Giacomin Posted September 18, 2018 Share Posted September 18, 2018 Did any of you care about the line combinations last night? Or what the PK looked like? What systems we are trying or anything granular? No, no no! Refreshingly, a rebuild/youth movement and a new coach (not married to a system or personnel), means unlike many recent preseasons, Job #1 is to closely evaluate the youngish talent. True, there are other priorities, but most interesting and critical to the organization and fans now is: Who is demonstrating strong NHL level play (showing talent and execution) during these games. Who is earning a job and serious notice?! For 2018/19, this is where the roster starts to form. For the future, we get our first clearer glimpse on the progress of the rebuild. So let's get right to it. I watched the game twice. My summary... fuck yeah!! To explain. I went into the game with low expectations, meaning I expected no one to truly impress. Sure a good play or two, but no young pup would standout all game. Especially with Chytil sitting out. However, not one, but two guys played downright exceptional. Two guys with legit questions, turned out to be the best players on the ice. All 3 periods, for both teams. I'm genuinely excited, not just about their upcoming season, but what it could represent for the long haul. 1. Lias Andersson - holy shit! His skating during his stint at the end of last season was worrisome. Well, by his 4th shift, before any goals, he had already silenced any questions that his skating would be an issue. He was quick and showed some long speed too. In addition, he demonstrated great instincts, anticipation, strong hockey acumen and skills. We should rethink, or at least have a new appreciation for this kid's upside. And he is a C who brings some quality intangibles. 2. Tony D - Biggest disappointment post trade deadline was his ankle injury, just as the kid was starting to show his potential. I was afraid the injury would slow the momentum he was finally gathering. However, after watching close last night, we might just possess an RHD ready to realize his top end skill. What an outstanding all around 3 periods D'Angelo played! His exit passes were sharp, quick, precise and a few led to golden opportunities. His D was solid, skating fleet and command of the PP was clear for everyone. [Except Josh, I guess. Check-out the 2nd PP goal where Tony digs it out of the corner and slips a sweet pass out front to Lias, who then moves it to an open Buch.] I know it is early, but I do not see how anyone is going to outplay D'Angelo on the right side, 5x5. More importantly, this kid looks like he's about to become at least a top 4 NHL Dman. A righty, no less. Let's hope there are other outstanding performances this exhibition, that we can discuss on this thread. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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