So the first weekend of the Central Hockey League season is done, and we can ask: What do we know?
We know the Komets looked pretty darned bad.
Penalties galore. An absentee first line of Mathieu Curadeau, Derek Patrosso and Brandon Naurato, which probably just needs time to jell.
And a second line of P.C. Drouin, Leo Thomas and Sean O'Connor that jelled well last season but needs to step it up.
Matt Ward, Tyler Fletcher and, particularly, Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock are the positives coming away from Week 1, along with goaltender Nick Boucher.
I don't expect this to be a fun week of practice for the Komets. But I also don't think anyone should be panicking.
This team will be fine.
- We know there was nothing to dispute the notion that Quad City will have a long season. The Mallards lost 4-1 to Odessa. The Mallards got a goal from Patrick Levesque and then allowed three unanswered goals. It's no surprise. I've heard marquee players have little interest in playing for Frank Anzalone, and his roster pretty much proves that.
- We know Dayton didn't need the crap that happened Saturday for its home opener. Evansville's bus broke down and that delayed the game by more than two hours -- click here -- and the irony is that one of the Gems' owners owns a bus company and couldn't get one there to help. This is a crucial season for the Gems to survive. That's awful that it happened to them.
- We know that Mississippi looks terrible right now. It lost 10-1 and 2-1 to Bossier-Shreveport. Click here for stats.
- We know, again, the Rapid City Rush look like the team to beat.
- We know Brett Smith is the early player to watch.