GrandpaCanuck Posted October 2, 2015 Share Posted October 2, 2015 JB had an interview today on tsn1040. (I dont have the link) He explained the management team would be watching the game tonight and then tomorrow spending most of the day reviewing camp to date with the hope of making some hard decisions. He stressed throughout the interview his priority for players was that they play sound defensively at all times before they even would look at what else they brought to the table. Once the player proved defensive responsibility they would look at if that player was delivering what their skillset dictated. Seeing as camp is that point now, they have to be serious about removing 3 to 5 players tomorrow night (they don't have to as anyone going to Utica is in limbo until they return from france, but if your not keeping them there's no point in taking up space in camp.) So this post isn't about starting lineups, it isn't about no trade clauses, or waivers or where people get sent or traded. Who are the bottom 4 players in camp to date. USING WHAT BENNING SAID. Who has been the least reliable defensively, and if its a tie, who is bringing the least to the table after defense. (Higgins is hurt, he stays out of it) 3 forwards and a defenseman. for myself I would have said bartkowski before this game, but seeing him pick it up a notch or two, I thinks its corrado. weber gets outmuscled here and there, but he has consistently reliable body position, and sbisa has played pretty damn well. forwards are a bigger mess. Virtanen is making a lot of junior plays and is looking very young (and undisciplined), but hes smart enough to easily clean those gaffs up as he transitions to the nhl game. Plus he hasn't been out of place in our zone, and when in trouble he is capable of outmuscling them. I like Vey, he is playing smart hockey, but he is playing small. He may have put on weight but he is getting outmuscled and pushed around even if he has position. When given offensive chances has not been able to pull the trigger. Cracknell is smart, he is big, he works his ass off going into the play and even returning to the bench he hustles. I think he is a half step behind regular season pace. Hansen I see speed. lots of speed. lots of energy, lots of determination, lots of effort. his defensive game is there, but he has not shown enough after that (last reg season and preseason) to guarantee himself a spot . Kenins. is he better then prust or dorset? 3 players, 2 jobs. I worry for kenins. maybe third job if he has outplayed Hansen? maybe. we will find out in the next few days. McCann and Guance have shown strength and smarts and skill enough to get the last game I think. so bottom four players. corrado kenins vey cracknell Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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