Kamloops Pylons: The Ninth Year (2019-2020) – Breaking the Records

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Notable Events

  • Pylons season record: 63-18-1 (new record for wins!)
  • Rivermen season record: 45-29-2
  • A couple of retirements during the offseason will hurt the Pylons for next year.
  • Holy crap this was a good season.
  • In case you were wondering… C = R. Johanson; A = K. Smith; A = C. Pedlar

Trades/Acquisitions During the Season

I traded LW D. Perron! I know, I was upset too. But he really deserved to play on the first or second line, and trading him away freed up now only cap space but also space on the Pylon Roster to develop rookies. Plus he was getting old… but it was a tough call. What’s even more heartbreaking is that I cannot find where I wrote down the details of the trade. I know I received a first round pick for this (2020) draft, but that’s about it… it was a decision based on cap space and bringing more rookies into the roster, essentially. The Pylons need to get a bit younger!

Other than that, I claimed RW Zack Kassian (80 overall) on waivers from Florida!

Player Seasons Stats

 

# Pos Player GP G A PTS PIMS +/-
1 C R. Johanson 82 45 61 106 40 44
2 LW K. Smith 82 49 51 100 109 56
3 C C. Pedlar 82 31 58 89 93 18
4 C D. Roy 82 23 58 81 14 51
5 LW T. Giesbrecht 81 34 34 68 89 10
6 RW J. Skinner 82 15 38 53 14 19
7 (+1) C P. Bergeron 82 21 22 43 8 28
8 (+1) D A. Edler 82 11 30 41 64 39
9 (+2) C E. Locke 81 9 24 33 2 19
10 (-3) D C. Ehrhoff 70 8 21 29 4 27
11 (+2) RW T. Rattie 76 9 11 20 23 -6
12 (+2) D M. Weber 81 2 17 19 74 41
13 (N) RW Z. Kassian 69 9 9 18 44 2
14 (-2) RW A. Zlobin 70 9 8 17 2 2
15 C F. Beauvillier 81 6 11 17 23 4
16 (N) D O. Baldwin 77 3 13 16 14 16
17 (N) D D. Shields 25 3 7 10 6 14
18 (-1) D B. Olson 79 3 6 9 250 37
19 D V. Nikitin 78 2 6 8 66 18
20 (N) LW D. Komachi 17 1 5 6 0 2
21 (N) RW K. Shaw 15 0 4 4 2 6
22 (N) C P. Laatikainen 6 0 0 0 4 -1

 

Player GP GAA W L GA SV% SA SO PIMS PTS
J. Allen 82 1.86 62 17 148 0.932 2165 16 2 4
S. Wedgewood 4 2.98 1 1 8 0.852 54 0 0 0

Lineup Entering the Playoffs

 

Left Wing Centre Right Wing
K. Smith (PWF; 91) R. Johanson (SNP; 97) D. Roy (PLY; 89)
T. Giesbrecht (PLY; 91) C. Pedlar (TWF; 92) J. Skinner (SNP; 89)
Z. Kassian (80) P. Bergeron (TWF; 88) E. Locke (85) / T. Rattie (84)
A. Zlobin (83) / D. Komachi (77) F. Beauvillier (83) / P. Laatikainen (78) T. Rattie (84) / K. Shaw (83)

 

Left Defense Right Defense
C. Ehrhoff (OFD; 87) A. Edler (TWD; 87)
V. Nikitin (TGH; 83) M. Weber (DFD; 87)
O. Baldwin (OFD; 81) B. Olson (TGH; 82)

 

G Jake Allen (HYB; 91)

G S. Wedgewood (HYB; 81)

The Playoffs

RIVERMEN FIRST. Okay! The Rivermen entered the playoffs with a season record of 45-29-2. They lost in the second round, as per usual, and the the Calder cup ultimately went to the Oklahoma City Barons.

PYLON TIME. First round was the Colorado Avalanche. We swept ‘em. 0-1; 3-4; 3-0; 4-0. Hell, not only did we sweep them, but 3/4 games were shutouts! JAKE ALLEN YOU ARE THE MAN!

For the second round we were up against the Phoenix Coyotes. L 4-2; L 6-3; W 3-0; W 2-1; W 2-4; W 4-2. Things didn’t look good when we were down in the series 2-0, but the Pylons pulled together and won the next 4 straight games. And Allen at this point had 4 playoff shutouts. Christ.

The conference final! The Edmonton Oilers! L 4-2; L 6-3; W 3-1; W 2-1; W 1-2; W 4-1. Similar series to the Coyotes, but no shutouts this time. Nicely done!

STANLEY CUP FINALS. Versus the Washington Capitals! W 2-3; W 1-2; W 1-0; L 0-3; L 2-1; W 3-2. Allen pulled off 5 playoff shutouts, and Bergeron had 2 of the 3 Pylon goals in game 6! So, yes. We won the cup. Of course, didn’t you see how amazing we did in the season?!

This was a bloody fantastic year for the Pylons!

It’s worth noting too that Beauviller/Zlobin/Locke all missed a lot of the playoffs due to injuries. Rivermen were brought up to fill the gaps, and they all performed fairly well!

2020 Draft

This was one of the more interesting drafts since I had THREE first round picks! Whoo! I even had a top 10 pick!

1. C Lee Conklin (72; B-) [Top 10 Pick!] (3 years @ $0.870)

1. D Matthew Shipley (73; C) (3 years @ $0.895)

1. LW David Haskins (73; C) (3 years @ $0.895)

2. No Pick

3. C Jaques Fortin (72; B-) (3 years @ $0.870)

4. C Mikhail Latypov (71; C)

5. D Gurant Modano (72; C)

6. C Darcy Ward (72; C)

7. LW Igor Burmistrov (72; C)

Re-signed:

  • C E. Locke – 5 years @ $5.100 (Pretty significant raise for my old draft pick!)
  • RW T. Rattie – 2 years @ $4.915
  • D Ustorf – 3 years @ $1.275
  • D Shields – 3 years @ $1.120
  • RW Shaw – 4 years @ $2.230
  • D Olson – 4 years @ $1.485
  • D Baldwin – 4 years @ $1.880
  • LW M. Rupert – 5 years $0.965

I also signed some old draft picks and rookies:

  • R. Hoyle – 3 years @ $0.920
  • A. Bolland – 3 years @ $0.870
  • D M. Battaglia – 3 years @ $0.870

Notable Retired Players

  • T. Bozak (BOS)
  • R. Clowe (BUF)
  • D. Hamhius (CGY)
  • J. Hansen (CGY)
  • I. Kovalchuk (NJ)
  • J. Spezza (OTT)
  • C. Ehrhoff (KAM) :(
  • D. Roy (KAM) :( :(
  • R. Rypien (TOR)
  • A. Ovechkin (WSH)

I lost both Ehrhoff AND Roy. Ouch. That’s a pretty massive hit. I hope those draft picks I got for K. Pfeifer come in handy… I need some awesome rookies. I need another Locke, only better!

Rookie Report

Not really a lot of improvement to speak of. Wait for the next report!

Closing Remarks

Sorry for the lack of a Rookie Report and Perron’s trade. That’s really fusterating, but there’s no way to retrieve the information of the trade as far as I know. My notes were displaced when we moved around some stuff :( I’ll try to make up for it with the next report though!

On the whole I’m pretty excited about this year. It was great, even without Perron. The loss of Ehrhoff and Roy is going to hurt, but we’ll figure it out. I think the Pylons needs to get a bit younger, especially as the “Custom Pylons” start to age. Eventually, you know, they’re all going to be gone. I’m worried about re-signing R. Johanson when his contract expires in a couple years! Big changes are on the horizon, that’s for sure.

Lee Conklin is a pretty neat acquisition too. Playing through year 10 right now I have had so many trade offers pop up for him. He’s not even playing in the AHL yet, and there’s a lot of buzz around him. I have high hopes for this kid! I need to rule the draft next year! I guess we’ll find out though.

Year 10 is nearly completed and I will leave you with this: 9 trades occurred.

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