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Decisions in Odessa - Junior Hockey News

Published: Monday, 28 Jan 2013
By: Michael Gosnell

We are getting down to crunch time in the North American Hockey League.

Teams are jockeying for positions and some teams are just playing for next year and building for the future.

In Odessa, the team has just two home wins on the year and an overall record of 6-32-2 and is now focusing on next season.

Goal-scoring forward Lawrence Cornellier is the only bright spot on a dark, nightmarish team.

The Machesney Park, IL native has 23 goals for the Jackalopes and is a leader on a last place team.

I agree with Stephen Heisler when he says the time is now for Cornellier be traded to a contending team.

Odessa traded forward Ryan Doucet and defenseman Tyler Minx to Jamestown earlier in the season and the real rebuild began there.

Blue line defender Austin Ho departed for Springfield on January 24.

The first team that I think would benefit greatly by trading for Cornellier is the Austin Bruins.

Austin is the only team to clinch a playoff berth and the addition of Cornellier could put the Bruins over the top. Brandon Whalin leads the way with 54 points, while John Simonson leads all Bruins with 23 goals.

Another team that could benefit from Cornellier would be the Fairbanks IceDogs.

Fairbanks is in a dogfight with the Wenatchee Wild for first place and Cornellier can only build upon the offensive production from the team.

Garret Clemment and Devin Loe are twenty goal scorers for Fairbanks and while Cornellier would be a solid addition, the IceDogs are doing great with him.

Of course, I am not trying to speculate, just offering an opinion.

I want to hear from you. Should Cornellier stay in Odessa or should the Jackalopes trade the high scoring forward?


posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 8:31am
Andrew Hochstein says:
I'm surprised he hasn't been traded yet. I hate the Jacks but I feel sorry for the kid. He'll never get any exposure staying in Odessa. I think he's a great player but I personally don't think he fits in in the South Division. The South is much rougher than the North or Central division and I'm not calling Corny a pu*** but I really think he'd do much better with a Central or North division team.

Just my opinion.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 8:41am
Randy Russon says:

Is the South tougher or just rougher? There's a big difference.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 8:59am
Michael Gosnell says:
As mentioned I think Austin is the perfect fit for Cornellier, of course some North teams could be a fit as well.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 9:05am
Andrew Hochstein says:

I think it's both. But of course the Bulls are in the South so I will always be biased towards the south. Corny's proven that he can play in the south so that's not an issue.

posted Jan. 29th, 2013 - 9:43am
robert hutch says:
Last year in Corpus when we had scouts out the wahzoo looking at Stolarz a lot of the scouts said Corpus would be a second or third place team in the other divisions.Could had been lip service .Jus sayin.

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