Training camp evaluations almost in

Posted: 10/03/2011 by bc in Uncategorized
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In the past year Randy Carlyle, the guy who’s ideas were so deeply engraved in stone that his notions and muses had become fossilized, has certainly shown some ability to adapt and change. Most of the changes have come in the person of assistant coach Mike Foligno, but who cares. RC is showing what many thought impossible, Elmer has some ability to adapt and change.

This training camp marked a huge shift in coaching with invites going to just 47 players. In previous years our Ducks have looked at as many as 65-70 guys out there. This season Coach talked about inviting only those players they felt had a shot at making the opening game roster. The roster is currently down to 26 players but it’s a banged up group. Espcially along the blue line. Matt Smaby is out indefinitely. Toni Lydman and Kurtis Foster are either day-to-day or week to week depending on the source. Sheldon Brookbank and Nate Guenin are the beneficiaries of the injury bug. Look for both to move back down the depth chart when Lydman and Foster are cleared to play.

Up front, RPG (Really Pretty Goals) remain intact, the Masterton Line has been reunited since the team arrived in Finland. The top nine is rounded out by Andrew Cogliano between Gordo on his left and DSP on the right. The 4th line, currently featuring rookie Maxime Macenauer with Brandon McMillan and George Parros is a bangers & mash line.

The Press Box contingent include Matt Belesky, Brian McGratton and Jeff Deslauriers.

One impact of bringing fewer players to camp is that those who were here got more attention, more coaching. We may not see the impact of this until mid-season or later when players like Peter Holland and Patrick Maroon get called up.

The team is very close to determining the final opening game roster.

Notes: Jake Gardiner, sent to Toronto along with Joffrey Lupul for Francois Beauchemin last season, has made the Leafs opening game roster. “Jake’s been excellent up to this point,” Coach Ron Wilson said. “He’s earned a spot on the team. Simple.”

  1. czhokej says:

    There were some coaching changes for the better, but my pessimism did not disappear. I would like to see the game plan tailored for each line, for each player, for each opponent. Less peripheral play, more aggressive net-front presence, better more physical fore-checking. Koivu is the only player, who can fore-check well, but he is not a physical type. Moreover, the seniors are getting old, the youngsters need more time to develop, the third and fourth lines will need some chemistry, which takes time. 4th line is not that promising, we need a good checking line, to put against the best. I have some doubts about Macenauer. And our pride, the first line, seems to be out of shape. As we know RC, he will be constantly making changes of the line up, which could be another problem. Enough of my negativity. I hope that Cogliano’s line will start scoring soon.

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