The Hartford Wolfpack opened up their season this pack weekend by going 1-0-1 after losing in a shootout to the Norfolk Admirals, then following it up the next day by defeating the Albany Devils.
The team lead by young forwards Danny Kristo, and those familiar with the big club, Chris Kreider and JT Miller led the way by combining for 4 goals and 3 assists in those two games. Oscar Lindberg was held scoreless in both games, but did look promising according to reports.
Kreider has to be the one who is going to get watched the most. A favorite to be on the opening night roster for the New York Rangers, was a surprise final cut, and he’s looking to redeem himself. Game one against Norfolk, he had 7 total shots on goal, but failed to captialize on those chances. He made up for it the next day against Albany, scoring on the powerplay, to give the team their first goal of the day. Miller would add 2, and then defenseman Dylan McIlrath would add the game winner, as they squeaked past the Devils 4-3.
The game against Norfolk the night before was incredibly exciting. As they were down 2-1 with less then 10 seconds left, Darroll Powe, a salary cap casualty put one past the Norfolk goaltender, tying the game with .4 seconds left. They would then fall in a shootout. But the talk is how good the youngsters looked.
JT Miller, who played in an NHL game three days prior looked strong for the Wolfpack, as he another salary cap casualty, really poured it on the Devils who seemingly could not find an answer to stop Miller. Kreider on the other hand is doing exactly what AV wanted him to do, stay in front of the net, be more Ryan Kesler esque. I feel he, along with Miller will find spots on the roster as the season progresses. AV did the right thing by allowing them to play down there, instead of holding them back, and watching them sit from the press box.
The Wolfpack play another two games this Friday and Saturday against the Adirondack Phantoms.