by Vince Maranto on 09/26/11 at 12:00 PM ET
It seemed like I was waiting forever for training camp to start. Now, game wise, we’re half way through it. The Hawks fell to 1 - 3 yesterday losing to Detroit. More about that in a minute.
Before camp started I was hoping for a “dark horse” to have a chance to make the team through skill and effort. We may be looking at more of a “stable” than just one horse.
Horse number one (almost literally) is Jimmy Hayes. The 6 foot 5 inch, 210 pound winger has made his presence known. Jimmy was the 60th overall pick in the 2010 draft. He was acquired by the Hawks this March, 2011 from Toronto. The former Boston College player played well again, getting 2 points against the Wings. A goal, with a nifty fore hand, back hand maneuver close in, and a game tying assist in the third period.
Horse number two is Brandon Saad. Sound familiar? I’ve talked about him before. The 18 year old, second round, 43rd overall player picked in the 2012 Draft, is the youngest Hawk still on the roster. (The roster should be down to under 30 later on today, btw) Saad who also wears number 43, (coincidence?) has played consistently well through the preseason. Lokk for both of them to be up and down from Rockford should they not make the final cut.
Now, back to yesterday. The Hawks lost to Detroit in a shoot out yesterday in front of thousands of red seats. It was fun to hear Pat Foley and Edzo together again. The were their usual selves, cracking me (and each) other up through out the broadcast. One of the points of interest from the game included Alexander Salak playing the entire contest. (Crawford is slated to play all of Wednesday’s game & Emery all of Friday’s contest.) Right now, I’d give a slight edge to Salak in the back up battle—remember too, he has a contract, Emery doesn’t. Pirri, had a short handed goal (a nifty high face off circle slap shot) and two assists. He also scored in the shoot out, the Hawks lone goal. Frolik scored short handed also. I was surprised after Frolik failed to convert on two break aways, that Coach Q, used him in the shoot out. But hey, how many Stanley Cup Champions have I coached?
One more note, Ben Smith has ditched his number 57 from last year and is now wearing # 28.
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