A night after the Rangers disposed of the rival Islanders, the Wolfpack (7-2-1) did the same to the Fishsticks' AHL affiliate the Bridgeport Sound Tigers by the score of 5-3.
The Wolfpack were again led by Danny Kristo who scored his seventh goal in 10 games as well as adding two assists.
Oscar Lindberg got the game winner, his second straight game with a goal, while Jesper Fast chipped in with two assists.
Conor Allen, Marek Hrivik and Michael Haley all scored as well. Allen also had an assist.
...seriously, how is Pyatt on the Rangers roster over Kristo right now? I know the plan is for Kristo to spend the year down in the AHL, but if Nash is going miss an extended period of time, I'm not sure how the Rangers organization can deny this kid a chance this season if he keeps this pace up.
Danny Kristo has been the best Wolfpack forward tonight. Two really intuitive assists from him. Really excited about his future.— Adam Herman (@Herman_NYRBlog) October 31, 2013
...Lindberg, who struggled to get acclimated with the North American game early in the season, seems much more comfortable as he's produced three points (2g, 1a) in the last two games.
...while McIlrath (one assist tonight) is the guy most Rangers fans want to see recalled, Allen continues to impress. Gotta wonder if Del Zotto and maybe even Stralman continue to struggle if either or both of these guys might get a chance at some point this season.
Three Stars: 1. Danny Kristo 2. Conor Allen 3. Oscar Lindberg #hwp— Hartford Wolf Pack (@WolfPackAHL) October 31, 2013
Pyatt is still playing because he's experienced, few errors and is good with his board work. He quietly plays his game and coaches, especially this one who is not comfortable using unseasoned talent, who has coached him in the past likes the reliable-ness. I don't agree with it, being one who knows that success in life is about taking appropriate risks but those are your reasons as I see it. Last week I noted that it felt like Pyatt was starting to lose favor a bit. Since then his ice time has been reduced and Zucc has started replacing him on the 3rd, and I believe he was even benched for stretches in the last 2 games. Nice to see Krosto and co. lighting it up. Plan is to keep Kristo in Hartford but plans can change. Would not be surprised to see him called up mid year, especially if they struggle offensively or there are a lot of injuries.
Kristo has great vision, not only can he score, he passes the puck really well also...go look at some videos of him from college, hes a stud!!! Lets go Sather bring this kid up already!!!
Pyatt has about a 5 game shelf life at this point and he should be resigned to the fact that if he doesn't fight, doesn't create plays for his teammate, and he doesn't put the biscuit in the basket then he is nothing more than 13th forward. at this point the worst thing for this team is if 14 scores a goal or 2. he would just be prolonging the inevitable.
Hopefully Kristo does get a shot. He's a good looking prospect. The main flaw I saw in preseason with him was that he held on to the puck a little too long. I wouldn't say he was a "puck hog" but he didn't use the whole ice very well, so it limited his options. That may fly in the AHL, but NHLers pick up on that very quickly and can neutralize it.
A little like Kovalev when he first came into the league, without close to the Kovalev talent. Kovalev played a similar style, but Kovalev had the god given talent to be able to still be successful. Not sure Kristo will ever be Kovalev level talent, so he needs to improve on that part of his game.
Final score was 5-3 and Kristo's last goal isn't even in those highlights. Thanks for the recap though :)
I too cringe every shift I see Taylor the Turtle out there but AV uses him in all sits so he'll hang around. DK is learning how to play a two way game; his defensive shortcomings were obvious in the pre-season.
Btw, Boyle's 32 shots on goal is second on the team by a wide margin. No goals thus far.
I have an answer, although I don't think you will like it. I think AV needs Pyatt as a buy-in, someone who he had play for him previously to reinforce the message he is trying to convey. He needs an AV believer in the room. If he benches Pyatt, he risks losing someone who has his back....as he tries to build this thing, he needs that connection in the locker room to be a bridge to the other players. Almost more important than what he does on the ice....SUCKS.....as I think Pyatt might be the worst skater in the NHL (Mr. Skate Guard) but I think that might be it.
My bigger concern right now is with Staal....he has not looked good at all this season. I realize he missed a ton of time last season---but still.
Also, I don't like the Moore/Del Zotto tandem---both guys are more offensive minded, rush players, and it seems they don't feed well off each other at all. They both need to play with more defensive minded partners IMO.
Something like this might work better but I am sure others have combos that could work. I don't believe the Girardi/McDonaugh combo has been stellar so I would not be opposed to separating them.
Staal Del Zotto
Pyatt has to have some dirt on AV or someone within the organization because he's been terrible and we have such great skill in the AHL...who cares how well that team does? Bring them up to the big stage! LGR!
@Robert Hogue I think he'd have to be put on waivers before being sent down. If we could get our guys to be a bit tougher on the boards we may see that happen in the next couple months as his value (such as it is) will be nullified
@shoot_the_goalie Heard the same thing about Kristo holding on to the puck too long from fans who watched him at North Dakota.
@brian2686 Crap, thanks. Yeah, that video was put together by Wolfpack people. I think there was an editing error.
@LanceGold1 Yes that and Pyatt has an "A" on his jersey in an early preseason game(s). Anyone else notice that? In this situation "A" is for ASS.
@LanceGold1 I can see that. I also think that we're not that talented of a team, and Pyatt, though he doesn't bring much to the table, doesn't make glaring and frequent mistakes either. In comparison to baseball, he's like a relief pitcher who eats up innings, during a win or a loss, cause you need guys who can do that. Take up time without hurting the team.
DelZotto on the other hand
@LanceGold1 Sounds as good of a reason as any.
@LanceGold1 I think Staal's eye is worse than he and others lead on to be. I remember Bryan Berard saying he felt close to 100% when coming back from his injury, but then after he retired, he said that he was more like 75-80% of the player he once had been. Assuming that may apply to Staal, that's a huge drop off. Talking about a 1st pair D dropping to 3 pair quality in relative terms.
@Kevin DeLury @shoot_the_goalie Kovalev could have been so good. A superstar. I think the combo of bad coaching esp. Campbell and being not right in the head derailed his career some. He had some moves and a ripping shot to go along with it. I was friends with a girl who dated him and I heard some stories :)
@shoot_the_goalie @LanceGold1 All of that would fly with me but he continues to take offensive zone penalties---of the hooking, holding, tripping variety....so he is basically the Armando Benitez of relief pitchers right now..he has to do those kinds of things because everyone beats him down the ice the other way.