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SICHLXX Colonials Preview

by Gary Graves | October 30, 2017, 10:06 AM ET

With another poor playoff showing the Colonials decided once again to “tweak” the roster. Prior to the #SICHLSUMM17 draft, GM Graves made a few key pre-draft deals bringing in a starting goalie in James Reimer, paid a hefty price to Banff to get scoring winger David Pastrnak and acquiring John Klingberg to QB the powerplay!

While not in attendance during the live draft, the Colonials there in spirit drafted Maxime Comtois with the #46 overall pick, and Gustav Lindstrom at #52.

Prior to the start of Free Agency, the team locked up C Ryan Kesler (FP signing) to a 2 year deal at $10M per which turned out to be a steal after seeing the crazy money thrown around during Free Agency!

The team also made a deal to bring in Logan Couture from the Schooners for Gabriel Landeskog. Landeskog had 116 pts in 178 GP and 5 points in 11 playoff appearances.

Not one to get caught up in the insane spending of FA, the Colonials added some depth by signing the following key depth players to reasonably conservative prices:

Ben Lovejoy signed for $5,600,000 for 1 year with a $1,400,000 bonus.

Dominic Moore signed for $2,325,000 for 1 year with a $550,001 bonus.

To recap the offseason changes:

In - Reimer, Pastrnak, Klingberg, Methot, Couture, Gourde, Mcelhinney

Out - Mrazek, Landeskog

In addition, the team hired Guy Boucher as Head Coach with Graves stepping back to the full time GM role.

The Colonials on paper, should be deep enough to finish 4/5 in the World Conference and should be a threat to go deep into the playoffs with the current roster. The only question mark is Reimer as the #1.

Projected lines:

Couture – Kesler – Pastrnak

Pearson – Trocheck – MacKinnon

Silfverberg – Moore – Cammalleri

Perron – Beagle – Bailey

Defence

Brodie – Martinez

Savard – Klingberg

Lovejoy – Methot

Quincey

Goaltending

Reimer

Boyle

With all roster spots filled, the team has reassigned Yanni Gourde, Christian Dvorak and Mikhail Grigorenko to the GHA Pawtucket Patriots. They could see action at some point during the season if injuries become a factor. Rumblings from the Grigorenko camp has him talking KHL if he doesn't see an expanded role.

Notable prospects:

Victor Mete – cracked the “Habs” roster as a 19 yr old with playing time on the top line.

Daniel Sprong – off to a quick start with the AHL Pens with 7 goals, 10 points in 8GP

Filip Chlapik – 5 pts in 8GP with the AHL Sens

Maxime Comtois – 14 points in 12 GP with the QMJHL Tigres

Mitchell Vande Sompel – 6 pts in 8 GP with the AHL Bridgeport Sound Tigers

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