Colonials Mid-Season Update

There were many skeptics around Boston a month ago when 'the experts' were questioning a slew of moves made by GM Graves during the strangely timed holiday...
by Gary Graves | February 17, 2019, 9:26 PM ET

There were many skeptics around Boston a month ago when 'the experts' were questioning a slew of moves made by GM Graves during the strangely timed holiday break but heads are starting to turn now as the team is on a 12-3-0-2 run since the flurry of trades. During that stretch the Colonials have defeated some very good teams such as the Revolution, Millionaries, Steelhawks, Aces and the Norsemen.

After all, the team dealt one of the league’s best goalies in Pekka Rinne and turned over the reins to Martin Jones. Jones now sports the league’s 5th best GAA of 2.26 and has an 12-4-2 record in 21GP. The team also dealt Captain Ryan Kesler which was a tough move as he has done so much for the team these past few years including leading the SICHL in goals last season. The move was a cost cutting move as it was hard to justify a $10M contract as a third line centre. In another move, the Colonials dealt TJ Brodie in a deal which at the end of the day lands the team two 2nd round picks. This deal was possible based on the depth on the blueline.

Boston is currently sitting in 6th in the World Conference with a 25-13-3 record and has a +28 goal differential. Defense has been solid and also has the 3rd best PK in the league. The biggest area of concern is that the Colonials hold the league’s second worst power play at 10.00%! The team has shuffled through a number of combinations, but at the end of the day, the team may have to deal for a goal scorer prior to the deadline to balance out the team. For now the team seems to have the backend to compete night in and night out and dealing Rinne seems to have zero effect on the team's ability to win games.

The up and coming colonists:

Adam Boqvist - Top 8 in the OHL in points among defensemen. A slow start in his first 10 or so games with London but now has 15 G and 29 assists in 40 GP. The Swede is getting used to the smaller North American ice surface and his development is very encouraging.

Liam Foudy - The speedy winger has been on fire with the Knights lately and through 48 GP, Foudy has 30 goals and 27 assists on a team that could go far in the OHL playoffs. His skating ability is touted as one of the best in the OHL and his confidence is at an all-time high as he has moved from a 4th liner the first two seasons to the top line this year.

Alexis Gravel - One of the top goalies in the QMJHL and much improved over the past two seasons, Gravel is top three in wins (28) and Sv % (.913). Alexis was the QMJHL goalie of the month in December.

Radim Salda - This late round pick had transfer issues which led to a late start with the Oceanic this season, but the Czech has looked pretty good with 23 points in 31 GP and a +18 plus minus. He also played for the Czech team at the WJHC but only had limited action. He has offensive skills, but this project player could be a serviceable defensemen someday if he can learn to defend in his own end.

Mathias Laferrierre –The 18-year-old's having a major breakout this year and ranks second on the team in points (23 G and 35 A for 58 Pts in 55 GP) and 24th in the league. He is in line to make some impact in the SICHL if he stays on this path.


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