Something I've noticed are the Richter and seventh D spot comments. Who's to say Martin doesn't run back to Czech if he's not starting?
We saw it with Roszival and will see it from Rachunek. They're sexy players because they have impressive skating, agility, and balance but they're guys I wouldn't want on my hockey team. No hockey sense and feel for the game. Just my .02.
Richter and Rachunek are two completly diffrent kinds of persons, and hockeyplayers.
Rachunek might fit your description, I haven't been able to follow him that much. So for me the jury is still out.
Richter is a 100% defense first D who works really hard on the ice. He have never been a player who needed to learn the pro game, or learn how to play defense ect. His first tenture here he where 24 y/o and had played over 200 games in mens leagues in Europe. He played decent in camp, he played decent in HFD, but just wheren't never came close to winning a spot in NY among all the vets. So he returned to europe, where the conditions to develop are recognized as much better to develop then in the AHL. The AHL is a great place for someone to get used to the pro game and a great place for a European to get used to the NA game. Its not a place where a 24 y/o can develop his game all that much, unless he have some serious flaws.
Then the rules changed and 6´0 200lbs Martin Richter, with good lateral movement, are suddenly a much better fit then with the old rules.
As for hockey sense, I belive Richters defensive awareness might be the best on the roster. Its his trademark. He is always in position, always on the right side of the puck.
A lot of folks are coming up with relative reasons to put who where based on the first pre-season game. Then we have those already criticizing Renney's choices for who wil play where even before any decisions have been made.
It will all unfold soon enough and then we can all moan about what we are unhappy with.
"The best way to summarize Al Montoya’s night is thusly: he was the game’s number one star. Montoya was terrific, showing fabulous lateral movement on a three-save sequence at the left side of the net and displaying a veteran’s puckhandling ability reminiscent of his jersey. “Al covered our backside,” Renney said. “He stayed very much in control and gave our team the confidence that nothing was going to get by.” -Giannone
Didn't he only face 12-13 shots though?
Good to see they played well overall. Saw the highlights, the players said the game got away from them in the last two periods though. Maybe that's when Montoya made some key saves . I was suprised to see the fights, are hard checking , but I guess players are fighting for spots. Should be pretty entertaining tonight jersey's probably going to come out hard.
"The best way to summarize Al Montoya’s night is thusly: he was the game’s number one star. Montoya was terrific, showing fabulous lateral movement on a three-save sequence at the left side of the net and displaying a veteran’s puckhandling ability reminiscent of his jersey.
I really don't know why people always point to this and use it as a negative. Couldn't this number have as much to do with Prucha playing with more skilled players as it does with having a man advantage?
I, personally, think it has a lot to do with Petr sitting on the off post waiting for a Jagr pass or rebound, which then points to both a.) more skilled linemates, and b.) the oppositions inability to cover him because of the man disadvantage. But hey...that's just me.
For what it's worth, yes he must be given some credit for his positioning but he scored quite a few tap in goals for us last year.
And with that said, I'd like to point out that I am not involving myself in the argument at large; rather I'm commenting on a premise much in the same way as SBOB did.