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11-13-2012, 01:16 AM
Join Date: Jul 2012
Sorry, late to the show. Had to PVR the game but I have some observations that I would like you all to weigh in on. I was watching our prospect obviously more closely, but I saw some things that stood out. I will excluded Mark from who I thought were the best players out there and err on the side of objectivity.
First, what a game. He has incredible poise with the puck; now I'll get hacked on this, but I see is vision, to a lesser extent, as being on a Mario Lemieux plane. Has the ability to slow the play down. His work in close proximity was superb and he doesn't panic with the puck. Skating is better, way better, but I'd love to see what he can become as he progresses. Also, noticed his aggression level has increased. Think we have a good one.
Best players Canada:
!) Ryan Strome: Got a goal and an assist. But that is not why he tops my list here - his positional play is off the charts. Its why he gets points and how he helps defensively. Watched him intently and even though he didn't get mentioned a killer amount, he did pretty well everything right.
2) Scott Harringnton: What a beauty this guy is going to be. Along with his partner, they quietly put away every attempted rush by the Russians. A silent assassin in my books. Really underrated.
3) Tom Wilson: A wrecking-ball of hate. Has the true shut down ability combined with physical presence - a very descent offensive upside too - needs work with his hands to complete it.
Dougie Hamilton - silky smooth and poised. Loved him out there.
Tyler Graovac - established himself as a forechecking force, liked what I saw
Best players Russia:
1) Andrei Vasilevski - this guy is going to be a superstar. His agility and vision are crazy good. Had a great game tonight and suffered from some superior offensive instincts and poor defensive coverage.
2) Mikhail Naumenkov - very impressed with this kid. Didn't know much about him but if he goes NHL, look out. Real deal and tough as nails.
3) Valeri Nichuskin - Liked what I saw, superior puck-handling and very good vision. Very good speed, just needs to elect on finishing i.e.: passing, shooting, dumping in
Nail Yakupov - moments of brilliance and crazy speed. Victim of the Russian system. I love this kid, but in my opinion struggled greatly defensively.
Andrei Sigarev - when he did have the puck did good things, very confident and nice shot. Admittedly, didn't watch much of his defensive play
Yes Canada won, but what I found suspect was the Russian system of attack. It was almost like a molding process when I watched it; meaning, the Russian system is typically more wide-open, but what I saw were players
to buy into a system. Might be something to consider in the WJC. This game, to me , was as much as Canada winning and sticking to a system, win-or-lose (developmentally and for WJC), as it was Russia doing the same.
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