As you've probably heard by now, the Aeros split the weekend with the Barons, losing 4-0 on Friday night and winning 6-2 last night.
Not sure what clicked for them last night, but I would speculate that the Aeros were doing a full dress rehearsal last night. As Coach Torchetti told Andrew via text after Friday's game, they were purposely putting young guys in tough situations on Wednesday and Friday to give them a taste of where they need to be.
Perhaps last night, they played the special teams they plan to run with in regular season. Both the PK and the PP were clicking, with Mikael Granlund earning a whopping 4 of the 6 goals and linemate Charlie Coyle potting the other 2.
But as one Twitter follower said (paraphrased): Big deal. It's pre-season. And it's the AHL.
Well, yeah, the one thing to keep in mind with OKC is that Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and Jordan Eberle were scratched, so that's OKC's version of Granlund and Coyle. This might be closer to the OKC we'd see if the lockout would ever end, but not the one the Aeros can expect to face in regular season.
Still, if it were a piece of cake to score 4 goals a game in the AHL, pre-season or otherwise, errbody'd be doing it. Granlund is special, no doubt about it. I'm so jazzed for Saturday, I can hardly stand it, and I gather you guys are, too.
The only other piece of news is that goalies John Curry and Mike Brodeur are off the camp roster, as Curry was released from his tryout and Brodeur is off to Orlando. So it sounds like that's the last of the cuts and who's left is your team.
See you in 7 days.
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