Right wing Bobby Chaumont knows he’s expected to score plenty with the Komets this season after averaging 20 goals and 45 points in five years as a pro.
He welcomes the demands.
Absolutely, I always feel like I like the pressure, said Chaumont, who was scoreless in a 5-0 loss to Evansville last Saturday. My job is to score goals. I expect to do it, and I know people expect it from me. I’m expecting big things.
The Komets face Evansville again at 7:30 tonight at Memorial Coliseum.
Chaumont was one of 13 new players added to the Komets’ 21-man roster for this season.
The Komets ranked 16th out of 18 teams with 2.83 goals per game last season. Chaumont, who has averaged 25 goals and 53 points in three CHL seasons with Laredo and Mississippi, should help remedy that.
I feel like I find those open spots on the ice, said Chaumont, a native of Sudbury, Ontario, who is 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds.
Guys find me, and I like to finish off the plays. I’ll be around the net and finding any ways to score.
Chaumont played last season in Scotland with the expansion Braehead Clan, whose player/coach was Bruce Richardson, a former Komets player/assistant coach.
You know him as a hard-grinding player, and he’s the same way as a coach, said Chaumont, who had 22 goals and 53 points in 54 games. He demanded the best out of everybody. He’s emotional and he was really into it. It was a good experience. It was a new team, so it was a work in progress, but it was a good experience.
Chaumont is well traveled, playing for five teams in six seasons. He is still looking to win a championship.
The closest Chaumont came was when Laredo lost in the 2007 finals to Colorado. He had seven goals and 22 points in 21 postseason games with Laredo.
Now that I’m 26, it’s something I definitely want to get settled, Chaumont said. I’ve played a lot of great places that I’ve enjoyed. I don’t know what the future holds, but we’ll see how this year goes.
The Komets will retire No. 2 in honor of defenseman Guy Dupuis, who retired after last season, before tonight’s game.
We’ve worked really hard this week in practice, addressing the things we need to correct, Chaumont said. I expect a lot better result (tonight), that’s for sure.
Notes: The Komets released forward Danny Lapointe, who had six goals and 16 points in 37 games last season.