Bennett comes back from being sat and has a great game and is the second star. Then he starts the next game on the 4th line? Then they move him up with Ryan part way through the game and bingo, things start happening. I like that Bennett Ryan combo and feel they could play with Dube or others. I maintain that after having to become the tough guy on the team Bennett’s conditioning is too strength focused. He had a step in the last game and it made a difference. They were great with Mangi but he has earned his place higher. The problem here is Lucic. Its great we have him because I am not seeing as many cheap shots against the team this year but its a tough call where to play him. I know, the coaches are giving him a chance to get back in form and he is making an effort......
Janko has been sucked into the Backlund defensive centre vortex. I agree with the comment to put him on the wing for a while but his biggest knock is that he plays smaller than Johnny? I believe he has more skill but he needs to use his size better. Not sure how that happens but a move to wing with less responsibility And some banging on the boards may be good for him.
I like Backlund on the wing for now, this was a great call by Wardo but his give aways and general lack of effort at times drives me nuts and he must be terrible on face offs because I only ever see him lose draws in our zone.
Shillington’s stick is too short, he has a ton of skill and is fast fast but how many times have we seen that puck slip off the stick and head the other way? He scares me but I like him and that probably sums that up.
Hamonic is the only tough D On the team. If we trade him and dont get toughness back Im worried.
thumbs up for the Talbot/ Rittich combo.