Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Jesse Marshall here. You might know me from Faceoff Factor.
Derek, Adam & Co. were so kind as to give me the wheels to this tank, that way I can update you (the masses) on the happenings from training camp today. I'll warn you in advance, I'm not funny, and I don't use photoshops.
Regardless, here were the lines for today:
Miroslav Satan – Sidney Crosby – Pascal Dupuis
Ruslan Fedotenko – Max Talbot – Matt Cooke
Ryan Stone – Kris Beech – Eric Godard
Tim Wallace – Chris Minard – Dustin Jeffery
The extra line for team white’s offense that did not scrimmage but participated in morning drills was:
Nick Johnson – Keven Veilleux – Mark Letestu
Sergei Gonchar – Brooks Orpik
Alex Goligoski – Darryl Sydor
Danny Richmond – Ben Lovejoy
Jordan Staal – Evgeni Malkin – Petr Sykora
Janne Pesonen – Jeff Taffe – Tyler Kennedy
Connor James – Bill Thomas – Adam Henrich
Paul Bissonnette – David Gove – Johnathan Filewich
The extra line for team black that practiced but did not participate in drills was:
Joey Haddad – Casey Pierro-Zabotel – Luca Caputi
Rob Scuderi – Hal Gill
Mark Eaton – Kristopher Letang
Joey Mormina – Deryk Engellend
Satan is the real deal, bank on it. Crosby found him in the scrimmage today for the first time and it was a beautiful thing. Satan has that uncanny ability to find the soft spot on the ice, just as advertised. If today was any indication, we'll be seeing a lot of "#81 Buries It" photoshops this year.
The Letang/Eaton pairing is everything that good defense is about. Letang's skating is even sharper now than it was last year, and a healthy Mark Eaton is always going to provide you with a constant defensive presence.
If you don't know who Danny Richmond is, look it up. He absolutely blew me away today. Stunned. If you don't believe it, stop over and visit Ian from Hockey's Future today. He was just as stunned as I was. He actually says that Richmond "...seems a logical choice to make the big club this year."
Janne Pesonen, Mr. Golden Helmet himself. Did he blow me away? No. Was he decent? Absolutely. I think he was rather hesitant for the first part of the scrimmage and then got a little more involved as the day went on.
For all you ladies out there concerned with Max Talbots looks? Dude has short hair and is sporting no facial hairstyle whatsoever. It was unreal.
For the rest of my musings, as well as a rundown of the scoring, visit the Factor.
Thanks to Derek and Adam for letting me have the keys to this behemoth. She drives like a beauty.
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