Whatsssss up R/Canucks its ya boi THRILL coming at you hot and heavy with another edition of the Farmies! The past couple days haven’t been very busy for the Comets, and have been relatively QUIET on the news front too. TRUSTTHEPROCESS with ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to be concerned about TRUSTTHEPROCESS when it comes to our rookies down on the farm! TRUSTTHEPROCESS PaidforbyUtica
But in all seriousness, there’s obviously going to be major cause for concern when a former rookie leaves your team to go back to playing for a team that will utilize him for his strengths (instead of you know….asking him to overhaul his gameplay) and THEN says there was a lack of communication between himself and the coaching staff/management….I don’t want to call this scenario “Oilers-like” as some may have pointed out because, in truth, the Oilers at least PLAYED their rookies, when maybe they shouldn’t have….whereas the Comets are kind of in an opposite-ville where we DON’T play our rookies when maybe we should?
Obviously it goes without saying that MacEwen is a great prospect, as is Dahlen and as is Lind, and Jasek, and YES…they are getting ice time…But I can’t in good conscious say I agree with Gadjovich getting stuck in the nosebleeds watching his team play because he “takes time to develop” …you know what helps development? Ice time….game experience….you know…stuff that helps players open there eyes to what they could be doing better and working on but letting them put their effort to practice instead of literally JUST practicing and hoping to test your improvements once every 2 weeks…. Because as I said in the Farmies past, Gadjovich was playing his BEST hockey when playing with Wacey Hamilton and Carter Bancks…and you know what I think Gadjer stands to learn a LOT from how those two play….super effective penalty killers, possession machines, good speed and drives to the net, aggressive on the boards…only Gadjovich can probably score better if given the opportunity to. I don’t know what our rookies like Gadjer or Jasek stand to learn from sitting in the press box watching career AHL’ers not improve, or show any kind of development that would earn them a call-up to the Canucks.
Now all that being said, I urge anyone to read my previous comments regarding how the Farm prepped for this season, because I feel like whenever I have an opinion piece to start the Farmies, people hop on to say I shouldn’t have an opinion because people don’t go to reddit for opinions or open discussions…or something…I DUNNO whatever…tonight should be a sick game….Comets vs. the Marlies…and it looks like Cull and co. maybe felt the heat of the prospect development discussion because every single one of them is in the lineup haha
I’M SURE if they get blown out or lose…the first thing they’re going to say is “well I told you so!”
But hey…that’s not why we’re here is it guys!
We’re here to watch some of the bright stars of tomorrow adapt themselves to be the best they can be so that one day we may see them in the blue green and blue! That being said lets get into it!
MacMaster sits for the 5th straight game and joining him is fucking Colton Sacuerman DESPITE his fucking +4 , 1 assist game he had on Sunday or the 1 assist +3 game he had on Saturday. *eye roll*
I’m irritated because guys like Dirk and Saucerman have actually been incredibly reliable on our blueline with all the injuries and are actually producing points, which outside of Graham and McEneny is pretty hard to come by.
THE REAL IRRITATION IS though I didn’t account for a new guy, Cliff Watson, who completely fucks up my macroboard and thus ability to speedily write up the Farmies! Oh well, maybe he’ll be completely invisible and I won’t have to write his name down much haha
RE: INJURY REPORT
|Out for the Season||undisclosed||foot||Out for the season||his fucking faceeeeeee|
Ryan Johnson did say that Chatfield and Sautner could POSSIBLY return towards the end of this month.
Streamable Clarity Improvement Notice
Continuing with last issues theme, going to be Players full name (jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) then every sub sequential play featuring that player it’ll be last name(jersey number) – place in streamable (if not outright obvious) I’m also going to reduce the amount of hyperlink in the GOAL streamables, since that’s what I think MOST people are here for and don’t want some gaudy blue taking up the screen.
Comets in White
- Joe Roberts on the mic implies that Arseneau is out due to being a bit banged up from the weekend double-header….if so then that’s pretty pathetic if THAT’S what it takes to get Gadjovich some fucking icetime lol
- Tom Pyatt(#20) gets a takeaway on the endboards and tries feeding Brendan Gaunce(#16) or Jonathan Dahlen(#54) in front of the net, but it gets by both leading to a rush led by who other than Sam Gagner
- Kole Lind(#13) with some speedy forechecking in the Marlies zone that leads to a takeaway that Jonah Gadjovich(#22) keeps in the zone with some quick skates and a well placed stick
- Zack MacEwen( #15) with a speedy zone entry, nice pass to Wacey Hamilton(#36) who sets up Carter Bancks(#34) for a scoring opportunity
- 1st whistle doesn’t come until 15:01 of the first period
- Including Sam Gagner, the Canucks/Comets are facing, Frankie Corrado, Jordan Subban and Michael Carcone
- MacEwen(#15) picks up a puck left behind by Chris Mueller and has a nice heads up play to set up Guillaume Brisebois(#55) in front, but a stick disrupts the pass
- ‘scuse the horrible blurry angle but here’s Gadjovich(#22) –bottom left corner of streamable – aggressively forechecking on Jordan Subban who throws the puck away to his former team, Gadjer ends up with the puck and moves into the slot for a shot on goal
- There was a 2-on-1 by the Marlies that got broken up by Lukas Jasek but the camera angle made it completely impossible to notice the good defensive play
- lol Gags has got 14 points in 14 games with the Marlies since he was last called up.
- GOAL – TORONTO – 1-0 Marlies: Colin Greening on the rush with Josh Jooris and Jeremy Bracco has his shot deflect off the inside of ivan Kulbakov’s blocker side to put the Marlies in the lead
- Gadjovich(#22) with two really solid centering attempts to Cam Darcy(#11) from behind the net, but the first, Darcy has his stick tied up, and the second goes too close to Darcys feet for a shot attempt good fight from Gadjovich to get the puck for that second setup attempt
- GOAL – UTICA – 1-1 Tie: a weird one but hey anything counts! Lukas Jasek(#9) draws 2 Marlies to the wing, and takes a pretty innocent looking shot on net from the right wing, as Reid Boucher(#24) ties up a second Marlie, Kaskisuo goes to glove down the innocent shot but instead manages to throw it between his own pads and Tanner Kero(#10) casually walks in from behind to tap in the freebie
- Comets facing pressure in their own zone, and MacEwen(#15) strips the puck off Sam Jardine and races down the wing to clear the puck safely to allow the Comets a line change
- Pyatt(#20) clips skates with Vincent LoVerde and manages to draw the tripping penalty
- Comets don’t manage a shot on the powerplay
- GOAL – TORONTO – 2-1 Marlies: A fairly innocent shot from Vincent LoVerde gets deflected off Craig Wyszomiski’s(#38) stick, bounces off the ice and squeaks between Kulbakov’s left pad and his left arm…pretty unlucky bounce here
- Lind(#13) with a nice little poke along the Comets endboards to get the puck, and sails it high above center to clear the zone, Gaunce(#16) muscles the Marlies defender off the puck, but can’t retrieve the puck to get any kind of scoring opportunity
- GOAL – TORONTO – 3-1 Marlies: Kulbakov caught cheating too far over to his left side, as Vincent LoVerde (I have no way to prove LoVerde planned this but if he did its genius) banks it off the end-boards straight onto Pierre Engvall’s stick who one times it past Kulbakov who doesn’t reset fast enough
Score at the end of the first period: 3-1 Marlies
Pretty brutal period in terms of offense…Comets outshot 9-3 and their one goal was quite flukey…will definitely need to up their playmaking in the Marlies zone if they want to make this game competitive.
- Jasek(#9) beats Corrado to the end boards to catch a Jesse Graham(#64) puck dump, he then sets up Gaunce(#16) for a one-timer on net that is caught by Kaskisuo
- Comets go to a powerplay and the 2nd unit starts it off, with Jasek, Lind, McEneny, Gaunce and Brisebois
- Scramble in front of the Marlies net on the powerplay, and Kero(#10) sets up Boucher(#24) for the open net but is absolutely robbed by Sam Jardine who blocks the shot
- Lind(#13) gets the puck off the endboards to Bisebois(#55) who sets up Jaime Sifers(#26) for a shot on goal, but his shot goes high and clips Lind in the face
- GOAL – TORONTO – 4-1 Marlies: Toronto’s Trevor Moore scores his 17th goal in 24 games after banking the shot off the back of Kulbakov’s leg as he stood to reset his position in the net
- Comets to the penalty kill off a Lukas Jasek hooking penalty – honestly, the Comets hooking penalties/60 is insane
- Again, Cull shortens his bench super hard on the penalty kill; usually its Sifers/Brisebois/Hamilton/Bancks….Sifers usually plays out the entire 2 minutes, with Pyatt, Gaunce and McEneny replacing the others… If this Comets team wants Gadjovich to learn from Hamilton or Bancks…maybe throw him out there on the penalty kill with one of the two of them for him to learn from…I mean fuck it, what do you have to lose?…its 4-1 and you don’t want people thinking your anti-rookies….so maybe throw out the rookie who you want learning from your PK specialists? Just maybe?
- Marlies pick up a slow Sifers(#26) pass through center and find themselves on a 3-on-1…fortunately they setup Gagner for the one timer and the rest is history
- Jasek(#9) with speed and a nice give and go to himself down the wing to set up Kero(#10) in front who has the puck deflect off his skate wide of the goal
- GOAL – UTICA – 4-2 Marlies: Evan McEneny(#2) with a great little toedrag on the blue line to retain the zone, passes to Jasek(#9) who goes rink wide to Graham(#64) who fans on his one timer but it conveniently rolls under Kaskisuo’s pad
- Arena giving credit to Tanner Kero for apparently tipping the puck last second…Too bad because that would mean McEneny wouldn’t get credit for an assist, which he should because that toedrag that held the line is why that goal happens.
- Lind(#13) and Gadjovich combining for some scoring opportunities, as they control the puck along the endboards; Gadjovich(#22) picks up a shot from Cliff Watson(new guy) and turns for a shot on goal of his own
- Pyatt(#20) with some nice speed and puck control along the boards
The Score at the end of the 2nd period: 4-2 Marlies
Again not a lot of chances for the Comets tonight in the Marlies end…shots were even however (10/10)…Marlies just a whole lot better defensively and are doing a way better job at breaking up the Comets offensive drives…that being said, Jasek, Lind, Darcy and Gadjovich are looking EXTRA dangerous every time they are on the ice.
- GOAL – UTICA – Marlies 4-3 Marlies: Gaunce(#16) tips a shot from Sifers(#26) above Kaskisuo’s right pad to bring the Comets within 1 with plenty of time to spare!
- Alternate angles of the Gaunce deflection
- MacEwen(#15) pressuring LoVerde overskates a bit, but using just his stick, manages to box LoVerde out and forces him to attempt the wraparound, WHILE MANAGING to NOT take a hooking or slashing penalty
- Again, really slick defensive play with just the use of his stick and his ability to keep up with LoVerde….not sure if any other forward tries this and DOESN’T get dinged for hooking
- MacEwen(#15), Hamilton(#36) and Bancks(#34) combining for some nutty puck control in the Marlies zone
- GOAL – TORONTO – 5-3 Marlies : Comets give up the puck to Jeremy Bracco who shows great patience to wait out the diving defenders, Brisebois( #55) and Sifers(#26) and hands it off to Calle Rossen who wrists it past Kulbakov who looks to have no clue where that puck was coming from.
- Respect to Sifers(#26) who gives Kulby a little tap on the shoulder and leans in to probably let him know that one was on him, as he was late on his dive and no doubt screened him on the goal
- Gadjovich(# 22)with a long ice feed to Lind(#1 3)who goes off his skate for a shot on goal, Gadjovich( #22) follows the play with a huge hit on the endboards
- MacEwen(#15) with speed on his backcheck from the endboards to the Comets zone to turn and get a stick on a Timashov shot on net to deflect it wide
- Brisebois(#55) picks up a bouncing puck and drills a shot on Kaskisuo that gets blockered out of play
- Would be cool to have some kind of flashy high speed guy like Carcone on our team…boy, what a move!
- per the above *DonCherryTalkingAboutPouliott.youtube*
- Gadjovich(#22) quickly moves to center to get a stick on the puck between two Marlies players to maintain the zone for the Comets
- GOAL – TORONTO – 6-3 Marlies: Comets pull Kulbakov to the bench despite NOT having possession of the puck and Carl Grunddstrom gets the easy empty netter to give themselves a 3 goal lead
- Kulbakov gets run into with 3:57 left in the game, so the Comets get a 2 minute powerplay with time remaining.
- Comets with the two man advantage spend the powerplay drilling hard stick to stick passes and get 0 chances on goal. Lind/Gadjovich get rolled out for the final 2 minutes and I HAVE to think that’s because this game was being aired on TSN2….and the Comets absolutely don’t want anyone questioning their deployment of the rookies
Final Score: 6-3 Marlies
|1st||Toronto||Colin Greening||Dmytro Timashov||Vincent LoVerde||5v5|
|1st||Utica||Tanner Kero||Reid Boucher||Lukas Jasek||5v5|
|1st||Toronto||Calle Rosen||Josh Jooris||Jeremy Bracco||5v5|
|1st||Toronto||Pierre Engvall||Vincent LoVerde||Jeremy Bracco||5v5|
|2nd||Toronto||Trevor Moore||Mason Marchment||Sam Jardine||5v5|
|2nd||Utica||Tanner Kero||Jesse Graham||Lukas Jasek||5v5|
|3rd||Utica||Brendan Gaunce||Jamie Sifers||—||5v5|
|3rd||Toronto||Calle Rosen||Jeremy Bracco||Chris Mueller||5v5|
|3rd||Toronto||Carl Grundstrom||Vincent LoVerde||—||EN|
- Well an unlucky first period full of bounces/redirects gave the Marlies the lead and that was more than enough to seal this one for them. Also helping them was their ability to outshoot the Comets, ending the game having outshot the Comets 29 to 19. The Comets only registered 5 shots on goal in the third, and that was with a key powerplay towards the end of the game with Kulbakov pulled for a two man advantage…not really a great look for their powerplay units this game
- As CanucksArmy Contributor Darryl Keeping say, if you’re going to put Lind on the #2 PP unit, move him to Brisebois (Boeser) spot and off the bumper…most of his success in Kelowna came from running the powerplay in that position
- Really impressive shift work from Lind/Darcy and Gadjovich tonight that no doubt will get 1 of the 3 benched in their next outing. Pretty physically aggressive stuff along the boards from Darcy and Gadjer, and just sooo much good puck control and distribution from Lind….the goals WILL come eventually if they just keep this line together but I truly doubt it… given that this game was broadcast on tsn2…I feel like this was Cull trying to appeal to the MANY Vancouver media eyes who were NOT occupied with the Canucks today and had time to kill by watching the farm… hopefully im wrong though…the two kids looked good and despite 6 goals against, ended the night with a +/- of 0 for all three. I know its kind of a generic stat but I mean still stands to reason they weren’t allowing any chances against anytime they were on the ice
- The Dahlen invisibility cloak continues to rear its ugly head…no points, no shots, -1 rating…looked slow to the puck in many instances…I really have to wonder if that concussion had a longer lasting effect than we realize… Hasn’t been the same player since…His work on the powerplay hasn’t been that impressive either….crisp passing has become a bit more aggressive, stiff…less soft on his passes which is unusual, as the silky mitts on the powerplay was one of his hallmarks in the earlier parts of the season
- Boucher sort of regressing a bit into the “if im not scoring then im doing nothing” type of gameplay…he was absolutely smothered by the Marlies defense tonight, and any time he had chances to PASS…he’d opt for the slapshot that would 99.9% of the time deflect off a stick into nowhereland….followed by an annoyed look to the heavens or shake of the head, and then a slow skate back to the bench….Carcone was ditched because of his perceived me vs. the world playstyle….Boucher is following some dangerous footsteps as of late with his near non-existent passing game
- Why isn’t Gagner with our farm? Better yet, why have we not just TRADED HIM to the Leafs for literally anything? The guy was a threat tonight, powerplay time, shots on net, was on the ice for 2 goals for… it seems absolutely insane to me that we’re paying him millions to teach the Toronto Marlies rookies how to succeed in hockey to earn a shot in the NHL…its baffling to me….absolutely baffling
Comets Three Stars
- Lind/Gadjovich/Darcy – every shift of theirs was interesting and dynamic, the definition of high danger chances were generated from these three.
- Lukas Jasek – two assists, great puck control, the usual, still the Comets most underrated player at the moment
- Brendan Gaunce – another goal to bring his total points on the season to 21 in 24 games. Guy is just clutch lately and that early 3rd period goal really gave the Comets some life…if only the team could capitalize on the little momentum they got
After tonight’s loss, the Comets win streak is over but they manage to retain there 3rd place spot in the North Division over the Marlies. They now sit 3 points behind the first place Rochester Americans, and 1 point behind the Syracuse Crunch…so while tonight wasn’t THAT great for the Comets, they are still somehow, barring all the injuries, the ECHL goaltenders, the lack of a true AHL d-core and the near non-existent powerplay, they’re still SOMEHOW contending for the first place spot in the division! (yes I know the Comets have like 3-6 more games played than the 2 teams ahead of them and the Marlies behind them but my point remains!)
The Comets return for a 5 game home stand against the New York Islanders farm team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, great name, GREATER JERSEY,… The Comets only have a 2 game series this season against the Tigers and it will be pretty competitive as the Tigers recently had Josh Ho-Sang return to their lineup…The Tigers have a pretty young lineup leading their team in goals and assists, so MAYBE…the Comets should look to matching youth with youth, and maybe run the same lineup we saw tonight to test our rookies against the Atlantic divisions 2nd best team!
As always I Hope you guys enjoyed this edition of the Farmies. Any feedback, improvement suggestions, content or highlights you’d like me to focus/pick out during games, let me know and I’ll do my best to provide during the next Farmies!