Notes on a pre-season scrimmage. Vivement la saison régulière...
-Alex Galchenyuk and Alex Semin on the same line during the scrimmage. Lars Eller is on left wing.
-Nikita Scherbak with a nice individual effort and break on goal, stopped by Dustin Tokarski. He makes another save on Jérémy Grégoire.
-Pateryn and Tinordi on a same pairing. Pateryn sneaks a shot on net, Sven Andrighetto hits the post with the rebound.
-Brett Lernout moves very well, gets a couple shots on net, looking good.
He’s paired with Mark Barberio, gets another couple of shots on net, doing pretty well. Maybe Trevor knew what he was doing when he traded up to get him in the third round…
-Alex Semin beats Carey Price on a one-timer slapshot, from a feed by Alex Galchenyuk. 1-0 les Rouges.
-Zack Kassian misses on a penalty shot for les Blancs, tried to deke and go backhand on Dustin Tokarski.
-Mike McCarron at centre with Nikita Scherbak and Daniel Carr on the wings, pour les Blancs.
-End of first period. Rouges 1, Blancs 0.
They’re cleaning the ice and having the second of two periods.
-Start of the second, Zack Kassian beats Condon with a wrist shot.
-Dale Weise skating well on a partial breakaway, with Nathan Beaulieu closing in fast, that was some skating. Weissy hits the post on Zach Fucale.
Nathan had a wide open look at net, faked a big huge slapshot and passed to the left of the net, he may have been too generous.
-Les Blancs win 2-1 on penalty shots. Brian Flynn nets one, Daniel Carr and Mike McCarron miss. Alex Galchenyuk, Alex Semin and Lars Eller all stopped by Zach Fucale.
It's hard to make an impression based on such a snapshot of a brief practice scrimmage, but Brett Lernout jumped out at me as very mobile and self-assured, especially considering his skillset, his being projected as a tough defensive third-pairing d-man.
And I thought Nathan Beaulieu was near-dazzling on a few plays, but wondered if it was just because of the camera placement, until Renaud Lavoie concurred, that Nathan Beaulieu excelled and dominated when he was on the ice. So yeah, way to go Nathan, great moves. Hope all that confidence and mobility fuse into something close to his promise this season.