Pushkarev has arrived and it was reported he was the no.1 star with a goal, two assists and a fight and looked superb. Sounds very good. I dont know how Tomanek got on. But I think Pushkarev is showing why the Coyotes wanted him so badly at the draft only to miss out.
Originally Posted by Dan
I listened to some of the game. Roman started out with Ladd and Getz, but the Hitmen kept on letting the Hurricanes back in the game. The coach was looking for a spark and replaced Tomanek with Pushkarev on the PP. Instant sucess. From then on, Tomanek was used sparingly. When Pushkarev got in a fight after his goal in the third, they put Tomanek back on that line. He forechecked/pressured a guy hard and stole the puck to get a great shot on goal at the top of the circle. It did not go in, but he was still playing hard. If this game in any indication, Pushkarev will be playing with Ladd and Getz. Sheesh, took him only one game to get on the top line. The Kings have a nice prospect in Push.
I work at the Saddledome and was able to catch the game yesterday. Pushkarev was quite impressive in his debut to say the least. He looked very good right and away and he was moved up to the big line with Getzlaf and Ladd early in the second period.
He is very quick, and is able to dart into scoring areas. Good stickhandler, and very creative with the puck. Clever and smart in the offensive zone and he never gives up on a play. That how he got his goal. He was tied up by the defender but was able to put a backhander by the Lethbridge goaltender. Good top end speed, but I would say he's more quick than fast. Quite fiesty for a European. Didn't back down in his fight. He got sucker punched, and immeidiately began throwing punches back. Not overly physical, but he isin't afraid to get his nose dirty either. The crowd gave him a nice ovation. Got the #1 Star of the game, and even did the old Rob Van Dam thumb pointing to his shoulders as he skated off the ice. Looks like you've got a good prospect on your hands.
It seems right now the WHL is one of the best junior leagues as far as developing defencemen. Players such as Bouwmester, Phaneuf, Barker, and Seabrook to name a few play or played in the WHL. So I would have to say Push will be seeing some top defensive prospects especially with him playing on the top scoring line.
He is in a great enviornment that will help him adjust to North America, and hopefully the NHL.