The Season to this Point (Carpenters Edition)
Posted By: Aaron Sims
Before the risin' sun, we fly
So many roads to choose
We'll start out walkin' and learn to run
And yes, we've just begun
This may be the only blog I write with lyrics from a song by The Carpenters
leading the way, but it may be fitting. (You can learn more about The Carpenters at your local library.)
The Admirals 2010-2011 season has only just begun. Two games are in the books with at least 78 to play. Here are some random thoughts on what we’ve witnessed to this point:
- The power play looks good – Admirals assistant coach Ian Herbers told Mike Wojciechowski and me on Milwaukee Admirals Center Ice that the team has moved the puck very well and added a player like Linus Klasen can be very effective on the half-wall. He likes to handle the puck and can draw multiple defenders to him, which opens up one of his teammates for a scoring chance. Milwaukee has scored four power play goals in 14 chances.
- It’s also impressive the team has had seven power play chances in each of the first two games. That indicates the team has shown good speed in the first two games.
- The team looked good in both games. The energy, effort and speed were there. Chalk up the two-goal deficit opening night to a little bit of jitters. The three-goal deficit on Sunday at Peoria was due to a three minute lapse in the first period by the team and starting goalie Chet Pickard.
- Goalie Mark Dekanich has been sharp and earned his recent callup to Nashville. Dekanich would have been the guy to meet the Predators after Pekka Rinne’s minor injury by default, but he has been sharp in the five AHL periods he’s played this season.
- I like Grant Lewis on both ends of the ice. The former Chicago Wolves defenseman has been, in my opinion, strong in the defensive zone. I knew he would be good offensively but I’m a tiny bit surprised how solid he’s been defending the Admirals goal.
- I like the team’s toughness. There aren’t the big bodies of a Nolan Yonkman or Hugh Jessiman anymore, but the team does have fast guys that will hit. It’s almost like we have a team full of Antti Pihlstroms.
- The team will score by committee. Sometimes, that’s taken as a negative. That couldn’t be further from the truth. If several players are capable of 20 goals, of which I think Milwaukee boasts, that’s a great thing. If players are here for a full season, I think Nick Spaling, Klasen, Andreas Thuresson, Matt Halischuk, Kelsey Wilson, Chris Mueller, Blake Geoffrion and Ryan Thang could be in the neighborhood. Of course, all of these players need to keep focus on the defensive responsibilities, too.
It’s only been two games but my enthusiasm for the season hasn’t waned. What do you like/dislike from what you’ve seen/heard?
La la la la la
La la la la la la... (lyrics courtesy of The Carpenters)