So my brief thoughts on the Amerks right now. Looks like a great defense of paper. Great goaltending in Hackett. I'm concerned about the forwards. There's just not much skill. Scoring will probably be an issue, at least until Armia and someone else comes down from Buffalo.
From my brief look at the division, no one else seems to be all that strong. The Marlies have lost a lot. Utica has some good players, but I think the Amerks could/should be the best team in the division if the Sabres can stay relatively healthy.
What an unbelievable nightmare. Crowd was pumped, players were pumped... total letdown. Grand Rapids outclassed them in every way. Amerks didn't look ready to play. They were down 2-0 after the 1st period, but that was honestly their best period of the game. The second period was a nightmare.
Roy ran around trying to kill someone all night. So that was fun. Other than that, there wasn't any positive takeaways. Adam scored a garbage goal.... that's it. Yeesh. A LOT of work to be done down on the farm.
The forwards are just terrible. Again, when Adam is a top line winger, you know your team is in big trouble. A couple injuries in Buffalo and the Amerks are scrambling. Another season, another year of terrible forward depth.
It was always going to be about the defense. But the stunk tonight too.
Sorry but that many guys still in RFA territory on the big club doesn't set up nicely for the farm. They should be good in 2 years with the amount of depth that has been drafted the last 2 years alone.
Really hope Rochester improves. I was thinking about purchasing a pack of tickets.
Their D and G should be able to turn it around though. Hopefully Armia can get down there and whoever else they send (Larsson?) Seems it would be Larsson since his ice time although I disagree.
The Rochester Americans opened the 2013-14 American Hockey League season with an 8-1 loss on home ice to the defending Calder Cup champion Grand Rapids Griffins Friday night at The Blue Cross Arena.
Luke Adam scored the lone Rochester goal while Matt Hackett and Nathan Lieuwen combined for 29 saves in the loss for the Amerks.
Gustav Nyquist recorded a goal and two assists and Adam Almquist added three assists for the Griffins, who also received a pair of goals from rookie defenseman Ryan Sproul. Goaltender Tom McCollum finished with 18 saves on 19 shots to earn his first win of the season.