Okay, I can only guess–but this just may have been on Mike Comrie’s IPOD play list prior to last night’s game vs. the Florida Panthers…
If you missed it, Mike Comrie put on an impressive performance against the less than impressive preseason Florida Panther’s roster. Had one of the goals originally credited to him not been slightly redirected by Patrick O’Sullivan, he would have completed his Gordie Howe hat trick with the fight in the third period. The tally for Mike Comrie at the end of the night was 4 shots, 4 assists, and one fight. After the game, Quinn was quoted as saying something along the lines of him already knowing that Comrie’s a competitive guy. I mean, heck, 4 assists and a fight, is Mike Comrie going to come out with a new book, “How to win fans, and influence people?” Fill up my cup, Mazel Tov!
Other thoughts on last night’s game…
Speaking of Coke machines, JF Jacques delivered a clean hit without leaving the ice or using his elbow–not to mention from a near standstill that absolutely leveled some random Panther player on the rush after he just got out of the penalty box. Jacques also potted a goal on a feed from POS. If nothing else perhaps Phaneuf could take a lesson from Jacques on how to cleanly level a guy who’s not paying attention. On the other hand, Jacques did make a few mistakes on the penalty kill with some difficulties clearing the puck. JFJ could very well find a role on the Oilers roster which is definitely in need of some size/muscle.
Schremp? For a guy fighting for a roster spot, he had a lackluster showing last night… Last night was his second outing on Horcoff’s wing which was an opportunity for him to make an impression.
Patrick O’Sullivan? Already, he’s showing some good chemistry at least during the preseason with Mike Comrie of whom he’s expressed enjoying playing with. Last night, he had 2 points with one each of a goal and an assist. He’s been performing well in the preseason which is making a good case for him to be slotted on the vacant 1LW spot or perhaps on a line with Comrie.
Ryan Stone? He had a good showing last night with 2 assists including an assist on the first game winning goal by Chorney. He’s got some decent size and plays a physical game.
Gilber Brule? At the very least, he showed some toughness last night. There was at least one occasion and more likely two where he received a suicide pass in the offensive zone in which he got levelled against the side wall. Overall, he had an okay performance last night and it sounds like he’s getting another look in tonight’s game on the top line with Gagner and Hemsky.