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Rangers @ Flyers (3-2) [W]
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09-18-2013, 10:18 AM
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Land of no calls..
Between watching this game and the game on Monday, you can really tell who the naturally creative players are. The PP last night was infinitely better than the Monday night crew who was trying to force passes and was too slow to make decisions. Though I think Girardi has proven that he just doesn't have the mobility to be a staple on the PP. I think Staal/McDonagh, Del Zotto, Moore and Stralman should be the blue liners who get consideration for PP duty over Danny G.
Nice to see some natural chemistry forming between Zucc, Brassard and Pouliot. I hope AV keeps that group together to start the year. They compliment each other quite well. I thought Kreider would be fit there over Pouliot, but I don't see any reason to mess with it right now.
I thought Stralman looked really good, and I was very impressed with Conor Allen. I think the Rangers may have found a really solid player in this kid. Great mobility, smart positioning, good puck movement. I'd like to see him engage his body a bit more. He doesn't need to run people over, but there were a few times where he could have shrugged a guy off the puck but instead tried to use his stick.
Fast looked incredibly slick and elusive. Great on the PP with the open ice, but was knocked off the puck a few times. Need to bulk him up a bit. Lindberg was solid, but not as noticeable as I'd hoped.
Talbot again looked very solid, but so did Marty. My guess is that Marty rides out the year as the backup and Talbot takes over the job next fall.
Yogan and Kantor looked hungry. Liked what I saw from both of them, but their decisions with the puck need to be quicker.
Haley is a clear upgrade over Asham, IMO. Way faster, and he hits harder. Little loose with the discipline, but as I've always said, a lineup can benefit from a bit of crazy.
Dorsett looked good. Like his speed and energy.
Syvret is smooth with the puck in the offensive zone, but is a trainwreck in his own end. Was just as much at fault for that 2nd goal as McIlrath was.
McIlrath was average. I think he made some really solid, simple plays, but he was clearly trying so hard to impress with his physical game that he made some bad mistakes. His skating looked good, but he tried to force some passes that just weren't there. Clearly needs more time, but he looks light years better than he did at his first camp.
All in all, a pretty solid showing from that group.
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