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09-19-2013, 08:11 AM
sa cyred
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Originally Posted by BillDineen View Post
I didn't see Raffl the first game, but the last game he was just ok. I think Talbot might me more productive on the third line. Raymond or Brunner will easily outproduce Raffl and I am not convinced his defensive game is spectacular. Hopefully he does more than Pyorala.

Lavy has talked about Vinny and Simmonds having chemistry from the start and the control down low Hartnell-Vinny-Simmonds has been praised enough that I think that line might be set to start the season at least.

I thought VandeVelde played well. Lavy also mentioned his play in the post game interview. I imagine he is just fighting for an nhl contract and being a potential call up. One article mentioned the Flyers wanted to keep Laughton as a center which would leave him battling for the 4c with Hall and perhaps VandeVelde. Having said that, I can't imagine a 4th line with two rookies if Talbot is on the third.

It does not say much for Meszaros, Gustafsson and Gervais that Gill has not been released yet and Lauridsen is still in the running (although Lauridsen's commitment this summer and gaining muscle has been mentioned). I don't think Meszaros would be claimed if he was waived. Gustafsson has disappointed and Gervais is Gervais.
Raffl looked better the first game. Lead the team in shots and overall was buzzing around the net. He himself said he was disappointed with his offensive play the 2nd game. Lacy went on to say though that they wanted to see how he did in a checking line role not offensive like the 1st game.

Overall I agree that his 2nd game wasn't good but those who watched his first saw that he looked like an NHL player easily when on a scoring line. And it wasn't Vinny or Simmonds carriying the play either. A lot of the time it was Raffl pushing the play into the offensive zone. Would like to see one more game of him on a decent scoring line to make sure it isn't a one game thing.

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