Aeros win 5-2! They have games tomorrow and Sunday.
Hackett, again, is solid. After the first few minutes of the 2nd, the Aeros outplayed the Stars. Looked similar to Wild vs. Edmonton in third period at times. Aeros were the faster team--in particular, Wellman, Rau, Palmer, and McIntyre. Ortmeyer, Peters, McMillan are strong along the wall. Foucault has the best hands and makes some nice passes. He also has a big enough body to play the cycle game...but effort was not as noticeable. However, in fairness, he was covering for pinching defensemen and was backchecking so he certainly was not playing lazy...just not as noticeable as far as working to win pucks in offensive zone. The defense got the pucks out to the forwards quickly...none of the defensemen stood out...Fredheim and Genoway are definitely the bottom pairing.
That's it, folks!
Don't know who counted shots but Stars ended up outshooting the Aeros 36-31. I think they gave counted dump ins and errant passes for the Stars in the third...
If one of our top 6 go down, it has to be Wellman. He has been in the right place at the right time and has finished his chances. Otherwise McIntyre or McMillan (he played center and took draws the entire game) for a bottom 6 role. McIntyre is quicker and has been able to score some goals but McMillan reminds me more of Brodziak in that he can handle big players and is really good along the boards.
Keep in mind that Ortmeyer or Peters could be two options all year...depending on what Yeo/CF want...they are veterans that have NHL experience. Peters is gritty and is good in the faceoff circle, while Ortmeyer is a dump/chase, typical 4th line guy.
If Foucault progresses, continues to create offense, and shows consistency, I would not be surprised to see him get a few games later on. In my limited viewings from prospect camp, training camp, and these first 2 games, he has the best hands, a great wrister, and great creativity of the players on the Aeros. He pulls up and makes those nice saucer passes like Bouchard does (like Bouchard...not saying his game is like Bouchard) to create some space. And, he made a little spin/behind the back backhand pass to Ortmeyer in game one that was ridiculous. It ended up leading to a goal but looked like he had eyes on the back of his head...let alone to get that much zip and precision on a backhand pass...
As for the defensemen...I don't know. Prosser and Hendry are the top unit. None of them stood out...which is good I suppose. I do recall that Prosser got rocked 3 times in the same shift...he also tries to finish checks but bounces off guys. I have no justification for this, really, just going on what we hear from Russo and see on depth charts...
This may have already been mentioned but Foucault is with Peters and Ortmeyer, two veterans that "bring it" every night. So, hopefully Foucault learns that he has to be consistent every night in order to be successfull--hopefully one of those product by environment things.
On the other hand, Torchetti could be putting him with those two so they can clean up his mistakes. But, I tend to go with the former since he has not been a liability at all.
He has been invisible in my opinion, which is good and bad. Good because he didn't make mistakes. Bad because he's a prospect and it's the AHL.
He reminds me of Schultz...mobile, positionally sound, good stick, and can make a decent first pass. I haven't seen a lot of offense or the ability to be able to win battles along the boards. He's been paired with Penner who is more mobile and more offensive. So, Cuma is the safe or stay at home D man of the pairing.
He was supposed to be Nick Schultz + puck moving ability. You know, smaller D-man who can skate really well and plays the rush smart, isn't overly physical...but he was supposed to have enough playmaking and passing ability to actually make an impact down the ice.