With nothing to do tonight, I decided to take in game six of the Baby Pens' playoff series against Norfolk. They won 3-2 on a late goal from Robert Nilsson, so they'll start the next series against what probably will be a heavily favored Hershey on Wednesday. Perhaps Kris Letang will be in the lineup that night...
I mainly watched to check out Filewich, Stone, Dixon, and Schaefer. This is the first WBS game I've seen this year and the first since the game in which they eliminated Bridgeport in the first round last year. It wasn't as fun for me to watch this year simply because last year they had the likes of Fleury, Whitney, Talbot, Christensen, etc. in the lineup whereas this year a lot of Edmonton guys and career minor leaguers are taking up the big roles.
I was kind of watching two games at once with the Sabres and Rangers in OT for a good portion of this game, plus I was watching a low quality internet feed so take my thoughts for what they're worth. Schaefer was solid but nothing real special. Then again, he wasn't tested all that much. The first goal against was a long wrist shot through a screen on a power play, tough to blame him on that one. The second was a pretty weak goal but it was a tricky shot off a bad giveaway. He did a good job controlling rebounds and generally seems pretty calm in net. I'd imagine if he wants to remain in the organization there's a good chance he could be the NHL back-up next season but I still have a hard time believing he'll be back.
Filewich didn't stand out all that much. He seems to be willing to go to the net and moves ok. His presence in front of the net played a big part in DuPont's goal on the PP in the first period, so he did have some impact. He's the guy I tried to have my eye on the most and I hope to see more of him later on in the playoffs. He's been a pretty good playoff performer in the AHL in his career. I doubt he makes the team out of camp next season but he seems to have a pretty solid package of tools and intangibles that will lead to him being a solid NHL player. Whether that happens for the Pens or if he gets traded elsewhere is still a question.
Stone was throwing his body around a good deal. He had the primary assist on DuPont's goal. I didn't notice him a great deal either but he seems to be involved in his own end and like I said dished out some nice hits. Nothing he did offensively really impressed me but he's gotten good remarks in terms of intangibles too. I wouldn't be surprised if he makes an appearance next season. Dixon seems like a solid checking player. He had an assist on Jensen's goal. He's probably pretty good depth to have and again I wouldn't be surprised to see him at some point next season if a spot on the fourth line opens up due to injury or whatever.
I'll probably try to check out one of the games in the Hershey series, especially if Letang's team gets eliminated. Hershey eliminated WBS last year in the second round and they were the best team in the league again during the regular season, so this will be a tough series for them. Wilkes-Barre has a pretty solid team, though. They were in control for most of the game this evening despite a lot of PPs going the other way and a lot of missed calls. Nilsson is pretty impressive, at least from what I saw in this game.