Grabovski looks legit. Creative, hustling, moving. Pretty solid debut under the circumstances.
Lines one and three seem to be worth keeping together. Erat & Perreault can maybe do some damage in a reduced a soft minute scoring line role, leaving Laich at LW with Grabovski. Swap Brouwer & Wilson at RW between those two lines as performance dictates. Scrap lines altogether as performance dictates. It's a bit more versatile lineup and one that should give the coaching staff the option of being performaced-based when it comes to TOI. Kind of strange to perhaps not have a designated fourth line but it should put heat on lines/players.
Erat, Grabovski, Perreault all stood out today... which I guess is to be expected. Laich looked decent late. I realize Mitchell has no finish and never will, but I was impressed with how well he kept up with Erat and Perreault. Plays didn't die on his stick with them nearly as much as I thought they would.
Carrick was playing a high risk game, like a guy who knows he's not playing for an NHL job, he's just there to show what he can do. I enjoyed it.
Erat has looked good both next to Perreault and Grabovski. Then again, Perreault and Grabo play more of a similar game than people give them credit for.
Didn't see much chemistry from Laich or Brouwer with Grabovski.
Schmidt and Schilling continue to look really good, especially with the puck on their stick. Schmidt did have that awful turnover that almost led to a breakaway, but he had enough hustle to get back and stop Iginla. He obviously had no chance against Chara in the crease on his deflection goal, though.
Wey has been really disappointing this pre-season. Looks really outclassed a lot of the time. He's not awful in his own end, but he's been terrible with the puck and rarely seems on the same page as his partners (though being with Cajovsky can't be the best scenario for him).