Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It's the evolution of minor league sports. Players come in as young rookies, they get better, and they move up. That's the realization for the B-Sens as key offensive pieces like Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mark Stone could likely graduate to the NHL next season.
As they leave, new stars emerge. Binghamton got a glimpse at two potential replacements in Ryan Dzingel and Garrett Thompson at the end of the regular season.
Both joined the B-Sens after their college seasons finished, and they impressed coach Luke Richardson from the beginning.
"I think at the overall picture, they'll be here. They looked really strong at the end of the year. So much that I gave them a shot at the beginning of the playoffs," said Richardson. "Maybe they weren't quite ready for that or we weren't quite ready to trust them with that the whole way through, and other guys deserved to be in there. So we made that adjustment, but they played very well."
Richardson compared Dzingel and Thompson to Matt Puempel and Buddy Robinson, who joined the B-Sens late last season. Both of them made big strides this year as full-time AHL rookies.