A day early, I know, but we all gotta love those Dogs. :p
Record: 1st in North Division. 2nd in AHL. 21-13-5-1 : 48 Points Teams: Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Philadelphia Phantoms Time: 7:05 ET, 4:05 PT Date: January 7th, 2004 Radio:CHAM-820 Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Dogs Scoring Leaders :
1. Balej : 40 GP - 20 G - 19 A - 39 PTS
2. Higgins : 30 GP - 7 G - 11 A - 18 PTS
3. Perezhogin : 37 GP - 8 G - 9 A - 17 PTS
4. Beauchemin : 40 GP - 3 G - 14 A - 17 PTS
5. Svitov : 27 GP - 7 G - 9 A - 16 PTS
OT: I don't care how well a team is going, a forward playing at a PPG pace on his second pro season deserves at least a temporary stint with the big club. Expect him to be called up pretty soon if he continues along that path.
Balej should be called up, he would be great alongside either Koivu or Ribeiro. Bulis has slowed down lately and we need a third line center(Kilger because of his play as of late), Ryder can play both wings.
You know, theres this guy named Jason Allison who might not get resigned because of his 7M$ contract. Maybe the Kings would want a very talented 23 year old playmaker? Who knows we might throw in a Hossa and a 2nd ?
Seriously, I hope we get bigger down the middle, IMO if you don't have size on the wings on the top 2 line(even though they are not weak), then get some for the third line(including the center) and one of the top 2 centers. When I say size, I also mean toughness.
Gainey said Balej was the next too have a look on the Habs pro roster , that's good news
Hamilton Bulldogs Individual Team Leaders
Points: 40 - Jozef Balej
Goals: 20 - Jozef Balej , Gratton
Assists: 19 - Jozef Balej
Plus/Minus: +15 - Jozef Balej
Penalty Minutes: 68 - Alexander Svitov
Powerplay Goals: 5 - Benoit Gratton
Shorthanded Goals: 2 - Jozef Balej, Tomas Plekanec, Jimmie Olvestad
Game-Winning Goals: 5 - Jozef Balej
With Sundstrom and Juneau out he might get his chance. The question is, where to play him. I'd give him a taste on line one with Saku and Ryder, then have Bulis anchor line 3 with Plekanec and Dackell.
Just a taste, mind you, to boost his confidence and allow him to hone his skills with our best forward. I still think Zednik belongs on line one (but I won't complain too loudly about that while we're riding a 5-game point streak). I like that line 3, though. Speed, skill, and sound defensive play. That has the makings of a frustrating shut-down line, one with more offensive punch and speed than our current trio of Sundstrom - Juneau - Dackell (their recent good play notwithstanding).
Last edited by Guy Caballero: 01-07-2004 at 10:15 AM.