Things couldn’t have gone a lot better for these hoping Kraken rookie Matty Beniers would decide up the place left off over the ultimate 10 video games of final season.
Beniers was clearly the most effective participant on the ice in his crew’s 3-0 preseason victory Monday evening over the Edmonton Oilers and it wasn’t notably shut. While the Oilers have been minus Connor McDavid, Leon Draisaitl and a number of different A-listers, the Climate Pledge Arena crowd acquired to see Beniers flash his capturing expertise in a penalty-filled sport in any other case largely devoid of 5-on-5 offense.
Beniers would bury a kind of possibilities, a brief facet magnificence over the shoulder of Oilers goalie Olivier Rodrigue that snapped a scoreless impasse simply greater than two minutes into the center body. Ryan Donato prolonged the result in 2-0 at 14:15 of the identical interval with a stable particular person effort to chase down a puck hurled up the sideboards by Kraken goalie Joey Daccord earlier than fooling freshly inserted Oilers netminder Ryan Fanti with a wraparound purpose.
Fanti initially thought Donato would attempt to shoot and dedicated his physique towards the puck. Donato as a substitute went across the web and completed the play by tucking the puck into the vacated open facet whereas sprawled on the ice.
Daccord drew the lone help on the purpose simply minutes after getting into the sport to switch starter Martin Jones as had been preplanned.
And that seemed to be sufficient on an evening the Oilers weren’t something just like the crew that terrorizes opposing defenders when McDavid and Draisaitl present up. They had an early purpose referred to as again for incidental contact on goalie Jones and didn’t look notably threatening till the Kraken handed them a five-minute energy play on the finish of the second interval when junior prospect Jacob Melanson practically took off Edmonton ahead James Hamblin’s head with a impartial zone elbow.
Melanson was ejected for the unlawful head shot, and the Kraken’s penalty kill — flawless all evening — acquired its most prolonged session of labor. It would even be the Kraken getting the most effective scoring alternatives of the 5 minutes, first when veteran farmhand Max McCormick was despatched in alone on a transparent minimize breakaway solely to be foiled by Fanti.
Then, simply 43 seconds into the ultimate body and with the Kraken nonetheless short-handed, Brandon Tanev raced down the fitting facet on a 2-on-1 break and slipped an ideal move to Morgan Geekie for a one-timed short-handed purpose.
The Kraken’s personal energy play additionally was largely annoyed by the Oilers, going 0-for-6 and managing eight pictures whole regardless of the first unit that includes new summer time acquisitions Andre Burakovsky, Oliver Bjorkstrand and defenseman Justin Schultz together with Beniers and Alexander Wennberg.
Still, the unit managed to maneuver the puck round at instances and generated the most effective scoring likelihood of the opening interval when Beniers blistered a one-timer from the fitting circle that Oilers goalie Rodrigue deflected from hurt’s means.
There had been speak the Kraken could be aggressive of their preseason utilization of Beniers and positively afforded him ample alternatives on an evening he appeared poised and assured regardless of his rookie standing.
Beniers opened the evening centering the Kraken’s second line with Donato to his left and Bjorkstrand to his proper and the trio was the house crew’s greatest taking a look at even power. It would finally be Beniers named the sport’s first star and designated because the participant to guide the ceremonial stuffed toy fish toss to followers within the stands afterward.