Well Toronto beat Syracuse 2-1 tonight after beating Pascal Leclair to death with rubber. The coaching staff finally figured out that Rita Saro and Salmo might be a pretty good line (duhhh) and they looked great together in the 3rd period. Here are my thought on a few of the prospects.
Rita –he looked a bit better tonight and scored but he has this maddening habit of floating for stretches at a time. Man if you could put Salmo’s heart in Rita’s body you would have one hell of a player. Seems to be playing RW a lot now so maybe that’s where the Oilers see him fitting in. Now if we could just get rid of Laraque to open up some space for him – either that or trade him for a goalie prospect.
Salmo – he’ll surely be a great little 4th line energy guy - but he just doesn’t have the size or hands to be more IMO. He sure is fun to watch though.
Lynch – decent game and you can see he has most of the tools (size, skating, shot). He needs to work on his a passing and toughness but most young dmen are in that boat. He could use this year and maybe even next in the AHL - but eventually he will be a decent 2nd pair NHL dman
Winchester – had a better game - and when he plays like this - you can see him becoming a big rugged 4th line center down the road. That’s not great – but it’s not bad either and it’s actually something we could use. He certainly needs another year in the AHL after this one.
Henley – nothing notable except he almost killed a guy with a cross-check. I think he has it in him to be a decent 3rd pair dman some day – and again – when you are this big and can actually skate that’s OK. You can tell guys hate playing against him.
Wright, Sarno, Hinz, Smith, Bishai, DiCassimiro and the rest – some talent but most are small skill guys without enough speed or hands or journeymen who could be a 4th liner or 7th dman in the right situation. None showed anything new or remarkable –they are what they are.
I was shocked to see Doug Lynch say that he plays like a Jason Smith clone, from what I've seen of him I'd compare his style more to Jovo. Not that I'm saying his skills will be at that level, but he has the same skills in smaller quantities.
If Jason Smith has a puck-carrying breeze-to-the-net side to his game I haven't noticed.