As we all know, the Komets' roster so far looks like a CHL all-star team, with Colin Chaulk, Brett Smith, Brandon Marino, Eric Giosa, Tyler Butler and Lincoln Kaleigh Schrock.
In fact, the only player they have signed so far that wasn't in the CHL last season is rookie defenseman Kyle Atkins.
While I do have reservations about this, I would like to say a) let's wait and see what the final preseason roster looks like and then complain if there are no proven ECHL players and b) everyone needs to stop comparing this to the summer of 2010.
That year, the Komets jumped from the IHL, where they won back-to-back-to-back titles, to the CHL.
There were four problems with that team, in order: It was complacent after all its succes; it wasn't fast enough; it wasn't quite talented enough after losing a couple key players (like Matt Syroczynski) that it failed to replace; it was old.
I don't really see the comparison to this year's partial team.
I don't think there will be complacency with the players the Komets have so far. There's new blood and the guys who are returning will embrace trying to conquer the ECHL. Speed won't be a problem, based on what I've seen so far, though size may be at this point. So far, I think it's pretty clear the Komets have improved over the players who have left: Bobby Chaumont, Leo Thomas and Jamie Milam, though we have to see if they get adequate goalies to fill for Nick Boucher (and I'm not toally convinced Charlie Effinger would be enough). And, no, this Komets team doesn't look too old to me, though that's hard to judge, too, until we see the finished product.
To abridge this, the Komets rested on their laurels too much in 2010. They certainly aren't doing that this season. That doesn't mean you can't debate the quality of the team; it's just a different situation to me.