So, Was The BOS Loss Really A Win?
No matter the big picture, losing still sucks.
No amount of draft pick frenzy can abate my internal desire for winning.
At best it cushions the blow of losing…at best.
Instead, what I’m trying to focus on, in the face of a non competitive team, is the play of the “prospects”, those who are being counted upon to be the solid foundation upon which the next Cup contender is build.
The Sens, at least in the forwards department, are a team deep in bottom six players, and it is these players that provide the all important “grit” factor for most teams.
Smith – Had a better game than his last, in which he was a penalty magnate, and too often found himself over-complicating the game in hopes of making notable plays. Last night he kept it far more simple, and as a result was more effective as a potential 3rd line forward, bonus points for delivering 6 hits.
Greening – Albeit not a projected top 6 guy, he looked very willing to engage, and made his 6-3/212lbs presence known on every shift, aggressively going hard into the corners, and hard to the net.
Lee – Are my eyes deceiving me, or has this kid developed into a reliable NHL’er? From throw away to regular, who-da thunk it? Great work Lee, don’t change a thing.
Benoit – Not enough time to give much of a review, but he did nothing to not continue earning starts.
Condra – Honestly, would have liked to have seen more offense/physicality during from his 10 minutes of regular strength ice time, but on a positive note, he played smart simple hockey while on the PK.
Lehner – Nothing short of a spectacular game. He battled, and made some excellent initial and secondary saves. Positionaly he looks far more precise, and less “happy”, and his rebound control, over his previous performances, was impressive. If last nights performance was a real indication of the benefit of him receiving NHL coaching/practice, I say to hell with Bingo, keep him up until Patsy is ready to get back on the bench.
Karlsson – I love this kids game, but egads, Eriks defensive decision-making has worsened, and something has to be done to improve this part of his game, before it becomes a habit. What? I dunno, but something has to be done, he is far too important to this team to have him limited to playing PP time and a 3rd pairing role.
Butler – 3 straight goals, nice. Bobby is skating hard, working both ends of the ice, and both shooting and distributing the puck effectively. But before we anoint him as having legitimate top line potential, let’s remember he’s playing with a great centreman and 3 goals does not a sniper make. Keep up the GREAT work Bobby, you’re doing everything right, and here’s hoping you can keep it up.