Let's give letter grades to those that are making an impact. If they aren't making an impact, then they won't be reported. Sound fair? Okay...let's, get started.
Jonathan Toews: A+ (anyone surprised?) According to beat reporters and fans who were at the first day of camp he was "a man amongst boys".
Brandon Saad: A The way he played in the Rookie tournament this isn't a surprise at all.
Michael Frolik: A Skated well and was even physical.
Corey Crawford: A- Made plenty of big saves.
Mac Carruth: A He looked really good. Best goalie on the ice.
Patrick Kane: A- People said he looked good and the wrist appears to be better. (Nice shootout goal he had....and even yet, a BETTER celebration.
Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook, Nick Leddy and Niklas Hjalmarsson : A-. Looked ready for the season to begin.
Philip Danault; A- Was impressive. Skated well + handled puck well.
Brandon Pirri: A- Also looked good.
Shawn Lalonde: A- ...and he scored too.
Joe Lavin + Ryan Stanton : B+ most impressive rookies on the blue line.
Marcus Kruger, Kyle Beach: C+ Neither made first day impacts.
Daniel Carcillo: B+ Had restraint. Had to be pulled apart from engaging with Bollig, but he was aggressive and skated really well.
Alexander Salak: B+ Looked good and looked BIG in net. Was extremely mobile and quick.
David Toews: B: Works hard, just like his brother.
Ray Emery: B- (interestingly enough that is the grade he gave himself also) Coach Q liked what he saw from Emery,...so that's a good start, even though he gave up 3 goals including a breakaway to Jonathan Toews. According to fans who were there, they thought Emery looked slow from post to post. (That has always been his forte, no news there).
Sami Lepisto: D- He looked out of place. Let's see how he is by week's end.
Rostislav Olesz: D Slow, Slow and slower. (still has no strength in his legs). Hope he has his legs under him by Oct 1. He is a big guy.
Jeremy Morin: N/A He still must be injured. Only skated. He also was
pulled from the Rookie tournament. Post concussion syndrome. NOT good.
and of course....John Scott: F Has no use being in an Indian head sweater