It's time for the St. John's IceCaps to decide who they are going to be this year: a team that's in the conversation for a Calder Cup title, or a team that will be swept aside by AHL clubs boasting NHL-caliber talent.
The St. John's IceCaps split their first two games of the season this past weekend, and looking at some of the erratic play that the team displayed, one thing is clear: Head Coach Keith McCambridge is still playing catch up in terms of finalizing his roster.
At their final home game of the season this past weekend, the IceCaps presented their players with the first annual team awards. Three of the awards were chosen with votes from the media, and in the spirit of transparency, I'm going to take a page from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated and detail whom I voted for and why.
As we approach the second half of the season, I've noticed the tendency of the IceCaps coaching staff to use players in key roles that play to the individual's strengths and tendencies. Here's a rundown of the top players on the team by role.