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Scouting Report – 12/26/16 – Justin Bailey

December 27, 2016 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

The Amerks came back from holiday break wearing their road blues; it was not the only way they looked like a different team. Coach Dan Lambert did a total reboot of the forward lines. The new top line featuring Schneider, Kennedy, and Bailey combined for 6 points. Bailey earned the game’s first star for his two goals. Lambert had the magic touch tonight, as the Amerks were able to triumph over the Crunch for the first time in six contests. The night was charged with a physical energy uncommon of anything fans have witnessed at the Blue Cross Arena this year. Syracuse grew more frustrated as the game progressed, and were not able to execute the way they have in the past. The catalyst of that frustration was Justin Bailey.

Although Bailey was able to net two goals, and earn the first star of the night, the product he put on the ice was far from perfect. I am going to rate him an A- -. On the opening power play of the night, 95 was able to end the Amerks prolonged goal drought. He crashed the net well, and was able to bang home [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 12/19/16 – Tim Kennedy

December 20, 2016 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

Tonight’s 4-1 collapse was one of the worst games Rochester played all year. After leading 1-0, the Senators scored four unanswered goals, snapping the Amerk’s three game home win streak. If O’Reilly had not been gifted an assist on what was a largely an individual effort, Baptiste-O’Reilly-Schneider would have gone their 3rd strait game without a point. The #1 line is a combined -11 over that stretch. Once again that lack of production filtered into special teams play. Rochester has now failed to score on 23 strait power plays. The lone bright spot of the night was the hard work of Justin Bailey, who scored the only goal. After a shaky start to the year, he is really starting to heat up.

Among the things to be disappointed about was the return of Tim Kennedy. Tonight his rating was a J, for jet-lagged. After traveling over 30 hours this weekend, and moving his family from Sweden on Thursday, it looked obvious he wasn’t prepared to play. His slow reactions were most evident in the face-off circle. He lost almost every draw he had tonight (most of them cleanly).

Offensively, Kennedy was never really able [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 12/17/16 – Cal O’Reilly

December 18, 2016 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

The Amerk’s were able to squeak out a close one in overtime tonight with a 3-2 win. Justin Bailey blazed into the zone, beat his man on the wing, and deeked the keeper to get the overtime winner. For his goal he earned the first star of the night.

In my opinion, the real star of the show was Taylor Fedun. His ability to skate the puck effectively makes him the offensive catalyst the Amerks need on the point. He made beautiful stretch passes to start the breakout; including one gorgeous pass from behind his net, through the neutral zone, onto the stick of his right winger. With him on the point, power play zone entry was flawless. In Fedun’s absence this has been a glaring weakness. When he did not skate the puck past center ice, he was able to find an easy entry pass. He assisted on the first goal, and scored the go-ahead goal on a nice top-shelf wrister. I also think Erik Burgdoerfer played a great game. He made several heads up plays in the defensive zone, and is evolving into a key blue liner.

Unfortunately, I was less than impressed with [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 12/14/16 – Vaclav Karabacek

December 15, 2016 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

Tonight’s 5-2 victory against the Marlies might just be the best of the year. In a contest that was bogged down by some questionable officiating, Nick Baptiste played a near perfect game; and was able to record a hat trick. Also Dan Catenacci was able to bust out of his slump, scoring a goal, and earning the second star. Power play woes continued as the Amerks went 0 for 4 on the night. Lambert attempted to put Nelson on the point. Instead of rising to the task, Nelson continually turned the puck over impeding zone entry on a consistent basis. He even gifted the puck away on the point leading to a breakaway for the Marlies.

I am going to give Vaclav Karabacek an A- in his Amerks debut. In my first ever viewing of him I was very impressed. He played mistake free hockey for most of the night. I loved his fore-checking effort, and he combined with Catenacci for a nice assist. He was a +1 on the night and was able to register 2 shots on net. He was not involved in any special teams, but I think he is starting to develop [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 12/2/16 – Cole Schneider

December 3, 2016 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

The Amerks were able to hang on by the skin of their teeth tonight against the Toronto Marlies for a 3-2 victory. Rochester played an amazing first period, but after that, they didn’t look very sharp. Tonight’s game was flooded with special teams play: It honestly felt like there was no 5 on 5 hockey in the second frame. Dan Lambert decided to go with 5 forwards on the power play all night. They went 1 for 7 as a result. The team had difficulty getting set up and neither Rodrigues or Schneider looked good on the point. I’ll give Coach Lambert a bit of credit for being creative without Fedun and Nelson, but it just didn’t work. The difference tonight was the Baptiste-O’Reilly-Schneider line. I expected them to dominate, and they didn’t disappoint. The trio finished with 5 points, scoring all 3 goals. I was most impressed by the play of Nick Baptiste. I think his days in Rochester are numbered. His 10 goals lead the team so far this year and he is one of three Amerks to average over a point a game (others: Captain Cal and Cole Schneider).

Tonight I scouted Cole [...]Read More

Scouting Report – 11/25/16 – Tyler Strachan

November 26, 2016 - By

By Dennis Allen, Jr.

Friday’s 5-2 loss to the Comets was disappointing on many levels. The roster lacked the forward depth to allow Rochester to compete for a full 60 minutes. In what has developed into a common trend for the Amerks, there was almost no physical play. Nick Baptiste was the one bright spot tonight. He was on a mission to make things happen and looked by far the best player on the ice for the Americans. His silky smooth mitts have now netted him 9 goals and 3 Assists in just 11 games at the AHL level.

Tyson Strachan improved upon many things from Wednesday night’s performance. He needed to be more physical in front of the net, turn the puck over less, and be more efficient starting the breakout. From the very beginning of the game he made significant strides. He was very conservative passing in the zone and sent every thing up the boards. Also, he did a much better job clearing players from the front of the net and keeping their stick off the ice. Unfortunately Strachan’s night ended prematurely. He took a shot directly in the face at the twelve minute mark in the [...]Read More