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09-06-2013, 09:03 AM
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: London, Ont.
I sat 4 rows up from the glass, so it was hard to see some of the action at the opposite end of the rink, but I got some good looks and this is what I saw.
The whole team took a little while to get it together. Toronto prospects pretty much dominated the 1st period, and Chicago wasn’t getting many opportunities.
Mac Carruth was standing on his head in the 1st period, and had a solid game overall. Once they were about ½ way through the 2nd, Chicago started getting it together, and in the 3rd/OT, dominated Toronto.
Some of the guys that stuck out..good or bad.
Philip Danault – made some great shot blocks and defensive plays. Used his speed quite a bit to get past defenders in the offensive zone, and made some very slick passes. Still needs some seasoning in the AHL before he makes the bigs I think.
Drew Leblanc (both good and bad) – had a rough start to the game, a couple of really bad giveaways, one that lead directly to a GA. I thought he turned his game around in the 3rd period and made a very slick pass to Mullane for the wide open snipe. Leblanc is a very good skater, and passer, but doesn’t seem to use his shot very much. If he can clean up his defensive miscues, he could easily be a #3 C I think. I can’t see him playing in the bigs this year either, unless it’s an emergency call-up.
Mark McNeill – had a meh game, did battle along the boards well and forechecked well. He is also fairly solid defensively, much like Danault. Had him lined up on the wing, not at C. Didn’t really see him get a good scoring chance, but he did lay a couple hits and took hits to make plays.
Broadhurts’s – Both Alex and Terry had pretty good games, especially in the 3rd where their line dominated. Both brothers are very intelligent players, and can make quick plays at high speeds. Really hard to tell the difference between them at times, and both aren’t afraid to get their nose dirty in the corners.
Nordstrom also had a pretty good game, and was one of the better players out there.
I was pretty underwhelmed by Ross, and Shalunov. Maybe they just had an off game.
As for the defense, it’s very clear that Fournier is one of our top defensive prospects. Guy can skate like the wind, rushes the puck up and makes plays at high speeds. He does need to bulk up a little bit like Hoss said, but the guy is a very good offensive Dman, and didn’t make too many mistakes defensively.
Olsen was very meh, and for being one of the most experienced players out there, I thought he should of stuck out more. He got a lot of ice time, and didn’t make too many bone headed plays, but I was still underwhelmed by his play. He’s a big boy, and he still has the potential to become a solid NHL dman, but he has quite a bit of work to do.
Svedberg (6’-9”) was pretty solid all night I thought. He isn’t hindered by his skating, and his long reach really helps him out. Definitely needs some seasoning, but he could be a lower pairing Dman in the future.
Gleason, Shea, Brown, were all meh, nothing special.
Mac Carruth was solid, 1st GA was through a screen on a shot from the slot area that he couldn’t see. 2nd GA was just after a giveaway by Leblanc that sent the Toronto guy in on a breakaway. He ripped it top shelf on Carruth. I’ll take the shootout with a grain of salt.
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