3 or 4 of the guys needs to start producing. Ward, Weiss, and Sullivan seem oddly out of the action (though Weiss has handled the puck a bunch), Brushett continues to be a non-event. Overall, the efforts and skills appear improved and there is a lot to like, just missing something.
Weiss feels like a playmaker, more than the high-end scorer we thought we were getting. Brushett is likely the same.
Ward's lack of scoring concerns me a point. But when you get nine goalscorers against Western, and he isn't one... that says a lot about depth of scoring. You might not need Ward to stand out. Though, I wonder if teams are locking down on Ward, right now -- until someone else proves they can take over a game.
As for Sullivan. I don't think he was ever going to be points guy. He's a lock-down center. The guy you want on the ice for all the important faceoffs, and a guy you want on the ice defending a late lead.
I guess maybe with the overall improvement they might not stand out like they did. It is possible, and I was very happy with even the UMD & SCSU efforts. Mistakes yes, even a bit gassed with the pace, but their game is much improved...
My only real knock on Gabinet-coached teams is that we seem to lack energy late in games. Blais made a point to have well-conditioned teams.
I wonder if Gabby doesn't pace them enough -- we do seem to be very high energy early on -- and we just wear out.
But if we're gonna get 10-15 goals from Sundberg and Miller... You likely don't need 20 from Ward and Conley.
I'm going to be interested to see if Ward gets going here. He has been pretty quiet so far.
What's more interesting is the fact that the newcomers are looking really strong. We didn't have a lot of statistical giants coming in this year, but players like Miller, Bremer, and Glynn look good.
(We haven't seen guys that I'm excited to see play like Kaden Bohlsen yet...)
I'm wondering if the coaching staff will shake up the lines more as we go along (something they haven't typically done) and if we see either of the other two netminders between the pipes.
I'm guessing no changes (or minimal changes) for tonight.
Roden definitely gets a start this weekend... along larger lineup changes.
I'm expecting Saville to start tonight, though Roden had better numbers against CC -- I think. That decision could go either way.