I think with Al there was always this thought that he was just a slapshot. (But) he controlled the defensive zone, he was able to control the pace of the game, and he had the ability to make great passes. There were a number of things Al did besides generating a threat on the power play. And he did it at an age when you see players at that position get slower. It seemed like he was almost getting better as he got older.
It's not etched in stone that that's how we're going to start. We wanted him to experience it here and see how he handled it. That's an option. He's a talented kid, so the upside is huge. Skill-wise, offensively, he can do a lot of things with his shot. The quick hands jumped out at me. It's going to be a huge boost. One more dangerous weapon offensively who can help our power play.
We're coming off two critical months. November and December, as far as the volume of games and a lot of real busy stretches in those months - this month looks like each and every game we should be well-prepared, ready and rested. This is an opportunity for us to help ourselves and position ourselves where we'd like to move up in the standings.
Chris is coming to camp with a lot to prove. He's healthy and he wasn't quite right when we got him last year. He's been fine. He got off to a good start and played well. I can't talk about those things interest in Joseph, because I don't know. We're happy with our goaltending. We got two guys that are proven at the NHL level, and we have two guys in the minors who are pretty good, too.
With Brad, we feel he's going to provide a great element of energy and enthusiasm. We think he's fitting in with the guys great. He's a team guy he's going to be well received by his teammates. He's a big member of the community in all the teams he's been at. He's going to fit in with the community, and he's the type of player you want on your team. I don't foresee a problem at all.