Decent start for Hanzal but I'm still not convinced
Solid performance from Martin Hanzal last night as he had two goals, plus-1, four PIMs & five shots. Those were his first two goals of the season but he now has 2+3=5 in his first seven games... so not bad for a guy that is trying to turn me into a believer. He played 19 minutes lining up with Vrbata & Boedker but saw just 0:31 on the PP.
We were warning anyone that would listen off of Lauri Korpikoski this year as his 19 goals on 103 shots last year was extremely unsustainable. He's started pretty slow this year with just 2+1=3 in his first seven games but he does seem to be shooting the puck more with 18 shots so far. Still not a guy I want to rely on.
Jonas Hiller was pulled in the 2nd period last night after allowing five goals on 19 shots. His play has been a little spotty this year as he's had three good outings and three weak ones but I wouldn't be too concerned as he's quality and will get himself sorted out... unless this is due to him not feeling well, then I'd be very concerned but we haven't heard anything like that yet.
Bobby Ryan with a really slow start this season as he only has points in one of his seven games so far and just two shots in his last three games. I had high hopes for Ryan this year, thought he was ready to take another step forward in what is his fourth full season but something is off about his game right now.
Brandon McMillan is getting a chance to fill in for the injured Jason Blake on the 2nd line with Koivu and Selanne. He saw 19:45 of ice last night but is sitting with just 2A on the season and he won't be in that spot long if he's not producing.
The top scoring dman from last season, Lubomir Visnovsky, has 1+3=4 in his last three games after starting the year with no points in his first four.
Minor trade yesterday as the Habs sent Brock Trotter to the Coyotes for spare parts. Trotter has some offensive ability (2+5=7 in five AHL games so far this year) but the Habs may have been reluctant to add another vertically challenged player to their lineup (he's listed at 5'9"). We'll see if Phoenix has NHL or AHL plans for him but keep the name in mind if he gets called up.
The Jets sent Mark Scheifele back to Barrie after just one goal in a seven game NHL audition. Smart move as the kid will benefit from another year of development. Puck Daddy with a quick rundown of the Jr. eligible guys that are approaching D-day.