I’ll keep it short and sweet. A lengthy write-up of a game Brian Bickell dominated parts of would be a waste of everyone’s time. A few thoughts, though:
- Patrick Kane looked like what Wayne Gretzky must’ve looked like playing Bantam hockey in Ontario. He was easily the most talented player on the ice, and he stunned the crowd with moves on a few different occasions. It appeared as though he was named the player of the game as he was interviewed in front of the crowd minutes after the contest ended. Probably quite a thrill – even for someone like Kane.
- The game could be summarized as such: The Hawks were far superior to the Swiss team, but the presence of the Hawks’ top players – Kane, Toews, Campbell and Keith – ensured it would be a blowout. The Toews-Kane-Brouwer line dominated all its shifts.
- Sadly, Brent Sopel looked horrendous. He was a step too slow all game long, and he was consistently left behind the play. Not a good sign for him to struggle against a team with “HC” in its title.
- The Davos coach, like most Swiss coaches apparently, dressed in jeans and a long sleeve polo shirt. He also seemed to stand in front of the players, rather than behind, and he also appeared to sit for parts of the game. (His dress was a popular topic.)
- Brian Campbell dominated parts of the game from the back like Kane did up front.
- Let’s hope Dave Bolland is a better second line center than an interview. He didn’t play, but graced the international hockey community with his insight during the second period.
- Patrick Sharp gets a lot of attention as the team’s resident ladies’ man, but he should watch out for Antii Niemi, if Niemi makes the team. What a looker.
- Radek Smolenak and Brian Bickell had nice nights up front, too. Bickell was especially impressive. He looks like he could contribute on the third or fourth line if given the opportunity this season.