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
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?