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11-14-2004, 02:42 PM
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Giants - Thunderbirds Nov 10th


The only WHL game I have seen this year and I'm far from a scout but here are some thoughts from what I saw.

Giants were very sluggish and showed little to no jump. 6th game in 9 nights but they didn't even show up in the 2nd and 3rd periods.

Schwarz -- His team didn't do much to help him out and he was hit a few times (shaken up once) as Seattle crashed the net at will. No weak goals but he didn't make any great saves either. I was expecting more but the Giants hung him 'em out for sure. I hear his glove is golden but from what I saw he needs to work on his side to side. By the way the Giants played, loooks like he'll get lots of practice and for heaven's sake Don Hay, talk to your team about protecting your goalie and clearing guys from the front of the net.

Meszaros -- Very impressive. Great presence and looked very strong on his skates. Seemed he was on the ice for the majority of the game. Looks like a smart player and he's not afraid to take the body either. By far the best Giant on the night as the rest of the team seemed content to be out for a skate.

Brule -- 1 aggressive burst of speed on an offensive zone dump in and 1 flash of offensive skill into the oppenents zone from the red line which led to one of just a few scoring chances for the Giants. From those 2 plays I got a sense of his speed, stick handling and vision. Besides that, no effort at all, played very chippy and floated. Took his time clearing the offensive zone on a Giants PP on a delayed off side as he was line changing. Just looked like he gave up after 3 - 0.

Only 1 game and just my opinion so take it for what its worth.

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The Giants have been horrible at protecting the net lately.

Wednesday night against Seattle Ryan Gibbons ran right into Schwarz and nothing was done about it. Friday night against Portland Schwarz was run over again by Dan Da Silva. This time several scraps broke out, but still, the Giants weren't aggressive enough. I'm not surprised Schwarz was run once again last night. I see that Schenn finally woke up and dropped the mitts with Gibbons. Hopefully that was because of what Gibbons did on Wednesday...

Let's see if they can protect the net a little better today against Kootenay. I wouldn't be surprised if they don't...

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