Didn't want to start a new thread, and since it is mainly about Vish...I'll put it here.
Notes from practice today:
The chemistry between Mason and Kariya is palpable. They have an ongoing competition against eachother about who beats who and continually chirp at eachother.....one time Kariya put a beautiful deke by Mason and then yelled "Suckage" in his face and quickly skated off....Mason owned Kariya more often than the other way around......they were continually chirping and laughing, etc for the entire practice.
Nichol did not dress....unknown why as he looked fine at the Ball last night....Tootoo also did not skate, as we know he has not been cleared yet.
Almost half the practice was spent on special teams......
I kept a close eye on him the whole practice. Here are some things I noticed:
-Not a lot of interaction from the other players with him.....to be expected, to some degree, with the recent addition and him being Russian and all....but even somebody who had never seen the Preds before would have picked him out as the one who didn't quite fit yet.
First pass out of the zone: Poorest of all defensemen including Zanon
Receiving the pass: Poorest of all the defensemen
Skating: very average
Point shot: weak, but on net and low.
Defensive positioning: Fair to poor at times
Hitting: Not assessible...as not one hit was laid, but certainly would have been his strongest category
Stickhandling....limited drills to demonstrate.....
Ugliness factor: quite high
Trotz spent a lot of one-on-one time with him today teaching and just talking to him obviously just getting to know him better.
I got to agree with 303 here. Vish is a depth pick up for the 3rd line probably, and to add that nastiness that we need for a playoff run. The obvious difference between him and Witt of last year are the relatively few penalty minutes as he only has 31 in 52 games this year, whereas Witt was 2nd in the league.
Granted, this was his second practice with this new team, so he will inevitably look out of place to some degree.....but, to be honest, Zanon looked like a much better defenseman out there today......will see what we see during gametime situation, which may look completely different, of course.