Well, after 4 games now, I think it's fairly official that Bartulis isn't going anywhere anytime soon. I think he'd have to have a pretty terrible game to be removed from the line-up at this point. You could argue that he's looked better and better each game. He botched a couple plays that caused a scare towards the end of tonight's game, but he wasn't the only one and the Kings were really flying. On the whole, he's definitely been solid, and my favorite thing about him and the best thing he's got going for him is the fact that he's a rookie who has played in 4 NHL games and yet he plays with the composure of a 10-year vet. He's a very cool customer out there.
But yeah, what a nice surprise this is...he's really got the makings to be a nice two-way defender.
I feel kinda bad for Syvret...he did play pretty well. It's just unfortunate for him that Bartulis has simply been better.
Last edited by claude boivin lives: 11-19-2009 at 12:51 AM.
I'm liking him a lot. I initially thought he was a career AHL who could be called up. But the more I see him the more I like him. I don't think he'll ever be a top 4 defenseman at the NHL level but he looks good on the 3rd pairing.
He's definitely bigger than I expected, I was under the impression that he had been pretty small, but he's average-sized, hasn't really made any glaring mistakes so far which is all you can really ask.