Lost from last year:
Brenden Dillon, Defense, Graduated.
Travis Bobbee, Defense, Graduated.
Travis Toomey, Forward, Graduated.
Eric Bonsor, Defense, College.
Ryan Button, Defense, AHL.
Notes: Losing Bobbee is no big deal. Dillon and Toomey were key players last season in many ways. Both wore letters the entire season and were well deserving. Dillon was playing 25-30 minutes a game and at a very high level. Button can return to Seattle but it is highly unlikely. I have been told that Bonsor has told the team he won't return, not sure if the team has reported anything. Backup goalie Michael Salmon could probably be here too as I would imagine the team doesn't want a 19 year old backup when they know they would be losing both goalies at the end of the season.
Returning from last year:
Calvin Pickard, 19, Goalie.
Michael Salmon, 19, Goalie.
Dave Sutter, 19, Defense.
Erik Fleming, 19, Defense.
Mitch Spooner, 19, Defense.
Austin Frank, 18, Defense.
Mitch Elliot, 18, Forward.
Connor Sanvido, 18, Forward.
Justin Hickman, 17, Forward.
Branden Troock, 17, Forward.
Tyler Alos, 18, Forward.
Marcel Noebels, 19, Forward.
Brendan Rouse, 19, Forward.
Colin Jacobs, 18, Forward.
Luke Lockhart, 19, Forward.
Burke Gallimore, 20, Forward.
Chance Lund, 19, Forward.
Jacob Doty, 18, Forward.
Notes: Return #1, #3 #4 and #5 scorers from last season in Gallimore(70), Noebels(54), Lockhart(48) and Jacobs(44). Defensively they bring back pretty much NOTHING! Sutter got better at the end of the season, but honestly was getting worse from October-Mid February. Branden Troock missed all of last season with concussion problems. Should he play and play at the level he played as a 15, I could see him scoring 40-50 points. I could see Alos, Rouse and Lockhart really benefiting from new head coach Steve Konowalchuk.
Incoming/Could Be Incoming players:
Cason Machacek, 20, Defense, Trade from Leth. for future pick.
Shea Theodore, 16, Defense, 3rd Round in 2010 Bantam Draft.
Jared Hauf, 16, Defense, 1st Round in 2010 Bantam Draft.
Taylor Green, 16, Defense, 2nd Round in 2010 Bantam Draft.
Evan Wardley, 17, Defense, 6th Round in 2009 Bantam Draft.
Stefan Burzan, 17, Forward, Trade from Sask. for Jeremy Boyer.
James Neil, 16, Forward, 3rd Round in 2010 Bantam Draft.
Notes: Machacek will be here no doubt and does fill a void on defense. Shea Theodore will be in Seattle and will play and will play a lot. Theodore played a handful of games last season as a 15 and instantly started QBing the PP and did a fine job. Theodore had almost 1/ppg last year in the BCMML. Hauf is a big kid, needs to improve his skating and footwork, but he reminds me a lot of Jared Cowen at age 16. Green is another BIG kid, but needs a lot more work than Hauf. I honestly see Green and Wardley fighting for the final defensive roster spot. Burzan was a late cut last season that I know a lot of scouts like. I was not all that impressed, but I also don't get paid to watch hockey. Neil put up good numbers in the BCMML last season, 46 points in 40 games. I am not sure if he signed with Seattle or not. Another guy I am not sure if he signed is Carter Popoff, 44 points in 40 games in the BCMML.
Weakness: Defense, losing your top 4 defenseman is never a good thing, but losing your top 4 from a defense that wasn't very good???? The defense should be young and will have to growup quickly for Seattle to have success. I wouldn't be surprised to see Fleming and Spooner sent packing, but if you do that you really get young. If everyone continues to grow at forward I think Seattle could score alot more than we have seen the last two years.
Strength: Obvious... Goaltending. Calvin Pickard keeps Seattle in basically every game and has for the last two seasons.
Outlook: I really don't know what to expect. I am excited about our coaching staff for the first time in a VERY long time. I think Steve Konowalchuk could do some very good things in Seattle. This team will continue to grow and I could see them putting together somewhere around 70 points next season. If the defense growsup quickly it could be more, if they don't growup it could be less. I wouldn't be surprised to see Seattle go trade for another 19-20 year old defender. If it is true that Bonsor is gone, that does open up a OA slot, expect it to be filled with a defender.