2014-15 Utica Comets

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Tue Sep 02, 2014 1:56 pm

So - here is what the depth chart looks like so far...

Center:
Cal O'Reilly
Dustin Jeffrey
Dane Fox
Brendan Gaunce
Kellan Lain
Alex Friesen
Alexandre Mallet

Wings:
Nicklas Jensen
Hunter Shinkaruk
Mike Zalewski
Alexandre Grenier
Darren Archibald
Ronalds Kenins
Brandon DeFazio
Ludwig Blomstrand
Patrick Kennedy (Utica contract)

Defense:
Alex Biega (R)
Frank Corrado (R)
Kent Huskins (Utica contract)
Bobby Sanguinetti (R)
Peter Andersson
Henrik Tommernes
Evan McEneny
Jeremie Blain (R)
Kane Lafranchise (Utica contract)
John Negrin (Utica contract)

Goal:
Joacim Eriksson
Joe Cannata

Seems like Mallet will be in tough to stick in the AHL at center...
Also, with three Utica contracts on defence, will McEneny be destined to begin his pro career in Kalamazoo?

Lain is 25 and Archibald is 24 - you've got to think that this is the year that determines if they ever get a bottom 6 NHL job - or are career AHLers. Grenier, and Friesen are 23 and are pretty much in the same boat.

Kenins is also 23, but will be getting his first chance at North American pro hockey - I am curious to see how he will do.

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby herb » Wed Oct 01, 2014 10:51 am

Utica should be pretty good this year. They finished only 2 points out of a playoff spot last year, and should be in the mix this year.

With Markstrom and Eriksson they should have excellent goaltending (much better than last year at the very least).

Defense should be pretty decent with
Huskins/Corrado
Andersson/Biega
Tommernes/Humphries/Sanguinetti

The forward group should be massively improved with Gaunce, Fox, Kenins, Zalewski, Shinkaruk, Jensen and maybe even Valk thrown into the mix. Hopefully we see continued improvement from the likes of Grenier, Archibald and Lain.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby ClamRussel » Thu Oct 09, 2014 10:11 pm

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby JelloPuddingPop » Fri Oct 10, 2014 12:17 pm

The Comets are due to start the season on Saturday vs. the Marlies, here is the opening night roster list:

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby ClamRussel » Sat Oct 11, 2014 1:11 am

Add Corrado
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby BladesofSteel » Sat Oct 11, 2014 6:19 am

Fox, Mallett and Valk sent to K-Wings of the ECHL.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Sun Oct 12, 2014 5:08 am

Sat Oct 11

AHL

Utica 2 Toronto 1

Grenier, (1) (O'Reilly, Sanguinetti), (PP)
Jeffrey, (1) (Grenier, O'Reilly), (PP)

Squeaked out a win to begin the season with two 5-on-3 PP goals. Remember their 10 game winless streak to begin the year last season? Not this year!

ECHL

Toledo 2 Kalamazoo 5
Blomstrand 0 points, +1
Fox 0 points, +1
Mallet 1 goal (1st), -1
Valk 0 points, +1

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby ClamRussel » Sun Oct 12, 2014 11:51 pm

Weird Cannata was sent go Ontario instead of Kalamazoo w/ the rest of his club mates.

Glad to hear they got a point today, taking 3 of 4 pts on the road to open the season.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Mon Oct 13, 2014 4:44 am

Sun Oct 12

AHL

Utica 2 Toronto 3 (OT)

Jeffrey, (2) (Grenier, Shinkaruk)
DeFazio, (1)

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby RoyalDude » Mon Oct 13, 2014 1:37 pm

I spied that Cole Cassels is 6th in scoring in the OHL right now with 3 goals and 6 assists

Jared McCann has 2 goals and 3 assists in 3 games

I see that these two are not feeling the effects of Mono right now.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Tue Oct 14, 2014 1:13 am

Mon Oct 13

ECHL

Kalamazoo 7 Fort Wayne 3
Blomstrand 0 points, +2
Fox 1 assist, +2
Mallet 1 assist, -1
Valk 2 goals (1st, 2nd), +1

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Sat Oct 18, 2014 4:13 am

Fri Oct 17

AHL

Utica 3 San Antonio 0

Gaunce, (1) (Hamilton, Bancks)
Biega, (1) (Shinkaruk, Jeffrey)
Bancks, (1) (Gaunce, Hamilton)

ECHL

Kalamazoo 2 Elmira 6
Blomstrand 1 goal (1st), -2
Fox 1 goal (1st), 1 assist, -1
Mallet 0 points, -1
Valk 1 assist, -1

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby sagebrush » Sat Oct 18, 2014 9:29 am

Markstrom is looking good. He gets the shut out this game, & is 0.981 through the first two games.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby herb » Sat Oct 18, 2014 11:51 am

Good to see Gaunce and Shink put up some points. Grenier has had a good start to the year and it sounds like Markstrom is bouncing back a bit.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Sun Oct 19, 2014 5:10 am

Sat Oct 18

AHL

Utica 0 Texas 1
Eriksson 28 saves on 29 shots (selected 3rd star)

ECHL

Kalamazoo 6 Elmira 2
Blomstrand 2 goals (2nd, 3rd), 1 assist, +2 (selected 1st star)
Fox 1 goal (2nd), +1
Mallet 1 goal (1st), even
Valk 2 assists, +2

Ontario 4 Alaska 0
Cannata 36 saves on 36 shots (selected 1st star)

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