NEWARK, N.J. >> A virus swept by the Geese’ dressing room, leaving workforce captain Ryan Getzlaf in such tough form that coach Dallas Eakins kicked him off the ice throughout Friday’s apply at Prudential Middle. Getzlaf’s availability for Saturday’s recreation towards the New York Islanders was unsure.
It might create a tough problem for the Geese after they face one of many NHL’s high groups.
Or it might create a chance for one in all their younger gamers.
The Geese didn’t recall Isac Lundestrom from their AHL workforce in San Diego to take a seat within the press field munching popcorn whereas his teammates truly play the video games. They summoned Lundestrom, a 20-year-old rookie heart, to the NHL to be taught, to develop, to contribute and to play a significant position.
“Lundestrom has been actually stable down there,” Eakins mentioned of his play in San Diego, the place he’s had 9 factors (two objectives, seven assists) in 21 video games. “He’s performed properly. I believed he was one in all our higher forwards, if not our two or three finest forwards the opposite evening.”
Eakins referred to the Geese’ Three-1 loss Wednesday to the New Jersey Devils. Lundestrom performed 18:37 after enjoying Tuesday for the Gulls in a shootout loss to Grand Rapids in San Diego, then awaking early to fly cross nation to hitch the Geese just a few hours earlier than they confronted the Devils.
Lundestrom skated with fellow Swedes Rickard Rakell and Jakob Silfverberg to begin Wednesday’s recreation and was credited with two pictures, one which was on track and one which was blocked. Lundestrom gained 5 of 9 faceoffs (56 p.c).
“His first look this time round has been a really favorable one,” Eakins mentioned. “Once more, (Friday) in apply, actually, actually good. He’s detailed. He’s aggressive. He was executing. So, he’s incomes every thing he’s getting proper now. This isn’t only a given.”
No query, Lundestrom and Max Jones, a 21-year-old left wing, may be with Gulls reasonably than with the Geese if not for accidents to proper wing Troy Terry and heart Derek Grant earlier this week. The Geese wanted assist and Lundestrom and Jones have been recalled from San Diego.
Terry, 22, is one other younger participant who had earned a big position with the Geese. He’s anticipated to be sidelined for as much as 10 weeks after breaking his fibula proper beneath his proper kneecap following a knee-to-knee hit from Nicolas Aube-Kubel of the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday.
Lundestrom performed 15 video games with the Geese final season, after they chose him on the primary spherical of the 2018 draft (23rd total). He additionally performed 12 video games with the Gulls earlier than returning to play with Lulea in his native Sweden, then returning to play seven video games within the AHL playoffs.
Eakins definitely was impressed throughout his restricted time with Lundestrom in San Diego. Eakins coached the Gulls for 4 seasons earlier than the Geese employed him to be their coach, after Randy Carlyle was fired final February and basic supervisor Bob Murray assumed the teaching duties himself.
“As a lot as we might have appreciated to have had him in San Diego or with the Geese final yr, he did go play in a person’s league,” Eakins mentioned of Lundestrom’s resolution to play in Sweden final season. “That Swedish league isn’t some youngsters’ league. It’s a really, superb league.
What does Eakins like most about Lundestrom?
“He’s obtained actually good habits,” Eakins mentioned. “Like, actual good professional habits. Generally it takes guys some time to develop that after they’re that age. He already has them. To me, the nice professionals are those who are available in on daily basis and so they do every thing that’s been required after which do extra.
“Take apply, it’s not simply, ‘OK, I’m out right here practising,’” Eakins mentioned. “There’s a compete degree. There’s an execution degree that not solely are we in search of, however the participant has his personal requirements, as properly. We will ask, we will push, we will pull as a employees, nevertheless it all the time comes all the way down to what are your requirements? What are your self-imposed requirements?
“His requirements are excessive.”