Was busy this weekend plus my internet was down, but here are a few notes from this weekends exhibition game.
The Tigers simply played like a team full of players still looking to grab a roster spot. Lethbridge Came out and played more physical early in the second but they couldnt withold a Tigers Surge.
2 players Jared Wilson and Kyle Becker were not listed on the Tigers Gameday roster sheet, everyone else including the gameday scratches were listed. Haven't heard anything news wise about them being released, but it may be the case?
EDIT Kyle Becker is injured.
Notes On New Players
Ty Stanton(16) - Very smart, and very quick. As a 16 year old he has lots or room to fill out his frame but this Dman could be a stud for the Tigers down the road. He looked very good
Tyler Lewington(17) - Reminded me of Former Tiger Thomas Carr - Very steady work ethic, made all the right plays. Lewington and Stanton played the majority of the game together, and they looked very poised and confident all night.
Spenser Jenson - Big body but looks like he hasn't 100% adjusted to the whl speed, which may not be a great thing when it comes to regular season play. He could possibly be an odd man out.
Rhys Dieno - Reminds me of Bretton Cameron, but with quicker acceleration. Finishes his checks, works hard, and also displays some skill.
Adam Rehak - 4 goals. This kid loves to shoot. He was on a 3 on 1 and shot the puck from the high slot(of course he scored). Has an aggressive nose for the net, and tried to go after a hurricane player after he knocked over his linemate in the corner, has a fiestyness to him.
Riley Sheen - displayed a couple nice offensive moves. Has nice hands in tight however while he wasnt bad defensively he wasn't winning some of the puck battles that the other players were winning in his own end.
Trevor Cox(16)- Small speedy but with the forwards left he could be an odd man out.
Jonathen Gaudet - He got into a fight early on was behind the paly but the opposing player got an instigator. Gaudet pounded on him. Gaudet, Grbavac, Kessy - could be the most feared(intimidation wise) line in the league if they happened to play together. Although it might be better to spread their toughness out.
Ryan Aasman - Got into a fight after he was tangled with a Hurricane player who was looking to go all night. The Tigers have two rookies who have looked pretty good. If the Tigers want him to stay they will likely either have to cut a young rookie in lewington/stanton or trade someone like Mackay.
Overall a very good showing by the rookies. By my account they have roughly 1 goalie, 4 defenseman, and 4-5 forwards to cut. Although they might not get down to the numbers for a while.
Goaltenders - Both played half the game. MaCauley let in one goal. As it stands the goaltending battle is still very close, with Bunz a key prospect in the Oilers system one of these two might be the starter for the Home opener in two weeks. Right Now its too tough to call.