Saturday, September 20, 2014

Tigers Win Home Opener 5-1

While Lethbridge may not be the best test of your new players, I think playing them for the first two games is a nice transition from exhibition to regular season.

I was highly impressed by the talent level of all of the first year players. Not a single first year player looked out of place.

 I think every player on the team is a whl calibre player, and its going to be extremely tough to make decisions to send a couple of them down.

David Quenneville - Very mobile, and a great first pass. He belongs up here as a 16 yr old.
Mason Shaw - A Very smart sparkplug in your face type player with some talented hands.
Brad Forrest - Calm and poised, his skating style reminds me of Russell. He has a ton of potential
Matthew Bradley - Can just tell this guy is going to be a future star. He was the best Tiger on the ice.
Ty Schultz - I remember watching him a bunch on the ice, but its hard to put thoughts into words here. He played a solid game, not as flashy, but didn't make many mistakes.

Nick Schneider - Perhaps a bit of nerves on the first goal, but he was very positionally sound overall on the first shot. He didn't let a bad goal in, and gave the Tigers the chance to win.

I really can't believe the depth the Tigers have on the back-end. When all the defenseman return they are going to be cutting very good young players who are more than whl capable. This Defence is going to be great for at least the next 3 years.

Big Hit
Chad Butcher had a nice little toe drag past Tyler Wong, Wong however clipped him up high in the chin and Butcher went down and looked a little woozy. It was the 5'8 165 lb sparkplug Mason Shaw who immediately went to his aid and was smart in not taking a penalty but going up to Wong and getting in his face for the hit.

Wong received a 5 minute major and game misconduct, and is likely to get a 1 game suspension. The Tigers didn't score on the man-advantage.

Pre-Season Predictions
I had a big post written up, and then I went and read
He pretty much took the words about my predictions from the Tigers out of my mouth, and his thoughts about the Other teams seem spot on.

Give his blog a read if you haven't, his thoughts about how the various teams will do is an excellent read.

NHL Camps
Marek Langhamer - Arizona
Miles Koules - Washington
Tyler Lewington - Washington
Tommy Vannelli - St. Louis
Ty Stanton - Detroit

Most main camps opened up this weekend. A lot of teams have exhibition games coming up soon. I think a lot of teams will make first cuts after this weekend.


Anonymous said...

Great win tigers!! Did the old arena proud with her last home opener!!!

Anonymous said...

Owre should take some faceoff lessons from Shaw.Shaw won them all owre nota

Anonymous said...

I think Rroary is still a little shy this year. Nice job by the game host though.

TigerTurf said...

Tyler Lewington is playing in an NHL Pre-season game tonight.

Game is televised on the NHL network, or CSN

TigerTurf said...

Lewington played 18 minutes, 5 hits, 2 shots, 1 blocked shot.

TigerTurf said...

....and is getting rave reviews for his play.

TigerTurf said...

Tommy Vannelli is also playing tonight for the Blues.

longtimefan said...

Tommy Vanelli, 2 assists and 4 penalty minutes.

TigerTurf said...

Ty Stanton has been sent back to the Tigers.

TigerTurf said...

Langhamer survived first set of cuts in Arizona sunday.
Washington cuts are likely coming tonight/tomorrow morning as they cut their roster from 3 teams to 2.

Anonymous said...

With 3 & 4 coming back and hoping Lewington comes back I would think the cuts will get interesting, personally I think Becker is a given to not be on the team but I'd look at trading staples for a pick and turning the pick into a big forward then cut one of the young 3 go with something
Lewington Vanielle
Stanton Hobbs
Allan Forest/Quenvielle