Just wondering if someone who sees Chuck playing on a regular basis could let me know how he's doing. I can see his stats look good- second in the league in goals and first in +/-, but is he playing as well at both ends of the rink as these stats suggest, or are they largely just a result of having Staal as a linemate. The potential was always there with Chuck, but he was invisible on the ice in the NHL last year, and I just was curious if he had truly found his game this year. Thanks.
I only saw him once, so i can't say "regularly". But what i did see was something really impressive.
He had really good chemistry with staal, and just my personal impression was that staal was the better of the two, but anyways. Kobasew drove to the net constantly with people on his back or not, and he has a HUGE shot. He backchecked at both ends, i didn't see him floating waiting for an outlet pass or something. He seemed to be really good at positioning himself as well. But without a doubt in the game i saw the thing that stood out the most was his driving to the net and shot.
I've heard nothing but good things from some Lowell corraspondants on another Flames board.
Not only is he putting up some stats (11th in league) but he's the captain and, as his Lowell coach called him, the "go-to-guy" - and thats saying alot with Staal on his team and his line. (No disrespect to Staal, of coarse.)
He's also playing in all situations (PP, PK, ect) and apperently filling out his body quite nicely.
So yeah, Kobasew sounds like he's coming along quite nicely - which was a bit of a concern last season why he wasn't lighting up the league.
I've watched upwards of 50 games so far and Kobes is playing the complete game but suffice to say the line of Kobasew, Stall and Forbes are really the go-to-line. It seems like Eric is the main concentration of the defense and when he's dragging two bodies every shift it does free up Kobasew and Forbes.
However, I think Chucko is a man on a mission when he steps out for every shift.