Timo Parsinnen, Sami Pahlsson, Petr Tenkrat, Antti Jussi Niemi, and even Kevin Sawyer all these players started the season on the pond, some flourished and showed the ability to play in the NHL like Sawyer and Pahlsson, then there’s players like Timo Parsinnen who is having a little trouble getting adjusted to the North American ice surface but on a high note he has been playing great the past couple of games for the Cincy ducks.
Tenkrat was showing signs of improvement in every department except that he was showing a different skill every night never putting them together which is why he was traded, the ducks aren’t going to wait around for players to develop anymore they learned their lesson after players like Antti Aalto and Jeremy Stevenson never produced. Sami Pahlsson has been excellent this season contributing at both ends of the ice, his modest offensive skill and great defense make him a big part of Anaheim’s future.
Kevin Sawyer is currently leading the NHL in penalty minutes ahead of Donald Brashear, which is not bad for a rookie. Kevin has given the ducks what they’ve been lacking for the past couple of seasons, a hard nosed physical player who gets underneath opposing players skin, Sawyer stirs the pot.
Niemi has been a big disappointment this season and I don’t know why, the guy hits like a freight train but doesn’t like to hit often, Niemi has average offensive ability but plays like his hands are made of stone, Niemi better gain some confidence in his abilities soon or he might find himself on a new team just like Petr Tenkrat did.
A notable mention to three players who didn’t start the season in Anaheim but will next year, Andy McDonald, Tony Martensson, and Maxim Rybin all three have been playing great so far in their respective leagues, my next article will be about this trio of ducks prospects.