I was at the game today and I think Teräväinen was pretty good actually. I think V.Filppula, I.Filppula, Moses and Teräväinen were the best forwards in Jokerit today. Teuvo showed nice puckhandling skills and made couple of nice passes. He started the game as a center but played most of the game as a winger. In the own zone he had some problems to win the battles with strength but most of the time he handled those situations pretty well with his good positioning and nice stick checking skills. I hope he can play with I.Filppula or V.Filppula in the future and then the points will come. I afraid if he has to play with Pulkkinen, he can't do much.
If I listened to Wings fans, I'd be locked into thinking that Calle Jarnkrok, Tomas Jurco, Tatar, Mursak, and Brendan Smith are all surefire hall-of-famers. A more overrated group of decent prospects (save Smith, who truly is a very good one) I have never seen.
I'm not saying either are right, but keep in mind a lot of people would say that the defensemen with 1g 1a -3 was the better defensemen than the one who was 0g 0a +1.
Martini would complain about Kane if he was playing in the AHL; "He needs to be tougher", "no excuse for getting pushed off the puck", "grow a pair, man". Everything he says needs to be taken with a gigantic grain of salt.
I like all 3 of those lines, but I really like the last one the best. Shaw and Bolland looked really good together and Danault would really fit there. But maybe it does need more of an offensive guy like Havlat and Versteeg: like Saad.
Danault is playing the best hockey of his life. I think most assumed he could, at least, be a quality checker/third liner.. but the offense he's showing is definitley incouraging. I don't think he'll end up being a top-6 forward, but a fringe one that brings excellent defense? Looking more and more likely. Still, it's early, but he's producing at a rate I don't think anyone could have expected.
BTW, McNeill isn't putting up the kind of numbers Danault is, but he also has a point in every game he's played this year (including tonight) and has 8 points through 6 games, with the 3rd period about wrap up.
McNeill scored the shootout winner and had an assist. From the play-by-play, his shootout goal was pretty nice; sounded like a spin-o-rama, backhand into an empty net from getting the goaltender out of position.
Not Hawks-related, but I live a couple blocks from where the Wolves sometimes practice and went to a preseason game between them and the Rivermen (Blues affiliate) last night.
.... nothing much to report, though. Nothing really stood out positively or negatively. Play was decent, goaltending was decent, a few nice plays here and there, Wolves had some issues keeping the puck in the zone at times, but nothing to overly praise from either team or too much to really nitpick.