The Missouri Mavericks are currently 2-4-0-1 and are at the bottom of the Mountain Division. Adversity has struck early in this season, but the Mavericks had a solid weekend in Brampton, picking up three points on the road. Questions have been trickling in throughout the first seven games of the campaign, so I figured it was time for the first Mavericks Mailbag of the season.
Thank you to all who submitted questions, and for those who didn’t, you missed out on a chance to win some great seats to game this Saturday when the Mavericks welcome the first place Tulsa Oilers to the Silverstein Eye Centers Arena.
Here are your questions and my best attempt to sound like I know what I’m talking about. Let’s do this:
Do you think the Mavs would ever bring the US Women’s National team in for a visit to help grow the game? – Keith
This question came up at FanFest, and both General Manager Brent Thiessen and Owner Lamar Hunt, Jr. seemed very open to the idea. There are obviously a lot of working parts that would go into something like this, but Hunt and Thiessen are making every effort to build and grow the game of hockey in the Kansas City metro area. I could see it happening, just not sure how soon.
What’s the biggest priority to get this slow start to the season turned around? – John
In my humble opinion, the biggest priority has to be tightening things up on the defensive side of the puck. The goalies have played too well for the team to have a 3.57 GAA. There have been far too many odd-man rushes and breakaways, and I’m sure Ville Husso would certainly agree after being hung out to dry in his Mavericks debut in Brampton last weekend. The offense seems to be coming around, but they shouldn’t have to put up five goals per game for this team to win. The success that this team had last season was due in large part to their consistency in the defensive end. They have the talent and they certainly have the goaltending. They just need to piece it all together on a nightly basis.
Other than Jesse Root, which Mavs player from last season will be most missed this year? – Matt
That’s tough……………really tough………..My
first reaction when reading that question was Tyler Barnes. He carried the Mavericks through some lean times when call-ups and injuries took their toll on the roster. If I had to pick, I would say Tanner Fritz though. He just brought a completely different dynamic to the roster. He was incredibly fast, had great vision, was terrific in the faceoff dot, and was one of the better two-way forwards on the team before getting called up to Bridgeport. As hard as it is to replace the numbers of Barnes, replacing the void left by Fritz is even harder.
Is mayonnaise an instrument? – SinBinCyclones
Is a hot dog a sandwich? – SinBinRoyals
If the moon were made of spare ribs, would you eat it? I know I would. – SinBinThunder
This is what I deal with on a daily basis. Hooligans. Get back to work.
It’s nice not seeing the Mavs listed in the transactions regularly. Do you think that will continue? – Maryann
I think if it were up to Mavericks Coach John-Scott Dickson and Thiessen, there wouldn’t be a ton of turnover but that’s not the case when affiliations and “working agreements” are in play. The New York Islanders lost some key players in the off-season and have a goalie situation that is far from desirable. When the dust settles, it could have a trickle-down effect on the Mavericks. I don’t think we’ll see a ton of movement with ECHL contracted players, but I would imagine we’ll see regular movement between Missouri and Bridgeport moving forward.
How do you feel about all of the new talent on the roster? – Jeremy
I think when it comes to talent, the Mavericks have loads of it, on both sides of the puck. I really like what I’ve seen from Radoslav Illo, Aaron Berisha, Dane Fox, and Sam Povorozniouk up front. I think Dmitrii Sergeev, Luke Juha, and Ryan Obuchowski have gotten better with each game. Darren Nowick has been the best player on the ice for the team so far, and if he keeps playing that way, he may not be around for long. In net, Josh Robinson has looked like he has no intention of giving up that Goaltender of the Year award. Eamon McAdam has had stretches of pure dominance. We haven’t had much opportunity to see Ville Husso due to his aforementioned short debut but the reviews on him have been sparkling. I’m telling you, the talent is there. They just have to figure out how to put it all together. Easier said than done.
With three goalies on the roster, could the two AHL guys leave the 2015 ECHL Goalie of the Year as the odd man out? – Jim
I don’t think so, and I wouldn’t expect this three goalie situation to be a lengthy one. As soon as the Islanders move one of their goalies, the dominoes could start to fall. Dickson brought Robinson back to be the anchor of this team. That hasn’t changed.