The Three Stars
Ben Ondrus – Played a very high energy game, not the biggest, nor the fastest but always around the puck in the offensive zone. He either won his battles for the puck or caused a stalemate. The perfect puckhound.
Ben Ondrus on the development of his defensive skills and his nose for the net: “The last couple of years in junior (Swift Current) our coach (Todd McClelland) keyed our game on defense. I was not really the best defensively going in there but he turned me into a pretty good defensive forward. I’ve always tried to go to the net. You’re not going to score many goals if you don’t go there.”
Peter Reynolds – Played a very solid defensive game, both physically and positionally. Showed very good vision when head manning the puck and did well when he chose to skate with it. His pairing shutout the Vasicek/Svoboda duo.
Peter Reynolds on how much effect the Canada WJC camp on his game and preparing for the Leaf Rookie Camp: “Oh yeah it did, we were skating on Olympic sized ice and Toronto wanted me to skate with the puck more so it got me a little more confident, a little more comfortable coming in. It was kind of a good stepping stone for me to get into it.”
Michal Travnicek – His reputation as a player others don’t like to play against remains intact. First shift was stride, stride, stride, knock someone on their keester. It never stopped after that.
Michal Travnicek on what he needs to show the Leaf brass and what he needs to improve on to make the Leafs: “I have to play tough, that’s the way I can do this. I think the things I can improve are my skating and my play with the puck.”
Others who impressedLuca Cereda – Played well defensively, often bailed out his defensemen when they were trapped behind the net. Could be more physical.
Alexei Ponikarovsky – Used his huge wingspan to the utmost advantage; one man couldn’t separate him from the puck. Needs to work on the offensive aspects of his game.
Mirko Murovic – Almost as rough and tumble as Travnicek, had some chances, nice pass to Boyes on his goal.
Jonathon Zion – Was a true offensive threat from the blueline, showed great creativity