Maine Hockey Journal

The Maineiacs are not a last place team

Message boards don’t you love them? Fans can share information about their team and most importantly be an armchair coach, general manager, or prognosticator. The general feeling I have notice on league wide message boards is the Lewiston Maineiacs will be picking one of the first two picks come next June.

On the Radator message board; where there’s a thread to rank the best teams 1 through 18.19 people posted their predictions, not one person had them in the playoffs

One thing have notice the last few years is fans look at the age of the players not the skill. Obviously the top teams will load up on 19 and 20-year olds. The Maineiacs a lot younger than the top teams will be. Does that mean they have no skills at all? No this team has a lot of skill.

Another thing most people forget is this team has quite a few players that coming off from injuries. Guys like Samuel Grenache, a 20-year old who will be looking for a place to play next season at a higher level. Michael Chaput and Stefan Fournier are both looking to get drafted next summer. Both are also suffered injuries last season.Adrien Lemay

How about Mathieu Gingras who got traded last season? Doesn’t he want to show Drummondville and Saint John that he could have made an impact for them?

Certainly there are a lot of ifs with the guys coming off injuries. Boston Red Sox thought they solidified their rotation by signing both John Smoltz and Brad Penny. Both have been released this month.

Time will tell but just like the Red Sox management did when they signed Smoltz and Penny, the Maineiacs management needs to look on the positive aspects of the trades.

I also believe people are underestimating Adrien Lemay. So what he played half the year in the SJHL last year. He works the hardest on this team to get ready for game. His goal this season is to be a top five goalie in this league. He was on a try-out with the Florida Everblades last year and it was only suppose last ten days, he was there for a month.

I don’t think teams are going to like to play against Lewiston’s defense. Right now Eric Gelinas is a man amongst boys. He has been playing more physical during the last week then I ever seen from him before. We have gotten to know Riku Dufva the last ten days or so and he’s going to take no prisoners.

I wouldn’t say Samuel Carrier has been overlooked but he hasn’t been talked about as much. Here’s a 17-year old who is an “A” type prospect for the 2010 draft. According to the NHL Central Scouting, he would go in the top three rounds. Samuel Finn will be a leader on this team one way or the other. He should have an “A” on his jersey come opening night.

Matt Boyle will teach the younger guys with his defensive play. He won’t be known for his offensive abilities but will be a force in his own end. Eric Bonawitz is like Boyle because he’s a defensive-defenseman. He hasn’t looked out of place at all. Will there be an adjustment period for him? Absolutely, you can’t go from Tier III Junior A to Major Juniors without having a few bumps in the road.

Zach Shannon will be a puck moving defenseman. Like Bonawitz, there will be growing pains for a kid coming out of prep school.

Will this team be top eight in the league? I don’t think so. Will they be in the playoffs? Yes they will be. This team is good enough to finish anywhere from 12th to 14th. They will be a type of team that’s on the wrong side of a one goal game most of the time. At the same time the other team will say “I don’t want to play Lewiston again,” because the Maineiacs will be giving it their all.

Notes: The Maineiacs play host to Shawinigan Sunday at 4:00pm a

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