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  1. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    I saw Dahlen, Goldobin and Jasek at lunch today at Moe's in Utica. My god Dahlen is small. You forget these are just kids. Until you look at him. He looks 15 years old. He makes Jasek and Goldobin look like studs. What a fun player to watch though, and as Jaromir Jagr says you dont have to be strong to play in the NHL any more, but he still has to grow some to have any shot at the big show. Good season overall and we were one bounce away in the first game from maybe taking this series in an upset. But credit Toronto they have a nice mix of experience, size, speed, skill and D, and a hot Sparks is going to win a lot of AHL games. The easy choice for Comets MVP was Demko. Hard to say what happens next year but I wonder if they shield him from getting shelled in the NHL next year and let him marinate say half an AHL season then bring him up for good depending on where the Canucks are at the All Star break. I could see that working for him. He is very comfortable here and his confidence level is up you can just see it in him. Getting shelled behind a transition D next year, hmmm, I dont know if that makes any sense. And just sitting behind Mark and getting an occasional start, not too sure about that either. Several guys took some steps forward this year with Macewen the easy choice for MIP and an intriguing prospect for bottom 6 role. I think he may end up having an NHL career if he can avoid injury and add some scoring touch to his heavy, fast game. He may have to become a bit of a pugilist too. Cassels not that far behind him, and then maybe Chatfield next although most of that came in the last month of the season, and maybe Sautner next. Fun group with Goldobin, Boucher, Archie, Motte, all looking to stay up with Van. Boucher may surprise some next year but no matter what happens, I think he gets some games in the NHL even if it is similar to this year where he came in as a call up. Same with Motte. Goldobin is a mystery. If he takes it seriously and gets a bit stronger and focuses on all three zones, he can make plays. Add in some intriguing, border line guys like McMaster, Jasek, Chaput, Megna, Labate, Dahlen and you have the makings of a good Comets team next year. True blue Comets like Bancks and Hamilton will hopefully come back in their checking roles, and Carcone is also valuable out there as an AHL player. Where we need help is on D. Hopefully they find some more prospect there and although WIercioch and Sifers are solid AHL players, we need to be better there and so does the big club. Another fun season comes to an end. If you are ever in Utica, give me a shout.
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  4. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    I think I am going to go up for the 5th game. Stay in Niagara Falls tomorrow and then zip up to TO. I like Ricoh.
  5. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Goldy took some hard checks and bounced back. The Marlies are way bigger than us without Woods, Comrie, Labate and Archie. We are the mighty mites out there. I also see why Sifers has had a long AHL career. Very solid player.
  6. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    yes, Syracuse is waiting after sweeping Rochester scoring 18 goals in 3 games on Linus Ullmark.
  7. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Nothing wrong with Cole Cassels, Tyler Motte's and Zach Macewen's games tonight. Rock solid 200' games from them. Loving Dahlen. Kid is so smart out there. Always in the right place. On the third period power play he made three subtle plays that led to a goal. Two were where TO was putting a lot of pressure on the 2d PP unit and Dahlen had to handle a couple hot bouncing passes with his back to the goal in the middle of the O zone under pressure. He just sticks his foot out, redirects to his stick and quick little flat pass right to the open man. Then TO eventually takes it away and blasts it around the boards. Looks like it is going out but no he picks out of the air and settles it down. A few passes later we score. He does this all night. Little plays; and he had a couple good chances too where just all of a sudden shows up in front of the net. He better stock up on protein powder is all.
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    The biggest cheer of the night, and the loudest all season, was after the 3-5 penalty kill at end of the first. Guys were diving all over the ice to make plays. Fantastic atmosphere in the first period. No Lucas Jasek last night and no Megna. But that is a small, fast lineup. Toronto is way bigger and tried to assert themselves in the first to no avail. They are very good though with a nice mix of players. At the D end we might a bit shy of the mark for the Calder Cup but Sautner looked very confident out there. Time in Van did him some good. Chatfield really played hard last night too. His last month has been very good getting up the ice.
  10. Jonathan Dahlén | C/LW

    First time seeing Dahlen last night. Super slick player. Very smart. Needs a little more beef on his frame, thicken up a little and he will be a find.
  11. Jonathan Dahlén | C/LW

    The biggest cheer of the night, and the loudest all season, was after the 3-5 penalty kill at end of the first. Guys were diving all over the ice to make plays. Fantastic atmosphere in the first period. No Lucas Jasek last night and no Megna. But that is a small, fast lineup. Toronto is way bigger and tried to assert themselves in the first to no avail. They are very good though with a nice mix of players. At the D end we might a bit shy of the mark for the Calder Cup but Sautner looked very confident out there. Time in Van did him some good. Chatfield really played hard last night too. His last month has been very good getting up the ice.
  12. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    you cant tell from this replay but Boucher blasted Sparks' pink gatorade on top of the net bottle all over. What a shot. He had a good night hounding the puck, carrying it, he looked good. Comets will be even better Friday as Goldy Boucher and Motte settle in more. Tip of the cap to Cole Cassels diving on the 3-5 PK, checking hard and of course potting two beauty goals. The empty netter was off a gorgeous one hand pass from Goldobin that was slicker than dog poop.
  13. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Wow, Dahlien is an absolute gem of a player first time I've seen him in person. It's like he pops up from under the ice in the right spot. Super impressed. Except he is very slight. I dont think he weighs much. He needs to get older and thicker to play in the NHL but he can flat out play the game. Skate, pass, shoot, think. Loved watching him, he just needs to grow, tighten up the checking (d zone he is smart) and hit the weights and protein shakes.
  14. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Our best player last year and barring injury would have been the same this year. He is not coming back. Green likes him.
  15. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    I think Archie would have had to pass through waivers and they didn't want to take that risk.