Perhaps I'm in the minority but I thought Weber looked good last night. Our defense as a whole was pretty average; no real standout performances (good or bad IMO) but I thought Weber was potentially the best of the night, which isn't saying that much, heh
None of our dmen have looked that great but the best was carle and belle so far. I'll give weber and subban another year in the ahl before they make the NHL maybe even 2, theres no need to rush them and ruin their development
He was below average to me. For an offensive D, he didn't have a shot in his 18 minutes of playing, even when the team wakes up in the 3rd. You could see that he was nervous and got pushed around easily by any Ottawa forward. He had some good passing on the PP, but some of his puck handling caused Ottawa to get out of their zones. Bad game for him, I was disappointed.
I thought that Belle looked horrible last night. Give away after give away....
I thought that Carle looked OK as he had nice poise with the puck.
Weber looked like he was a bit rushed throughout the game.
from last night's game, weber impressed me defensively because he seems to have improved quite a bit in that department. carle was the best, good passer and confident with the puck. belle's got the physique for the job, showed that, but he's got a low ceiling in the hockey sense department. gill used his stick/reach well but made a pretty bad giveaway. henry was ordinary. mara showed he can shoot the puck and use his body but i expected a little more.
Hah, this is the worst consensus on our young defensemen... the poor OP was probably hoping for less divisive opinions than this!
EDIT: And I should clarify that no, I wasn't impressed with his offensive game, but I thought he was very apt in our zone and did a good job defensively, especially considering his size. In no way would I equate him to Markov, he just handled players well in the way that Markov does, not through thunderous checks but through angling and body position.
Wasn't impress by neither of Carle and Weber last night. Not that they were totally bad, but you need to impress in camps, and they didn't. They are buying themselves some tickets to Hamilton...well to Scotland, lucky them.
Strangely, the D that I liked the most as far as the non-regular ones since the start of those preseason games is Benoit. Not saying he would make it though but he deserves a few more starts.
we know he has a canon and we know he has offensive skill
what we didnt know was how his defensive game developped
and we found out.
He can hit well for a little guy cause he's solid but doesnt have to because he positions himself great and is able to strip players of the puck.
after last nights game he's ahead of obyrne in the depth chart