Season over, so what’s next?

With the conclusion of the 2021 regular season, the Colonials head into the offseason with much work to do. The rebuild continues!
by Gary Graves | May 23, 2021, 3:07 PM ET

The 2020/2021 season admittedly flew by, even with a losing club at the pro and minor levels. The Colonials and Patriots players cleaned out their respective lockers at the end of the regular season and left with exit interviews and expectations for the next season.

There are currently 95 players in the organization which will soon change as some players will not be offered extensions and some prospects will be released. It is anticipated that 15-20 players could be dropped.

While it hasn’t been a great season, the team was happy with the development of some of its current roster players. Guys like Daniel Sprong, Janne Kuokkanen, Liam Foudy, Colin Blackwell and Victor Rask have taken some steps and could play a bigger role next year in Boston.

However, the most exciting player of the year for us was Tim Stuetzle! He was one of the best players during the WJC for Team Germany and given the Covid situation, Timmy stayed in Canada in a developmental league, where he finished the season with 29 points in 53GP.

Stuetzle has shown flashes of high-level skill, the WOW factor, the kind that gets you out of your seat. One of the biggest knocks at this point is his strength. Timmy tends to get knocked off the puck and pushed around. He knows he will have to get stronger in the offseason as well as improve defensively in his own end. Stuetzle is expected to join the Colonials pro roster next fall.

Now let’s take a look a few more notable prospects within the organization:

Ridly Greig – Greig has shown a lot of why he was selected 26th overall in 2020. Showing a nice combo of skill and grit, Ridly was a point and half a game player in the WHL this season putting up 10G and 22A in 21GP.

Jean-Luc Foudy – With the OHL season cancelled, the younger Foudy made the most of his time in the AHL with the Colorado Eagles. The eighteen-year-old posted 14 points in 34GP. He is a powerful skater and isn’t easily knocked off the puck playing against men. He has shown confidence with the puck and I am sure we will be hearing more about him in the next few years.

Zayde Wisdom – The third rounder from the 2020 draft also ended up in the AHL given the OHL never got off the ground. Playing with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, Wisdom flew out of the gates with a hot start that had a lot of people buzzing over his game. However, his offense tapered off, but ended the season on a high note with 6 assists in his last 4 GP. Wisdom ended the season with 18 points in 28GP and has shown skill that makes him worth getting excited about. He is smart, makes plays along the boards and in front of the net. The guy battles hard.

Raphael Lavoie – We like the trajectory so far from Lavoie as we feel he is tracking quickly to the SICHL. Lavoie, who is more of a first shot sniper started the season with Vasby in the AllSvenskan and was the teams leading scorer posting 45 points in 51GP. Lavoie joined the AHL Bakersfield Condors after the season ended with Vasby and had 10 points in 19GP. The hope is that Lavoie, a power forward, continues to progress and eventually ends up being a top 9 player for the Colonials.

2021/2022 Outlook

Without trades or free agent pickups, here are the projected lineups:

Forwards

Stuetzle – Donato – Sprong

Kuokkanen – Blackwell – Okposo

Galchenyuk – Rask – Peca

Simon – Foudy – Abramov

Defense

Del Zotto – Whitecloud

Boqvist – Clifton

Brannstrom – Lindstrom

Connauton

Goaltending

Jones

TBD

Why TBD? Well, near the end of the season, Pavel Francouz had some tests done regarding a recent nagging lower body issue and had to have emergency surgery. It is expected he could miss the entire 2021/2022 season which will certainly be a blow to the team given he was strong for the team this year helping win post elimination games.

So the team has some needs to fill in the offseason!

Speaking of post elimination games, the team finished 3rd overall in terms of lottery odds even though we were the 5th worst team overall. The new points after elimination lottery odds game worked in the Colonials favour! So with that, we are looking forward to the lottery draft and regardless of how that shakes out, the team will have at least a top eight selection. 

Finally good luck to the final four in the quest for the Continental Cup!

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