1) Mitch Marner: He belongs in the NHL. Sure, he didn't pick up any points but he was all over the ice. The "diminutive" frame that apparently could have held him back from the NHL was a non-factor. He used his speed to great effect in creating chances and was only an inch or two away from his first NHL regular season points. It won't be long until he lights the lamp. He reminds me of Martin St.Louis.
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2)Zietsev: He played 23:57 last night. It was second most among Toronto defenders and while he was not outstanding, he did not look out of place. He will be interesting to watch in the next 8 games.
3)Kyle Turris looked good. He was quick on his feet and showed a nose for the net. His two goals were exactly the way he needed to start his season. He is going to be relied on to carry the Senators offence.
4)Speaking of getting a good start, Bobby Ryan had himself one last night. Even more so then Turris he needed a good start to restore his mojo. He finished last night with 1 G 2 pts and 3 SOG. It was a good showing and should give him something to build on.
5)Hunwick: His injury was an unfortunate one, but it was clean. As a journeyman his experience will be the thing missed most with such a young D corp.
6)Austen Matthews may be the newest superstar in the league but Erik Karlsson has been one for years. He showed it last night in keeping his team in it long enough to take it in OT. Overshadowed by Mathews debut was the 1G 3PTS +3 performance he put in. He put his team over the top with his performance.
7)Bad night for both Craig and Frederick Anderson. Neither were particularly sharp and each let in a couple softies. To their credit though the D in front of them wasn't great and it's still the first game of the season. Plenty of time to smooth out their games.
8) Matt Martin: I like him. In an age where tough guys are growing to be extinct he did what he had to and kept it in line. He stood up for his team mates when it counted and didn't embarrass them with anything reckless.
9) The Babcock factor: I think the Leafs are as lucky to have a guy like him, as they are to have one like Mathews. This is a coach who has developed players in Detroit for years and knows his way around developing stars. His starting of Mathews on the 3rd line is one of the small things that will go a long way. He will bring the out the best in this young team.
10) William Nylander: He quietly built off his play from last year. He picked up a couple of points off the Mathews goals and kept the offense going with some smart plays. I liked his hockey smarts and look forward to seeing him develop further.
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