Friday, September 19, 2008
Jesse Marshall from Faceoff Factor here, let's close out the training camp reports for the year.
Lines for today:
Miroslav Satan – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Ruslan Fedotenko – Max Talbot – Matt Cooke
Eric Godard – Kris Beech – Luca Caputi
Ryan Stone – Mark Letestu – Tim Wallace
Sergei Gonchar – Brooks Orpik
Darryl Sydor – Alex Goligoski
Ben Lovejoy – Danny Richmond
Jordan Staal – Evgeni Malkin – Petr Sykora
Janne Pesonen – Jeff Taffe – Tyler Kennedy
Adam Henrich – Bill Thomas – Connor James
Paul Bissonnette – Dustin Jeffrey – Johnathan Filewich
Hal Gill – Jonathan D’Aversa
Mark Eaton – Kristopher Letang
TJ Kemp – Deryk Engellend
Team Black finally won a scrimmage, 5-4 in a shootout. For the full scrimmage rundown, head over to the Factor.
I said this at the start of camp, and it bears repeating today. Miroslav Satan is the real deal. Here's a perfect example of why I think he's the winger best suited for Sidney Crosby: the play shifts to the far corner. Crosby grabs the puck and everyone turns toward him. While Crosby is making his move, right behind the defense comes Miroslav Satan. He stops at the far post, and leans forward, Crosby glances, then fires the puck at him, and he taps the biscuit home and skates away. The defense sits there looking completely stunned.
But let's forget about his offensive capability for a second. If you were at camp today, you saw that he's completely apt in the defensive zone and backchecks pretty well too. In a few months, methinks we won't be caring what Mr. Hossa is doing up at the crime capital of the U.S.
Think about this, c-blog: our star centers now each have a proven sniper to finish those ridiculous passes they can make. Sykora/Satan in 08'.
Don't judge Pascal Dupuis yet, either. He does quite a bit on that first line that a lot of other guys wouldn't. It's his speed and his boardwork that could be the catalyst that allows Sid to get the puck where he needs to.
Today in practice, Mark Eaton's stick broke. It was refreshing seeing his equipment break and not one of his bones.
Do yourselves a favor and peep a WB/S game on internet TV this year. The group of defensemen they have heading back there are pretty talented. It'll be a fun year to follow the Baby Penguins.
For more, head over to my recap on the Factor.
Thanks again to Adam and Derek for letting me have the keys to this baby. We'll see you guys in c-blog next year. Enjoy, and go Pens!
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