Springfield Falcons/Evansville Icemen Thread IV (All Affiliate talk here)
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01-19-2014, 07:42 AM
What, me worry?
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Jacketstown, Ohio
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Jarmo canít insist Brad Larsen play a certain player. Scratching Johansen last season worked well for him, so itís not necessarily a bad thing. However, Springfield wants a winning hockey team and the team has been very successful. Players who are young and struggling get scratched and replaced by career minor leaguers.
The Falcons also are icing a very old team compared to the teams they are playing against.
Many of the younger players, like Sedlak and Madaisky, have been mainly seeing the press box. Larkin keeps being recalled from Evansville to also be a healthy scratch.
Chaput is almost 22, so younger guys can be successful. But when they struggle, they get the press box. With guys coming over from Europe, it can take time for them to adapt. They need ice time to make the transition.
The average age of the players who played for the Falcons yesterday is 25.6 years.
Next season, most of the forwards could be between the ages of 19 and 22.
Only looking at who has contracts for next season and prospects who have signed ELC or are expected to be signed and are old enough to play in the AHL, the Springfield line-up for next season would look like this:
M. Dano A. Wennberg J. Marchessault
D. Zaar M. Chaput K. Rychel
D. Smith L. Sedlak J. Anderson
F/A F/A F/A
A. Madaisky T. Larkin
O. Dansk (need to sign)
Erixon, Will Weber, Goloubef, Jake Hansen and Sean Collins are all RFAs that could be resigned. Anderson, Rychel and Dansk could return to the OHL as overagers.
I just hope this all gets figured out before Wennberg, Zaar and Dano come over and all end up back in Europe a few years later.
I would still really like to know how much input Columbus has on who plays in Springy, and who doesn't.
As I have mentioned before, with the AAA baseball Clippers here in Columbus, if the Indians tell them to play someone, they play them, no questions asked. If that player sucks long enough he probably gets demoted to Akron, where he will play. I realize that compared to Hockey, Baseball minor leagues are massive since there is no Junior lvl, or European leagues. Still, for the parent clubs, it is all about what is best for them. They want their minor league teams to be successful, but what is best for them always takes precedent.
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