The Russell Report: Observations From Scrimmage Two
Score: Silver 2, Blue 1
Goal Scorers: Weber (blue), Beck (Silver), Nystrom (Silver)
Shea Weber– The Predators captain didn’t waste time during Saturday morning’s scrimmage, beating goaltender Allen York with a slapshot from the slot just minutes into the game. Weber brought his usual offensive prowess and physicality to the abbreviated game. He and Ryan Ellis spent the entire scrimmage as a pairing.
Wilson–Cullen–Stalberg – The line of Colin Wilson, Matt Cullen and Viktor Stalberg spent the majority of the 60-minute scrimmage playing together. Speed is the first thing that comes to mind when watching these three play together. Wilson has shown a level of speed not previously seen from the fourth-year forward, while Stalberg’s speed – one of the main reasons the Preds went after him this offseason – was very apparent. Cullen centered the line and was able to set up Wilson and Stalberg on several scoring chances.
Taylor Beck– Beck evened the score with a breakaway goal midway through the first 30-minute session. He was able to break away from the blue defenders with a nice feed from Filip Forsberg, and showed good speed and nice stickhandling ability on the goal. Beck has been impressive thus far, most frequently playing on a line with Mike Fisher and Patric Hornqvist.
Seth Jones – The 6-5, 210-pound defenseman picked up where he left off on Friday afternoon, controlling the game from his own end and showing poise beyond his years. Jones once again showed the agility and escapability he possesses by side-stepping several checks and making good outlet passes.
Marek Mazanec– The Czech-born goaltender continued to be impressive on Saturday afternoon, turning away every shot faced in the second 30-minute session. Mazanec was also solid during the postgame shootout. As mentioned yesterday, Mazanec still needs time to adjust to the North American game, but fans should be excited about seeing the netminder in Nashville in the future.