Posts tagged “Fabian Brunnstrom”

Griffins Lose to Americans

Since I didn’t catch the Wings/Blue Jackets game, here are some thoughts on the Griffins/Americans game we attended. It was a 4-3 shootout loss to Rochester.

Smith: He had a huge hit in the first period, running over the Amerk player inside the Rochester blueline. On the power play, he held the role of quarterback and did alright with that

Throughout the game, I tried to keep an eye on his apparent effort level and I’m starting to think he just plays a more leisurely game. Maybe he’s looked at Lidstrom and thinks that leisurely is the path to effortlessness and perfect minimalism of movement, but so far he just looks like he’s coasting at times.

Two other individual Smith highlights: his third period offensive zone penalty that took place below the goalline and his game-losing shootout attempt that got stopped by the Rochester goalie.

Nyquist: Not his best night. Megan says he doesn’t usually look like he did, but as it was, he seemed unalert to the puck offensively and just kinda out of it. I was unimpressed with his offensive game, though defensively he wasn’t bad.

The offensive complaints melted away, though, when he busted out the Zetterberg in the shootout. It was awesome.

Tatar: Tots never disappoints in terms of effort level. The kid’s so much fun to watch, whether he’s stealing the puck out front and setting up a huge solo chance or just taking command in the zone.

He was the lead dude in generating offense all night, and finished with a goal and an assist. They initially credited his goal to Andersson, so when I saw again on the replay how emphatically  he celebrated, I remarked to Megan that he must have gotten it instead. She said it’s not unusual for him to celebrate a teammates goal like that, which is pretty awesome, even if in this case, it was his goal.

One criticism: too many attempted moves in the shootout, Tomas. None of them fooled the goalie.

Conner: He’s fast. But finished -3. He did score in the shootout, though.

Brunnstrom: He doesn’t play his size. The rest of that note on him is “Brunnstrom is variably good/ungood.” That about sums it up.

Callahan: Had a pretty heavy fight with an Amerk in the 2nd. Started out a little slow, but they both got in some serious head and body shots. I found myself more interested in what those fists were doing to brains than in the entertainment factor of the fight.

Lashoff: A fringe prospect at this point, but nonetheless had a strong night, notching a goal and making some strong defensive plays. Most notably, he recovered very nicely when Aubre coughed up the puck to set up a Rochester chance. Lashoff caught up with the guy and stole the puck back to negate it.

MacDonald: That note on Brunnstrom could apply to Joey, too. He looked bad on the first goal allowed and then was overall sharp the rest of the night as far as regular play. In the shootout, he was beaten easily on the first two shots, and made the third save. Then after Brunnstrom put the puck off the pipe, he made the 4th save initially, and then forgot about it. It trickled into the net. To his credit, he made the fifth save, but by then, the game was on Smith’s stick and it didn’t work out.

Thomas: The new kid, the one they got for Amadio, is not Red Wing property, but I’ll mention him for the absolutely, flat out incredibly glorious chance he had in OT, with a wide open net. He put just about a perfect shot on it, but somehow Rocherster goalie David Leggio got across and absolutely robbed him. Ridiculous.

Brunnstrom Waived

Update (5:24 PM): Through Chuck Pleiness, Ken Holland pretty much confirms Clark’s take. - Matt

So says Bob McKenzie.

It’s a little surprising that the Wings are doing this so long before Mursak’s return, but as Clark Rasmussen pointed out, it could be about getting the Griffins some help up front. Or, it could be about bring Smith the other way so he can serve the rest of his suspension, since Commodore’s active and occupying a roster spot. I highly doubt it’s about anyone else coming up, though.

There’s also the slight possibility that the Wings are doing what they used to do with Aaron Downey: waive him and then keep him around for 10 games or 30 days, per the CBA, so they have immediate flexibility to make a call-up if necessary.

But I think Clark’s right. Bob Duff’s tweet here is about a random NHL scout, but if an outsider’s saying that, it seems like the Wings could be thinking it too.

Full Circle: Brunnstrom Gets a Tryout

Update (8:48 PM): Again via George, Michael Zuidema has confirmation from Jim Nill. Sounds like he has his attitude corrected. Should be an interesting guy to watch in camp, and in Grand Rapids. - Matt

Says Aftonbladet, via George.

Three years after he turned the Wings down and headed to Dallas for a mediocre, too-quickly-started NHL career, Brunnstrom will be pretty much where he was then: trying to prove himself to the organization and headed for an AHL spot at best.

5/6 Notes

Update (4:50 PM): Kukla’s Korner has transcripts of the Dave Tippett and Marty Turco/Brenden Morrow calls. - Matt

Update (3:11 PM): Alanah at Kukla’s Korner has the transcript from Henrik Zetterberg’s conference call posted. It’s a long read, but a good one. - Matt

Bruce MacLeod reports that Valtteri Filppula (twisted leg) did not skate for the second day in a row. Filppula told Helene St. James, “I feel better,” and that he’ll try to skate tomorrow.

Although Mike Babcock is telling the media he expects Filppula will play Thursday, the team continues to prepare for his possible absence by using all new second and third lines. This is just prudence in action because Fil’s status for Game 1 is dependent on whether or not he can make the Wednesday skate. If he can’t, it looks like the team will have to go with the adjusted lineup and hope that three practices is enough to gel the units together. Given the experience level of all six forwards involved, that shouldn’t be a problem, however.

On the Stars side of things, Mark at Andrew’s Dallas Stars and NHL Blog, has an update here. On a semi-related note, my series preview is coming Thursday, early in the afternoon.

Paul Kukla has the NHL press release on the officials for the Conference Finals here.

Also, via Snapshots comes the latest on the Fabian Brunnstrom sweepstakes. Basically, we should know where he’s headed in a week to ten days.

Lastly, the NHL hosted media conference calls with Mike Babcock, Henrik Zetterberg, Brenden Morrow and Marty Turco, and Dave Tippett today. I expect transcripts to be made available soon. I’ll post them when they show up on the Media site.