(After a 5 month absence from posting) I went to the game tonight against the Panthers, and these were my thoughts on some individual performances...
-Looked in mid season form
-Scored a beauty off a Boyd feed
-Just hope he stays healthy and plays a full season *knock on wood*
-Made a nice play on his goal, and a great pass on Iginla's
-Perhaps this is the year where he gets a shot to play top 6 minutes and produce
-For "a kid", he sure sees the ice well
-Moved the puck better than both Sarich and Regehr, and he had to play with that bum Eriksson
-He looked rusty for most of the night; couple of direct (passes) giveaways in our own end
-His breakaway attempt was vintage Bertuzzi, and if the puck had been about an inch and half lower, it would have been in
-I really hope he is going to be able to find his way to producing consistently on the top line with Iginla
Regehr and Sarich:
-They just didn't look good - passes were (same as most of last year) two feet off the ice
-Hopefully it's just rust...
-Not that it really matters, but he was all over the ice; he was simply trying to do too much, for the most part, which led to turn overs
-Nothing more needs to be said
-I didn't want to put him in the "Bad" category, because he wasn't, but at the same time he didn't fit in with the pace set by Iginla, or even the pace set by the Lombardi-Bourque-Glencross or Lundmark-Boyd-Moss lines.
-I think he will turn out to be a top 6 forward (hopefully with the Flames) but I just don't see it happening this year.
-He played fine; just unfortunate the Flames couldn't get him the win, regardless of it being pre-season
-Looked good, but didn't really stand out either positively or negatively
I'll likely be at the game on the 3rd, and hopefully by then there will be a clearer picture of what is going on with the defense and forwards, but until then if there are any questions on my take of the game, feel free to comment and I will attempt to reply back.