Sunday, September 16, 2007

the 2nd annual DREAMCRUSHER award....

....officially goes to....

Kris Chucko.

sorry, man but you are a total waste of all the time and energy invested by the calgary flames organization. i realize that i was totally wrong last year about davey moss, with this baby flames award, but i can't honestly forsee your career turning out the same. you had only 9:00 minutes of icetime, all of which was spent skating far too slowly, passing far too sloppily and looking far too much like a lunkhead. three words for you ? NEVER. GONNA. HAPPEN.

in other post-game news:

-matt keetley got hung out to dry by the rest of his team, and still looked awful sharp. sure, he let in three goals but stopped 31 of 34, 5 of which were seriously decent panther opportunities (including a breakaway and a two-on-none). interestingly, keenan left him in for the full game [i'm wondering what's going on there, to be honest, cause mcelhinney was announced as the starter, but lalande dressed as the backup]. i figure with another year or two of confidence building, keetley will be a superstar. he's got a great glove hand and is quick like kipper... deservedly got the first star tonight...

-owen nolan looked sloppy and slow, but absolutely LEVELLED a guy with about 3 minutes left. i say put him on the ice with any of yelle, nilson & primeau in a grinder situation and he might be useful. on the second line he'll be a dud.

-lombardi is beyond game-ready. he played much of the night with tanguay, and i can't wait to see them both on a night when iggy dresses. 26 minutes, which is over 50% more than playfair was giving him last year. ie: keenan loves'im and is giving him the opportunity he should've gotten last year [y'know... when he was getting benched]...

-d.boyd looked average.

-aucoin looked fairly comfortable paired with phaneuf, even though he began the game (to my surprise) paired with regehr. it's early, but if he continues on this level, [31 minutes on the ice] i don't think we'll miss hamrlik much...

- ramholt played a decent game with our reggie.

- david hale surprised me by making a few good hits and maintaining better than average positionning.

- yelle wears the #7 well.

god, i can't wait for game #2. mostly to see what tomi mäki can do in a game setting...
:)

7 comments:

duncan said...

Yeah, thought that was going to happen. Could he be sharing the award with Nystrom?

leanne said...

Radio indicated there might be another injury in the goalie ranks (sigh). Agreed, Keetley had a fine night...

And I think Nystrom has learned to play more of a "character" role. He'll be a career third/fourth-liner/callup...

leanne said...

Ow. That'll do'er. From TSN:

"At the other end of the ice, Keetley stole the show turning in an inspired 31-save effort after unexpectedly being pressed into service when expected starter Curtis McElhinney took a shot in the groin late in the pre-game warm-up."

You didn't see it happen, WI?

walkinvisible said...

walked into the dome as the pregame skate was finishing, then read about the injiry later. this also explains why keetley played a full game...

nystrom looked fine. boring, average and fine. chucko looked absolutely lost out there...

MetroGnome said...

I agree with you about Chucko, but have to add that Ramholt was terrible last night. He looks to have the tools, but was so bloody nervous he handled the puck like a grenade and made some stunningly bad decisions.

He's clearly needs some more time in the minors. Doesn't look like there'll be a Giordano revelations coming from the prospect ranks this year.

walkinvisible said...

re: ramholt
sure he didn't shine, but having spent most of the night with regehr, i thought he did a'ight (for a kid). y'know... cause although he started strong, i didn't think reggie had the best night either...

therealdeal said...

Chucko looked like shit last preseason as well. He can't skate.