Are you guys seriously evaluating players and prospect depth based on this tourney? This is one of many "evaluation" stations in a player's career and really, it's a relatively minor one. Essentially this gives the team a look at these guys so they can give them marching orders on areas to improve during the actual season, which matters way more than a summer exhibition tournament.
Can't wait to hear this tourney referenced later in the season as old grudges are dredged up.
Didn't Lander dominate this thing a couple years ago - now he's a whipping boy.
Marco Roy - This guy looks like a steal already. I think he should get a good look for making the team this year. I don't want them to rush him but I want him to get a good amount of pre-season games at least. Maybe even 9 regular season.. Possible candidate for World Juniors?
Jujhar Khaira - Just a solid player with good hockey sense and size
Kyle Platzer - Not as good as last game but scored and stood out to me again
Brandon Davidson - First period wasn't great but he started jumping in the play and making passes instead of flipping the puck into open areas
Travis Ewanyk - Very noticeable.. good fighter and pest. Not a bad skater either and got some pucks to the net
Darnell Nurse - I'm happy with his performance. He was always jumping up in the play and skating well. Noticed a good hipcheck also.
The goalie - Best performance yet from a goalie. Made some great saves and didn't deserve the 5 GA.
Andrew Miller - Good skater and had the puck lots. Some good plays, some bad. Still disappointed.. I expected more.
Greg Chase - Like Ewanyk he's always running his mouth but I still don't have a great read on how his skating and puck skills are.
Kale Kessy - He's playing his role and using his size not just with physical play but he seems decent at protecting the puck
Martin Gernat - Slow skater and slow decision maker. Looks awkward out there.
Cam Abney - Takes dumb penalties and can't play hockey
David Musil - I see him getting beat a lot on the outside. He's slow and can't contain speed on the rush. Not good with the puck either. Rattie or Jenner would look nice right about now
After watching the three games, the guys I'm most impressed with are:
Roy: He's got good vision, incredibly speedy, plays hard and has a good shot. I don't know what's not to like here, he's not even that small. He already looks better than Cogliano ever did.
Platzer: Didn't notice him too much in the first game, but in the second game he made a move early that was a high skill play, made me check to see who #71 was. He then scored a beauty and seemed to play pretty hard, should put up a good year with London this year.
Khaira: I'd give him a B. Showed some nice flashes however the play died on his stick a few times and he seems to have a penchant for taking it behind the net into bodies and losing it. He was however faster than I thought he would be, and showed a nice shot in the game against Vancouver.
Nurse: In the second game he played, he was quite good. Fast, great passing. He just needs a lot of pounds.
Davidson: A lot more skilled than I thought he would be, I was expecting a Musil type but he showed great stickhandling and was very quick. I wouldn't count this guy out.
I was hoping for more from Houck (didn't notice him at all), Kessy (not a ton of skill, weak shot), Ewanyk (seemed to stop skating and having to start again in the neutral zone) and Schaber (showed a couple flashes but overall pretty ineffective).
Didn't actually think they played that badly. The other teams seemed to be quite opportunistic in their scoring, and I think if that team continued on they would have had some wins. They didn't look extremely outclassed to me.