Sorry to invade your board, but it has recently come up that I may be spending the next year or so in Des Moines. In which case, I'll immediately begin following the Iowa Stars. But I'm wondering, how do they look this year? Anyone to watch for in particular? Would be nice to have something to look forward to.
Dallas took over Iowa last year . They are avery young team of mostly prospects. They need more AHL vets to compete on atop level. That said there are some exciting players to watch. Polak is the stars flashiest prospect who faded as the season progressed. I still think he can be agood scorer. Erikkson , a swede, and Lessard will challenge for spots in Dallas if not they are top line guys with 30 goal potential in Iowa. On defense, Grossman is asolid d-man and Scalzo is a good puck mover. Nickerson could be a crowd favorite as he had a ton of fights in Jrs. Other guys to look for include Lammers Fistric Lundqvist ansd solid defensive forwards hagos and Holtet
Heh, I almost forgot that Dallas drafts almost exclusively from Finland. It's a good thing I love the way Finns play hockey. That right there is something to look forward to. But it sounds like there will be some fun guys to watch. Thanks for all your input!
Though, I'm pretty bummed that I'll be back in Des Moines the season AFTER the two most exciting players the Des Moines Buccaneers have had since Erik Cole play. Lame.
Rumours, rumours...Nickerson may return to Finland, perhaps to get back in the rhytm after he has recovered from the injury. He has been connected to Jokerit Helsinki, their canadian head coach Doug Shedden may have something to do with it.
At the moment it seems that there would not be room for him in Ässät (the number of foreigners in a game roster is limited to four), we already have Crombeen (21), Naurov (21) and Wandell (19) from Dallas organisation and a 6th round Florida pick Peter Aston (20). Well, quite young quartet. You may have your doubts but at the same time it´s exciting to see how these young players will develope during the season.
Ässät has the youngest roster in FEL, average being 22,5. And even that is too high, atleast in the beginning of the season. We have only two players who have born in the 70´s. Both D´s and one of them, Marko Toivonen, may be sidelined in to the end of november, he has had a back surgery. Toivonen (6´5 / 235) is a physical and solid stay-at-home D-man behing the 2nd line, shoots right. Leaves a hole to fill but Ässät has an interesting, young and fresh team, let see how it starts and works out.
Awesome thanks. A bit OT, but you wouldn't know anyone else around there (or maybe he would) that plays ball hockey or roller hockey? That's something I'm going to miss, and I don't know anyone that would be interested in those parts. Skill level isn't really important, as I've played with highly varying skill levels and always have fun (assuming people are cool).