Thursday, September 22, 2005

Have the Kids Arrived?

photo: carolina hurricanes
Hustle Paying off
Darkhorse Chad Larose Tallies 2 Pts vs. the 'Ning

Youth Movement
Ok, it's still early, but some of the kids continue to impress. While the vets continue to nurse groin pulls, the under-30 crowd is racking up points and winning games. JR has bet heavily this year on the emergence of his young guys, and it's paying off thus far in preseason. If I'm Vrbata, Brendl, Hedican, Ward, St. Jacques, or Wallin, I'd looking over my shoulder right about now. Andrew Hutchinson is playing like he's the second coming of Dick Tarnstrom. Young Danny Richmond stepped it up tonight as well. If Mike Commodore becomes the the key crease and dasher enforcer, it might make things interesting for a few vets.

Big Joe (2 goals 1 assist tonight) is living up to his god-given power forward physical gifts. He's cutting to the net with power and just about owning the crease. The last goal of tonight's tilt featured a breakaway chance by Eric Cole (4 assists tonight) finished by the Condor. Justin Williams and Mike Zigomanis are also showing real killer instinct. Hustling Chad Larose (goal, assist) finally got a got his first preseason goal on a penalty shot. Danny Richmond even had two points tonight.

Filling the Void in Preseason Game Media and Stats Coverage
Hat's off to the Tampa Bay Lightning web team. I've never seen such detailed in-game and post-game stat summaries before. Check out all you can get from tonight's preseason game from their site. The 'Canes site, with it's circa 1995 html marquee scroll, pales in comparison. I do however like the pix and the goal videos the 'Canes web crew posts after the games. You get the gist from the videos, but they come through on my connection pretty grainy and jumpy.

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