What did the players think about playing Dayton three times in a row?
The second half of the season begins tomorrow night. It's hard to be critical of a situation when your team is 22-9-1 and stands atop a division and the league ,( remembering that Wichita could leapfrog them as they've played one less game). For some reason I have my doubts and I just can't shake them.
For instance. While Boucher is playing a terrific brand of goal tending, who knows what might happen? His workload is pretty heavy and to maintain his excellence for the entire year is a question mark. His health is always a worry as no one has a crystal ball in front of them guaranteeing he will remain injury free. Injuries happen and he has been the foundation of the Komet's success. If he goes down then look out below. I would submit to you that the Komets, with either Kangas or Festa, do not have the player to take them the rest of the way.
Speaking of injuries. The forward position took a big hit with the concussion and subsequent second concussion to Chris Auger. As you know, there are no promises when it come to concussions. He may be back and as good as ever, or he may never play a game again. He has been the most pleasant surprise this year and there is no one on the roster who can replace his game.
The defense has a pretty good bunch of guys who display most everything you could ask for as a group. They can clear the slot, move the puck up the ice, score, and have toughness, too. However, if you've seen a lot of games you may have noticed that, lately, they have gotten a little loose, too.
I would like to "see" a couple of things. First I wish that the team, as a whole, would get much better passing the puck. I would like to see the GM get involved more to upgrade the team. There are at least two forwards (three if Auger cannot come back) that could be upgraded. There is at least one defenseman who could be upgraded also. Two of these players are veterans so it would probably give the GM a little longer list to choose from.
I understand the hesitancy of roster shuffling when you are the league leader. Still you have to always look to improve as every other team in the league is actively looking for players to help. The Komets should be no different. No one wants change just for the sake of change, but the K's have some advantages other teams do not enjoy. Maybe it's through a trade, maybe it comes from cash, maybe it's from Europe, it doesn't matter. The front office should always be monitoring their roster and available players with the goal of always striving to improve.
I see "holes" on the team and as I said above, it causes some doubts that I just can't shake.
If it makes the players feel any better, the fans were bored with Dayton too.