The Jackets have played two of three round robin games to this point, going 1-1. The first game was a 4-3 shootout win for the Jackets, and game two was a 5-4 loss to the Stars. Here's the scoring for the first two games:
Blair Yaworski (Unassisted)
Devin Didiomete (Unassisted)
Matt Calvert (Unassisted)
Brandon Mashinter dropped the gloves.
Shootout- Goals by Voracek and Calvert, misses by Hughes and Mayorov.
Goaltender- Dan LaCosta (W)
Matt Calvert (John Hughes)
Brandon Mashinter (Maksim Mayorov)
Brian McGuirk (SH) (John Hughes, Jakub Voracek)
John Hughes (PP) (Voracek)
Devin Didiomete dropped the gloves.
Goaltender- Sebastien Dahm (L)
In terms of the first game, I can only make comments based on what I have heard and read, because I wasn't able to see the game myself. Yaworski is making an impact, and Calvert is proving CBJ scouts right with their selection of him this past June. Devin Didiomete is making it happen with both offense and knuckle-chucking. Voracek is an almost sure thing in the shootout, the four skaters that the CBJ put out there are all extremely talented offensively. Three of the four are draft picks of the CBJ, with Hughes looking to earn a contract with the Jackets.
Game 2- NHL Network has done a terrific job of airing some of the Traverse City games on tape delay, and I was able to watch this game last night. Here's some notes:
- Calvert's goal in the opening seconds of the game was a beauty, the puck was slap-passed to him right through the slot, he gained control and deked the goalie in the blue paint. Backhander.
- Didiomete, who had a goal in game one, got into an early scrap. With one swing, he ended the fight with the Dallas prospect, but was given a game misconduct on a weak elbow-pad-related call.
- Mayorov is an amazing skater, very shifty and FAST.
- With the exception of Voracek, Hughes has the best offensive instincts on the team.
- McGuirk's goal- a gorgeous tic-tac-toe play started by Voracek, via Hughes.
- Late addition to the roster- Ryan Garlock, replaced Stefan Legein (even wearing his number)- great on faceoffs. He played on the Johnstown Chiefs last season, the CBJ's new ECHL affiliate.
- Steve Delisle- '08 3rd rounder- getting PP and PK icetime, needs to fill out. Very lanky.
- Voracek and Hughes- PP, PK, Line 1 5o5
- Mayorov is a great passer, can put the puck where he wants to at full speed.
- Yaworski is solid in the area around the net, always moving his feet, looking for the garbage goal. Great bulldog attitude.
- Dahm- needs to work on rebound control, other than that he played solid, the team in front of him made it hard because they were shorthanded so often.
- Voracek- played the point on the PP a little bit, as he did with the Mooseheads.
- Felde- undisciplined, his stick is more of a liability than an asset. Got away with some sure calls.
- Calvert- very shifty, tenacious forechecker on the PK to go along with his high-end offensive skill.
- JHM patch looks great on the jerseys, a great tribute but at the same time doesn't take away from the style of the jersey.
- Mayorov- great drive to the net in the second period. Fearless move, great puck protection. Couldn't bury it though, but the effort is A1.
- Brian McGuirk leads the team in shots after two games with 7.
- Andrey Plekhanov has yet to dress, injured maybe?
There wasn't much 5o5 action this game, so finding line combos was a bit tough. The theme throughout the forwards was pairings, with occasional rotation of the third forward on the line. The top four defenders generally were kept together.
Through two games:
Didiomete - Hughes - Voracek
Calvert - Yaworski - Mayorov
McGuirk - Garlock - Mashinter
Dansereau - Prokop - Felde
(Merret and Roussel have alternated as the healthy scratch so far)
Clitsome - Regner
Holden - Delisle
Kroll - Russo
(Page and Amyot have alternated as the dressed 7th blueliner so far)
Lacosta (Game one)
Dahm (Game two)
Mior (Game three)