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Why The Grand Rapids Griffins Will Win Their Second Calder Cup In 4 Years
Posted By: Lisa Donovan on 8/19/2015
The Grand Rapids Griffins did unveil a new logo, but this is also a very new team with a lot of familiar faces back.
This first line of offense features team captain Jeff Hoogan at left wing, leading points scorer Andy Miele at center, and Mark Sengerle at right wing.
The Griffins have Anthony Mantha 2013 first round pick, Dylan Larkin 2014 first round pick, and Martin Frk a 2012 second round pick that should have gone in the top 10 overall of the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. Grand Rapids is loaded on offense and you could make the case that this offense may be stronger than the forwards that helped the Griffins win the 2013 Calder Cup.
Defensemen Ryan Sproul and Xavier Oullet were 2011 second round picks. The Griffins also have 4 other defensemen that can contribute on lines 2 and 3.
Finally the Griffins have 3 quality goaltenders. Tom McCollum the Red Wings 2008 first round pick is the Griffins starting goaltender. McCollum has set all kinds of records as the starting goalie with the Griffins.
Jared Coreau is a solid backup and newcomer Jake Paterson was a 2012 second round pick. Grand Rapids has an outstanding chance of winning it all with this team. We'll see what happens this upcoming season, but I got a good feeling we see the Griffins defeat the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to win it all in 2016.
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