wow....Avs are turning it on now eh??? Svatos is really pushing for that roster spot. I wonder if He could grab a spot on the third line with Niko and Bates. Could be good??? We will see how he does the rest of camp
Stephens had a solid game, but I don't think he has distinguished himself enough that he will make the team. I think Krestanovich falls into the same category. Jordan had a fairly quiet game tonight. Svatos was clearly the best young player on the ice tonight for Colorado. The broadcasters seemed to talk up Slovak as well in the third period. They feel the competition between the last two defensive spots are McAllister, Smith, Liles and Slovak.
FLA - JAROSLAV BEDNAR 1 (JURAJ KOLNIK) 12:34
FLA - (PP) STEPHEN WEISS 1 (NIKLAS HAGMAN, MIKE VAN RYN) 17:28
COL - MAREK SVATOS 1 (ALEX TANGUAY, MILAN HEJDUK) 3:30
COL - MILAN HEJDUK 1 (ALEX TANGUAY, ROB BLAKE) 6:35
COL - PAUL KARIYA 2 (TEEMU SELANNE, ROB BLAKE) 8:27
COL - (PP) MILAN HEJDUK 2 (ROB BLAKE) 10:12
FLA - (PP)ANTHONY STEWART 1 (MIKE VAN RYN, JAROSLAV BEDNAR) 12:28
COL - (PP) ALEX TANGUAY 1 (MAREK SVATOS, MILAN HEJDUK) 19:19
COL - MAREK SVATOS 2 (UNASSISTED)*
FLA - (PP) NATHAN HORTON 1 (ANDREAS LILJA, STEPHEN WEISS) 12:26
COL - (SH) (EN) ANDREI NIKOLISHIN 1 (CODY MCCORMICK) 18:30
*I'm not sure who assisted Svatos on this goal. I've checked several websites and they state the Avs won the game 6-4 rather than 7-4, excluding Marek's second goal. I'll correct it at a later time.
At this point I'd say its between McAllister, Smith, Liles and Slovak. This could easily change after a couple more preseason games. I think McAllister will make the team (like it or not Granato/Tocchet seem to favor him) and I would personally like to see one of the younger defensemen make it. I want Smith far far away from Denver (Hershey is far enough).