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Team breakdown

So, let's take a look at what the Komets might look like, in terms of line combinations and defensive pairings.

This is what I'd do to start:

Top line: P.C. Drouin-Leo Thomas-Sean O'Connor

Second line: Brandon Naurato-Mathieu Curadeau-Derek Patrosso

Third line: Tyler Fletcher-Matt Ward-Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock

Extra forward: Olivier Legault

Defense 1: Danko Mironovic-Guy Dupuis

Defense 2: Frankie DeAngelis-Brandon Warner

Defense 3: Bobby Phillips-Craig Cescon

Extras: Steven Oleksy, Keith Rodger

Goaltender: Nick Boucher and whomever else they sign

Cuts: Brad Pawlowski, David Cianfrini, Joe Bluhm, Brant Marple

I have to say, I'm not so sure Rodger might not be on the bubble, compared to Cianfrini.

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