Hell of a first game. If he can keep this up, I think it spells the end of Brodziak, which a lot of folks have been predicting.
I think he'll be a great 3rd line center. Some offensive skill -- but not consistent top-6, especially with Granlund, Coyle and Koivu all potentially top-6 centers -- and a solid two-way game.
I agree with this.
As much as I love Brodziak's defensive capabilities, I am extremely tired of seeing him one on one with the goalie multiple times a season only to come up empty every single time. Or one on one with a defender and he loses the puck.
He's a great defensive player but a third liner now has to have much more offensive capabilities. A few years ago he looked like he was developing some, but recently it's just been nothing. Extremely frustrating.
Haula? I really enjoyed his game today. He was all over the place, in a good way, and looked like he could be a very responsible offensive guy when he develops more. I did not see much of him defensive-wise, but I saw that Yeo played him on the PK at one point(if not more?) so good for him.
Hope to see him stick for the duration of Granlund's absence.