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I didn't realize just how much Utica lost over this offseason.

 

Perfect opportunity for some our prospects to make a name for themselves.

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As much as I would love to see a live hockey game right now I am not holding out much hope for this season. 

 

It is hard to see the details from the image below but here are the local COVID hospitalizations. 

 

Currently 146

1 week ago 112

2 weeks ago 70

3 weeks ago 44

4 weeks ago 35

5 weeks ago 22

 

It will likely get worse after the Christmas holiday and potentially break our healthcare system.  And we are not as bad as many parts of the country. 

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1 hour ago, elvis15 said:

We'll see how this goes with everything. Maybe in two months things will have a better outlook. Here's hoping!

I'd like to hope that happens. But with Christmas and New Years coming. I think we'll see a spike until February. 

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Three thumbs up @CRAZY_4_NAZZY , thanks for doing a great job on the Op!

 

It feels so hard to understand what will happen with the AHL, Utica this year?  Some random thoughts.

 

   - I was hoping we would see Aidan McDonough. He is in a better place if they get to play @ Northeastern. I dont think they will.

   - Really looking forward to Jett Woo on the Comets!

   - Think we will see Rathbone also, even more excited...

   - But Rathbone might make the main squad?

   - This team will be defined by Jayce Hawerlyk & Lukas Jasek.  Which is awesome IMO. Burrows like, pulse defined by work rate...

   - I still believe Gadjovich is a great hockey player.  The only question is can he get up to a speed where it is great at a pro level? Even AHL pro level?

   - Gadgy needs to absolutely burn his lungs, his legs.

   - All about having enough puff, becoming explosive, dangerous more than 1/2 way through a shift.

   - Think Juolevi will have graduated. Rafferty long gone, the bigs need a puck moving RHD.

   - Therefore D the big question. 

   - I suppose they will still be anchored by Brisbois, Sauntner. There is that, somewhat solid? It wont be exciting...

   - Sh!t, I forgot Rathbone. Maybe not so bad at all?

   - Can Kielly come up from the E and land the backup job?  Next years starter job?

 

   - Super pumped to see Marc Michaelis.  I have not seen if he is athletic enough to make it to the Nucks.

   - But he is a great player, can handle the puck, he's elusive, can pass & score; I project an AHL all star.

   - He could drag extra productivity out of Gadjovich? Lind...  

   - Jasek & Hawerlyk will define the team.

   - Michaelis & Rathbone will determine if it is any good?

 

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7 hours ago, UticaHockey said:

A good update here including the possibility of the Comets having a dual affiliation this season.  Makes sense from a cost sharing perspective.

 

https://www.uticaod.com/story/sports/2020/12/30/american-hockey-league-sets-feb-5-start-2021-season/4086788001/

hmmm interesting. I'm okay with that as long as Canucks prospects are given priority considering it is our affiliate.

 

Canucks shared affiliates with the Dallas Stars in 2011 with the Manitoba Moose, and several stars prospects took over some playing time in key roles for the Moose like Marc Fistric, Maxime Fortunus and Raymond Sawada.

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Going to be brutal without their top scorers, basically the top line is gone. I'm hoping Hoglander wants to stay in the AHL rather than the SHL, he could play top-line minutes and get used to playing against some stronger defencemen. The way he's played last season and now in the U20 WC, he might jump straight into training camp and surprise some people.

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4 hours ago, CRAZY_4_NAZZY said:

hmmm interesting. I'm okay with that as long as Canucks prospects are given priority considering it is our affiliate.

 

Canucks shared affiliates with the Dallas Stars in 2011 with the Manitoba Moose, and several stars prospects took over some playing time in key roles for the Moose like Marc Fistric, Maxime Fortunus and Raymond Sawada.

I think with NHL teams having up to 6 players on taxi squads dual affiliations can work.  Remember Vancouver hasn't signed a single player to an AHL contract to play in Utica this year.  If you take 6 players on NHL contracts that would normally be in Utica and keep them on a taxi squad there would be a need for probably close to 10 players signed to AHL contracts to fill the Comets roster.  Having two NHL teams supply the Comets with NHL contracted players the need for both NHL teams to sign AHL contracted players goes away.  The real losers here the career AHL players who won't be able to find jobs this season and may be forced to give up their dreams and retire to find jobs outside of hockey.

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5 hours ago, UticaHockey said:

I think with NHL teams having up to 6 players on taxi squads dual affiliations can work.  Remember Vancouver hasn't signed a single player to an AHL contract to play in Utica this year.  If you take 6 players on NHL contracts that would normally be in Utica and keep them on a taxi squad there would be a need for probably close to 10 players signed to AHL contracts to fill the Comets roster.  Having two NHL teams supply the Comets with NHL contracted players the need for both NHL teams to sign AHL contracted players goes away.  The real losers here the career AHL players who won't be able to find jobs this season and may be forced to give up their dreams and retire to find jobs outside of hockey.

That would be a shame Wacey Hamilton, Carter Bancks, Dylan Blujus and Vincent Arseneau have been great for the Comets.

 

That makes a lot of sense they way you put it though. 

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Looks like the 4 Canadian teams will only play themselves, a la NHL.  So a 48 game schedule would see them play each of the 3 other teams 16 times.  Yikes !!

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Sounds like St Louis' afilliate Springfield Thunderbirds are not playing so St Loui's prospects will head to Utica.

 

List of Springfield's supposed roster

 

 

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Hope this doesn't severely impact Canuck prospects like Kole Lind, Jack Rathbone, Jonah Gadjovich, Jett Woo, and Lukas Jasek. 

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