I saw Jacob De Serres play in two games this week. The Swift Current/Brandon series had games 3 and 4 here in Regina because of Swifty's rink being used.
De Serres was really solid in game 3. 2 goals allowed on 37 or 38 shots and game 4 he wasn't very tested, but made the saves when he needed to. The game went to OT and something I noticed was that he was very calm and cool, playing the puck well and such. Although maybe he was pretty calm because of his team being up 3-0 in the series.
Brandon won and swept 'em. Just thought I'd toss in some comments on De Serres.
Oliver Lauridsen, D — St. Cloud State
6’6, 220 pounds
Acquired: 7th round, 196th overall, 2009
The 20-year-old Danish-born Lauridsen was selected by the Flyers at the very end of the 2009 draft, mainly for his size. He does possess the talent to turn his size into a distinct advantage that would be useful at the NHL level, but his overall game needs quite a bit of work. He is still very raw now in his sophomore year now at St. Cloud State.
The hope is that eventually Lauridsen will learn to not only use his frame as an advantage but will also work on his positioning. His skating could use some work, but the biggest problem right now could be his decision-making. A full four years of college hockey before turning professional would be the best thing for the gigantic blueliner so that he can get used to not only the North American game but also get accustomed to the mechanics of shut-down hockey.
In 28 games during his rookie season, Lauridsen notched only one assist. So far, through 26 games this year, he has tallied a goal and four assists. There is certainly a little improvement to Lauridsen's game, but he has time to progress into the immovable force on the blueline that the Flyers think he has a chance to become.
He's the mold of a huge shutdown defenseman without the hockey IQ. The organization is hoping he picks it up through 4 years of college.
Brandon defeated Swift Current 3-2 on Wednesday, DeSerres was in net, giving up just 2 goals. The Wheat Kings have swept Swift Current 4-0, and are on to the next round.
Morrison DNP in both Saskatoon games. Saskatoon swept Red Deer 4-0, and is on to the next round.
Harper had a goal Wednesday in an OT loss to Kelowna. They play again tonight starting at 9:00, the series is tied 2-2.
Barrie defeated Sudbury 6-3 on Wednesday, Pither had 3 assists. He is currently 11th in playoff points in the OHL with 3G, 5A in 4 games. Barrie swept Sudbury 4-0, and is on to the next round.
Wellwood had a goal on Thursday in a 5-1 Windsor win over Erie, Hostetter had no points. Windsor swept Erie 4-0, and is on to the next round.
Moncton lost 4-1 to Cape Breton on Wednesday, Riopel was in net to let up 4 goals. They play again tomorrow, Moncton leads 3-1.
Shawinigan was defeated 4-1 on Wednesday by Victoriaville, Labrecque had no points, and lost tonight by the same score, but Labrecque did not play tonight. No idea why. Victoriaville leads 3-2 in the series.
Yeah. I'm starting to hear a lot about Bobrovsky from other sources. Seems like the organization might have focused on him over Rynnas. Certainly wouldn't hurt to add both, and let them duke it out.
That's quite fine as well. If you take a look at their body of work, Bobrovsky has the better stats career wise. I know it might not mean much, but he's been consistent over his career. Rynnas on the other hand has had one good season throughout his career.
If we get Bobrovsky the I'm very happy with our goalie prospects. Backlund, Bobrovsky, Riopel, and Eriksson are all pretty good I think. I doubt Hutton ever ends up as anything, but he's looked good so far. I liked Morrison when we drafted him, but he hasn't impressed since.