Wolves thoroughly outplayed the Areos but have so little finish.
Great game by Gordon who continues to play great two way hockey. Sweatt and DesBiens were also very good.
Line of Sweat, Kattelus and DesBiens very strong. Kattelus can't put his chances away but they held the territorial edge throughout.
Cannata played very well. Probably gets more chances given this performance and it seems like Climie has some minor injury problem.
Andersson and Connauton both had very strong games. Connauton plays like this and he gets back in the conversation. Andersson is just excellent in moving the puck. Like to see him get some PP time. Hunt had a tough game. Polosek again demonstrating he can handle this level of hockey.
Wouldn't say Rodin is out of the cave. Thought he mostly struggled with puck movement and again lacked much stamina. Made the one nice change but lots of turnovers on the power play.
Plumbers like Friesen, Schneider worked hard and I thought contributed to the win
Fredhiem played pretty well for the Areos and you wonder id the Canucks might have given him a longer look.
Anyhow time to gt PVR working and see how the Canucks do tonight commercial free
1- 1 after the first period. Wolves going with 11 forwards and 7 defensemen. Rodin out
The wolves had a number of great chances and should be ahead. Haydar - Gordon - Sweatt line created lots of chance and scored the first goal.
Also , Schneider broke thru twice to be one one with the goalie. Archibald also had open break but got pulled down without a call. T. Miller had an open net but was slow getting to the puck
On defense they seem to be shifting Vandermeer and Blain in and out of the rotation. Vandermeer looks pretty slow but got a little better late the period. Andersson got an assist on the first goal and was the best of the d-men IMO. Did not like the play of Connuaton and Matheson. Connauton got mixed up on the coverage on the first goal and ended up getting tied up with his own player. Cannata should have had the shot with the puck somehow going under his pads. One of the first shots he faced and looked unprepared. Played the rest of the period well and made a couple of good stops.
One player having a real tough game is Friesen. Kattelus is a good bit better than Friesen
Much better period for Vandermeer - playing with authority and moving the puck from the back well. Showed off a good shot from the point.
Andersson gets his second assist on a play that was all him (Haydar scored). Starting to show a little more willingness to move up in the play. His reads and puck movement is excellent. Always seems to move the puck quickly and efficiently and always n the right position to make a play. Swedes know how to coach up their defensemen.
Connauton remains a bit of train wreck in this game. You can really see the difference b/w him forcing the play and Andersson creating space for himself and letting the puck do the work. Connauton continues to blast away form the point on the PP but with no results
Matheson is having one of his off nights so far
Schneider is having a good game. Skating well and getting chances. Too bad he doesn't have more finish. However being effective and getting increasingly more ice time.
Cannata is a bit of an adventure in goal and often goes way out of the net to handle the puck. Also he creates scrabbles by letting out rebounds. However, he made a couple of outstanding saves to keep the Wolves ahead
After 2 tonight, the Wolves lead 2-1; Andersson with two assists, Cannata with 19 stops on 20 shots.
It's good to hear that Andersson has been coming on - I know last year was a bit of a struggle for him over in Sweden. If only Rodin could round into the same form. (he doesn't even appear to be dressed - did I miss him getting injured?)
Rodin seems to be a very durable player, so I'd be surprised if he were actually injured.
Is this sarcasm? Rodin has been injured more often than not over the past two seasons. Ever since he had those shoulder problems two seasons ago, he has not managed to stay healthy for any length of time. Always either playing through injuries or sitting out.
Cannata was outstanding. Huge saves in the third. His stats are beginning to look outstanding. First star
Vandermeer was terrible in the third. Just a turnover machine . Created a 2 on 0 on his goalie, left guys open in front of the net and passed directly to the other team. Horrible.
So many chances for the Wolves. Sweatt had so many chances. Open breakaways, shots from the slot, tip in chances. Just couldn't bury it.
Andersson was very good. So was Schneider (who was very unlucky not to score).
Haydar actually scored three goals (one called off on a phantom whistle) but his play in his own was very weak. Gordon was fine but not as good as he has been lately.
In the bad category is Friesen who has fallen back to where he can't compete. Never in the play,- just chasing behind the play. Horrible with the puck. Too bad the lineup is so depleted cause this player needs to be gone. Absolute baggage.
Lots of good grunt work by people like Kattelus, Davies, Archibald and Miller.
Yeah, the most I see Schneider turning into is a decent defensive AHL bottom 6'er. He doesn't have enough offense to be much more than that,IMO.
Liking what I've been hearing about Andersson though, on the other hand. Is he getting any PP time at all? Could be a good candidate there - he's supposed to have a hard shot and you want someone who can make smart plays back there.
When you see games like today you can get your hopes up. He created lots of chances and made nice moves to get around defensemen to the net. Also he was very effective on the PK - really asserted himself there.
But then you pinch your self and remember all those games were Schneider looked cumbersome and useless. Also you see the total lack of stats (1 goal in 10 games, 4 in 46 last year) and realize that Schneider really has no offensive upside.
I would guess the Canucks saw him during some of his good spurts and got fooled into thinking that Schneider could play like this on a regular basis.
Schneider does have narrow range of skills. He has got the big wing span he uses very well on the PK. He is defensively responsible. He commands space in the middle of the rink.
However, the lack of consistency in his game and his lack of agility make it very unlikely he he ever plays in the NHL.
I also think people have to realize how watered down the product is getting at the AHL level. Every team seems to have tons of injury (look at the Wolves with Sauve, Pinizotto, Sterling, Climie. Longpre, Mullen and I guess Rodin) or guys like T. Miller playing with injuries. On top of that you have the best players gone to the NHL.
So any success at this point has to be seen in a relative way.