Hard to find negatives in a 4-0 win.
Eyeball test sees Schmaltz appearing to lose every single board battle he is in... still. Which is no change from last season. He just doesn't seem NHL ready in terms of being able to win the puck from an opponent in his own end, which is a critical skill for an NHL defenseman. If he can't win pucks from what were mostly B-forwards on an opposing team, Schmaltz will play himself back to the AHL.
Walman looked really good five-on-five, but hesitant moving the puck from his own end when on the power play.
Power play in terms of positioning never really did anything other than the umbrella, although the 4th one did start to set up the corner to the front play, but turned the puck over. So it's there, they just couldn't get it set up.
That's all I can really think of, in terms of negatives.
The last power play with the quick transition/quick up from Thompson that led to the perfectly executed 3-on-2 was nice!
This was essentially a Blues B-team with most of the guys playing for roster spots.
For being a B-team, the Blues positioning defensively and quick transitions were outstanding. Found myself laughing at the Caps announcers being fascinated by the Blues ability to deny chances while at the same time generating offense off of transition. And this was without Pietrangelo, Bouwmeester, Parayko, Edmundson, or Gunnarson.
Jordan Kyrou looks way bigger, in terms of height, than he did in the WJC summer showcase, which seems crazy.
Husso was outstanding!
Dunn looked good.
Robert Thomas fit in, in spite of being undersized compared to the guys he was playing against.
Basically, all the young players looked really good in this game, except Schmaltz.
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