First off, thanks for all the updates. I found this site about this time last year and like many of you love to get my Sens info anywhere I can. I took in the scrimmage and wanted to leave some thoughts and opinions on some players. I did the same thing last year but never posted it.
Here it is:
Borowiecki - Solid, finished all of his checks and played with controlled aggression, very good hockey sense, in my opinion the most consistent Dman in the scrimmage, the way he has developed could definitely see him playing in the NHL someday.
Claesson - Was one of the most impressive players from this draft class, very good hockey sense, was engaged in the scrimmage, liked his passion and initiative, like Borowiecki a battler who comes to play.
Runblad - Didn't stand out like I thought he might although he should only get better, started off with a bad turnover but settled down after that, showed some glimpses but nothing spectacular, would have liked to seen a better battle level for the puck along the wall, needs to us his size in those situations.
Blood - Big man who had some positive and negative plays, positives included him jumping up in the play, negatives exposed his skating and agility in his own end, see him as an AHL guys once he's done school.
Aneloski - Didn't stand out one way or another, still like what I saw as an offensive dman going back to last year.
Cowen - In my opinion, wasn't engaged in the scrimmage for whatever reason, didn't play anywhere close to the level he played while with Bingo, had some turnovers and hit the ice more times then he should.
Wideman - Didn't do much early on but picked up his game as the scrimmage went on, his game as a smallerdman is skating with the puck and making a good first pass, like his hockey sense and wheels.
Wiercioch - I still like his potential based on size and offensive skill but needs to fill out so he can use his size to his advantage, also needs a better battle level for the puck in his own end.
Caporusso - Small offensive player that didn't stand out to me one way or another, right now see him as an AHLguy.
Cowick - Likes to finish his checks, still see the same issues as last year being too slow of foot, seems a step behind, hopefully can crack AHL as a regular this year.
Culek - Impressive size and skill, seemed to shoot from the outside alot, like the package if he can put it together, was very impressed at last years development camp.
Grant - Like Culek has good size and skill, scored a goal in scrimmage, has potential but needs to excel at AHLfirst.
Hoffman - Big fan of his skill level and shot, needs to get stronger for his size to help him win more puck battles, scored in scrimmage, if he can continue to improve in AHL could someday be an NHL player, great on power play.
Pageau - One of the most involved players in the scrimmage, small but always around the puck, had two penalty shots and got stopped on both, like his skill, hussle/work ethic.
Silverberg - Probably the best forward out there, very dangerous once he crossed the offensive blue line, looks like a powerfull player with a good shot who makes good decisions with the puck in the offensive zone, i believe he hit the post or crossbar a couple of times, looks like he could play in the NHL this year, impressive to say the least.
Stone - I liked what I saw, was noticeable out there and around the puck, skating needs work but if he continues to progress could be a power forward type.
Zibanejad - Didn't look out of place but didn't stand out either, i expect him to get better the more comfortable he gets, has obvious skill and is very smooth, like the fact that he is willing to engage players along the wall, got hit int he face and left scrimmage early.
DaCosta - By far the best vision on the ice, set up two goals and always has his head up and knows where everyone is on the ice, should contribute in some way to either big club or in the AHL.
Dziurzynski - Big power forward with lots of potential who plays well along the wall, scored two goals in scrimmage, looking forward to increased minutes in Bingo, hopefully can take advantage of it.
Filatov - Didn't really notice him other than a couple of rushes and a penalty shot where he was stopped, wasdisapointed in what i saw but you have to take into account different equipment, few practices....definitely worth the risk, should be interesting to watch in camp.
Hamilton - Like his compete level for a smaller player, should help out in Bingo this year, looks like a good two way forward.
Noesen - I read that someone said he reminded them of Mike Fisher, my thoughts exactly, very powerful stride and loves to be engaged in the play, looks like a potential power forward.
Petersson - Showed the most skill out of any forward on the ice, great stickhandler with deceptive moves, scored a nice goal on a shot from the outside with a dman right in his face, probably could use a year in the AHL but definite possible future top 6 forward if he can play consistently.
Kramer - Every time I hear that a player is a big time fighter I am very curious to see how the rest of his game is, very impressed with what I saw, like Micheal Sdao last year this guy can play, showed passion and intensity in finishing his checks, looks like a leader out there who can skate and gets around the ice well.
Obviously, there are more players than that but those are the ones I really noticed. It is great to see so much skill out there. I can tell the level of play is much higher this year from last. Hope you enjoyed the post, looking forward to 3 on 3.
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