BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - In this week's edition of B-Devils Sit-down, 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal and Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky recap the first half of the season and talk about some players fans should keep an eye on during the second half.
It's the midway point of the season. Sum up where you see your team right now.
"Well, obviously its been a disappointing first half," said Binghamton Devils head coach Rick Kowalsky. "We got off to a decent start. Then, there's been some personnel changes that haven't worked out in our favor down here with some deals and some trades we've made. Then, we've consistently had some injuries. So, combine that with the fact that our play has been, let's been honest, it's been inconsistent from pretty much game ten on. We went on a six-game skid there and we haven't been able to recover and get any traction as far as results, and it's been frustrating, but there's still a lot of hockey left to play."
Who are some guys you think are ready to take off in the second half?
"Well, I think we're going to need a lot of guys to do that," said Kowalsky. "I think John Quenneville is a guy we look to to really step up. He's going to get an opportunity. Again, another guy who has missed some significant time with an injury, longer than we wanted. We're going to get Nathan Bastian back. He's been out for a while. For a young kid, he's got off to a good start, then (he's) been out for almost a month with an injury. Blake Speers isn't back yet as well. Eddie Lack, if he gets healthy, solidifies our goaltending position. Then, just some of the guys that have been our best players, Jacob MacDonald being one of them, have to continue to lead and be our best players on a nightly basis."
Coach Kowalsky added Eddie Lack will not start on Friday night due to a lower body injury. B-Devils are on the road Friday night against the Springfield Thunderbirds.