It’s really tough to gauge anything from this game for a multitude of reasons, first and foremost, the coach hasn’t even worked on his system yet, and won’t start that for 2 more games (which I don’t get, but, what the hell do I know). Second, there were far more “Scrubs” on this team than regular. This wasn’t a squad packed with guys you’ll see this season, this was Henrik, Staal, MDZ, Moore, our top line, and a mishmash of 4th liners and numerous people who will likely never play in the NHL as a Ranger.
Guys like Powe, Mashinter, Hrivik, etc, and heck, even a guy like Kristo, really don’t figure into our plans this season. Dominic Moore, Boyle, sure, those guys can make a solid penalty killing 4th line. But Johnson? that guy isn’t making this team. Bickel? Yuck.
Way too many scrubs out there to make any sort of observation on this game. They lost 2-1, didnt generate a ton of offense, and looked awfully slow.
IE, more of the same.
But, you’d EXPECT that from a team that doesn’t have guys like Stepan, Callahan, Hagelin, Brassard, McDonagh, Pouliot, Girardi, Stralman, or kids like Lindberg and Fasth (who are closer than Kristo IMHO).
Anyways, let’s talk about some of the standouts.
On the negative side of things, I felt like Powe pretty much tried to play himself out of a spot. He…Looked…Terrible. I couldn’t think of a single good thing he did all night. He even looked slower than usual, and didn’t play a particularly sound defensive game.
Brian Boyle was meh. Not great, not terrible, just meh. As was Kreider and Nash.
On the plus side of things I felt like Asham played a great game, as did Ryan Bourque, but odds are neither of those guys will be with the Rangers this year. Our best forward and defenseman though, to me, was Brad Richards and John Moore. Moore looked like he was channeling his inner McDonagh, and Richards looked like a new man. He played a really strong game, and had our best chances and generated quite a few himself. Again though, there wasn’t much consistent offensive zone attack. It didn’t seem like any of the lines other than the Richards line could do much. Which, again, comes back down to the roster…most of these guys aren’t going to be NHLers, or impact players.
The opening night lineup won’t look anything like this, that’s for sure…even with Hagelin and Cally out.
OK, that’s all for now, gotta run!