Dispersal draft results

June 15, 2006

For the Komets

Round 1: Kevin Watters, forward, from Adirondack
Round 2: Mario Larocque, defense, from Danbury
Round 3: Mike Berry, forward, from Adirondack
Round 4: Drew Omicioli, center, from Danbury|
Round 5: Mike Boudreau, goaltender, from Adirondack

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64 Responses to “Dispersal draft results”

  1. Greg Says:

    Interesting picks the K’s grabbed, I’m okay with Watters, Omicoili and Larocque. Berry will probably be okay, I think the other goaltender will be in camp and that’s it for him.

    Another thing I find intereting is the K’s had three opportunities to grab Danny Stewart and didn’t. DAB was nabbed before the K’s had a chance.

  2. Greg Says:

    I know the Frankes said they would pick the best player possible, but I thought the focus on this draft was to be defense. That’s now one defenseman in 10 picks. I thought defense was a problem last year. Are the Frankes thinking of trying to outscore their opponents?

  3. Blake Says:

    Greg, we’re not even halfway through June yet. Deep breath, relax. Let’s face it though, if they can sign Duhart, Omicioli and Elich, they might just out-score everyone. Remember, there are probably going to be an awful lot of signings in August and September thisyear.

  4. Tony E Says:

    Greg, much of the problems on defence last year was they had forwards who either did not get back and cover the back end or they looked lost once they got there.
    When that happens everyone says the defence is bad and blame the 6 guys who play that position on the scoresheet. The fact is, if you don’t have forwards who are willing to put in the work to cover their own end, you could have 6 Bobby Orr clones ( Orrs) on D and still not look good.

  5. Greg Says:

    Points well taken to both Blake and Tony.
    I agree with you Blake that we’re early yet for sigings, but that makes me kind of wonder how’s out there.

    Makes me more wonder what will happen when they decide on a coach and what direction the team will take.

    I know you’ve talked to Marks, Blake. Did he give any indication on what he thought of the Frankes picks in the first draft?

  6. Shawn Says:

    Omicioli = Italy
    Duhart = Virus
    Elich – I don’t know much about him

    I don’t see Chaulk and Duhart playing on the same team, and if I had to chose I pick Chaulk any day of the week.

  7. Mark Says:

    For those that didn’t follow the UHL close enough…I’m in a UHL fantasy league with some buddies of mine. Watters is a stud in this league, as is Mike Berry. Both guys are extremely young…I’ll see if I can pull up there stats from last season…

    Ok here they are..
    Mike Berry 27-26-53
    Kevin Watters(who was on my fantasy team)36-35-71…

    boy would those guys look good in the orange and black..

    Kevin Watters stands at 6 ft 4 and is a rock solid 225

    Mike Berry is smaller at 5 ft 11 and 180..

  8. Mark Says:

    Shawn,

    I hope you aren’t getting your info from ITB, most of those people are just blowing smoke..as I said on there, I won’t believe a word that is said on there until I see it for myself.

  9. JR Says:

    I like the picks for the most part. The K’s got that big forward(Watters 6-4 225) with good hands that we need, a big defenseman with some snarl that we have sorely needed. and if what shawn says is true and the “family” is calling Omincoli back to Italy then oh well…

  10. Greg Says:

    Mark, I think Shuan has a point where it comes to Duhart and Chaulk and it doesn’t come from ITB. That’s another reason I think Chaulk may not be back, but you never know. There’s no saying how many if any of these draft picks will actually play for the Komets.

  11. Tony E Says:

    That is what I love about the “rumors” on ITB. The people who know the least have the most to say.

  12. Greg Says:

    Yeah, it’s the ultimate in every opinion is the right opinion.

  13. chuckitt Says:

    all the picks were pretty smart. 10 players and only three are vets the rest are tweeners with the sole rookie the goalie from adirondak. other than falco and macmillan they all could be 30 g0al scorers. chaulk probably wont be back unless he likes taking a pay cut but none of this means anything cause no ones signed and no ones shown up with his gear. so we should have a good summer of blogging in the hot stove league, or is that the air conditioned league???

  14. dnlkomets Says:

    Kevin Watters is a great pickup. He’s just what the Komet franchise needs-a young, strong player that puts up points. Larocque is another great choice. I can’t remember Mike Berry at all so I can’t comment on him. I’m very excited about Drew Omicioli. For both brothers to be picked up by teams in the fourth round bothers me a little. Maybe the rumors of the brothers going back to Europe might have some merit. I ONLY say this because I figured they’d both be picked up no later than the second round. All in all, great pickups. A few other teams did well in the draft also (Chicago and Rockford.)

  15. dnlkomets Says:

    I don’t want to add to any Chaulk rumors but has anyone else noticed that already this summer we’ve picked up 3 players who can play center? Thats assuming that those players want to play for the Komets and that they weren’t picked up by Franke as trading bait for someone from a different team.
    Final question for everyone—It’s been a lot of fun seeing all these new names coming up to Ft Wayne (possibly) but thinking back on last season’s Komets, who is one vet, one tweener, and one rookie you’d like to see back? For me it would be vet-Chaulk tweener-Dombkiewicz rookie-Bozoian (he will still have his rookie status for this coming season.)

  16. Greg Says:

    Domber is a good choice, I like Milam for the rookie and Dupuis for the vet spot.

    I choose Dupuis simply because the Komets only drafted one defenseman in the dispersal draft. You could sway me with Bozoian for the rookie, I just liked the way Milam played.

  17. ilovehockey Says:

    I’d like to see Chaulk, Lance, and Lindsay back. A neighbor of Colin’s talked to him the other day and he said that Colin never intimated that he wouldn’t be back with us. It would be a huge loss. Of course, I’ve heard that there is no love loss between Colin and Duhart. If I had to make a choice, Colin all the way. Most of the draft choices didn’t seem bad. Let’s wait and see who ends up wearing the uniforms.

  18. ilovehockey Says:

    I had also forgotten to add PC to that list. I know PC had a rough playoffs, but he had a good year. I have heard that he is going to Europe. He also would be a loss.

  19. dnlkomets Says:

    Your right Greg, I forgot all about Milam. Heck keep both, there is 2 rookies spots right there!

  20. Greg Says:

    Now you’re talkin dnlkomets;-)

  21. Burgee Says:

    The hockey market needs X amount of players.

    how many teams in the USA have folded and how much has that shrunk the amount of players needed.

    Keeping in mind that a lot of indicators are saying economically things are slowing and becoming more expensive — so companies are going to cut down on expenses.

    i kind of read into this that it will be an owners market this year and the players that do get offered contracts will be fortunate and should probably take them, especially in the U.

    Just with everything going on in the league (teams folding), other leagues (teams folding), the economy – it will certainly maintain a lot of excitement until the puck drops for game 1.

    3 of the names in the draft were familiar with me so that must mean they showed up somewhere in the league stats, which is a good thing.

    All in All it is going to make for an exciting summer and a lot of traffic for blakes blog.

  22. Blake Says:

    Burgee you are exactly correct. There are approximately 140 extra players out there looking for jobs because so many teams folded. That’s going to hurt the players’ market value because there will be so many fewer places to play.

    Also, I don’t think a team has ever signed all of its draft picks. If the Komets can get half of these guys, that will be very significant.

    I also heard PC was going to play in England, but I have not talked to him yet.

  23. Shawn Says:

    Mark,
    I do look at ITB, as well as both of the local blogs, but those are not my only sources on why I made my comments. The Omicioli brothers where two of the best players available in the draft, so why did they fall all the way to the 4th round? Prior to this season Drew only played 6 pro games in the United States before leaving for the big bucks of Europe. With the inpending “hard cap” there is no reason Drew would not go back to Italy. Don’t get me wrong I would love it if he were to play for us, but I do not want another Mark Smith, I want a player that will be here for all 76 games and the playoffs.
    My comments about Duhart are no secret in this league, every team he has been on is worse off for it. I don’t want to even take the chance that Chaulk would leave because of him.
    My picks for the returners would be:
    Vet – Chaulk
    Tweener – Galbraith
    Rookie – Milam

  24. Blake Says:

    Here’s a couple of things I thought were interesting about the draft. The Komets had a chance to pick Daigle in the first round and passed, which leads me to believe they must have something else up their sleeve for a goaltender. Stewie going to Muskegon could be a lot of fun because we’ll get to see him more than once a season. Even if Omiciolo goes to Europe, it would still be nice to hold his rights in case he decides to come back at midseason. There’s a possibility the fourth round was the most talented of the draft.

  25. Mark Says:

    Yeah, Blake,

    I don’t think the Komets want to use a vet at the goaltending position. I think a Scott Hay or Tom Lawson is on thier radar…its gonna be interesting to see what happens.

  26. JungleMonkey Says:

    I can’t wait for Stewie to come visit wearing a Fury sweater. I’m not suprised that the Komets didn’t pick Danny. It would take alot of guts to pick him after that smear job after he was traded.

  27. David Says:

    They K’s had a chance to put up some toughness and bypass once again. Rockford got tougher with the pic up Benefield. We could have had a chance at him but choose not to pick him up. IMO disappointment. We can have all the scorers we want but if we do not have anyone to police the ice then we will get run over again.

  28. JungleMonkey Says:

    Benefeild isn’t the enforcer I would want. LeBlond is tough as nails. We should have made a run at him.

  29. Mark Says:

    I’m not to worried about the toughness dept. Just because they didn’t pick a tough guy in the draft today, doesn’t mean they won’t sign one. Heck if Bingham is the coach, I’m pretty sure he might have a tough guy in mind.

    So lets not get our panties in an uproar..it is however only June 15

  30. Blake Says:

    Oh, I forgot. I talked to Marks while he was on the golf course, so I didn’t get a ton of time. He’s still the same guy I remember from the IHL. This is still the same guy who coached Enrico Ciccone, Link Gaetz, Kevin Evans and Kerry Toporowski.

  31. Steve Says:

    Scott Hay is rumored to retire and get a job outside of hockey.

  32. Mark Says:

    Rumors, rumors…

  33. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    I heard a rumor that Enema Man was full of….

    Nice draft today, I think the Goaltender pick may have been just another possibility to bring into camp to battle for the backup position. I would bet anything that the Frankes are working on something big in net for this next year. The kid from Missouri is nothing more than a back-up candidate, too. I think we will all be very happy and excited come the first pre-season game as we will see some big-time scorers, defensemen, and a big-time goalie in here as well. Question will be, will our talent be as good as or better than the other teams. I think this league will be loaded this next year. Should be a great hockey season coming up.

  34. Skate Says:

    The league will be loaded if they eliminate the vet rule. And, why not? If you can get the guys to play for what you can pay, why penalize the fans by having to cut more talented vets to keep lesser guys?

    Larocque listed at 6′ 3″ == 165 == ?!? in hockey databade. That can’t be right.

  35. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Sounds like one long pencil……Maybe a #2 pencil.

  36. Tony E Says:

    David did you see who they picked up the first draft? How much more toughness do you want?

  37. chuckitt Says:

    i checked and larocque is 210 a vet and a guy who regularly gets over 200 pim. he and mcmillan would really add toughness and then bring back galbraith and who knows who else and we might have the jungle back again.

  38. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    Sounds good to me Chuckitt.

  39. David Says:

    Tony MacMillian is not in the league of a Benefield, or even a Fels. He is a middle weight at best. I like taking Larocque and I hope we can sign him. We need the heavy up front and I am sorry Galbraith and MacMillian do not fill that role.

  40. Tony E Says:

    MacMillian will dance with anyone at anytime. I personally measure toughness by more than the ability/willingness to fight. Watters is not afraid to bang. Sure he doesn’t fight much but with his skills you don’t want him to.
    Why would you want the Komets to waste a dispersal draft pick on a Fels type? 10 points/ 245 PM is not the type of player you seek when there are skilled guys to be had.

  41. David Says:

    Tony take a look who Rockford picked up in these two drafts. They got scorers and toughness to boot. They handed us our lunch in the playoff’s and not only got better but add toughness to an already tough hockey club. Now I know this does not mean anything other than you hold these players rights. I will take size and toughess any day over a guy who is 5-10 and got his lunch handed to him by Danny Stewart last year in our building. You have to have an enforcer who at least strikes a little fear in an opponent. We do not have that. Everyone on here said Worlton did not strike fear into anyone. Well Benefield, Fels, Leblond (sp), Wingfield, Mirsty, types do. We had a chance to pick some of these types and did not. We draft guys like Paul Falco come on!!!Elich is more of a cancer type like Duhart was early in his career. Will see who we can sign and who can not. Time will tell. Heck even Port Huron signed a tough guy in Colt King who be a force in the UHL.

  42. Tony E Says:

    David well I may not agree with the way you would have had the Komets draft, I can certainly understand your reasons for wanting them to go that route. I believe they can find those players outside the draft. Remember they are pretty much going from scratch. If they had planned on keeping 12 guys from last year and drafted this way I would have questions too.
    But for these being the first 10 guys,I am ok with that. Maybe they felt they could not sign or afford the players you mentioned if there is going to be a cap.
    No matter who they took there will always be ways to second guess. Forgetting who they didn’t take, just looking at who they did, I think 1-10 it was a pretty good draft.
    Guys like Falco, who knows? He certainly didn’t have horrible numbers for a guy who didn’t always take a regular shift. He is not an experienced player but they must have seen something to draft him.
    If I had one wish it would have been that a coach was named before these drafts even though that wasn’t really possible. That way he could have had a say in who was brought in. That being said, the Frankes have a good idea of the type of coach they want brought in and I am sure they drafted accordingly and with confidence that the players brought in, if signed would fit.

  43. JR Says:

    The way the league is shaping up with the potential to be loaded with talent, I dont think you can afford to have your prototypical fighter… If you read Stan Drulia’s comments about Colt King you’ll see that he is all fired up that this guy will be a 20 goal scorer in the UHL and be one of the toughest guys in the league. Teams are gonna be looking for that type of player to fill thier policeman role this year unless the UHL increases the amount of players you can dress for a game. Then I believe the K’s may go find themselves a monster to patrol the ice 2 or 3 times a period. I bet with the way that Rockford drafted is saying that some of those guys like Johnson, Big Snake are gonna move up and they are just replacing them, besides I think Bennefield finished the season in the AHL…but dont quote me on that…

  44. David Says:

    Yes Bennefield did finish the year in the AHL so that says something about his talent level. Reading the comments this morning in the JG we are still in talking with PC and Chaulk. For my money I let PC go and play elsewhere thus opening another vet spot. I am not displeased totally with the draft picks,but would have thought they would have taken at least one “true” enforcer one the fans have seen and read about.

  45. Greg Says:

    David- I think JR’s got it right for the moment. The UHL hasn’t added the roster spot yet despite all the talk that they would so why waste a draft pick on a guy your not likley to sign. If the UHL decides to add the roster spot for the “enforcers” aka “goons” then the K’s can look seriously at getting one of those. Until then I think they were smart in the draft picks they made, although I would have like them to get another defenseman or two. But, we’ll see what happens during the summer.

  46. Paul D Says:

    If we are going to pick the best player. Why didn’t we pick up Sylvain Daigle when he was still there when it was time for are pick. He could fill the void and be a game breaker. Plus why wouldn’t he want to come to Fort Wayne.

  47. Greg Says:

    Good point-Paul D. I do think that Daigle might want a price that the Frankes are not willing to pay, but as Blake said in an earlier post, he believes that the Frankes have something up their sleeves in reguards to goaltending.

  48. Paul D Says:

    But what kinda price could he really get. I don’t think Lawson would come here to play and take a pay cut. It should be interesting.

  49. Greg Says:

    Well Daigle did play in Danbury last year, I bet he got one of those no show jobs.

  50. joseph Says:

    I bet he was one of those $100,000 guys. At least $75,000 realistically.

    Paul – Notice that Muskegon passed on Daigle too.

  51. Mark Says:

    I think it has to do more with Daigles’ Vet status than anything. I really don’t think the Frankes want to tie up a Vet spot with a goaltender. If they did, they would of just re-signed Frenchy. Thats why I think they passed up Daigle.

  52. Chad Rockey Says:

    Hello All,

    This is my first time making any comment on here. I’ve been mostly just a “reader.” I enjoyed reading what everyone has to say throughout the year. I just wanted to give my input on a player I think the Komets should look at. His name is Shawn Legault. He lat played in the UHL in 2001-2002 for Elmira. He had 365 PIM with 25 points. He’s had stints in the AHL, but has been playing in the CHL the last few years. This guy can score and consistently puts points on the board. 2004-2005 he had 46 points with 300PIM. Last season he had 20 points and 299 PIM in only 48 games! Why can’t the Komets get a guy like that?

  53. Greg Says:

    I bet finances play a little part of that. I looked over some of some of the attendnace figure for the CHL and most teams make the UHL look sick. They might pay a little better in the CHL as opposed to the UHL. And your playing in front of more fans.

  54. Steve Says:

    Blake,
    Is there any chance the league drops the Vet rule completly. I heard that it could be dropped to 5. That would hurt the UHL a great deal.

  55. Blake Says:

    I think Joseph might be right.

  56. Blake Says:

    If they drop the vet rule to five every fan should write in to every newspaper and complain. To me that just says they can’t even enforce a hard cap, and they don’t care about putting the best product on the ice.

  57. Greg Says:

    I’ve asked the question HOW does the league enforde a hrd cap and only Tony E. came up with something that I thought wouldn’t fly because I don’t think owners would want to forfeit games for being over the cap, although I could be wrong seeing as how Adirondak forfeited 2 games due to violating the vet rule.

  58. Blake Says:

    There’s quite a bit more on enforcing the cap in Saturday’s story, but I would think the fact that they are sending sworn documents over state lines and the government just used that to take down Danbury, that would scare the crap out of me from doing it. That’s some pretty serious stuff. There are some pretty interesting proposals in Saturday’s story.

  59. ilovehockey Says:

    David, you’re so wrong about losing PC. Big mistake.

  60. Tony E Says:

    I like PC. The problem last year was it looked like he was a one man show on his line. For him to be truly effective, you need to put guys on his line who can keep up not just skate speed wise but “speed of the game” wise. Otherwise it is like putting one of the old Russians on a line with Andy Townsend and Jeff Worlton.

  61. Greg Says:

    PC, I think, works better when there’s some cohesion going for him. With all the trades and cut and injuries I don’t think he had the same linemates for more than 3 games at a time.

  62. Tony E Says:

    That is very true. He is certainly talented, probably one of the best “one on one” players in the league. He needs to have guys on his line that will be able to pass “blindly” to spots with him and that takes lots of time to develop confidence and chemistry.

  63. Hit Somebody!!! Says:

    You guys have forgotten one thing about PC…and I am not his biggest fan either, admittedly. He is a winger. Mr. Chief made him play center for the final 2/3’s of the season and he did not play well in that role. He was very uncomfortable in that role. He won very little faceoffs, and he was unable to distribute the puck to his linemates like good centers can. I don’t blame him for this either. This was another example of a “boo-boo” of that wonderful coach last year. He insisted on moving Kelly Miller to the wing, and PC to center. In my opinion, it was the stupidist move last year, and one that hurt the team in a major way. PC plays much better when he is hanging around the net and not counted on to make the big plays. He plays better when he has guys on his line that can be the playmakers, and he can finish off the play.

  64. Skate Says:

    Greg —

    Actually the CHL weekly pay limit has been LESS than the UHL. Players come to the UHL to make more. The CHL has raised their limit this year to, if memory serves, $10,000. I wouldn’t be surprised if the UHL raises theirs this year, too.

    The CHL plays a shorter schedule, I think, 66 games or so.


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