I'm expecting them to play Rundblad the maximum number of games before he burns a year of his ELC and then send him to the AHL to become accustomed to the smaller ice. We've seen it countless times, it always takes some time for the players to adjust.
No matter where Rundblad plays next year (AHL or NHL) it'll burn a year off his ELC.
ELC's run no matter where you're playing as long as it's in a pro capacity. The only time they "shift" a year is if you're under 20 years old (which Rundblad is not) and not playing in the NHL.
For example, Lehner only appeared in 8 NHL games last year when he was 19 so his ELC still has 3 years remaining on it. But now that he's 20, it doesn't matter how many games he plays this upcoming year in the NHL or AHL, his 1st year on his ELC will burn off.
Solid depth signing. Plus, it pisses off Vancouverites. I like it!
I wish nothing but the best to Lee. I think he does have some good pro potential - a Bouillon type but with a better shot. He is very strong on his skates, strong skater and a very good shot. Okay defensively, willing to make a hit, but sometimes gets overpowered at the NHL level. Should be a very steady AHL guy for you guys next season, though he did impress in last pre-season.
He had a broken foot, then couldn't be sent down because he was injured. Sort of disappeared after that - no news of or about him.
not sure if this has been said yet but if this is to replace benoit, this is a big downgrade. every time i saw benoit last year i LOVED him.
Says the guy who most likely has never seen Sweatt play a game. He almost made the Canucks out of camp last year and has logged a handful of NHL games. Who's to say he's not as good or better than a career minor leaguer like Benoit.
Benoit seemed to be a solid producer for Bingo but he's far from irreplaceable and I don't see how a player who seems to be pretty similar to me based on both of their histories is a "big downgrade".
Wow, really. Thanks for posting, I didn't expect to hear something like that. Any strengths or weaknesses you saw or know of?
Offensively, he's a good passer and has an excellent shot. He's also a pretty quick skater, but I didn't see him carrying the puck much ever. We expected him to light it up on the Moose PP, but the Moose's PP ended up being incredibly bad last year. A lot of that was on the forwards though, and Nolan Baumgartner.
Defensively, he's solid, but his size is an obvious weakness, especially around the net. However, it didn't seem to hurt him much from what I saw on the Moose or in the NHL pre-season—where he was excellent. He clobbered a couple of people with hits in the pre-season, so there is a bit of a physical dimension to his game. He also got clobbered once though, trying to hit a player.
Character-wise is where I think Lee Sweatt really shines. Undoubtedly, this guy is a leader and someone players enjoy playing with. In his first NHL game, there was a big joke where the Canucks started chanting "Rudy" in the locker-room, and let him skate out on the ice by himself—without his knowledge—for the first lap. He plays with a ton of heart though, honestly, and looked about as happy as a guy can get when he potted his first NHL goal, which was a crucial game-winner. I hope there's more to come.