With Jamie Schaafsma not returning to the Komets next season, the team will have a new captain for the first time since the 2015 season when the upcoming campaign opens.
Among the potential players who could wear the "C" in the 2019-20 season is forward Brady Shaw, who has re-signed with the Komets, the team announced today. I asked Ben Boudreau about the potential for a Shaw captaincy and this is what he said:
"Well there's definitely consideration (of him)," Boudreau said. "For me right now, there isn't any single person right now that is the perfect captain. I think anybody that takes on that role needs to understand the history of Fort Wayne, someone who's played here and seen those expectations. That's something the ownership and the staff and I will identity as the summer goes along here. But right now, it's just building the roster.
"But whether (Shaw) is a captain or not, he's a phenomenal leader. He always does the right thing when you're not looking. That's the key for us, not just trying to impress the coach, but doing it the right way when other young guys are around you. He's got all the traits to be a captain."
I also got Boudreau's thoughts on the next steps he and the front office will take as the roster continues to take shape over the next several weeks.
"Right now, it's just doing the homework on who's available," Boudreau said. "We're continuing to speak with a number of guys. Jake Kamrass, we're making sure we're in constant talks with the Rookie of the Year. The veteran spot, the (Shawn) Szydlowski, those conversations take time over the summer.
"I think it's important for us to establish a start of guys we can build around. From there, it's just a daily grind. We've got about a million names to look after and you've gotta do the homework on everybody, so getting an early start and having a young and hungry staff is huge right now. We want to build this team by the end of the week, but it doesn't happen like that.
"We really needed to identify the areas where we needed to get better. I think as far as the team commitment first and the locker room-type guys who are ready to go to war every single day are some of the things that we really want and there are a lot of those guys out there."