Thursday, July 11, 2013
A Midsummer Night's Skinny
Took my younger son to the Blue and Orange game at the Coliseum tonight-- great crowd for hockey in July!
Couple of quick impressions: Ryan Strome with a goal and two pretty helpers was the best player on the ice.
Big night for a few collegians -- Riley Wetmore (UM-Lowell credited with two goals (although I think one belonged to Jason Clark, which would have given him a hat trick); In an upset, Mike Dalhuisen (Quinnipiac) won the hottest shot (97 mph) over Isles #1 draft pick Ryan Pulock. Greg Miller (Cornell) had a "throw the glove to the corner and shoot the puck" shootout goal.
Long Beach's Joey Diamond (Maine) had the game's first call (from Strome) and also added an assist.
Others: Alan Quine (Belleville -166th overall in 2013) had a pair of goals in shootout-type situations. Call it Quine-Time.
Ken Reiter (Won national champ at UM-Duluth), Joel Rumpel (Wisconsin) and Eamonn McAdam (headed to Penn State after being Isles 3rd round pick) split the time in goal.
Time will tell with Loic Leduc will be a player, but the 19 year old defenseman is every bit the 6'6", 221 pounds that he is advertised. Leduc was the 102nd pick in 2012; he was born on an important day in NY hockey history, but not for the Isles -- June 14, 1994.
A European who could be a popular player down the road, if only just for his name is Victor Crus Rydberg. The 5th round pick will play with the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL this season. He scored a goal, but someone needs to teach him how to salsa!
Other players who will likely get a look from the Isles in September who played in the game: Anders Lee, Brock Nelson and Grifftin Reinhart.
Forever1940 is the nom de plume of Eric Hornick, statistician on Islander home telecasts since January 21, 1982. Visit my blog: NYISkinny.com and follow me on Twitter @ehornick