SportsFan82 (Login SportsFan82) Posted Feb 15, 2012 10:30 AM
You make some good points. I typed that to get a reaction as much as anything else, interested to see what others think about this latest effort to rebuild.
Even someone like Dallas Thompson, who only has his position because his father-in-law is the owner, should improve his reputation at least a little over time, right? Maybe? Haha. At least they've made improvements in the scouting department and seem to be doing a better job these days of signing draft picks. There appears to be more players reporting.
We'll see in two or three years. Good point about the regular season, although I think everybody would agree if the Cougars performed better in the regular season it would generate more buzz and as a result, more fans would show up. Playoff upsets happen but they aren't as common as the higher-seeded teams winning.
Again, stating the obvious here, but if the Cougars were a successful franchise, nobody would care that they're a family-run organization with top management positions held by relatives.
Playoff runs are sure fun, and yes, we'll see about Kamloops in the playoffs. The Cougars have missed the playoffs more than the Blazers over the last 12 years, but they've gone deeper in the playoffs. The Blazers haven't advanced beyond Round 1 since 1999.
Barring a major choke job, Kamloops should end that streak this year. They appear to have the tools. I really like the way P.G. minor hockey product Dylan Willick has played for them. Maybe the biggest difference I've noticed with this Kamloops team compared to past seasons is in goaltending. Cole Cheveldave has been fairly consistent in goal for them. But he has no playoff experience. So who knows come mid March when Round 1 starts.
Edmonton is young and we'll see about that franchise as well. What could make the playoffs exciting is with teams like Kamloops and Edmonton at the top, it's maybe even more unpredictable this year than the past. Tri-City is good too, but can Ty Rimmer get the job done between the pipes when it really matters?
We'll see about this rebuilding effort for the Cats. We won't know how it turns out for a while. We'll see where they sit at this time next season, and how much progress the youngsters make from Season 1 to 2.
You're right about Edmonton. A young franchise, we'll see about them.