Here's a question for you: I noticed Justin has his grades up, but what I'm wondering is who do you think is the most under-rated player on the team? I'll leave that up to your definition.
Perhaps believing his team needs more work on conditioning, Komets coach Greg Puhalski has put his squad through two very challenging practices this week with lots of extra skating and has said more are coming. It's probably the right time of year for it since they Komets have only one game this week and two next week.
Jason Kean also returned to practice today and skated.
"It wasn't too bad,'' the defenseman said. "I was actually surprised, especially with the tough practice. It was kind of getting a little tough toward the end. The best thing was being out there and interacting with the guys.''
Kean was injured Nov. 18 when he was checked from behind into the boards by Muskegon's Rustyn Dolyny.
Concussion specialist Dr. James Stevens said Kean can not have contact in practice for two more weeks, and there's a follow-up appointment scheduled for Feb. 7. Kean said he is still suffering headaches three or four times per week.
The Komets also had rookie defenseman Eric Patten in camp. He played 33 games two years ago with Richmond of the UHL. He's listed at 5-11, 195 pounds. He had been signed by Utah of the ECHL, but did not play in any games.