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  1. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    I doubt it has anything to do with controlling an ECHL team. Last season the Comets used 58 players and it looks like they want to have more depth signed so they don't have to search for so many mid season emergency PTO replacements. The Comets by far used more players on PTOs from other ECHL teams than they did with call ups from Kalamazoo. It looks like they will have more depth in KZoo to call from this time around.
  2. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    You have to remember that it isn't necessarily the top 13/14 forwards and 7/8 defensemen in training camp that automatically make the opening night roster. Asset management and depth has to come in to play as well. If a kid with waiver exemption just blows away the competition in camp then you need to make room for him. But if a kid with waiver exemption could still use some development time in the AHL he will be sent down before risking an asset that you need for depth to waivers. It should not guarantee a roster spot for the waiver required player if he is under performing badly but that player should get the benefit of the doubt if all things are equal. It is a long grind of a season and you need to retain all of your depth assets right from the beginning. The kids can still get called up when injuries start to pile up. I just don't see risking a player like Granlund to waivers.
  3. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Markus Granlund is one injury impacted year removed from scoring 19 goals in the NHL and is on a one year low cost contract. He would most certainly be claimed off waivers.
  4. Zack MacEwen | C/RW

    For those predicting MacEwen will be centering the 4th line in Vancouver soon should realize that he was used on the wing almost exclusively in Utica last season. His work in the defensive zone last year was a work in progress so I'm not sure he is ready to handle the added defensive responsibly of playing in the middle. The comparisons to Grenier are fair and as soon as Big Mac was signed I knew it was to replace Grenier and his days in the Canucks organization were over. I've watched both players and can honestly say that Grienier has more skill....a better skater, better hands and a much better shot. But Alex was always lacking in Hockey IQ and the fire in his gut to push himself to the next level. Grenier had a path to the NHL as a power forward but wanted to play the game like a 5'10" first line wing. MacEwen does not possess the same skill set as Grenier but looks to be the type of player that will work harder at improving his game and will accept his role of a bottom 6 power forward. Still a work in progress but he did improve as the season went on last year.
  5. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Chaput will be missed. Megna unfortunately missed months of the season after a dirty hit by Miro Aaltonen from the Marlies right at the time he was playing his best hockey for the Comets. Megna took a lot of heat in Vancouver because Willie played him so much but he was a good AHL player and occasional NHL injury call up. He is just not a full time NHL player.
  6. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    I added my thoughts on the list of AHL contracts. LW/C - Carter Bancks - Team captain and dressing room leader. C- Wacey Hamilton - Alternate captain and dressing room leader. (I would have been fine with not bringing him back) W - Reid Gardiner - Depth player that will start in the ECHL and be an injury call up. W - Tanner MacMaster - Late season college ATO last year. Very impressed with his vision and will start in the AHL. W- Brendan Bradley - Depth player that will start in the ECHL and be an injury call up. C - Cam Darcy - Fills a needed role of being able to play at center. W - Vincent Arseneau - Adds toughness and will be a frequent healthy scratch.
  7. [Proposal] Darnell Nurse (Offer Sheet)

    Why is this in the prospects and Comets section?
  8. Evan McEneny | D

    There hasn't been any information on how eMac's rehab is going. At least nothing that I've heard.
  9. Kole Lind | RW

    Lind had one point in six AHL games, looked like a deer in the headlights at times and admitted that the jump from juniors was higher than expected. Hopefully he trains harder than ever this summer and has a great training camp but he needs to spend time in the AHL before cracking the Canucks roster. Let the kid develop.
  10. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    That would be news to me.
  11. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Cross Liepsic off too. He won't clear waivers.
  12. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Blujus looked solid up until the playoffs where he was exposed by a highly skilled Marlies team. He really had a bad playoff series. I like Sifers but at 35 he is starting to slow down. He plays with a snarl and sticks up for his teammates which the Comets need.
  13. 2018-19 Utica Comets Thread

    Yes he is. Gadjovich turns 20 in October and has completed 4 years in the OHL so he satisfies the NHL and CHL transfer agreement both by age and seasons played.
  14. Darren Archibald | #49 | RW/LW

    So has there been an official announcement of the Archibald signing? Still nothing listed on Cap Friendly and I haven't seen anything directly from the Canucks or Comets. Dhaliwal is usually spot on but the delay in any real announcement seems strange.
  15. Kole Lind | RW

    CapFriendly has Gadjovich listed for an ELC signing age of 18 and Lind for an ELC signing age of 20. I'm not sure that is correct and Gadjovich wouldn't slide anyway based on this... "An exception to this rule is that if the player is 19 on September 15 of the first year of their contract, and turns 20 between September 16 and December 31, their contract does not slide."