Hey guys, I’m back and ready to resume as Editor-in-Awesome for the Roundtable. I want to thank Ryan and Sutty for doing an awesome job while I was gone. They wrote some great stuff that I’m sure got a lot of you nostalgic.
Saturday marks the midway point of this 2012-13 campaign and interestingly enough the Ads are headed to the place their last season ended. It’ll be intriguing to see how our guys handle Abbotsford, a team that seemed a significant step better than last year’s squad in the playoffs.
For now, I’d like to take some time to look back at the first half (and what a first half it was) and give my personal grade to everybody that skated for the team.
Just to make it fun and fair I’ll leave some blanks for you to generously fill in in the comments section.
So without further ado, let’s use today to look at the guys between the pipes:
Jeremy Smith: B+
Smitty had a pretty rough start to the year in the wins and losses department, but a good chunk of that had to do with his scoring support. There were more than a few occasions (Oct. 20 in San Antonio, Nov. 16 in OKC, Dec. 5 at home against Texas) where Jeremy played well enough to win, but the rest of the team couldn’t help him out. Since a fantastic performance on December 21 in a 2-1 win over Rockford Smitty’s been really strong in net going 5-3. Two of those losses came in the shootout round and could certainly be counted in the “played well enough to win” category.
Magnus Hellberg: ?
Tell me what you think of the big goalie so far this year. Where Smitty didn’t, Hellberg had a lot of scoring help early on and at times has looked pretty good for a backup. It’s difficult to compare him to Jeremy as his size and experience make him very different stylistically. He’s much more of a stand-up goaltender who’s more used to blocking shots with his body than being quick with the glove and more active in net.
What are your grades?