It'll be 7-3 Halifax. Typical Fucale standing on his head while his terrible D scramble around passing pucks through the slot + the offence of MacKinnon Drouin MacAulay Boudreau and Frk get it done. Classic Halifax.
"It's probably something I'll look back on in 20 years when I'm done playing hockey and realize how fortunate I was to play on the team and win a tournament like that," said Pietila, who was a valuable member of Team USA's gold medal victory over Sweden on Jan. 5.
He says it like he will be a long-time NHLer, I like it.
And this is weird:
"We actually flew with Canada, Sweden and Finland all in one flight," said Pietila, though there weren't any interesting exchanges between teams. "I think they do it for safety reasons flying into Russia, so we chartered into Russia and out with the same teams."
Does not matter where he is from maybe he watches all his games haha....
was kinda of a general question to anyone whos watches him.
It`s highly unlikely. Exception happen, just not very often.
As far as I remember, he knows how to pick his spot, he has a low center of gravity and bulked up so it`s hard to knock him down or move him from any area. His defense improved, has actually played on the PK this season too.
Reid Boucher - 2 goals, E, 1st star in Sarnia's 5-4 SO win vs. Plymouth
*did not score on SO attempt
Ben Thomson - 2 assists, +2, 2 PIM (trip), 3rd star in Kitchener's 5-1 win vs. Erie
Ben Johnson - 1 goal, E in Windsor's 3-2 SO win at Sault Ste. Marie
Artur Gavrus - -1 in Owen Sound's 2-1 loss at Guelph
Reece Scarlett - 1 assist (PP), -1, 4 PIM (coinc. rough, delay) in Swift Current's 5-4 OT win vs. Regina
Graham Black - 1 assist (PP), E, 2 PIM (hook) for SC
*Scarlett had secondary assist on GWPPG in OT
Damon Severson - 1 assist, +2 in Kelowna's 4-3 OT win at Seattle
Curtis Gedig - 1 goal (PP), E, 4 shots, 1 blocked shot in Ohio State's 3-2 win vs. Lake Superior State
Blake Coleman - E, 4 PIM (unsportsmanlike, hold) in #6 Miami's 2-1 win vs. Bowling Green
Jon Merrill - E, 2 PIM (trip), 2 shots, 1 blocked shot in Michigan's 3-2 loss at #9 Western Michigan
Seth Helgeson - -1, 3 blocked shots in #1 Minnesota's 2-1 loss vs. #14 Minnesota State
Joe Faust - -2, 1 shot in #20 Wisconsin's 5-2 win vs. Alaska-Anchorage
Derek Rodwell - E, 1 blocked shot in #5 North Dakota's 3-1 loss vs. #16 St. Cloud State
Consensus is Boucher is like a Sykora/Moulson kinda player....
He might have the hardest wrist shot I've ever seen in the OHL. His release is awfully slow and his accuracy could be a lot better, but he when he gets his shot off it's usually going in the net. A common complaint amongst Habs who were watching Sarnia was that Boucher would often whiff on chances that were set up by Galchenyuk or Sarault, but lately I haven't seen him do a whole lot. He's really starting to get more confidence and isn't trying to one time the puck every time he touches it.
Boucher isn't very creative at all, but he doesn't pretend to be. He knows his limitations and plays within those. Despite being undersized, he protects the puck well, but he doesn't do it a whole lot. He isn't a run and gun player, he isn't fast enough for that and he very rarely comes flying down the wing and shoots. He's the kind of player who sets up shop in a scoring area and waits for the puck to come to him.
I think he's still a ways away from the NHL, even though his stats look real nice. It certainly doesn't hurt that he plays with Sarault (and Galchenyuk for a large portion of the year), but to say that he entirely relies on them just isn't true. He's a good prospect in his own right. That said, I don't see him being anything more than an 2nd/3rd liner at this point. He isn't the best skater, he isn't creative, and past his offensive zone positioning and wrist shot, he doesn't really have any qualities that say "top six" player to me. But he's amongst the best at what he does and that alone could make him a valuable NHLer in the future.
Damn, that scouting report was all over the place on him. But it sounds like he still needs to work on his skating, its the one area in his game that could hold him back, I mean how many slow smallish prospects crack the NHL ranks?