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    Icon32 2020 Off Season - How Long will it Last & Other Ramblings

    Well the board is back! Well the Pats picked a good year not to make the playoffs.... Kinda sucks for Kelowna - I guess the CHL will find some way of making it up to them - but like the Pats did a couple of years ago the team was ready for this year.
    Next week is the 2020 bantam draft - the 1st pick seems a lock - with Connor Bedard - who should probably be in the league when it resumes. I am interested to see who what positions they draft - considering they need help at all of them.
    Every sport is pushing their season forward - I wonder when the CHL will start? Given that any vaccine is at least 18 months away. Will they resume in empty barns?

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    Well It's Official

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    It's really unfortunate that the CHL couldn't finish the season as we'll never know who would have won all of the Championships etc..

    The CHL is a gate driven league (as is the CFL), so I'm not sure how they could play the season without any fans. The Riders are supposed to host the Grey Cup this year and the Pats have already signed and tomorrow will draft the first ever player to be granted exceptional status in the WHL. I hope the worst case scenario doesn't happen with those two leagues. As it is, some people are already predicting Connor Bedard to make the NHL at age 18. If he misses playing his 15 year old season due to the season getting canceled and he makes the NHL at age 18, that only leaves his 16 and 17 year old seasons with the Pats. I"m trying to stay optimistic about everything though as there's still lots of time before the WHL season is supposed to start.

    Signing and drafting Bedard is fantastic for the Pats' organization, but what's also great is the fact that the Pats have a lot of picks in this year's (deep) bantam draft, plus there's still the import draft. And perhaps there's a chance that signing Bedard may help in recruiting other good players, who are either on the fence or have refused to sign and report thus far? There's a lot of opportunity for the Pats acquire a lot of really good players this off season.

    I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe and hopefully this madness is over sooner rather than later.

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    Hi all;

    We're up and running again and I'm thankful for that. We have a very exciting young phemon coming to our club and the East Division. There should be a lot of interesting and exciting things to both witness and talk about.. I'm hopeful we will be back to relative normalcy by the time the season begins. It's impossible to predict how long Bedard will be here but if he is here 3 or 4 years, it will build the organization exponentially. He will make others on the team so much better.

    Beyond Bedard I hope the Pats have great success today at the draft today. They also must try to add some more high end pieces especially forwards. I hope they stay with Canadian kids for the most part who are committed to playing in the WHL. It may be easier now with Bedard here. The Pats also need to find way to seriously bolster their team beyond Bedard i.e. the Import Draft and perhaps revisit the Guschin thing one more time.
    The also have to find a seriously tough competent winger for Bedard who can compliment him offensively and also be there to ensure liberties are not taken against Bedard. A Leedahl type player is a must IMO. The Pats have to find ways to put some more high end talent on their team right now. They can't waste the Bedard years.

    After the draft today I fully expect the Pats to get seriously busy and do everything necessary to put a playoff calibre team on the ice. I think there could be some exciting times ahead.

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    Didn't realize it until today but PG has 3 first round picks this year. - They should be in a position in a year or 2 to be a power house.

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    Default Pats acquire 20 y/o goaltender Roddy Ross from Seattle

    So the Pats used 1 of their 2nd round picks to get Ross - a 20 y/o goalie from Seattle.

    I guess it's bye-bye Buskey as he also will be a 20 y/o next year. I didn't think Buskey was that bad. He would have had better numbers in the past season if he had better d in front of him. I can only assume Paddock did his homework and checked with the Flyers before the trade to make sure Ross was not destined to move up to the AHL next season. Finally on the topic of goalies - there does not appear to be anybody favoured for the backup position as Kieper, Belluk and Spencer were at best mediocre.

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