December 06 2016 09:00AM
Photo Credit: Lindsay A. Mogle / Utica Comets
This post covers the Comets games from November 21st to 27th. The games from last week are not included and will be covered in the next article, which should be coming soon.
Travis Green has long been touted as the coach in waiting in the Vancouver Canucks organization. When the NHL club was in the midst of a nine game losing streak, and Willie Desjardins was firmly planted on the hot seat, many wondered if Green's chance was coming soon - that is, until they looked at the AHL standings and realized that Utica had one of the worst records in the American League.
However, in the last couple of weeks, things have turned around. The Comets strung together a four game win streak that just happened to come when their roster was at its most precarious position all season, with a myriad of injuries and call ups that essentially meant that a full top six forward and top four defence was unavailable to them. And then, must like he did last season, Green took a rag tag group of AHL contracts and PTO's and extracted some of the best hockey the Comets have played all season.
All this and more in the this season Comets Week in Review.
December 05 2016 06:25PM
You know what, I just can't even. I was all set to take down yet another boo-hoo-everybody-hates-Vancouver diatribe apart but why bother.
Patrick O'Sullivan is just another loud mouth from Toronto trying to replicate Don Cherry's shtick and turn it into a career in media.
Except where Cherry has build his persona from deeply held, and very wrong, convictions of how the game is meant to be played, guys like O'Sullivan and Milbury and Denis Potvin are just playing it up for the crowd.
They come off as just sour, bitter versions of Grapes. The same old whine, but in a new bottle.
December 05 2016 02:51PM
The Canucks' long-term injury list just expanded, as the team announced Derek Dorsett will undergo surgery to repair a disc degeneration in his neck. Given the seriousness of this case, as well as the lack of precedent in the NHL, there is no timeline on Dorsett's return.
December 05 2016 01:00PM
Photo Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig
Now that we're over a quarter of the way through the CHL season, we now have a large enough sample size that we can begin to make inferences about how players are performing and how coaches deploy them. We're also far enough into the season that narratives and concerns can start to take form.
With Friday's tilt between the OHL's Owen Sound Attack and London Knights televised on the west coast, many Canucks fans got their first look at Juolevi this season. But to their surprise, Juolevi was skating predominantly on the Knights' second pair, behind 19-year-old Brandon Crawley and Montreal Canadiens 2016 pick Victor Mete.
@JDylanBurke why do you think that is? Reason for concern..?— Sank the Ship (@BlueAidanGreen) December 3, 2016
December 05 2016 11:00AM
Hey, what a week, eh? The Canucks won games! Hell, they've won two of them since we last met. Of course, the Anaheim Ducks trounced the Canucks on Thursday too, but nobody bats a thousand, right?
If it makes you feel any better, the Ducks were also dragged by the Flames last night. So there's that!
Best of all, though, is Saturday night's victory over the Leafs. Don't get me wrong -- I'm #TeamTank a thousand times over. By that same token, Nazem Kadri and the Leafs had that coming. Props to Ryan Miller for pretty much singlehandedly pulling that off.