10/16 Recap: The calm before the storm

In Thursday SEL play, Dennis Persson was stationed on Timra's left side for a total of 20:42 in their 2-1 overtime loss to HV71. The 6'1 blueliner didn't score any points, but he made a standout play when breaking up a two-on-one break in the early second period. With Mikko Lehtonen returning to the Eagles lineup, it was unclear how the veteran's presence would impact the progress made by the 20-year old Sabres prospect. If one game is any indication, it would appear that the time is Persson's to lose. In the NCAA, Sophomore Corey Tropp had two shots on goal as #11 Michigan State stumbled on home ice in a 3-0 loss to Lowell. Dressing a total of 13 underclassmen, the mistake-prone Spartans looked every bit inexperienced in the shutout. Tropp has been skating on a line with freshmen Daulton Leveille (ATL) and Andrew Conboy (MTL), but was mixed-and-matched quite a bit last season. Regardless of line combos, expect a sharper Spartan club Friday night when the two play it back at Munn. After a quiet Thursday, a 30-game weekend will make this space a tad more robust. The coffee will be brewing, so stop back throughout to keep tabs on how it all shakes out.
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Friday, October 17, 2008 ×

Not related to this article, I'm curious on what your opinion is on where the defensive prospects stand next year & later this season. Do you think we'll make Weber our 7th d-man around playoff time this year instead of Paetsch, or maybe even trade Paetsch at the deadline? I like how Teppo's playing but does Weber replace him next year & Butler becomes the 7th d-man? I like the thought of having another guy on d- that will drop his gloves with Weber. Plus having guys like Butler and Myers that will be harder to push off the puck.

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Friday, October 17, 2008 ×

The above question is a really good topic. I'm really curious to see how things shake out. Not only with Butler and Weber, but if Myers can bulk up and show he's ready, he may also be fighting for a spot out of camp next year. I'll have to do some research on current contracts (I know Rivet is 3 more years after this year, teppo is on a year by year basis, I think Lydman and Tallinder have 1 more year after this and this is Spacek's last year. could be a good mix of guys in the NHL roster yet.. Then there is Schiestel, Brennan, & Persson who could make moves to Portland. THere seems to be good organizational strength at D right now.. They could have 4-6 guys ready to be in the big show w/in 2 years?

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Sunday, October 19, 2008 ×

You're right about the contracts and may be right about Myers. That crossed my mind too on Myers possibly being ready as early as next year; they think he's pretty much ready as far as skills, but they want him to bulk up. It'll be interesting to see what they do with Lydman and Tallinder next year. I'm not saying the defense is going to be completely tweeked, but they could go in so many directions. If we extend Spacek for a couple more years, we got good candidates to replace him in time with Brennan and Schiestel. Butler could also be considered a replacement for Spacek if they don't resign him. Maybe a Swede replaces a Swede, with Persson replacing Tallinder when his contract is up. I'm thinking Weber could maybe replace a guy like Lydman, plus in prospect camp he showed signs of being a leader, so we'll have to wait and see what we do with Teppo. Teppo's status next year may depend on how anxious they are to bring up one of the young guys. Though not high on the list, Funk and Biega could still throw their hat into the 'rink'. It would be hard to make a mock defensive line-up for next year.

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Sunday, October 19, 2008 ×

I know it's crazy to predict so far ahead, but I'll do it anyway. I'm think Weber does replace Teppo next year and Butler becomes our 7th d-man. We'll see if the Sabres get anxious to pair Myers up with Tallinder and keep Tallinder around. Otherwise, we'll see Butler and Myers in the line-up when Tallinder and Lydman's contracts expire. Not necessarily these pairings, but maybe in 2 years it's something Butler-Rivet, Weber-Myers, Spacek-Sekera. You figure Weber steps up, then Butler followed by Myers. Then Schiestel and Brennan then come-a-knockin.

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