After losing the first 2 games against Cincinnati, the Komets came back strong taking 2 out of 3 on the road before winning games 6 & 7 in Ft Wayne. Game 7 was a beaut, a 2-0 shutout for goalie Pat Nagle with both goals scored by captain Jamie Schaafsma and assisted by Avs prospect Troy Bourke. The K's have a quick turnaround, starting their 2nd round series Friday against Utah.
Avs/Rampage players scoring so far:
Garrett Thompson (Rampage PTO, 32 games) - 5G/2A
Alex Belzile (Rampage contract, 25 games) - 4G/3A
Troy Bourke (Avs contract) - 4G/3A
Trevor Cheek (Avs contract) - 1G/2A
Mason Geertsen (Avs contract) - 1A, missed 2 games from being in San Antonio
Gabe Beaupre (Avs contract) - 1A
Cody Corbett (Avs contract) had an assist in 2 games
Garrett Meurs (Avs contract) had an assist in 3 games
Will Weber (Rampage contract, 2 games) - 1A
Justin Hamonic (Rampage contract, 7 games) played all 7 games in the series
Spencer Martin backed up Pat Nagle but didn't get in a game
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With the recent firing of Dean Chynoweth as San Antonio's head coach, the Avs are in the market for a new one. Rampage assistant Randy Ladouceur was not fired and might be the frontrunner but Colorado would do well to take a long look at Ft Wayne head coach Gary Graham. He's young and never made it past the junior level as a player but has had success at every level as a coach. He's won championships in the IHL, CHL and USHL as an assistant and won the SPHL championship in his first and only year as a head coach there. He's spent the last 3 years with the Komets and gotten them into the 2nd round of the Kelly Cup playoffs each time.
Avs Director of Player Development David Oliver was at the game last night watching over the Avs contingent. K's beat reporter Justin Cohn asked him if the Avs had interest in Graham for the San Antonio job and got a "no comment".
Graham is known as a smart tactical coach and very good teacher, also analyzes video tirelessly. The Komets have sent plenty of players up to the AHL during his watch and as an SPHL coach he sent 10 players to the ECHL on callups in one season. There's a good interview from last night on this page (highlights from game 7 too) and interviews here and here from when he was hired by Fort Wayne.
He's an interesting guy and his record speaks for itself. On the other hand he's totally not part of the old boys network and would be sort of an "off the board pick" for a big job. What would say to the Avs hiring someone like this to develop our prospects in San Antonio?