Personally, I think they can be successful without one. Being independent is not why they lost to Cincinnati. Remember, they beat the Cyclones twice and two of the losses came in overtime.
And while it would be exciting to cover more NHL prospects, I just don't know that the fans here would really like seeing their roster pillaged by higher-level teams. As much as they like winning, Fort Wayne fans also enjoy having players they can identify with and get to know. They wouldn't have that with an affiliation and players always coming and going. But I could be wrong.
The biggest challenge of being an independent team is convincing players in the offseason that if they play in Fort Wayne, they will still get a chance to get noticed and get called up. But I'm a big believer in chemistry and it's easier to build that as an independent team. Just my opinion.
I'd like to thank you all for reading this season. I'm going to take a few days off -- it's been a long run of like 47 straight days of stories on the Komets and Mad Ants -- but that doesn't mean you should stop checking here often for news.