I’m thinking of implementing a new regular feature on this site where I recap my thoughts on a game from the previous day with a new perspective. For now, I’ll call it “The morning after,” until I think of something better. Here are some more thoughts on last night’s game:
- The Flyers have the potential to be an offensive juggernaut: James van Riemsdyk looked like a number two overall pick, Daniel Briere’s shot is lethal, Nikolai Zherdev and Jeff Carter could put up big numbers, and that doesn’t even account for Mike Richards, Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell, et al. This should be an entertaining season.
- Though I was impressed with his offensive game on the whole, Zherdev made some poor decisions both with and without the puck. No matter how deep our defense may be, they may have the additional challenge of overcoming the defensive deficiencies of both Zherdev and Briere. I was also a little disappointed with his shootout attempt. It’s not a big deal but I was hoping to see him show off some of his moves.
- Sergei Bobrovsky — does he have an awesome nickname yet? — made a couple of really pretty saves but he really didn’t have a heavy workload. I’m impressed with how quickly he’s adapting to the game in North America but it’s unlikely he’ll crack the roster.
- Ben Holmstrom did a great job and I get the sense that he’ll be a valuable addition to this organization. He played well on the PK and had a FO% of 63%. If last night’s game was an accurate sample of what he can do, there’s little doubt in my mind that he’ll earn a regular spot on the roster at some point. My premature guess is that they may groom him to replace the frequently injured Blair Betts, who will be a free agent after next season.
- Braydon Coburn played with the physical edge he needs to succeed. If this game was a sign of things to come, he should bounce back after two off years. Maybe he feels challenged by the addition of Andrej Meszaros.