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01-16-2013, 09:41 AM
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Originally Posted by wingman22 View Post
Chewer, I watched both games. When the Rebels score first they are tough to play against. When DMF scored the Rebels had to open things up. They lack the goal scorer. McConnagh the D from DMF was the player of the game. He has really come along. Marner's strengh is a big issue, he is knowcked of the puck to easliy and doesnt play down low. Shift management is a concern, he stays out to long and waits high for the puck.
Marlies vs. JRC interesting game. Venditti was awefull for both teams. Took the flow away, but made the game interesting. Though you "special K" showed his skill during the first part of the game but appeared to have checked out. Spending time on the bench because your team is short handed, shows one defensive interest at all and cant play in his own end. Yes he is very good when he has the puck. Both Stephens and Strome play in both ends of the ice and play in all situations.
Though Strome struggled for a two periods and had a great third. The goal called off on Stephens' second goal was terrible. Benigno already received a penalty for knocking the net off, but to call that off on a breakaway. It sure seemed to wake up the Marlies because they were fired up to start the 3rd.
JRC couldnt capitilize on the 5 min major to Webb which would have been just to a game that was terribly officiated towards both teams.
Robinson had energy all night and was the best player on the ice. Thought Richardson struggled.
Agree wingman. Big K has to work on defensive zone play, just like Kessel has had to, but you cant take away his offensive ability, even from his knees.

Stephens could be another Konecny Clone if he competes every shift and every second. He has the physical tools.

Strome was invisible for 2 periods, and then woke up the 3rd period, but it was more that the Cdns fell apart then the Marlies played well. Strome ended up with 3 points- one off a goal scramble when they were 5 on 3, another when JRC forgot to put out Dmen , and the third on a weak shot to the bread basket that sneaked through the backup goalie's arm. He gets alot of points, but they are not quality points, and I think at the next level, no way does he get away with that.

Right now, I believe that of all the Ontario kids, Konecny and Spencer are far ahead of all others.

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