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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Thoughts on prospects' Game 2

A 5-2 win over Tampa Bay which was tied 2-2 early in the third period and ended with two empty-net goals by Mattias Ritola and Sergei Kolosov. ...

-- Going 2-0-0 in two games is something that the Red Wings have never done in this prospects tournament.

-- The leader of this team is Justin Abdelkader. He's obviously well skilled, but he's also the best on the team at playing net-front. And if there was any doubt, midway through the third period, with Detroit leading 3-2, Abdelkader was down on his knees blocking a slap shot from the point.

-- To me, Abdelkader and Cory Emmerton have been the top forwards, followed by Ritola and Jan Mursak. The top four defensemen have been about even, which isn't great for Jakub Kindl, but is for Brian Lashoff, who has been impressive.

-- The Detroit goaltending has been excellent. Daniel Larsson has been the best netminder I've seen in this eight-team tournament. Thomas McCollum is in the running for second best, having allowed two goals in 90 minutes of play. Leading 3-2, McCollum made the best save of the game, robbing Tampa's James Wright from the slot with his glove. McCollum followed that with another good save.

-- Stephen Johnston came alive late in the second period of Game 2. Not a standout before that, Johnston scored on a nice forehand-to-backhand on a 2-on-1 pass from Francis Pare. After that goal, Johnston had a big hit and was much more noticeable.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Blake said...

Hows Cepek and Foremen look?

you think any of the Rookie Invites will get contracts?

September 14, 2008 at 10:14 PM 
Blogger Bruce MacLeod said...

Cepek was pretty physical tonight. I liked that part of his game. Foreman looked like a third or fourth liner at this tournament, but I thought he improved over Game 1.
I'm not sure how the Grand Rapids lineup shakes out right now, so I'm not sure who will get a contract. But McNamara is here for everything.

September 14, 2008 at 10:20 PM 

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