|Remember my name Bitches!
Canucks defenseman prospect Chris Tanev stood out head and shoulders as the best player this evening notching two goals, an absolutely ridiculous assist on a rush through three Sharks defenders, and a number of specutacular defensive plays. Tanev has always been considered an extremely talented player but has had to contend with size issues. However Tanev hit a growth spurt last year and is a very respectable 6-2. Remember this kid's name because he absolutely dazzled tonight at both ends.
Canucks prospect Aaron Volpatti also had a remarkable game scoring two goals, throwing a number of huge hits, and getting into a fight. Volpatti was signed as a UFA out of Brown University last season and brought an impressive physical game in his 13 games with the Moose last season. Volpatti is significantly older than his competition in this tournament at 25-years old, however Volpatti's second goal displayed remarkable hand-eye coordination as he batted a flipping puck in mid-air into the net on a beautiful feed from Tanev.
Also notable is former T-Birds (Wooooo Go Thunderbirds!) star Prab Rai who's made many Canucks fans take note of his excellent play after some mediocre training camps in the past. Rai has noticeably gained muscle and become a much better skater in his showing this year in Canucks rookie camp. Also Rai is showing some of the offensive flair that made him such a success in the WHL with several nifty passes. Rai also got good reviews for his work on the penalty kill today.
Finally for the Canucks, Swedish goalie import Eddie Lack impressed again with several spectacular saves and kept the game well in hand for the Baby 'Nucks through the contest. Lack had one or two bad goals against today but that should be expected playing his second game in two days and lasze'fair approach to defense the Baby 'Nucks took when having a commanding lead.
While I was chiefly watching the Canucks tonight, Sharks defenseman Nick Shaus has been a standout in this tournament. The recent NCAA signee scored two goals today and played spectacular defense on a largely rag-tag defensive group the Sharks iced this evening. Shaus looked competent in all three zones and has an absolutely explosive shot. Keep this kid's name in mind.
I admit I slept through the Flames Vs. Ducks game which ended 8-4 in the Flames favor.