October 16, 2010

Jeff Angus

2010-10-16

 

Angus here – got a question for you guys. One year points-only league. Only four moves all year. Too early to drop Simmonds for either J. Williams or Comeau?

 

San Jose has extended Joe Thornton. The terms: three years, $21 million.

 

Anaheim has assigned Luca Sbisa to the AHL. The move says a lot considering how weak their current defensive group is.

 

Anthony Stewart had a hat trick for the Thrashers last night. He had scored only four goals in his previous 108 NHL games.

 

Enstrom and Byfuglien saw the most PP time among Atlanta defensemen by far. Both finished the game with two helpers.

 

Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin recorded his first NHL point last night. He played on the second PP unit and looked pretty good. Definitely not out of place at the NHL level.

 

Justin Williams looks like a brand new player compared to last season in terms of speed and agility on the ice. He doesn’t even turn 29 until the end of the month – lots of time left to regain his 30+ goal form. Injuries will always be a concern, though.

 

Clarke MacArthur scored in his fourth consecutive game (the first player in Leaf history to accomplish the feat in his first four games with the team).

 

And if you haven't heard already, the Leafs are 4-0.

 

The Sabres have looked AWFUL so far this season. It starts with Tim Connolly – he may be healthy, but he isn't playing like it. He was benched in the third period.

 

Tyler Ennis hasn't looked very good either. He seems to be trying to do too much with the puck, and at his size he either needs to be quicker or move the puck quicker.

 

Timely Taormina column two days ago – a goal and an assist last night. He played close to 25 minutes including 5:46 on the PP.

 

Andy Greene played 20 minutes for the Devils, but only three seconds on the PP. It is Taormina time in New Jersey, at least for now. Any team with Kovalchuk on one of the points only really needs one offensive defenseman on the first unit.

 

Jacob Josefson made his NHL debut last night – he finished with one shot on goal in 15 minutes of ice time last night

 

Marian Gaborik will be out for a few weeks after being crushed by Colby Armstrong. Separated shoulder.

 

Chris Drury broke his finger (left index, the same one he has broken before) and is out six weeks.

 

Vinny Prospal is out indefinitely (possibly the season) with a knee injury.

 

Lots of ice time up for grabs in New York. Will be interesting to see how the lines shake out.

 

PK Subban recorded his first point of the season last night. He misses Markov a lot – not just as a defensive partner, but he is having a tough time playing with (covering for) Jaroslav Spacek.

 

Patrick Sharp had a career high 13 shots on goal last night.

 

The Jackets must have been jet lagged for their game last night. Nash was minus-3, Voracek minus-2, Vermette minus-3, Filatov miunus-2, and so on.

 

Marian Hossa is off to a very strong start – four goals and seven points through five games. I'm not sure if he will see the kind of offensive minutes required to hit the 100 point mark in Chicago this season, but I'd be looking for at least 85 from him.

 

Blake Comeau continues his strong play with two more points.

 

Comeau and Josh Bailey combined for 12 power play minutes.

 

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