Green up 1-0 at end of first. Phillips with nice defensive play, goes west to east over blue line, feeds it to Granlund on his left, and Granlund with beauty pass to Zucker in the middle who puts it into an empty net.
With that said, I thought the Larsson/Bulmer/Foucault was the most consistent. Bulmer did not look good on the powerplay though. Definitely the best transition line out there. But, credit goes to Brodin and Scandella since they are easily the best D out there.
Aw, I thought this started at noon. Only caught the second half.
Brodin looked great - did lots of small nuance moves that made a difference. He's been working on this spin move which allows him to get away from defenders; this skill will be extremely valuable to Brodin while playing on North American ice.
Zucker was hungry for goals today. Extremely accurate shot.
Coyle forechecked pretty well. He needs to utilize his strength more often because the size advantage he's grown accustomed to is pretty much gone.
My 3 Stars:
Brodin was the best player on the ice all night. So excited for this kid.
I'd like to see someone other than Foucault with Larsson and Bulmer.
Zucker is a goalscorer. Him with Granlund or Phillips is gonna be great.
I did not notice Coyle much (other than his great assist). I think he plays a cycle game and we did not see a lot of that.
Can't express enough how awesome Brodin was. Keeps the puck in, makes a great first pass EVERY time. Scandella looked good but he even had a hard time keeping up with Brodin as far as anticipation, passing, and positioning.
I am biased regarding Larsson but I just love his whole game. Good on the boards, good through the neutral zone, good defensively, etc.
Bozak tweeted about Cuma and he was dead right. Bits of Cuma looked pretty good. He looked mobile, sound defensively, and had some great first passes out of the zone. But then there are other times where he coughs up the puck and looks lost.
I like Bulmer's game. I thought he tried to do too much at times and did not distribute the puck when he had the chance. Still, his progression has been great.
I thought Phillips played an extremely intelligent game. His IQ was evident and his skating looked fine. He will have some growing pains as far as some turnovers when he tries to create too much but he just makes smart plays and has a lot of skill.
Even though Zucker scored the two goals, I still cannot believe how easy Brodin makes it look. I could watch him skate all day long.
Anyway it sounds like Brodin was great
Zucker scored some more goals
Phillips has skills
I feel like we know Granlund is great so we just skip over him like yea he was good but he is supposed to be because he such a highly touted prospect.
How did Granlund do?
Granlund played well. He was the most consistent and skilled forward on the ice. You can tell he is always a step or two ahead in his mind than everyone else. Comes so naturally to him. Made a sick play to set up Zucker's first.
As much as this lockout sucks, hearing the reviews about these guys helps so much so that this will be the one good thing to come out of this lockout. Some sound pretty dang close to NHL ready, and putting them all together on the same team for a year in the AHL would be freaking awesome for them! I truly think Granlund is gonna need some time to adjust over here. And as good as he could potentially be, he still has things to learn. People have placed such high expectations on the kid that it could backfire. It'd suck to have him start with the Wild, struggle, and then be sent down only to have his confidence lowered. This situation is perfect for him. They still need some polishing and lessons learned, and learning them together will payoff big time. Not long ago we barely had one decent prospect who would be rushed onto the team with the big boys. Now the shelves are filling up, Fletch hasn't pulled the trigger to throw any of them to the wolves, and due to an unfortunate lockout....these kids are going to take the next step to the AHL rather than skipping a grade to play with the Wild. They'll be a better, more experienced tight knit group this time next year.