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2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Sun Jun 22, 2014 12:02 pm

It is pretty interesting to look ahead and try to project the 2014-15 Utica Comets lineup - there are several unsigned players to make decisions about:

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Hunter Shinkaruk - UFA Cal O'Reilly - Nicklas Jensen
Mike Zalewski - UFA Pascal Pelletier - Alexandre Grenier
RFA Darren Archibald - Dane Fox - UFA Benn Ferriero
Ronalds Kenins - Kellan Lain - Alex Friesen
(Brendan Gaunce, Ludwig Blomstrand, Alexandre Mallet - and RFA Jeff Costello?)
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RFA Peter Andersson - UFA Alex Biega (R)
Henrik Tommernes - Frank Corrado (R)
Evan McEneny - Jeremie Blain (R)
(RFA Yann Sauve?)
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Joacim Eriksson
RFA Joe Cannata

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby sagebrush » Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:03 pm

Southern_Canuck wrote:It is pretty interesting to look ahead and try to project the 2014-15 Utica Comets lineup ..

This looks to be the most interesting crop of Canucks prospects in 10 years.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:23 pm

Yeah - two of Horvat, Jensen, and Shinkaruk will probably make the Canucks...

I'm thinking Horvat makes the cut, and Jensen has a decent chance... if Jensen (or Shinkaruk) make the NHL, that would give Gaunce a better chance to break into the AHL in a top 6 role...

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby BladesofSteel » Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:45 pm

Veteran leadership is key for Utica this next couple of years.

Retaining Pelletier to take an offensive load and O'Reilly and Biega for stability are important for this young franchise. Hopefully Travis Green will indeed be back, as a revolving door of coaches/veterans for a developing team is never beneficial.

As for RFA's, I could see Archie, and Andersson back for sure. Here's hoping Lain makes a serious push for the big club come October. Asshole factor and all.

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby herb » Tue Jun 24, 2014 9:04 am

Pelletier has signed to go play in god forsaken Russia.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Tue Jun 24, 2014 10:29 am

herb wrote:Pelletier has signed to go play in god forsaken Russia.


That's really too bad - he provided the veteran scoring presence the younger players needed...

Cal O'Reilly joined the Comets midway through the season on an AHL contract, and was a big part of their strong finish - I hope they can bring him back.

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Lancer » Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:39 am

Might be some trying times, at least in the beginning, if they let too many vets go but in the end it may afford the youngsters some opportunities they might not otherwise get.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby ClamRussel » Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:45 am

I'd really like them to sign Costello, sounds like a solid grinder w/ some skill to have in the system.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:40 am

^^^Costello's rights gone as part of the Garrison deal, however they have signed Alex Biega:

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Lancer » Wed Jul 02, 2014 12:32 pm

Green sticks with Utica: http://www.theprovince.com/sports/hockey/canucks-hockey/Loyal+Canucks+Green+says+Penguins/9991710/story.html

Good to see him stay in the organization. I think he did some good things over the course of the season. Hopefully he'll get more support from the coaching staff in Vancouver than he did under the previous regime.

...and another coaching candidate says 'no' to Crosby, Malkin and the Pens; and 'yesy' to Vancouver. Button's head must be spinning. :lol:
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Southern_Canuck » Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:07 pm

This was in the Canucks Corner Chat section, but it is relevant for the Comets:

Canucks sign Jeffrey, O'Reilly & Sanguinetti

Nice for O'Reilly (27) who played briefly in the KHL last season, but came back after playing only 14 games and got an AHL contract with the Comets.

Sanguinetti (26) had a big season for the OHL Battalion back in 2007-08 playing with none other than Cody Hodgson.

Jeffrey (26) has 31 points in 124 NHL games, but has scored well in the AHL.

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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby ClamRussel » Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:32 pm

Updated, starting to take shape.

Hunter Shinkaruk - Cal O'Reilly - Nicklas Jensen
Mike Zalewski - Dustin Jeffrey - Alexandre Grenier
RFA Darren Archibald - Dane Fox - Brendan Gaunce
Ronalds Kenins - Kellan Lain - Alex Friesen
Ludwig Blomstrand, Alexandre Mallet

Bobby Sanguinetti - Alex Biega (R)
Henrik Tommernes - Frank Corrado (R)
Evan McEneny - Jeremie Blain (R)
RFA Yann Sauve - RFA Peter Andersson

Jacob Markstrom
Joacim Eriksson
RFA Joe Cannata
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby Island Nucklehead » Wed Jul 02, 2014 5:42 pm

ClamRussel wrote:Updated, starting to take shape.

Hunter Shinkaruk - Cal O'Reilly - Nicklas Jensen
Mike Zalewski - Dustin Jeffrey - Alexandre Grenier
RFA Darren Archibald - Dane Fox - Brendan Gaunce
Ronalds Kenins - Kellan Lain - Alex Friesen
Ludwig Blomstrand, Alexandre Mallet

Bobby Sanguinetti - Alex Biega (R)
Henrik Tommernes - Frank Corrado (R)
Evan McEneny - Jeremie Blain (R)
RFA Yann Sauve - RFA Peter Andersson

Jacob Markstrom
Joacim Eriksson
RFA Joe Cannata


Been a long time since we've had credible, young prospects with NHL upside on the farm.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby ClamRussel » Wed Jul 02, 2014 10:37 pm

Island Nucklehead wrote:Been a long time since we've had credible, young prospects with NHL upside on the farm.

No kidding, very long time! This doesn't even factor in Horvat, Cassels, Hutton & Subban (coming down the pipe) to say nothing of this year's draft as well. No apparent superstars in the mix but a helluva solid crop.
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Re: 2014-15 Utica Comets

Postby ClamRussel » Wed Jul 16, 2014 10:37 am

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