Now that I have some real food in my stomach, a few more thoughts:
(It’s worth noting that in a gesture of goodwill, I brought a bag of apples to the rink today from our family apple-picking trip on Sunday and offered them to my media brethren. Only Steve Zipay and Lynn Zinser accepted. Are the others worried I poisoned them? Are my apples not good enough for them? Is it me? All questions to explore later…)
Even before he scored the game-winner, I thought Hugh Jessiman was impressive. Now the caveats: he played with Drury and Straka, which certainly helped. And a year ago Jessiman scored two goals in this very game, and never sniffed the NHL. But again, Jessiman was good, and if he develops the edge he’s been cultivating, he could at least make a case for himself.
The best defenseman on the ice was Fedor Tyutin. This might not be breaking news since three of the Rangers’ veteran defensemen didn’t even play. But Tyutin was also more assertive with the puck than I’ve seen him.
In the “It’s only a scrimmage” category: Al Montoya outplayed Stephen Valiquette. And both faced the more potent Blue team.
I mentioned this earlier, but if I had to pick between Artem Anisimov or Brandon Dubinsky right now, I’d give it to Dubisnky. Anisimov is big and obviously skilled. But he appears timid in traffic areas. Dubinsky, meanwhile, looks stronger on the puck than ever before.
Glen Sather was part of the winning group in yesterday’s golf outing. Either they all let the boss win or Sather spends too much time playing golf.
For your listening pleasure, here’s Tom Renney talking about today’s scrimmage and other noteworthy topics: