I wouldn't mind if the Jets lose out and improve their draft position but ONLY if it happens through hard fought losses with increased playing time for the young guys. They should be treating this as a tryout for next year, giving guys like Cormier, Machacek and even Stapleton (not young but far from a lock on any roster) increased ice-time to see how they handle it.
Just saw that Cormier is expected to play RW beside Antropov. That's interesting considering how good Cormier is on faceoffs.
Agree about the young guys. Now that the Ice Caps have a playoff spot it would be nice to see some of the d-men get a look. Would like to see what Zach Redmond can do.
What is the limit for the amount of call-ups we can make?
Just looked for him on St Johns' roster and didn't see him. Wasn't sure if he was called up as an injury replacement. Another failed Keenan draft pick.
Was really rooting for McArdle, seemed like a real character guy. Loved how he overcame a pronounced speech impediment, and would step up and willingly do interviews. Also remember he was a gritty standout on Moose Jaw as a 17 year old when their team was absolutely terrible.
Oh well, he's still played 42 more NHL games than the guy they traded for him (Angelo Esposito) has played, and probably ever will play.
Coach Noel presser: Buff is playing tonight. Playing the spoiler role. Cormier’s game in St. John’s, needs to defend well. Surprised at the way the Panthers team came together. What has he liked about the Jets execution?
Am personally a pretty big fan of the job Noel and staff have done to date and think he doesn't get enough props on our board. In my view he has employed the correct on ice strategies given the roster he inherited. Also like his view to the future...
I will say this to the players -- there will be big changes next year on how we operate and the expectations on a daily basis of what I want to get accomplished. I got those things established this year but we're raising the bar. If we want to go somewhere we have work to do.
Glade to hear Noel saying they are going to raise the bar and demand more.
The fact is year one was a free pass for this team. The players had to move, the families had to move, buy homes, etc. which is a huge hassle for anyone. I'm sure that was difficult for all the players. But now they are settled, so it all starts for real now. Glad to hear it.
I defiantly want to win tonight like every other night we will be playing until the day I die!!
That being said now that we are out of the playoff hunt I will be hoping for Florida to close things out starting tomorrow !! I think Florida deserves the division because they have been the most consistent team from the start of the season and I think their long suffering fan base had this one coming to them. They have played very good hockey this year and I assume some pundits might look at them as a favorable opponent in the 1st round but from what I have seen this year from Florida I would warn you to “underestimate this group at your peril”. They are a resilient bunch.
I am looking forward to savoring some of the last action of the season.........common boys let's take it to the Panthers tonight!!