im a dartmouth grad who was there tonight. drove through 3 hours of traffic on the hutch to see the boys. just wanted to let you ranger fans know that the specimen is the real deal. he completely dominated the game tonight. this was only the second time ive seen him live, but he is already the best collegiate prospect i have ever seen. his skill level is unbelievable. he created something every shift. his second goal was everything you could want from a player in a nutshell: he created a turnover, made a pretty pass, completely wasted his defender and barrelled to the net for a slam of a rebound. he didnt hesitate for a second. his instincts looked impeccable. he hit and skated well. every pass he made was stellar, every read seemed to be the right one. it was a little tough to accurately assess everythying because Yale looked so terrible, but he absolutely had his way with their defensemen and took apart anyone who engaged him in a one-on-one battle...its only one game, but i can clearly see that this kid is special. hes also a funny, engaging dude who has star written all over him. very exciting stuff from hugh.
now hopefully your sweet GM wont trade him for jagr at the deadline.
I was looking forward to tonights game vs. Princteon for a few months now, but last night i got an invite to see the new Tim Burton flick BIG FISH, and afterwards have a Q & A with Burton, Jessica Lange, Helena Bonham Carter & Billy Crudup. My teen sister is a huge Burton fan, so now i'm taking her & missing Jessiman, my only chance to see him live this year.
Good to see him doing well. I might qualify it a little bit by pointing out that both Yale and Princeton are abysmal hockey teams, especially defensively. Cornell senior Ryan Vesce (who's maybe 5'7") had a 9 point weekend against them, including 3G 4A in the Princeton game.