I am watching the OHL Sudbury/Saginaw game on the internet. First period is over.
Zaborsky scored the only goal in the period, his second this weekend. He is skating very well, and has made some nice passes. Also playing in the game are Staal and Pyatt. Staal is being much more agressive than he was last weekend when Sudbury was in Toronto, penetrating into the offensive zone. He is very strong on the puck and had a beautiful wrap around try. The problem is that it is causing him to be out of position during the transition. Pyatt has been a no-factor thus far.
Second period is over. Saginaw leads 2-0. Zaborsky can really skate, but several times in this period he lost control of the puck. Pyatt looked really strong during the period, using his body, carrying the puck, and shooting (he got the only goal). Staal did not look any better on defense in this period.
Third period is about to start.
Last edited by Leslie Treff: 10-08-2006 at 02:33 PM.
Ha wow that video was great, I saw the earlier episode of that show when he told everyone to vote for him on saginaw's web site. I didn't think anything would come out of it but apparently I was wrong.
Actually, Fly I judged Staal by watching him not just by his +/-. Often in juniors, a defensive guy can be paired with a lesser player and wind up with a horrible +/- for a couple of games (or more), and still be playing well. In Staal's case, it was somewhat the reverse. He did not play miserably, but he gave up the puck a few times and missed some checks and was poor along the boards. That was enough to make me think that he was not playinig well and still has not completely recovered from being sent down. When I spoke to him the previous Sunday in Toronto he was so dejected, he had tears in his eyes. I think we need to give him a few weeks and then see how he is doing.