Watched the playoffs a bit. Mitch Callahan looked off. Makes sense since the injury he was returning from and with a cage. Backman looked really, really good. Defense looked lost with Almquist out though. Pulkinnen's game is just great. His adjustment has been wonderful. He doesn't try to do too much and makes the simple plays.
You did, you did. Backman became the #1 defenseman pretty quickly. Of course Almquist had to be injured but the point remians. Holland talked about Backman being on the team next year. As for Pulkkinen, he doesn't play like your typical European anymore. It's just so effortless. Smart, correct plays. Nothing major. Goaltenders know about that slapshot, and he still gets it off.
Im hoping Kindl is gone so AA and Backman get a shot, as well as Marchenko but he will need some AHL time to make sure he is alright after the injury. It will also allow Jensen to get some develop time he should of had this year but was derailed by injury. Also Nedo had a great year in the ECHL and needs to be given a fair chance in the AHL.
But yes Backman would have been the #1 even over AA. And Pulu plays a great game all around (even defensively he isnt as horrible as he was over seas) one part of me hopes Alfie isnt back so that he may get a crack.