I was not able to get to a stream of the CSN broadcast. Being limited to a radio call, I will refrain from detailed comments for now, but because of the volume of interesting developments, I am hoping to loop back and watch game if/when it hopefully appears in the NHL.TV archive.
I figured I would post this, so people who watched the game can chime if they wish and also to offer a couple observations on the radio version of it.
At forward Valentin Zykov had two points in his preseason debut. Julien Gauthier had what sounded like a power forward goal off the rush and added a pass on a 2-on-1 though it was not finished. And Martin Necas name keeps coming up again and again suggesting he is engaged with the puck regularly and making some plays.
My impression of Zykov in the practice sessions I have attended is that he looks a step quicker. As a player who I viewed as having borderline mobility for the NHL level, this would be significant, and coupling it with two points on the score sheet would just make it more interesting.
On defense, following a strong outing by Haydn Fleury on Wednesday, Trevor Carrick notched a goal and an assist to perhaps match Fleury and make it clear that Coach Bill Peters should let the try out play out for the remainder of training camp.
One goal against is a good number obviously, and per Chuck Kaiton’s call it sounded like he earned.
Dicey on D?
Part of the reason, I am hoping to catch a replay of the television version is to thoroughly assess the defense. Justin Faulk making his first appearance of preseason was front and center in my ‘what I’m watching’ preview, and it sounded like he was in the middle of Evgeni Kuznetsov seemingly running rampant at times in the offensive zone.
He just scores goals
Justin Williams collected a power play tally giving him two of those in two games now.
Hopefully others were able to watch the game and will generously share their observations with the group.
Next up is a pair of games out in western Canada on Monday and Wednesday.