Re: Farmville updates Part II
posted at 12/27/2013 10:35 AM EST
Game last night Worcester Sharks v Providence Bruins, Bruins won 4-0.
Robbins fought somebody early in, not impressed with Robbins either with his fighting and even less impressed with his play.
Carter Camper collected a puck between the face off dots and put in a wrist shot as cool and casual as you will see. He had it going on all night making several nice heads up plays. (he got 2nd star)
Svedberg got a shutout and looked solid (he got 1st star)
Morrow looked great out on the PP, several smart passes and a one timer from the point that just missed the top corner.
Camara and Griffith looked sharp all night, both got goals (Griffith EN).
Cross is established as a 3rd d pairing in the AHL. Took an idiotic penalty when he was beat to the puck on an icing and decided to hold the guy in the corner. He did a keystone cops routine when he got out of the penalty box as there were 2 d already out there and he had to take right wing - and proceeded to play like he was on the PK (even tho they were even), but other than the dumb penalty and brain cramp he was solid making several nice heads up passes.
Koko didn't play (don't know why).
Scott Campbell their ECHL call up looked good - he scored a short handed goal on a breakaway. I liked the other 2 ECHL call ups, or at least I think they are because I don't recall them; Downing and Cherniwchan. Cherniwchan didn't get many minutes, but he looked ok to me.
Otherwise - I've said it before, but it's worth saying again - LOTS of talent down there in Providence, the talent level is rising for the draft picks and maybe AHL in general so maybe that's why I have this impression, but all night long I saw lots of smart passes and heads up plays. This is a world of difference from what I personally am calling the "Suave and Riendeau days" where it seemed like you had some guys with some particular talent and HUGE holes in their games or well rounded guys who simply weren't that good at anything.
Observation Coaching: Saw one conversation between coaching staff and players all night, the one conversation was with Cross with a lot of pointing going on. I was about 4 rows in back of the bench and was struck by the coaches NOT communicating with players. When I watch most games - just about at any level I'll notice something that I think is "smart". Only 1 thing last night, Flick got into it in the 1st period and the battle continued into the 2nd and got kicked out of the game. They put Griffith into the box (instead of some 4th liner) thinking about the expiring penalty and having a skilled guy jump out of the box. Only thing that struck me all night. And that's pretty much just a "basic" anyway.
Observation on the PK: They had Cross out there TONS on the PK, too much. Not sure, but they might have had him out there for an entire PK once. He's adequate, but certainly not deserving of that much PK time. They certainly could be developing some other guys at PK.
My conclusion - I really don't like the coaching in Providence. I think the team is underachieving by miles. I don't think they're using the resources they have to win more AHL games and I don't think they're making the most of developing players.