[EHM 2018-10-04] Exhibition Nine-Ten

Exhibition Nine Devils 4 @ Habs 7

    Hischier(10)-Domi(10)-Dadanov(10)
    Byron(8)-Rychel(9)-Jokinen(7)
    Thornton(8)-Dawes(8)-Reaves(6)
    Koivu(6)-Ritchie(8)-Tatar(8)
    Valiev(10)-Weber(7)
    Alzner(7)-Green(8)
    Ouellet(6)-Honka(6)
    Zenko(6)
    Price(-)

Green just edged out Weber for the most ice-time for defense and Rychel took it for offense. Ouellett, Ritchie and Tatar had the least.

The top line really seemed to click which may change Gallagher's position. Thornton and Dawes continue to gel as did Ritchie and Tatar. Koivu continues to struggle on the team. Ouellet seems destined for the farm. Valiev had his best game so far!

Team stats were pretty even other than goals and a complete reliance of Montreal on Zenko who had no one blocking shots.

Media: Price rated top goalie, Weber rated 4th best defenseman, Goldobin rated 5th top prospect.

Exhibition Ten Bolts 3 @ Habs 9

    Hischier(9)-Domi(10)-Dadanov(10)
    Byron(7)-Rychel(9)-Gallagher(8)
    Thornton(10)-Dawes(10)-Deslauriers(8)
    Koivu(6)-Tatar(7)-Lehkonen(7)
    Valiev(9)-Weber(8)
    Alzner(8)-Green(10)
    Sergachev(9)-Honka(9)
    Zenko(6)
    Price(-)
    IR-Shipachyov
    HS-Ouellet-Ritchie-Reaves (Baun-Jokinen - try-outs)

Domi and Dadanov as well as Thornton and Dawes had solid chemistry this game. We only had one minor penalty as well. Weber and Thornton had the most ice time for Defense-Forward respectively. Sergachev's reduced ice-time seemed to help him.

This defense lineup all played well. The forwards too except Koivu's line which continues to suffer. Deslauriers also did very little.

It's a conundrum with Koivu. Kersus thought he'd love to finish his career where his brother was so successful and he had the right skillset to fill out the roster. If he continues to perform poorly, Pezzetta is the likely suspect to come up and replace him. Even so, he may be a great asset in the playoffs so it might be worthwhile letting him plod along in the season.

Pezzetta grinds and goes to the net. He's a little small for his aggressive play but stands his own. Who would work well with him? Deslauriers and Lehkonen? Jokinen and Tatar? On the other hand, Byron is showing promise at centre between Rychel and Gallagher. When Shipachyov is healthy, maybe Byron centres the fourth line.

I should mention that when Ouellet was signed, there was a scramble of offers to trade Drouin made by the Habs to numerous teams. They didn't take the best potential deal, just the very first one to be accepted which bundled Drouin with a 2021 3rd pick and was sent to the Jets for their 2019 2nd round pick and 2020 1st and 2nd round picks.

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