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at Quad City
When: 7:05 p.m. today
Radio: 1190 AM

Komets defenseman keeps it simple

Frankie DeAngelis exceeded expectations as a rookie with the Komets last season, tallying nine goals and 41 points, leading all IHL defensemen with a plus-31 rating and making the league’s All-Rookie Team.

The Komets are trying to be careful not to put too much pressure on the 25-year-old native of Woodbridge, Ontario.

They just want more of the same.

“He’s playing really well, and I expect him to put up the type of numbers he did last year – 40 or 50 points – and play the power play, do his thing,” coach Al Sims said.

DeAngelis is also trying not to foil himself with unreasonable expectations.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself,” he said. “I know I have a bit more responsibility, but I just want to play the role like I did last year and not really change anything about my game, just basically get the puck to the forwards. That’s my job so I’ll stick with that.”

DeAngelis has one goal – on the power play – and a minus-1 rating heading into tonight’s game against the Quad City Mallards. He believes he has learned when he can jump into the offensive play and when he must stay back to defend his own net.

“I have to pick my spots and just play my position,” DeAngelis said. “Once I’m doing good defensively, then good offensive things start happening and I can find the times to jump into the play.”