zone who was already covered by one of the defenders. MacKinnon ended up taking out the defender and the Russian and it results in a 1 on 1, and Shalunov buried it. In the third he won most of his faceoffs and had a beautiful spin pass on a 2 on 1. He showed good glimpses of skill, but had a rough night overall. They happen.
My biggest disappointment was William Carrier. From what I've of him in this young season was a scoring winger who brought a consistent effort to the rink every game. That effort just wasn't there tonight. He was invisible apart from one shift at the beginning of the game. He did play physical along the boards though.
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