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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Ralph Cuddemi shoots the puck during a drill during the Komets first hockey practice at the Memorial Coliseum on Monday October 2, 2017  

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Ralph Cuddemi, left, hits the puck towards the goalie during a drill during the Komets first hockey practice at the Memorial Coliseum on Monday October 2, 2017.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' Bobby Shea hits the puck during a drill during the Komets first hockey practice at the Memorial Coliseum on Monday October 2, 2017.  

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' goalie Garrett Bartus stops the puck during a drill during the Komets first hockey practice at the Memorial Coliseum on Monday October 2, 2017.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' coach Gary Graham diagrams a play during the Komets first hockey practice at the Memorial Coliseum on Monday October 2, 2017    

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets' players stretch out during the Komets first hockey practice at the Memorial Coliseum on Monday October 2, 2017  

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Komets players are led by Olivier Legault during a drill at the Komets the first practice of the season at Memorial Coliseum on Monday October 2, 2017.  

Monday, October 02, 2017 9:20 pm

Komets have new philosophies on offense, defense

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

What are the biggest areas the Komets hope they have addressed with their roster for the coming season? We’ll let coach Gary Graham tell you.

“Offensively, I want a team that’s going to get to the net more,” he said. “I thought we were a little too much perimeter last year and if you look at guys like (Ralph) Cuddemi, (Tyson) Fawcett, (Justin) Hodgman, (Dennis) Kravchenko, these are very skilled players but also known for getting to the net and know for not passing up shots.”

As for the defense, Graham said: “Defensively, we addressed the skating. We wanted to get a little bit smaller but also quickly. Our D corps is not as big and heavy as it was last year, but for breaking out pucks and getting to more of an NHL-style game, quicker and being more involved in that play, we’ll be better in that department.”

While the Komets opened the day with 18 players, not including Jamie Schaafsma, who was ill, their roster now stands at 24. Curtis Leonard remains in American Hockey League training camp with the Chicago Wolves.

jcohn@jg.net