Show of hands
I actually think they'd be better off in the long run with ignoring all the ``established'' scorers and waited to see what they could get out of AHL or even NHL camps. It was proven again and again last year that the best players were the younger players and that's where you get those. It takes guts to do though, because fans loose patience quickly and want the old standbys.
I'm looking forward to seeing what these promising young guys coming into camp can do.... Could be a couple diamonds in the rough looking to work hard and make a name for themselves.
I would take a young, scrappy team that works their tails off and is just a pain in the rear to play against... Give me that over a team full of career AA floaters moving from city to city...
Thanks for putting this up as a topic....should render some good responses.
I was talking with JR.....and he and I both think that maybe the best course of action is to sign your 1b Goalie like we have always had...a goalie who could share the time in the pipes with Boucher and be as good as him on any given night.
We also agreed that we might all ready have the scorers in camp they need, they are just younger players that need put into those situations and would play with a chip on their shoulders in front of the net and in the corners.
How good are guys like Thorne? Heffernen? The 2 Swedish players? And if they get the Russian Red Winger 18 year old eligible, how good is that kid?
If they simply bring APOD back, which it seems they will, and I really think he is capable of 25 to 30 goals at this level and maybe 25-30 assists as well....and bring in another young gun, maybe a guy out of an NHL camp or AHL camp.
This team might be in great shape. I think the pieces are there.
If Ulanski signs here.....that would be fine too....LOL
PS....I messaged Larry Sterling begging him to sign with Dayton, Eville, Bloomy, or QC. Hope I have that kind of pull. LOL
I would rather see Boucher play 35-40 games and be fresh for the playoffs where he excels, then play 50-55 as a clear #1 goalie and go into the playoffs banged up.
I thought I saw somewhere that Ulanski reunited with Martinson in Chicago???
I know that Chaz Johnson did.....
I am so ready for the season to start.
Too early for statement players
Did the joke concerning "lose" vs. "loose" really filter over to this thread too?!? It looks as if it did from reading previous posts...
It would be more exciting to have a guy no one expected to emerge through the Komets into a big time offensive power (which may also build some loyalty to the team for said player also so he isn't here for a year, then gone), but at the same time it would be nice to know we had a proven scorer so we aren't waiting all season for a diamond that is never going to emerge from the rough.
we all know that we go thru this every season.. there will be a handful of rookies widely talked about and by 10 games in the season they will be let go with a few players filtering down from the ahl or cut loose from an echl team. then all the banter on here will be how much they liked one or two of them. then we usually pick up a quality player in december or january. then we usually address a specific need right before the end of the season.. this scenario happens every year. think they made a mistake letting oconnor go.. he was only 25 and he seemed to fit the league very well.
Hit, with the risk of me beating that horse to death for the millionth time, I would invest in two "proven" scorers. Guys like Ulanski, for example, who have scored no matter what city or what league they've played in. We are talking TWO players ( 1/10th of the team).
I, like everyone else, hopes that they have found diamonds in the rough with some of their signings. Each team is hoping for that to happen and the Komets have gone out to scour the hockey world to find quick, young talent. I congratulate them for doing what they've had to do. However, the fact remains that building a team in this manner hasn't been emphasized in a long time and their track record of finding those "diamonds" hasn't been all that successful.
David Franke has stated that they are now looking to sign offensive forwards. He didn't say forwards with offensive potential ( like Podshendialov, who I would like to see signed, but at this point in his young career wouldn't count on as a player in this category).
They have done a nice job with the roster so far. The defense seems pretty strong with a nice mix of players. I like the idea of Smith and Auger on this team. I believe with two outstanding goal scorers added, this team will be a lot of fun to follow.
I am rather dismayed by the fact that Stanislov Dzakhov, the young Russian player, may be ineligible to be invited to camp because he is only 18 years of age.
I do have a suggestion for the Komets on this matter that would clear things up. I would just get him a Kenyan or Hawaiian birth certificate.
Alan is now in the running for Blogger of the year and quite possibly the decade.
"I do have a suggestion for the Komets on this matter that would clear things up. I would just get him a Kenyan or Hawaiian birth certificate."
Allen, love the birth certificate suggestion, only how bout getting him both Kenyan and Hawaiian documents just to make sure!
When Obama locks you all up for your disrespect I'll do a live blog from the games.
My topic was perfect timing for todays announcement. Migtbite never told me.....in fact.....mighty specifically said "NO" to this signing.
Hit, I said no to Leo Thomas as in No-No-No. :(
Next BLake Headline:
Komets Resign Golden Boy Brandon Warner!!!
Hit Somebody!!! told you so. Snuff foo foos himself silly.
There are very few "proven scorers" at the double A level.
To me a proven scorer is someone who has a track record of 3 years or more. That is why I said I don't know that Hodgman is the answer to everyones wishes because he has no proven track record of being a "sniper" over the course of a long season in the professional level.
In fact there are very few "snipers" period at the AA level. Guys who have a high shooting percentage and hit the net on a regular basis typically find a spot in the AHL or over in Europe unless they can't skate. AA scorers collect garbage goals. They are puck hunters who do the dirty work and collect rebounds from well placed point shots or in scrums. Very few Todd Robinson types are out there.
EDIT>... "proven SNIPERS" not proven scorers. Obviously there are guys out there that have proven they can score. Just not many with enough accuracy to be called a "sniper" in my book. Others definitions of a sniper may differ from mine.
Syro, Thiniel, Robin Bouchard, Brant Blackned, Ulanksi, so on and so forth.
Can the Komets land one of those types?
If not, let's go young and role the dice on guys like Thorne, Krug, the 2 Swedish guys they peeped out in the WHC tryout, Russians from the GMHL, APOD, etc.
We don't need floaters.
Blackned? Dude is 112 years old. I'd take Duhart before Blackned.
I'd like to roll the dice with the younger guys. I have to think they did a better job scouting this year and some of these kids have to pan out.
I'd rather deal with some growing pains of youth than the groaning pains of the guys you would call floaters.
I want to see effort this year from game one until the end of the season.
Ulanski is interesting....
Hasn't won a cup yet but got very close last year.
If he is the type to care about such things then he would be a guy I'd most certainly want to go after.
I didn't mean The Brant Blackned.....that type of player.