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  1. Hockey News Draft preview

    Gonna have to go looking for it tomorrow. Not big on THN as whole but I like having their draft preview issue on hand during draft day, its a nice reference tool. Ranking Tkachuk over Zadina is strange though.
  2. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Glad to see that MacMaster will be back. Thought he could be an ELC candidate but maybe the Canucks want to see a larger sample size of play first. He'll fit it nicely with the other young Canucks prospects joining the Comets next season, should be a strong contender for a regular lineup spot.
  3. Rodrigo Abols | C

    Abols with the game tying goal vs Norway today. At 1:24:
  4. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    I like Sifers too. Not flashy at all but he was a good mentor to Brisebois this year and they formed a really stable pair down the stretch and into the playoffs. I'd be in favour of bringing him back, although a couple of vets with a bit more offensive upside would be nice too as Utica is really lacking in offense from the back end.
  5. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    I think its a bit ambitious to say he's turned a corner. Playoff stat line is a little misleading as one of his goals was an empty netter. He's developed into a very capable penalty killer and no longer has the problems he had early on in his pro career - he's a lot better at keeping up with the pace and playing the body. But offensively he's invisible most of the time. It depends what your expectations are of Cassels at this point. He's certainly improved this season and adds value in a 3rd or 4th line role for Utica, and I'd be willing to give him a one year extension to see if he can take another step. But I don't expect him to ever be that two-way star he was in junior.
  6. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    That's really interesting to hear, I never really see Bancks and Hamilton held in the same regard with guys like Archibald despite their tenure with the team. I feel like both are not quite as effective as they were two seasons ago and can't justify bringing both back... was about to say I'd bring back Bancks over Hamilton, but that stat really surprises me. With Boucher qualifying as a vet now (I'd be in favour of bringing him back as one of those guys who can score at the AHL level and be a call-up if needed) plus (hopefully) two centres and two defensemen, maybe Archie as well, its probably the right move to turn the page.
  7. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    First priority has to be help down the middle, imo... Utica's never really been that strong at centre ice except for that half-season that they had Cal O'Reilly and Dustin Jeffrey. And the Canucks don't really have any centre prospects who can make an impact, unless they start Gaudette in Utica. Wouldn't mind seeing Chaput re-signed but they likely need an additional top six centre for stability. Megna was a flop there. I like Darcy as a #3 but he's in a bit over his head as a top six guy... and Cassels is probably as good as he'll ever be. Kinda wish they'd done more to keep Curtis Valk in the fold. What are your opinions on Bancks/Hamilton and if they should return, given how long they've been with the Comets and their veteran status?
  8. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    End of the game, end of the season as the Comets fall to Toronto 4-0 today and 3-2 in the series. Final shots 38-37 for Toronto, 16-13 for Utica in the third. Comets cranked up the pressure later on in the frame but no dice. Couple of bad calls, some near misses, but ultimately the Marlies were the better team and Sparks was outstanding in net. Johnsson and Dermott made a big difference. Toronto's PP was better than Utica's by a wide margin as well. A much more involved period by the MacMaster-Chaput-MacEwen line in the third, while the Boucher-Darcy-Goldobin trio was quiet after a good opening two frames. Dahlen showed flashes of skill but still has a lot to learn. Comets' defense as a whole seemed at a disadvantage for most of the game, they lack that star on the back end who can make a difference. Kinda similar to the big club in that its a defense that tries to defend by committee but came up short vs a powerhouse like the Marlies. Overall though, great effort by Utica to push Toronto to a fifth game and getting two wins in front of their home fans. Considering the path they took to get here with all the injuries and PTOs, not a bad result at all, although I feel like if they'd had Boucher from Game 1 they could've gotten ahead of the reinforcements and eliminated Toronto early. What could have been. All in all, had fun following the Comets again this year. For once, there should be a decent collection of prospects to get excited about on next year's roster, definitely looking forward to seeing what next year's lineup looks like. Might post some player evaluations in the next few days. Til next time!
  9. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Timashov, empty netter. No debate this time, 4-0.
  10. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Offside, the shoot-in hit the Comets defender and got slowed down enough that Engvall was in the zone a hair too early.
  11. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Demko out again with four to go...
  12. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    No goal! 4:32 to go...
  13. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Demko out for the extra attacker with 5 minutes to go. Comets can't get out of their own zone yet, Goldobin makes a save on the empty net. Then Engvall scores, 4-0.
  14. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    Marlies announcer just said Toronto's won 17 of 18 faceoffs in the offensive zone tonight. Make that 18 of 19 as Aaltonen beats Hamilton there.
  15. 2017-18 Utica Comets Thread

    The Comets have put up a good fight in this series. Toronto's model is definitely something the Canucks should aspire to emulate in Utica - they've got some promising young players filtering into the system like Dahlen, Jasek, Lind, MacMaster, who need time to become effective regular AHLers. Possibly Gaudette and Juolevi as well depending on where the pieces fall next season. Let them grow together on the farm and insulate them with a couple of quality vets in key positions. Half of Toronto's roster are players with strong future NHL potential who aren't being rushed into the NHL.