Piggy-backing on my game recap article, today’s Daily Cup of Joe offers some quick hitter first impressions after the season opener.
I generally liked the defense pairings and would push forward with those for some time.
Petr Mrazek looked sharp. He was not tested a ton, but seemed to be tracking the puck well and did have to make a couple tricky saves with no margin for error.
Jesper Fast reminds me of Joakim Nordstrom in his constant to effort to engage the puck defensively and often run into opponents as part of the process. I continue to think he would fit well next to Staal on a purpose-built checking line.
Brady Skjei brings a big hit potential that the Canes do not generally get from the rest of the defense (though Fleury showed some flashes of this late in the 2019-20 season).
Though they only collected a lone assist each, I really liked Sebastian Aho and Teuvo Teravainen‘s first game. Both played with pace and were decisive in taking nearly every opportunity to get the puck to the front of the net.
Vincent Trocheck‘s first game was a mixed bag. By no means was he horrible, but his line was held off the score sheet and did not generate a ton of medium or better chances despite Trocheck’s five shots on net.
I continue to think that Jordan Martinook is far more effective on the wing where he can just pin his ears back a bit and bang bodies. I think the team maybe loses more than Brind’Amour realizes with Geekie out of the lineup because Geekie is better offensively for himself but also generating chances and also because Martinook is less effective in what he does well when playing center.
What say you Canes fans?
Who else has quick hitters after watching the team’s first game of the season?