Meh, O'Brien and Benoit were okay in their call ups. I would rather have seen Gryba and either K-Dawg or Dizzy get a shot. I think Daugavins and Dziurzynski have played well enough to earn a call up and Gryba has improved to the point where he should at least get a look.
Benoit was really really awful. At best he could barely keep up, because he's so slow and bad at handling the puck. Also he can't do anything other than fire the puck up the boards. Every "pass" he made was 4 feet off the ice.
I like O'Brien. Greening - O'Brien - Condra could be a 3rd line that's incredible in the future. I think O'Brien has a decent chance at making the roster next season. Not to mention that hockey hair, that alone should be enough to make him stick.
That said, he's played some games this season, time for Wick/Daugavins/Dziurzynski to get their opportunity in my opinion. I realize Wick had 2 games, just wouldn't mind seeing him in a few more.
O'Brian played okay last night but was gassed by the 3rd. He would then be standing still by the Blue Line waiting for a pass or look a little lost. His first two periods though were better than I expected.
Benoit is an ASHLer ala Locke. Same with Lessards, although I suspect he is here as Carkner is out.
And I agree that Smith was much better when he was up. I hope we get a look at Wiercioch for a few and perhaps even Gryba. These are the guys with Smith that should be able to contest for a spot soon.
Going to be interesting next camp with Cowen, Rundblad, Borowiecki in the mix as well the vets.