It was a tale of two seasons in Cleveland for the Monsters. For a team that looked so solid in the beginning of the season to have such a slide in the last months was a disappointment for all those involved. Ending the season @ 35-31-3-7 , the Monsters missed out on playoffs again as well. One can point to the resumption of the NHL season as a turning point for the team. As of January 19th the team found themselves 22-16-2-1 with half the season to go. A team that focused on skill and speed flourished against opponents in those first 4 months of the season. It’s when the season turned into a more grinding physical game full of AHL vets and call ups from other lower leagues when the problems started. The Monsters young tandem of Pickard and Aittokallio in net did as well as one could expect for two rookies playing their first pro season. Aittokallio’s injury that sidelined him opened the door for two other goaltenders, Kent Patterson and Kieran Millan, in the system as well. The team did manage to turn things around partially towards the end of March and went on a run 7-3-0-0 to finish the season. As of right now two players have been re-signed, Karl Stollery signed a 1 year, 2 way deal with the Avalanche and Bryan Lerg
Very excited to resign and be part of the avs organization and @monstershockey for another year! Hoping to have a healthy/injury free year!
— bryan lerg (@BLerg11) April 22, 2013
I’ll be making some more posts throughout the summer keeping tabs on the shape of the team as needed.
Have a safe and fun offseason and see you in October !