( Earl will probably have a good update on how they faired so I won't go into too much detail but wanted to touch on a few key details.)
WOW. That is all I can say about Elliott right now and that's even before posting about his 2 goal and an assist performance tonight (Saturday). Friday night was his coming out party. After seeing his responsibilities and ice time increase at the end of last season, Elliott has started this season out extremely well. The box score doesn't show it but the ice sure did as he scorched it with his fast end to end rushes on Friday. Kid could have had 2-3 goals last night. No that is not a burgundy rainbow you see, Elliott looked like he was channeling Duchene with his speed, stick handling and ability to weave through multiple opponents to get quality shots off. This was a regular thing for him. If he wasn't going end to end to create the best scoring chances of the night, he was taking the puck at the blue line and getting in close to create a high quality scoring chance. He only had one assist (that came from an end to end rush where he took a hit near the circles and still reached out enough to get the puck on net for Lerg to finish) but played like he should have had 3-4 points if not for great goaltending. His play in his own end isn't perfect but the change in system clearly favors an Elliott like player on the backend. Friday night was hopefully his breakout night as he takes over responsibilities on LE's top line.
few quick tidbits:
Siemens and Heard are nice additions to LE. Their physical play is a welcomed addition. Both had scrums where they egged/inflamed the opponent which resulted in fists flying. Look for more Downie/Wilson like physical play from these two.
While the box score says 5-2, Aittokallio played better than that. There may have been a goal he could have stopped if he had seen it but the others either came on the PP, from an excellent snipe to the corner, or from Beaupre not tying up his man enough.
A losing effort on Friday but a nice start to the season for Elliott and a few rookies.