Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Wednesday Roundup

USA Today has an article on Michael Nylander's return to D.C., Tarik takes a look at Ben Clymer's "weird situation," Corey profiles Mike Green as he tries to make the team, Vogs chats with and about Brooks Laich (and colorfully describes Matt Pettinger's work ethic), the Sens will be skating most of their veterans against the Caps tomorrow night, and AO drops by a couple of schools - traditional and otherwise.

10 comments:

Tyler said...

I've never been a fan of the Laich-Princess offensive-development comparison. Princess has much more speed and I think he's a better puck-handler. Laich is better defensively.

JP said...

If Laich ever has a 20-goal season (which I tend to doubt), he'll have gotten them the hard way (a la Konowalchuk), whereas Petty can score the pretty goal and has the speed to open some things up.

That said, Laich's can-opener penalty shot move is a thing of beauty.

Mike S said...

so much caps news...i dont know what to do with myself...I went down to camp again yesterday...got to meet johnny for the first time...Kozlov walked by me and he is the biggest SOB I have ever seen in my life...with the black eye right now he's looking pretty fierce....

JP said...

Kozlov is definitely a big dude, but until you've seen Jurcina in a t-shirt (or shirtless)... I mean, uh... see that Bears game last week? Helluva game, helluva game...

Anonymous said...

i was thinking the same thing on monday jp, when i was at practice and all three czechs walked past dressed in standard euro gear of designer jeans and tshirts that are way too tight. jurcina is a monster, while klepis seems a little "gangsta", as ovy put it

Tyler said...

Meanwhile, over at Tarik's, Princess is bragging about having warning-track power.

(Related story: Anyone heard Olie call 18 "Princess" yet this year?)

mike s said...

yea i can imagine hes huge and scary.....JP are you at all concerned that Ovy wont be paired with nylander? I understand that he might click with backstrom and semin, and backstrom on the wing might be good for his development but kozlov centering ovy? i mean is that even an upgrade from zubrus? it gets me worried since he doesnt seem to win that many faceoffs

JP said...

I'm not worried about AO and Nylander ending up on different lines. For one, if Nylander and Semin have good chemistry, the Caps will potentially have two devastating lines to try to contend with, which will open things up for AO.

If, on the other hand, AO and Nyles are together and Kozlov can't work with Semin and Backstrom (or whoever ends up on the 2nd line RW) struggles, there's really only one line for opposing teams to worry about, which means best checkers, defensemen, etc. every time out for Ovie.

Finally, they'll be together on the powerplay where hopefully they'll be doing a bulk of their damage.

I think Kozlov is an upgrade over Zubie (in the offensive zone), and if he has some chemistry with Alex, why not ride that for a bit?

mike s said...

yea very true...if that second line is clicking (like tarik and others say it is) we know taht pretty much ovy and anyone works well for ovy so that means two sick lines....very true

jmf said...

nice planes, trains reference, JP.

How does a "true #1 center" take being on the 2nd line, though, to follow up Mike's question?

I think Nylander is such a professional that it won't matter - either way we are going to have 2 dangerous lines and a pretty good 3rd line that can shut down and also score. Things are looking up, I just hope it isn't all hype.