Sunday, September 27, 2009
How can you not be impressed with Wayne Simmonds? This guy really looks to have been a fantastic pick. Taken with the last pick in the 2nd rd of the 2007 draft(61st overall selection), Simmonds is actually the 5th highest scorer of all players in that draft. But what impresses me more is the fact that Simmonds is really not only hard nosed but rarely loses a fight.
Looking at his fight card as a pro-he only has a handful of loses with none being of the real ass kicked type of loss. The fights he has lost has been to Travis Moen and a debatable loss on points to Mike Brown. Certainly no shame in losing to Travis Moen by any stretch.
Amazing to think that Simmonds has actually scored more the Kyle Turris, though its still early in both of their careers.
Anyhow, here is a breakdown of Simmonds fights as some food for thought with a couple of clips. If Simmonds can be a 20+goal guy who scraps and is solid defensively its hard to think that Simmonds may very well turn out to be one of the best 5-10 players in the 2007 draft.
2007 Draft Stats
Wayne Simmonds Fight Card
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Some thoughts and opinions on the first Kings-Yotes Preseason Game held at Staples Sept 15th.
Kopitar/Williams/Smythe- Hands down the elite players of the game which is kind of a no brainer. At times watching them move the puck was kind of like playing NHL2009 using the Eastern All Stars against the Italian National Team. Williams, provided he stays healthy, is going to be a great fit with Kopitar. He has speed and 95% of the time makes the correct play/pass/dump in etc etc. Smythe is slow-but his game is that of bull rushing the puck strong to the net not blowing by defenders so its a non factor IMO.
JJ- between him and Doughty the Kings really do have two of the elite young Dmen in the game. His rush up center ice Shorthanded was arguably one of the best plays I have ever witnessed from a Dman preseason game albeit.
Hickey-This was the first time I have ever watched him a true real game if Im not mistaken and everything said about him is true. He is a great skater, with great poise, never looks rattled and has amazing composure for a rookie Dman. There was a move he made coming back on day where he made a pivot from skating front to back and made an swooping arc to find himself in perfect position to play the attack. Im not sure Hickey will ever be a true top 4-but with PP time and select situations should be able to regularly put up 20-30 pts a season. Consider him a Mike Weaver with top notch skills.
Moller-he was invisible in the first 2 periods but along with Purcell came to life in the 3rd. After the first preseason game neither here nor there though.
Lotkionov- I am sure he is a stud but I really didn't see anything tonight. Not saying he sucks or a bust yada yada yada but to me he looked like your prototypical young prospect adapting to the pro game and looking a bit lost....which is to be completely expected at this point.
Schenn-Some of the same points as Lotkionov here but, did notice he is a very strong skater. He made some backward stop and go moves that kept right up with the point man he was covering. I can totally see the solid 2 way player/character/leader scouting reports about him. Having him develop into a young Rob Brindamour type certainly wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.
Westgarth-Held his own with the monster who is Mitch Fritz. Fritz got the better hold and pretty much was able to keep out of Range of Westgarths punches. Decision Fritz-but not an ass beating by any stretch.
Teubert- Simply not ready. He pulled the same play tonight he pulled in the rookie game taking a stupid double minor for little reason. He needs to work on his positional play, pick his spots physically, and play with more discipline. You can expect that type of play out of Rich Clune but given expectations and being a high draft pick seeing tons of ice time in the AHL or ECHL is the best thing for him.
Bernier-Not Horrible, Not Fantastic. Looked pretty much like an above average goalie IMO but certainly not in the class that Quick played last season. Be interesting to see what happens as the preseason game progress to see his level of play.
As for the Coyotes-They may very well finish in the bottom 5 but look to be a pretty tough team. Lots of size and pretty adept at the rough game.
All in all pretty much what you would expect for the first preseason game.