Interesting stuff here from my colleague Justin Cohn, speculating on how different both the CHL and the Komets themselves will look next season.
I'm on board with most of it. I think this team will definitely get younger, but I somehow doubt there'll be a wholesale dismantling of the nucleus that won the Komets three straight Turner Cups. I'm pretty sure Guy Dupuis will hang 'em up, and maybe P.C. Drouin, who seems to be seriously weighing that option. Outside of that ...
Well, Justin mentions Sean O'Connor, Derek Patrosso and Mathieu Curadeau as underachievers who could be gone, but both Curadeau and O'Connor were terrific in spots in the playoffs, so who knows now? I do think if the Komets hadn't made their end-of-the-season push and showed as well as they did in the playoffs, you'd probably be looking at a complete overturning of the roster. Now, it's anybody's guess who goes and who stays.
A lot will depend on who's available -- and with double-A minor league hockey in an increasingly volatile state of flux, you can probably figure there'll be fewer jobs and therefore a bigger pool of available players from which to choose for those teams that are left.
So ... we shall see what we shall see. Not a terribly profound observation, but the only one that makes much sense at the moment.