Depth. I believe Cincy is out, Admirals have Smith and Engren, and soon Dex. Laakso is likely our first call-up anyway, and the Ads might be close to getting Ellis.
Exactly. Depth is an issue for this series as Vancouver does not allow for a same day recall very easily. Pickard is up because Cincinnati is out and will serve as the 3rd goalie reducing reps for Pekka in practice and being there just in case. Laakso solves that long standing issue of not having a 7th defenseman on the roster. Again, if something were to happen to our top-6, Laakso is No. 7 on the depth charts and has been playing great with Milwaukee.
No news on injuries, the team is just making sure we have a full roster for the second round.
Can Blum replace SOB on the PK for an entire series against a good PP team like Vancouver? If so, move Laakso into SOB's spot if SOB proves that his... mental lapses... will continue
Like it or not, SOB was pretty decent on the PK in the first round, whereas Blum looked pretty shaky. It was more than a coincidence that the Ducks PP was able to convert at a higher rate when it was SOB vs someone else in the box. In almost every situation where Blake scored, he was Blum's man.
Blum's going to be a good one, but he's pretty clearly not ready for a regular PK shift.
i thought pickard was called up because lindback was doing practice plus all the drills and post practice stuff with the scratches and injuries. gives them a third goalie for practices and morning skates.