Michelle Davies | The Journal Gazette Komets forward Gabriel Desjardins, 24, had 24 goals and 46 points in 64 regular-season games, then five goals and six points in 10 playoff games, and is one of the young, fast players the Komets could build around next season.
Monday, May 08, 2017 8:10 pm
Which Komets would you bring back?
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
Before we get to the big question here, I need to inform you the Komets have changed the start time for Tuesday's end-of-season party. Doors at Memorial Coliseum will open at 6:30 p.m. The jersey auction will still begin at 7 p.m. in the Appleseed room. Admission is $5. Season-ticket holders and kids under 12 get in free. Last year, the party raised $22,900 for charity.
OK, which players do you think the Komets should prioritize in the offseason? I encourage you to evaluate this objectively, not in the heat of having just lost in the Central Division finals to Toledo. What I mean is, a lot of players may have disappeared in the last series, but that doesn't necessarily mean they had a bad season. You're probably not going to say Mike Cazzola was a dud because he had one assist against the Walleye, right?
Bearing in mind the Komets have already said they need to get younger and faster, here are the players that I would make my absolute priorities:
I'm not saying I don't want the other guys back. Shawn Szydlowski, Jamie Schaafsma, Cody Sol and Mike Embach are not only valuable on the ice, but also in the community, and you're going to have a tough time finding players who can put up their numbers. I just would go with the speed and youth and build out from there, bearing in mind that ECHL teams can only have four players with veteran status and that would mean at least three players can't be re-signed anyway.
The Komets are going to have to identify the players who kept making the same mistakes over the last two seasons – the penalties, turnovers, botched scoring chances – and determine if that can finally be fixed or not.