Pucking Sunshine – Snow Day Edition
The clouds have parted, the sun is out, and there’s a lot of snow and sleet on the ground. Much like the wild, hyped-up, and ratings fueled forecasts that came before the storm, our Hurricanes came up a bit short Friday night…and Tuesday night. At least, Thursday night in St. Louis was quite the opposite with a powerful 4-2 victory of the Blues.
So, while I sit here, snowed in, I figured it was time to kick back with some
coffee cocoa beer, and reflect on the week that was for the boys in the sightless eye, and find the good in the last few games. So, let’s get started!
1 – Derek Ryan
The former Checkers captain had himself quite the game Thursday night in St. Louis. Scoring two goals and being a pest, Ryan proved once again why he deserves to stay in Raleigh. The combination of McGinn, Staal, and
the Doctor McDreamy (I’ll make this his nickname one day), has proven to be a formidable trio, and it’s something I’d like to see a lot more of in the future.
Ryan’s vast experience on the ice is starting to pay off, and as he continues to get more comfortable in the NHL he will become a solid piece of the puzzle that the Canes can build around. Also, Ryan’s tenure as a captain for the Checkers allows the squad in Raleigh to have an extra voice of leadership in the locker room.
For a team built around young players and developing talents, #33’s voice is one that will be needed in the room to guide the boys through the ups and the downs that come along with playing professional sports. I would not be surprised to see Derek producing more as the season goes on and in the future when the issues of captaincy are addressed I would not be shocked to see an A on his chest in a few years time.
2 – Ty Rattie
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The newest Hurricane may have looked a step of two slow during his first couple of shifts against his former team, but as the night went on in St. Louis, Ty Rattie picked up the systems and found his rhythm with his new teammates. In his second game in Chicago, Rattie earned his first point in the white and red tailing a primary assist on the Cane’s lone goal by Victor Rask. Rattie had a few good chances for goals on his own that night as well.
The 23-year-old had only appeared in 4 games this season before arriving in our locker room and will need some time to get acclimated to Bill Peters and the Hurricanes’ staff and systems, but I am confident that the more he plays and the more his TOI increases this year that he may develop into something special for the Canes and be a solid contributor to our offense.
3 – John Forslund
I know I’m a bit late to the punch on this, but we are incredibly lucky to have John Forslund. The TV voice of the Hurricanes paints the game so beautifully for the home audience. We’ve seen a glimpse of what lies beyond and it wasn’t quite what we’re used to. When NBC comes calling, we will sorely miss him.
Besides, someone has to keep Tripp in line.
That’s another week of sunshine in the books. Let’s hope we get plenty more of it to melt the snow over the next week and four nights of it at PNC Arena this week!