One thing I certainly hope Fenton changes is the Wild's practice of giving prospects roster spots before they earn it. Just to give them incentive...I really hope they send Greenway to Iowa and let him develop at his own pace. Show he can dominate at the AHL level and then call him up.
And I agree with you on Kunin. I thought they should have gone with Kieffer Bellows. But they were looking for Mikko's replacement, so yay...
How much of Sokolov's production hinged on the fact that he was partnered with this years potential #1 overall pick Andrei Svechnikov? Are we looking at the Zach Phillips/Charlie Coyle dynamic at St. Johns, where one had great numbers because of the other player?
Because it took him three years to learn how to get in front of the puck when it's passed to him instead of reaching out with his stick and it bounces over it out of the zone three times a game? That's a major accomplishment don'tcha know?
A few other thoughts...Luke Kunin. Meh. Not really thrilled about him at all. He was sent down to Iowa to be a go-to player for them and he never really dominated. I know some other Wild bloggers felt it was a shame to have Kunin in Iowa, but IMO he wasn't doing enough to be worthy of a call up. Toss in the blown out knee, and I think you can safely add the letters "BU' to the word B U _ _ no one wants to say. Greenway probably will never play in Iowa, even though he'd probably benefit playing in a bigger role down there. It will be interesting to see if Fenton mandates he demonstrate he can dominate there before he gets a roster spot here; which is what the Predators would do. Austin Watson played for years in Milwaukee being a go-to guy before getting his chance to be a Bottom-6 forward where he provides grit and offense for the Predators' 4th line.
Lodnia had a good start to the season, scoring at a little bit better than a point-per-game pace before tailing off completely in the 2nd half. Erie wasn't that great of a team but I was a bit troubled that he was more of a set up guy than a goal scorer for the Otters. Dmitry Sokolov had kind of a sluggish start but picked it up to have his most productive OHL season yet. Especially after he was traded from Sudbury to Barrie his totals really took off. He was a regular on the score sheet and he lit the lamp a lot. I watched him play at the WJC's for Russia and he kind of reminded me of Teemu Pulkkinen, a one-dimensional scorer that doesn't do much else. His skating is a bit of an issue for me and while I think he could be an effective sniper in the AHL I am not sure if he has enough to make him an NHL player.
As for Mason Shaw I was really kind of surprised we signed him. He blew his knee out and didn't play a single game for Medicine Hat and just one game for Iowa where he was played pretty sparingly. He is a waterbug-like player who did well at prospect camp and was doing well at Traverse City before he got hurt. Tough to know what he'll be like now that he's had more of the summer to recover and add strength.
Because Suter holds the zone so well...teams give him tons of space because they want him to shoot the puck. It is so laughable that this team continues to use him in that capacity when the book is so known that he's going to take that unscreened wrist shot from the point. The sad part is no one is willing to stand in front of the goalie to either deflect it or take away the goalies vision. They wouldn't want to 'steal' a goal from Suter.
The problem is that even though all the coaches in Iowa want a winning culture, the parent club gives them no support when they are constantly pulling "prospects" up to the big club for stupid reasons such as "giving them a taste" of the NHL.
And I still can't figure out how Kunin "deserved" a call up, but Anas didn't...