Thursday, December 24, 2009

The Kids Can Play! Observations From Finland Versus Team Canada

The Kids Can Play! Observations From Finland Versus Team Canada

Team USA v Team Ontario

Part 2: Team Canada


*Starting with the masked crease protector, hometown Calgary Hitmen netminder
Martin Jones, an undrafted free agent signed by the LA Kings, didn’t disappoint.
The 6’4” goalie is an imposing figure in goal, but also has impressive mobility.
He shut out Finland in the 3-nil win, although Finland did have a goal
disallowed in the third, that I believe should have counted which would have
made the game 2-1. If projected starter Jake Allen falters, Jones is more than
ready to take over the reins.


*Projected #1 overall draft selection for next June’s entry draft and the only
yet to be drafted forward on Team Canada, Taylor Hall, showed off his explosive
and dynamic offensive abilities. Joni Ortio made two
brilliant saves when Canada’s youngest forward broke in all alone on two
occasions but he did managed to tweak the twine on a beautiful one-timer setup
by Brandon Kozun. An elite combination of speed and skill, and solidly built
physically, the young forward has been compared to both Pavel Bure and Mark
Messier. Use your imagination to create a hydrid of the two legends of hockey.


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