by Brandon Sudeyko (@Intheoradio)
October 28th – Sault Ste. Marie v Guelph Storm
The game itself was an interesting one. There were lots of penalties through out the game. There were some good calls and some bad calls. You had animosity escalating as the game progressed and you had some good goals and bad goals. There was a moment I found myself cheering after a huge Guelph penalty kill where a defenceman broke his stick, one of the forwards stopped a shot with his ankle, then his hand, while the third Storm player took a shot off his face… all within a minute span of the 5 on 3. The Soo Greyhounds walked out of the Sleeman Centre with the 6-2 victory and more importantly, 2 points to put the Greyhounds back on top of the West division.
Here is a quick look at how some of the NHL Draft eligibles did in the game:
This man’s compete level is off the charts. As mentioned by someone, Tyler may have the biggest compete level in the entire league. Not the flashiest player on the ice but he gets the job done. Open ice, along the boards he is always willing to engage to obtain or protect the puck. I think what surprised me is how well he can skate for someone known as a ‘fighter’. Good cross over’s, great start and stops and can play the angles to force the opposition.
The biggest thing that stood out for Dickinson in this game is how good his hands are. He is elusive, creative, always looking to create a play for himself or other line mates. Jason skates hard and has good puck protection skills. He can fight in the corners but doesn’t seem to initiate the puck. Logged time on the power play and penalty kill and sticks to his proper positioning when needed.
Sault Ste. Marie
First live viewing of the NHL draft eligible forward and one word comes to mind, Tough. When watching him play, you wonder how long he will be able to last. Tolchinsky is a small forward in both height and weight. He got knocked around quite a bit, including a high stick under the visor. Sergei got up, and continued to play with the man advantage. He is fast and elusive skater, very high skilled, and great hand eye coordination as evident by a goal that was almost called back due to a high stick. When the puck is on his stick he shows a large amount of confidence. Without the puck he seems to be floating and waiting for the defence, to turn to the offence. It was noted that this is the most defensive game Tolchinsky has played as his first couple of games he would barely cross the blue line and play defence. One thing that impressed me is how good of a wrist shot Tolchinsky has for a smaller player.
One thing I haven’t seen a lot of out of Nurse is grit. He has moments down low, but this game was all grit. Nurse fought twice, there was some small slashes, big shoves infront of the net, some after whistle pushing. Darnell showed he can be a very good defenceman in the league, his skating is above average, hockey sense is top notch, great in front of his net and knows how to clear the puck or make a strong tape-to-tape pass. There isn’t much more that Nurse can add to his game, he just has to master the skills that he does have to become a better player.