AMERKS GETTING READY FOR SEASON OPENER SATURDAY NIGHTNews | 10/4/2011 4:04:11 PM | Dan Peters
The Rochester Americans are hard at work this week as they go about final preparations for their regular season opener this Saturday in Hamilton. A straight week of uninterrupted practice following the exhibition game last Friday is allowing head coach Ron Rolston to evaluate the team one last time prior to the drop of the puck on the new season and also provide a more complete analysis of what he has observed to this point.
“We are hoping that David will be back on Thursday. They are taking it slow to make sure that he is back at the baseline before he returns,” said Rolston.
Rolston then went on to praise the strength of the team’s defensive corps, noting, “You can see how well they skate. I think they are good defenders, but I also think they are going to be able to create a lot of offense back there.”
Finley admitted that he is looking forward to the year and getting into a better rhythm with his new teammates. In addition, the 24 year-old is ready to move on and continue to develop after seeing his past two seasons severely shortened due to injury.
“He has a lot of experience between playing for Buffalo and in this league that he can pass on to the younger players.”
Rolston was also quick to point out Ryan’s talent level and the attributes he can bring to the ice.
“He can skate, score goals, and he will definitely be relied upon to create some offense for us.”
“It gives us an opportunity to not worry about pleasing the fans right away and allows guys to get comfortable with what their roles are early on before we get back home.”
“We still have to make some decisions about who the right players are for here and what is going to make our team the strongest.”
“Right now we have some ideas on it, but we are watching how the leadership goes and who steps up,” said Rolston.
With this in mind, however, he also maintained that there are multiple players who can be influential in such a manner.
“I think we have a number of guys who can be a part of a leadership group on this team and help steer it, but it’s just a matter of whom.”