I noticed that Bodnarchuk has the highest +/- in the AHL this season. However, Loverde is still a +21 and has been paired with Bodnarchuk for most of the year. Does anyone know anything about this guy or seen him play? I'm not sure if that's mostly Bodnarchuk or if this guy is also really solid. It sure seems like he is mostly a + player based on his prior years.
Solid-if-unspectacular right-handed D-man that played at Alec Martinez's alma mater and had a good college career. Went undrafted, played decent in the USHL, and seems to be slowly making his way up. Watched him play with the Reign a few times and he was just kind of there (in a good way) eating minutes and making smart little plays. Glad to see that he's apparently doing well in the AHL, though one of our Manch folks could probably say more. Still fairly young, so who knows? Not really sure of his potential, he just seems very average in every way.
Incredibly steady. I remember watching him with the Reign where you could really see what a calming effect he had on that blue line.
Unspectacular about sums him up. He will be unnoticeable for all the right reasons. Good to see him playing well in the AHL. Was one of those guys that when I saw him play the first few times and then checked his college career...I was asking how someone didn't blow at least a 6th or 7th round pick on him.
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Unspectacular MOST times. Has a great ability to jump in the play at the right time. Doesn't do it a lot but when he does, it tends to lead to good things more often than not. Case in point was on Nick Deslauriers' beauty of an OT GWG earlier this year. All happened because Vinny was the first mad on the loose puck after Nick knocked down a defender. Fed him with a perfect pass.
Also has a point shot that isn't necessarily the hardest but seems to always cause good things. Keeps it low and gets it through traffic. So many garbage goal chances from his point shots.
Solid in his own zone. On the best pair for the team. Those two are stupid solid. Very good in their own zone due to their positioning and great teamwork with each other.
best part of that link is Andy stepping up for Jackman. that was outstanding just old school. no fartin' around and waiting, just skate over drop the mitts and start thumping on the guy for the cheap hit
Thanks. Good piece of information. CNS, who do you think the most NHL-ready defensemen are in Manchester? And how would you classify their game?
Bodnarchuk simply put has been magnificent. Read the article on Mayor's Manor on him. Has its own thread here on the Kings board as well. So well rounded. Does everything well. Smart. Great positioning. Steady. Good skater. Good but not overly heavy shot. Not a real physical guy but he can be.
Campbell as well. What I love about Soupy is his ability to cut off the forecheck. A few goals this year all start with him stopping zone entries and forcing the play the other way.
FWIW, Bods is likely NHL ready now. And would be good. But now he's hurt. Dat luck. Article out, gets hurt.