This is Robert Nilsson. He has impressed this pre-season. MacT:
- “He’s better than I even thought he was going to be”
- “Looked dangerous a lot of the night.”
It doesn’t mean he’ll spend 82 games on RW beside Stoll and Torres, but Nilsson most certainly has taken advantage of the opportunity. He impressed from the beginning and barring a complete collapse should be on the opening night roster.
Some other comments from the coach last night:
- Grebeshkov: “He’s got all kinds of skill, there are other aspects of his game that could use some fine tuning, but there’s lots to work with there.”
- Cogliano: “I thought for his first NHL game he had a good accounting for himself. He was instrumental in the winning goal.”
- Trukhno: “He’s good. He sees the ice really well. Offensively he knows where to put the puck, real nice assist on Horcoff’s backhand goal. He’s been impressive too, he’s a player.”
The major news imo this training camp is the number of kids who have been impressive. They can’t all make the team, but several of them are building a foundation with this coach that may see them getting a callup sometime this season based on what they are doing in September. Shawn Horcoff impressed September 2000, and got the call early in the 2000-01 season. A kid like Cogliano may have the same experience this fall.