Curry Rage wrote:Damn. Hope they get that sorted.
Apparently Sandin is looking pretty good. He sounds a bit like Dermott: mobile, smart and able to do a lot of stuff well but not likely to blow you away with his top end offensive output. Fine by me. Those are the guys that hold your D together.
Also reading a lot of consternation about Timmeh not tearing up the AHL just yet. But, as I understand it, they’ve graduated him from the bottom pairing to the top pairing over the summer. He’s probably just trying to make sure he doesn’t show up in too many of the postgame teaching videos of them getting scored on. Important to remember that he’s a very offensively minded player who lost some development time in his draft year but who’s still only 19 and will be 19 for basically this whole season. He’s learning to defend the best players in the second best league in the world. As I recall, his production was pretty damned good last year when his age was factored in. I won’t be ringing any alarm bells until there’s no development apparent by mid-season.
People are complaining about Liljegren? He's scoring at a 50 pt pace while playing key defensive minutes.
Rosen is also a point per game, Keefe has high praise for him:
“I just find when you’re playing the bigger ice, a lot of times you’ll skate the puck to the outside and when you have the type of speed that (Rosen) does you can escape a lot of pressure,” Keefe explained. “When you do that on the smaller ice in North America, you run out of space real quick. As he learned to navigate the ice a bit better it opened up the game defensively for him in terms of distributing the puck to the forwards, in terms of using his speed in the right areas of the ice."
“And then, just in terms of how we want to defend, with his skillset and his speed it really lends itself to being a great defenceman for us with real tight gaps, making it hard on the opponent. He doesn’t have to rely on physicality and strength necessarily. He can utilize his speed to be on top of guys and that makes life a lot easier for him.”
This isn’t just a 2018-2019 development, though. Were his circumstances different — namely, if he were a right-handed shot or if his contract were one-way instead of two — Rosen may already have progressed to the NHL.
Keefe credits him for taking a second consecutive demotion in stride. Rosen was recruited by several NHL teams two summers ago. Promises were made of a real NHL opportunity in Toronto.
“It’s only his second year in North America and he’s obviously a very high-end skilled player with a great brain and a great skill set,” Overhardt said. “He’s certainly today’s NHL defenceman: he skates, he retrieves pucks, he moves pucks, he can really shoot a puck. He knows it’s just a matter of time. And with all due respect to the players who are on Toronto’s roster, a lot of them have been there for a while and they’ve earned the right to be there. With injuries or a possible roster move by management, he’ll get an opportunity."