Face the prospective Red Wings in three matches against potential players from Blue Jackets, Stars and Maple Leafs. The Red Wings have many European players who have already started the season and are not in the tournament.
Likewise, NCAA players are with their teams and have not been in the tournament. There were many invitees to the free agent, who were mostly new names out there to fill the roster. However, two of these agent skaters left positive impressions. Most of us have pursued their high recruiting choices, and future Red Wings will show what their pre-training camp looks like.
On unscientific viewing, here are some general impressions. Looking at the prospects, trying to figure out one or two NHL skills is all you can hope to see.
For most players, consistency is what differentiates great starters and young players from NHLers and superstars. This observation is only from a sample of three games. If he doesn’t mention the player, you understand the degree of the impression he made. We’ll break this review down into great, potential, and disappointing deals.
The wonderful group of Red Wings contributors
Dominating play from the back end. The main skill that distinguishes strong defensemen is handling the disc and moving it steadily while under heavy pressure. His skating steps are pure and smooth. He knows how to use his reach to block passes and stifle attacks. he owns. However, he needs to move his feet more in the defensive zone. He often chases the play after he takes unnecessary chances.
A goal was scored against him as he fell to one knee and swerved away in a low effort attempt to block a shot. He must also use his power and access the boards with more power. Consistency is vital because sometimes it seems less reactive than you want to see it. He’ll benefit from a year in AHL with Grand Rapids, but the prospect is his first blue pairing.
Scoring five goals in the tournament is impressive. None of it was incredibly amazing, but it was in the right place at the right time, and that’s an extremely important skill. Also, he was quick to fight against the less enthusiastic Dallas star. It is large, strong and solid. As one of the invitees to the free agency, he probably got a contract somewhere. He could be a better skateboarder than Jeffany Smith’s type.
Comfortable and gentle with a dial. He often dominated play on the open ice and in front of the net. The perfect bowl pass to Cross Hanas for the renegade goal against the Leafs was beautiful (but offside likely).
Its arrival is unlike any striker you’ve seen before, so it’s a challenge to explore. It’s also hard to play against him, as he pulled a penalty kick when the player had no idea how to stop him and grab it. I suspect he will need a year in the AHL to improve his work on the board and his defensive play. Once in doubt, I now think he will be the strength of the NHL.
As advertised. Clever and in position. It was also effective along the boards and was a huge success. Unlike his fellow Blue Line teammates, Johansson showed superb instincts when jumping into play and when backing down.
Anticipate and break offensive plays at a high level. He spent a lot of games covering reckless strikes of his defensive partners and playing off-site. He’s an NHL-caliber defensive man now.
Very enjoyable watching. I’m not sure if he’ll make it to the NHL. He needs to stay healthy first. But he makes good things happen in the attack zone. He is confident, creative and has great speed. I hope he gets a chance.
One of my favorite Red Wings strikers in the tournament. He was a threat as Marar and a shooter. He has confidence, flair and vision. The quality splintered target showed it had a nice smooth finish. He has a great chance of making an NHL career in 2 or 3 years.
He did not play in the second match (against the stars) that showed. It was controlling and difficult. He also made a few good shots. I would show him as a strong fourth or fifth defensive man on the playoff team. He’s a year or two away, but he’ll be in the NHL.