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  1. The other Hall-of-Famer to play in the AHL for Utica besides Brodeur? Slava Fetisov - played one game for Utica with a goal and assist. Knocking on the HOF door - former Utica Devil Bill Guerin.
  2. Martin Brodeur - HOF goalie who began his pro career in Utica in the AHL.. Will history repeat itself?
  3. Markstrom Moving Forward: A Big Head's Take

    If you are counting on Demko to be a knight in shinging armor next year, you are mistaken. He has digressed since the all-star break and has a lot of work to do before he's NHL ready. Having said that, he has shown signs of being the guy you want him to be, but not on a consistent basis and against far less talent. I think he will improve in another year, but he will also need a strong D in front of him when he jumps to the next level. He is really strong on shots low-to-mid - but needs to get better up high.
  4. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Stonecold - Believe they went from Wilkes-Barre to Bellville thus 6 hours. Demko was just ok last night, and had a pipe to thank early on as he was beaten up top once again. Like I've I said before, he is not close to being as good as Marky was in in 2014-15 when he posted a 1.88 GA and a .934 save percentage (then again I'm not sure Marky is close to being as good as he himself was that season). Of late Bachman has been the better goalie hands down. Demko has a lot more developing to do and it's all a part of the process. Anyone thinking he will step up to Vancouver soon and be an instant success is dreaming. He has at-least another year at this level.
  5. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Team is spent. 6 games in 10 days (7th in 11 tonight). Crazy road trip in the middle with a Saturday nighter in Wilkes-Barre Pa and a Monday afternoon game in Belleville (a good 6 hour bus trip between). We have no reserves - two healthy scratches were two PTO's here for emergency purposes only. The only way to win when you are spent is for a goalie to stand on his head. Marky used to do that. Perhaps Bachman can tonight.
  6. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Comet's outplay a really good Phantoms team but an off night for Demko ends the point streak. Ironically last year it was Lehigh Valley who exploited Demko's weakness up top, and they did it again with 3 up top that he had a clear view of. In his prior home game against Syracuse he was beaten up top on the first two shots of the game. Oddly they never went back to the well including in a multi-round shootout. There is a reason why Demko is in the AHL and not pushing for time in Vancouver, and he is going to have to fix the top shelf hole if he is going to advance. NHL sharpshooters would have a field day. Love his work ethic and how he is solid low-to-mid, but he is going to need to really improve and close the holes if he is to get to the next level.
  7. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Problem with predicting playoff success is we don't know what our team, or the opponent will like come the end of April. Who might we gain or lose in a trade? Who might get papered down? Who might get lost to waivers? Who might get injured? Who might be signed out of juniors or college, and are they an improvement over what we have? We would be a tough out with Goldy and Holm back in the fold. Archie would be a plus.
  8. Which prospects should get a look in the NHL this year?

    A ton of chances playing with a team the Devils, who at the time played a trapping defensive game with limited offense, and a Canucks team that is currently mediocre in several aspects of it's game.
  9. Which prospects should get a look in the NHL this year?

    I think its unfair to say a players success at the AHL level - like Boucher - will not translate at the NHL level. He is a scorer. Maybe he is not a fit for the Canucks. You signed a scorer with proven NHL stats - Louie - and what is he doing for you? Is it the team and its' system? What changed for him? Las Vegas has a team of cast-offs that were disgarded by many organizations who didn't see a future for the player they exposed to the expansion draft. They are looking pretty good right now. Flat out Boucher is the best pure goal scorer we've seen here in Utica. Maybe on a team with steady goaltending and a solid core D he could utilize his offensive strength. Right now the Canucks could use more scoring, but they could also use a number one goalie and a much better D. Travis is no dummy, the only way they can win is for the entire team to play D and that's at the expense of offense.
  10. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Demko is under the weather - just playing it safe is the word
  11. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    I'd condier Archie a late-bloomer but not all due to his own fault. When he initially signed he was asked to play a tough-guy role and he did because at that time it was his best shot at being promoted. He's really transitioned into an offensive threat (at this level), a great penalty kill asset, and has retained a little of the toughness in an era where much of the toughness is being weaned from the sport. I believe if he hadn't been hurt himself when Dorsett went down he would have been given a shot in Vancouver (better alternative than Biega on the wing). Now, I don't think it will ever happen. The guy on Utica that deserves a good look at the next level is Holm who was more of a depth signing than prospect and would make a good bottom pairing d-man at the next level (Yannik Webber is still kicking around, and Holm is definately a notch better).
  12. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Boucher and Cam Darcy also played together on the US National Development Team. So the Boucher, Darcy Goldobin line is well connected. Also worth noting, Cull was assistant coach for last year's Syracuse squad that made it to the finals and Darcy, Blujus and Comrie all played on that team. Three really good additions.
  13. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Agree with that the Canucks have no control over the injuries and callups - that's why you have depth signings - but some of the choices in prospect signings are head-scratchers: McKenzie Stewart, Dane Fox, Ludwig Bloomstrad, Yan Pavel Laplante, Anton Cederhom (not even AHL quality). Many others who were good AHL but not NHL worthy; Grenier, Jensen, Friesen etc. The best prospects go directly to Vancouver and while some are ready: Horvant and Boesser, there are some questions if the likes of Hutton and Stecher would have been better served earning their stripes in the AHL. Utica did enjoy having prospects like Corrado, Gaunce and Virtanen, who apppear servicable in the NHL, but barely. Our top prospect to date has been Demko, but he is still nowhere near where Marky was in his - up until now - final AHL season (see Eddie Lack if you think Marky is done with the AHL). The organization has also banked on signings who would rather play overseas than in the AHL which handcuffed some decisions and reduced depth. It would be nice to see the Tampa model where more than half their parent team (and many players now on different teams like Marrsesault and Gudas) played in the AHL at Syracuse. While the promise of top prospects landing in Utica next year, which is most likely the final year of the affiliation, sounds good, I will believe it when I see it and my guess is the Europeans who don't make the Canucks will be playing overseas. I enjoy following the Canucks and have great respect for coach Green. I also wish to see the likes of Marky, Goldy, Jake, Gaunce, Sven, Chaput, Boucher and Bulldog do well as they gave us good memories in Utica. What the Canucks organization needs to do to win is much bigger than what we'd like to see in Utica. It will be interesting for sure.
  14. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    As a Comets season ticket holder since day one, former Utica Devils season ticket holder, and Syracuse Crunch attendee in between, the success -despite- the- odds in Utica has little to do with the Canucks organization. Pat Conacher is a wizard when it comes to searching the earth for useful replacements and coach Cull, like Green before him, is doing a great job of working with what he has. He has shaped a roster heavy with PTOs into a competative unit. The Canucks have done little to help, not just this year, but in total, save for the one Calder run. An AHL team serves two purposes: 1) Develop prospects; 2) Provide a holding bin for depth signings in case of injury. Quite frankly we haven't seen much of top prospects and the depth signings have spent more time in Vancouver than Utica. As a long-time Sabres fan it's a toss-up which organization is more messed up right now?
  15. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Chaput call up prior to game didn't help. Cederholm forced to play forward. Captain Bancks goes down in the third and it looks bad - foot or leg. Maybe he pulls a Boesser? Good fight from team which got screwed. Bruins score with net off and called a good goal. Opposite call against Comets Wednesday taking-one from Labate who is now out with a shoulder injury. Can't make this stuff up ... supposedly a member of the Comettes dance team was taken away by ambulance when she was curling her hair and suffered an upper body injury prior to game. Curse on the Utica Aud this year?