That's what happens when you are out against top lines with crappy linemates. Plus/minus is very useful in context (Beauchemin was miles ahead of everyone else on the team, no other stats stood out, at times it matters), but there are times when you have to expect a player to be a minus especially on a bad team.
I hope there was some sort of learning experience for Leblanc this year because the way he was used was pretty crazy. The defence learned fast, the offence stunk. Lefebvre should be coaching the defence and a real head coach should be coaching the team. Can't complain about the progression for Beaulieu or Tinordi.
Bulldogs lose the final game of the season 4-1. Despite the score I though Chouinard played well.
Olivier Archambault had a quiet game. He laid a questionable hit, but other than that he didn't do a whole lot. He looked great in the first two games of this 3 in 3 and great in first two games of his professional career.
Sebastian Collberg played good, especially in the third period. Both his wristshot and slapshot are NHL level. I really liked how hard he skated and how much he tried to engaged himself in the play. Very quick hands, but his passing was fairly poor.
Charles Hudon was awesome, like always. He's such a smart and creative player. He made lots of good passes and was very active offensively. He made some good plays defensively. I've been very impressed with how many board battles that he wins despite being the youngest player in the league.
Danny Kristo had a pretty quiet game. He made some nice plays and showed his skill level, but didn't do anything with consistency. I can't say I've been impressed in the 9 game stint.
Brady Vail struggled to produce offence, but then again he was playing with Hagel and Stortini. He did lay some hits and looked good on the penalty kill. He impressed during his stint, more offensive upside than his year in Windsor would lead you to believe.
The rest of the awards:
Louis Leblanc wins the Premium Player of the Year Award.
Robert Mayer wins the Molson Cup.
Nathan Beaulieu and Gabriel Dumont win the Leading Scorer Award.
Thanks for the report. I'm a fan of Hudon and hoping he can make it and do well in the NHL just because that's what I'd like to see happen.
Rookie dman just turned 20 The only bright spot in this atrocious season is Beaulieu and Tinordi's performance. With a lot of young guys, the expectations were low but I didn't think that it would be that BAD. Hope they learned a lot in this whole adversity.
I was at the game today as well and was disappointed all around, mostly because it was a really bad game. Very sloppy, and not a lot of scoring chances or hits.
Beaulieu had a decent fight and did well against Luke Adam. His skating is great and he's magic in the offensive zone (especially pulling the puck off the boards and getting a shot thru). Hard to comment on his positioning seeing as he never sits still. I think there will be lots of growing pains but he'll hopefully be a real difference maker. Not a lot of guys can do what he can do.
Kristo was pretty quiet, hard to get a read on him. It'll be interesting to see what he does next year.
Hudon is pure energy and has nice skills but his size will make it tough for him to be an impact player on our roster. You never know, he seems determined
Leblanc looked lost. Really disappointing. He had a clear-cut breakaway and lost the puck after getting the goalie to bite. Hopefully he'll regain his confidence soon but he seemed to be on the wrong side of the puck a lot and when he got it, didn't make anything happen.
Tinordi I didn't notice that much but we know he'll be good in time.
Vail looked ok, he's a big guy, but as another poster mentioned, was playing with Hagel and Stortini and didn't make anything happen.
Ellis looked good, better with the puck than I thought. Probably the best d.
Collberg played the point on the PP and looked ok, but didn't wow me. Probably just good for him to see the NA game though.
Overall, it was a sloppy, boring game. My personal highlight was seeing a guy in a #31 Grabovski Bulldogs jersey.
Derek Willis was on Habs broadcast other night. Said Collberg is being held back one game because he has concussion issues. They didn't want to play him in back to back games. When he did play he was best skill we have. Excellent shot with good wheels, outstanding on-ice vision. He was really glowing on Collberg. Sounds like he is going to be a gem. Hudon got high praise also.
Surprised by kristos lack of production so far. It seemed like he played the ncaa game way faster than anyone else so I expected him to be able to adjust fairly easily. I expect him to be much better next year when he gets a fresh start. He might still be a little down from the NCAA loss und took. Guy gave it everything he had.
We can blame it on Kristo. He tries some plays but he can do it alone. The whole team is playing badly. The Dogs are very chaotic on ice, as if everyone was left to himself.
Team play in an organized way, this is what was missing this season. The talent is there but all the pieces are not put together: A few well rounded talented vets would have help greatly, but it is a coach matter as well!
Thankfully an end to the worst season I have seen from the Dogs. Really liked what I saw from Hudon, and it was a treat to see Collberg for 2 games. Kristo wasn't as good as I was expecting but I heard he had a good game on Saturday (missed that one). I didn't notice Vail much at all but he was on the 4th line with the Hageltini.
I could see Archambault getting a contract as he showed some flashes but has a lot of holes in his overall game.
Will be interesting to see what changes are made in the off-season.