The Checkers lost a lot of key players this summer.
I'd like to see them go ahead and throw him out in a regular rotation early and see how he handles it. He's coming off of a strong camp and has been solid in the A playing in the middle of the rotation ... driving play against veteran grunts and grinders for the most part. That's not that different than the job description for a 4th line center. I see his game being fairly similar to Wallmark's so there shouldn't be a huge adjustment for his line mates. Throw him out there, see how it goes and then maybe ratchet things back if he struggles.4C and shelter the heck out of him with McGinn and Gibbons on the wings. If we happen to get out to a huge lead (or deficit) then maybe stick him out there for a shift or 2 with Dzingle and Necas.
I see 4 minutes in his NHL debut unless things get out of hand early one way or the other.
He’s a pretty big guy who isn’t afraid to throw his body around. He didn’t look out of his element at all.Following up on this, I though Luostarinen played a pretty strong first game last night. The 4th line got their usual 9 or so minutes and it didn't look like Brindy shied away from using them ... running them out for a few shifts late in the 3rd, even. He's obviously got stuff to learn ... like taking an angle at a guy on the forecheck every so often ... but the kid largely held his own.
It probably is. I expect him to play in Buffalo and Minnesota. He has more offensive upside than Bishop and, since he’s a penalty killer in Charlotte, probably more defensively responsible than Geekie.It could just be a cap move. We'll see tomorrow. He certainly played well enough to stay up yesterday.
Geekie is an all situations guy, but I think the club would prefer him to spend the entire year In Charlotte kind of like what they did with Necas last season ... and for the same reason. Geekie has bounced around between the wing and center and the club has planted him at center and given him the keys to the first line in Charlotte. They want him to grow into a role and that takes time, so don't look for him to be called up unless they change course or maybe Wallmark gets hurt.It probably is. I expect him to play in Buffalo and Minnesota. He has more offensive upside than Bishop and, since he’s a penalty killer in Charlotte, probably more defensively responsible than Geekie.
Probably. If any of the other centers go down with Haula out, Geekie might get the call, otherwise, I think Luostarinen has jumped Bishop as the bottom 6 center call up.They want him to grow into a role and that takes time, so don't look for him to be called up unless they change course or maybe Wallmark gets hurt.