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Thomas looking to step up

Center Leo Thomas, who re-signed with the Komets today, is ecstatic to be back with the team for a third season. And he thinks he's poised for a breakout season, even with the departure of Colin Chaulk to Europe.

He wants to be more of a leader with the Komets.

"Well, I'm getting older now (at 28), and it's going to open up a lot of opportunities for me with Chaulker being gone," Thomas said. "I know it's not going to just happen; I'll have to work hard. But I'll get more power-play time, and they'll give me a chance to show the stuff I've learned over the last couple of years, hopefully bring that into the (locker) room and continue the winning ways in Fort Wayne. I'm excited."

Thomas is excited about the nucleus the Komets have put together thus far.

"It seems good. I'm confident (general manager David Franke) is going to bring in the right guys and put together a good team," Thomas said.

"Obviously, Derek Patrosso and Brandon Naurato, they've put up good numbers. We saw them do it all year. And (Martin) Cescon is a big physical guy on defense.

"The Komets are doing a good job of filling in the spots well and with the same types of abilities that we've lost. I'm impressed and I like it. I'm not too worried. I know they'll put a good team together. Obviously, they like winning and will continue it."

Justin A. Cohn, pro sports coordinator for The Journal Gazette, has been covering the Fort Wayne Komets since 1997. His reporting includes game stories from home and away, features about the players and personalities associated with the Komets, plus coverage of issues affecting hockey at all levels. A native of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., Cohn graduated from Emory University in Atlanta. He can be reached at 260-461-8429 or by email at jcohn@jg.net.

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