Alex Ackerman welcomes back TheAHL.com contributor Patrick Williams. Patrick has been covering the AHL for many years, and took an in-depth look into Syracuse’s slow start last week. Since that article was written, Syracuse went 1-2-0-0, bringing their record for the 2021-22 season to a frustrating 6-8-2-1. Patrick and Alex begin their discussion with Syracuse head coach Ben Groulx and how he is currently feeling about the team’s start. They then discuss the North Division and how much it seems to have changed from previous seasons. The two then discuss Syracuse’s veterans and how much the team is currently leaning on them for production, especially the captain, Gabriel Dumont. Of course, even those strong performances don’t seem to be helping, and Patrick expresses how much of a puzzle this season has been.
Patrick and Alex then discuss the unfortunate injury to goalie Max Lagace, and how that has affected the team’s game plan for the season. They also discuss the recent successes of Gabriel Fortier and Jimmy Huntington, and how the talent they were drafted for is starting to shine through. In a way-too-early prediction (blame Alex completely for this), Patrick selects Huntington as his All-Star for the Crunch for this January’s AHL All-Star weekend. As far as some perspective goes, Patrick has some good news for Crunch fans who are worried about the season.
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