I was worried about the Komets' inexperienced defensemen and, after a 4-1 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings in the regular-season opener tonight, I still am.
But more than that, I just think it's going to take time to develop some chemistry.
I also think there were opening-night jitters. That's a bit understandable if you're a rookie and suddenly you are playing in front of 10,091 fans and watching the Cup get circled around the ice and dealing with the 30-minute pre-game gala.
But a couple more games like this and the Komets won't be able to make excuses.
They have been outscored 13-1 in the last three season openers.
"The first goal was a bad bounce that went of (Colin Chaulk's) shoulder and hit our defenseman in the knee and went in. It certainly wasn't a goal that they worked to get," Komets coach Al Sims said. "And the third one, that went off of (Tyler) Butler's skate and went in the net. So they had some fortunate bounces around the net.
"But the Wings played hard and played well. The second period was a downfall for us. But we came back in the third, poured shots on the net and got one. We hit the crossbar on one. We just didn't have the puck around the net that Kalamazoo did tonight. Without the two flukey goals, it's a 2-1 game, but we've got a ways to go here, obviously."
There weren't too many players that stood out to me. I thought Daniel Maggio looked like he'll be great in the ECHL. Josh Brittain will be a huge addition once he learns the systems. Matt Firman has potential. I don't put much blame on Charlie Effinger, even if he got pulled after two periods; he had some great early saves.
The pace of the game was fast, but there were a ton of turnovers. Just like I expected. The Komets need to block more shots. Kalamazoo did that a lot.