Really like those comments, especially saying Bitten and Mete were 2nd round guys for him. Also the comments on Staum are interesting and shows they really invested time (5 different scouts) in this guy. Hopefully it pays off in a few years.
Love the comment on Henrikson. You have to think that when a guy like Rockstrom insists this much on drafting a particular player, you do what you can to get him. Trading for a pick is a pretty strong indication they trust the guy.
Disappointed that Simon Bourque wasn't invited to the Team Canada Development Camp. A few defensemen taking part who I feel do not offer as much as he does. Oh well, I guess our World Junior program has been lights out as of late so what do I know
At least Juulsen is taking part. Bitten/Mete should have a better chance to be there next year.
Juulsen had a quietly effective game in a winning effort for team Red against team White last night. I didn't catch the whole game but what I saw was good on his part.
thanks for the report. Hopefully he has a good year this year. Not saying he didn't but besides the WJC snub and the drop of production, I heard that his play just didn't improve much last year. Hopefully he makes some strides. I hope injuries don't become a problem.
Personally, I barely noticed him, except a few times where he had the puck in the o-zone and passed it to a teammate.
I thought he had a good showing at the previous red/white game, keeping things simple and focusing on execution. He'll never be a ''showy'' type of Dman so that's mostly what I'm looking for with him. His passing game is definitely a strong suit though, he's very accurate and consistant in that aspect. You'll rarely see him give the puck away on an errant pass.
He logged the 3rd most minutes of ice time of any Canadian player. Played a quiet sound game, didn't take chances. Low risk, high reward defender.
I just hope he has a strong offseason and works on his skating which is pretty good but definitely can be better. He's got more than enough skill I think for a stay at home role maybe not quite enough for a PMD role though he seems to be pretty good at that. I really like his versatility. I think my only issue is how much room he still has to improve.
The Champions Hockey League tournament has started. Lehkonen, Nygren and Nattinen's teams all play on Friday afternoon. Lehkonen's team takes on a team from the DEL, Nygren a team from Poland. Vejdemo's team plays on Sunday vs a team in the NLA.