Missed everything after the Dumont goal but the stats sheet does not look favorably upon us tonight. 13 total giveaways, 2 from every defenseman except Sulzer, and he rarely saw the ice. Tootoo had more TOI than Sulzer tonight. Klein played all of 15:18. Koistinen played 21:30.
Klein's shot was what scored that goal, the redirect was very minor by JP.
Koistenen was terrible......all....night....long. Then he skates to the center of the offensive zone and drops a bomb on net, which Fiddler promptly taps the rebound in. Then he goes back to playing stupid hockey. The thing that kills me about this guy are all over the place - For an offensive defensemen, he has ZERO awareness. Last night he threw about three passes to no one. Crisp and Terry were even joking saying they had NO IDEA what he was thinking....because he basically took a slap shot into the faceoff circle (thats right, he didn't put a slap shot on net, he put a slap shot on the the faceoff circle.....huh?). Additionally, he can't keep a beach ball in the zone, especially on the powerplay. Defensively, he gets caught standing still at least twice a game. There is simply no reason to put him on the ice....he is terrible...He is the worst defensemen we have iced since Jaime Allison IMO.
As for Pihlstrom, I think expectations around him are way way too high. We signed him as a pest/3rd line energy guy that wasn't afraid to shoot and go to the net. What has he done? Exactly the above ^^^. He is a rookie, he is pressing, but the work ethic and passion are there. He is playing well, just not converting. I'm not sure I see the reason to send him down because he fits on the third line. Heck, I would much rather see him out there than Jordin "I suck at everything but hitting and I don't hit anymore" Tootoo.
Definitely love Philstrom's speed, tenacity... any loose pucks he is chasing after them 100 mph. I wish more players would play as hard. But we have plenty of vets who can miss a wide open net Well someone is going down probably when Nichol comes back, I guess we'll see who Trotz thinks it should be.