It's the dawn of a new era, watching 17 hit and stand in front of the net.
Ok, just so we are clear: you are not allowed to complain about Carter sucking/always being injured in the playoffs. I can maybe (no, not really) understand those who think he doesn't use his size enough, but to say that he wasn't in front of the goal. What the hell?
Sorry, I am a bit *****y tonight.
Positives from the game so far:
Bobrovsky is looking really calm and at ease in goal
Simmonds is having a great game
Read is being very creative and has no problem keeping up with the speed so far.
Sestito uses his size well (he looks a little slow though)
Voracek had a really nice pass to Rinaldo's goal
defense from guys like Gustafsson and Bartulis. They are both pushing for the last spot.
and without having the greatest game exactly, our Schenn is better than their Schenn
So you only have two spots going. You have to presume Nodl is making the team after his performance last year, which could mean that there is one spot up for grabs. With the way they were talking up Read, it could be him on the third line. Sestito looks like a solid player though, and has massive size.
I think you under estimate how much of a veteran presence they bring to this team. Sesisto I could see rotating with Shelley, but Betts is one of our better pkers and is a great fourth line center
I agree that Betts was the player you describe two seasons ago and maybe for some of last season. If his shoulder has drastically improved then I'm with you - but if it hasn't and he can't win draws... and if he's even a microsecond slower - then I'm for sacrificing his leadership and defensive presence for guys that can fly around for 3 periods and really take advantage of Laviolette's system. It just seemed to me last season that the Flyers would play this new system and really grind down the opposition defense - then in comes the 4th line to give them a breather. I know it isn't all Betts' fault but that 4th line was on the ice for a lot of goals against.