The big surprises for me would have to be:
- Kostka playing as much as he is and as well as he is
- the overall commitment to preventing goals (hopefully this continues)
- No even strength goals yet
- Komisarek making a case to not be bought out (which is great since he is exactly the kind of defenseman we need at this point in time)
Go support another team with that attitude. Ridiculous, he's been bad for 3 years?And the 2nd line hasn't done anything?Do you even watch the games? Clearly you don't , go check out his stats , maybe you expected him to be Kovalchuk but you need to maintain your expectations of the guy. You don't know how to count, sorry
There are just some people who should not watch sports
Ya 7 thats all!! Buddy if you watch the games then I would take you serious but obviously your locked in. That 2nd line isnt doing anything beside Grabo skating around trying to get opportunities. Mac and Kule are not doing anything to produce. So maybe you should try counting again.
I'm surprised that Grabovski and Kulemin have not started out better. I guess the benefit of playing well in the KHL was overestimated. For one, you get more time on the larger ice surface, that extra split second alone will require you to re-adjust to the NHL. For another, Grabovski played wing and both of them played with super high end linemates.
1-Kostka (about time the Leafs got a little lucky on a prospect, hopefully keeps it up)
2-Phanuef (actually looks like a defenceman)
3-Komisaruk (didn't even notice him except for 1 hit...awesome)
4-4th line (I really like this 4th line...truculence and testosterone...all 3 look good)
5-Kadri (good finisher)
6-Komarov (certainly doesn't look out of place)
7-Bozak (looking solid)
8-Lupul and Kessel (look fine, just need a break)
9-Tim Connelly (biggest surprise-a management team that has the balls to "correct" a problem)
1) Scrivens started both games
I figured it would have been 1 start for Luongo, 1 for Reimer (if not 2 for Luongo) at this point . . . and even without the acquisition of a proven starter, that Reimer would have started at least one game by now.
2) Noticeably better defensive structure
I was avidly hoping for this, and sort of predicted it, but . . . it is really nice to see it actually happen, and glad that many will be surprised by it.
3) Kadri is not only in starting line-up, but looks like the best forward
Nothing much else to say here, other than that the kid looks great, and if he keeps this up he is going to be moving up/getting more minutes! Hope he keeps it up.
4) Mike Kostka makes line-up . . . and plays well.
Decently, at least . . . clearly he is the biggest surprise insertion into the line-up, and he certainly hasn't looked like an AHL 7th defenceman at all. Solid NHL start, keep it up!
5) Disappointed by Grabovski/Kulemin start
This is not the biggest of deals, but . . . with their great KHL play, I did expect to see Grabo and Kuli reunited to be a fantastic, mid-season form line combo that would propel us forth the first few games. Hasn't happened that way . . . meh!
Kostka - Seems competent with the puck and makes sound decisions, most of the time anyway. Logging solid minutes.
Kadri - Stands out from the rest of the pack, hands down. The only one who seems to be able to create offensive chances with his quickness, puck handling ability, and smart positioning. I'd say that whether or not he's fit for the rigors of the NHL is still up for debate. Time will tell.
Kulemin - One would think his time in the KHL and with Malkin would give him at least some spark back, but I haven't seen much to cheer about yet. I'm still hopeful.