Friday, February 1, 2013

Game Report: Edmonton 3 Swift Current 0

EDM C. Lazar (25) (D. Wruck, H. Samuelsson) 3:20
EDM C. Lazar (26) (M. St. Croix, D. Wruck) 14:39 (PP)

No Scoring

EDM D. Musil (6) (H. Samuelsson, E. Kulda) 7:34

Swift Current
Eetu Laurikainen 39/42

Laurent Brossoit 23/23

Swift Current
1. Adam Lowry C - Lowry was a handful for the Oil Kings defense tonight but he was also working alone a lot of the night as the Broncos offense was styfled. Lowry was using the bull rush of the edges to create offense. Ultimately, no one ended scoring for the Broncos, but Lowry did his part by getting the puck near the Oil Kings, singlehandedly most of the time. Lowry has emerged as the Broncos clear offensive leader and a player that has blossomed into an offensive star. A player that looks ready for the next step in the pros be it at center or on the wing.
2. Eetu Laurikainen G -  Laurikainen was a big reason why this game was even remotely close. The reason why the Broncos had a tough time generating offense was because they were busy defending a lot of the night, which forced Laurikainen to see a lot of shots early and often. Laurikainen is your prototypical European goaltender. Not quite as big as some but athletic and positionally sound. Doesn't seem to get rattled in the cage even if the volume of shots is high. He's a gamer.

1. Curtis Lazar C - Lazar has not been getting a lot of love from scouting publications as he widely revered for being a "faller". In my eyes, there is nothing wrong with Lazar's game. Lazar fits in the mold of being a versatile player that does a variety of things at a high level, be it on the penalty kill, powerplay, 5 on 5, protecting a lead, mounting a comeback, Lazar can play in all of these situations. Can also play center or the wing equally effectively at a high level. Not sure of Lazar will be a high scorer at the NHL level, but he will an outstanding complementary piece for whoever chooses him. His high hockey IQ is enchanced on the Oil Kings club.
2. Laurent Brossoit G - Brossoit played a fine game tonight. Wasn't busy at all in the first as the Oil Kings outshot the Broncos 16-3 in the first. The Oil Kings played a little prevent defense in the 2nd period which forced Brossoit to be a bit sharper. Held the net strong on a couple of Lowry's bull rushes. Brossoit has the benefit of playing behind a strong Oil Kings defense, but when he is on his game, he is as tough to beat in the WHL as anyone. When he is on his game, he is tough to beat in the lower half of the net.

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