The Falcons 08-09 season is underway and some of the prospects who had good TC’s continue to play well (Spurgeon, Trukhno) while others can’t get into the lineup at all (Lerg).
The club has a young look (especially on the blueline) and has given up a lot of shots early (game shots against totals are 37, 32, 32, 37 and 33).
The club has had an up and down offense (shots for totals by game are 22, 28, 27, 23 and 28) and have a 2-3 record after 5gp with a shots for-against number of 128-171. The GF-GA number is now 16-17.
Devan Dubnyk is having quite a time in goal. He’s always been a Jekyll and Hyde type and this season his SP’s once again reflect that: .919, .875, .714, .919 and .970. Overall his SP is .902 in a season where we’ve agreed .915 is a reasonable expectation.
Theo Peckham appears to be having the best early season among the prospect blueliners, especially considering the (admittedly unreliable) boxscores seem to reflect he’s playing against quality forwards pretty often. Here’s a rundown of the blue:
- Jake Taylor 5gp, 1-1-2 +4
- Theo Peckham 5gp, 2-1-3 +3
- Sebastien Bisaillon 4gp, 1-0-1 +3
- Cody Wild 3gp, 1-0-1 +2
- Mike Gabinet 3gp, 0-1-1 +1
- Taylor Chorney 5gp, 0-3-3 -2
- Bryan Young 5gp, 0-0-0 -3
From these numbers we can be reasonably certain that Taylor Chorney is struggling a little in his first weeks in pro hockey (no surprise there) and that even a baker’s dozen games in the AHL last spring have helped Cody Wild quite a bit. He appears to be paired often with Peckham so this is a player we’ll need to watch as the season rolls. Bisaillon is also in the pack but Bryan Young isn’t going to get it done in this group if he can’t be superior defensively (and I don’t think he’s been facing the vaunt out there but stand to be corrected).
Up front, Slava Trukhno (5gp, 1-4-5 +3), Tyler Spurgeon (5gp, 0-4-4 +2) and Ryan Potulny (5gp, 3-0-3 +1) are the early stars. Rob Schremp (3gp, 0-3-3 +1) is putting up decent numbers since being the final roster cut but his numbers should rocket any time.
On the downbeat, Gilbert Brule (3gp, 2-1-3 +2) was ripping it up before an injury and Bryan Lerg has been able to get into only one game (zero’s) despite being healthy.
Mathieu Roy hasn’t played that I can tell so wonder if he’s reported or in limbo.