Leth #2 RD Addison, Calen (2018) – An offensive defenseman that is dangerous with the puck on his stick. Had a knack for getting shots through traffic and helping create chances in the offensive zone. Very good skater. Showed good top speed, clean pivoting and an ability to slip in and around defenders with his skating ability. Addison is a capable puck carrier. He made smart decisions with the puck and was able to shake off pressure while on the point. Defensively, Addison needs to get stronger. He was able to check a couple players just hard enough to bump them off the puck, but Addison will have troubles with stronger players. He didn’t chase defensively and had generally good awareness, but defensive coverage is not his strength.
Leth #10 LW Zudilov, Egor (2018) – For a player with only seven goals in the regular season, Zudilov showed that he has a lot more to give. Showed a willingness to go to high traffic areas and had the high-end hands needed to navigate the puck through heavy traffic. Did seem to be more engaged with the puck on his stick than he was in 50/50 puck battles.
Leth #15 LC Bellerive, Jordy (PIT 2017) – Good motor. Worked hard. Heavy wrist shot. Had a goal and an assist in the game. One of the better Lethbridge players on the night.
Leth #24 RC/RW Cozens, Dylan (2019) – A big kid that made sure to finish his checks. Played hard, but clean. Used as both a centre and a winger. Played a strong two-way game. Did a nice job along the walls – showed good awareness of where to be and where to leave the puck for teammates to keep the play alive. Above average hands. Used a combination of size and changing of speed to create space for himself with the puck on his stick. Didn’t have a point, but constantly created pressure and drove the play into the offensive end. Good hand-eye coordination. Moved around the ice pretty well for a big guy but could still use some work on his footspeed. Used heavily by the Lethbridge coaching staff in a variety of situations. Really helped control the play when he was on the ice.
Leth #27 RC Barlage, Logan (2019) – Large centre that wasn’t afraid to go to the tough areas of the ice. Has some similarities in his game to Cozens, but less polished. His skating will need to get better for him to take the next step towards pro hockey. Hockey awareness was only average as well. Barlage was rewarded with a goal and an assist by simply going hard to the net where his opponents had trouble containing him.
RD #4 RD Alexeyev, Alexander (2018) – Did not play (injured).
RD #5 RD Barteaux, Dawson (2018) – Played a lot as Red Deer only periodically used their 3rd defense pairing. That being said, he looked okay, but left us wanting more. While capable as a two-way defensemen, he often looked pensive. Gap coverage needs to improve. First pass was adequate. Looked to be happier getting rid of the puck than someone wanting to attack the defense.
RD #23 LC Schellenberg, Austin (2018) – Showed flashes of offensive acumen for a kid with only three points in the regular season. Good vision, above average hands. Slight build. Needs to be stronger in order to better fight through checks.