Thursday, January 10, 2008

Bandits/Knighthawks Preview

The defending champions Rochester Knighthawks face the Bandits this weekend in a home and home series starting in Buffalo. A couple of questions face this 2008 squad, the largest of them being is Mike Thompson ready to handle the starting duties. Steve Dietrich was traded to the Calgary Roughnecks this offseason which leaves Thompson as the starter. While Thompson looked good in his replacement games for Dietrich last season, is the wear and tear of the season going to take a toll on his game.

Sean Greenhalgh was brought to this team in a three team blockbuster trade that saw Dietrich and Couling go to Calgary and Crosbie go to Philadelphia . He is being seen as the the fresh young face to bring more offense to this already potent team. But, that is going to have to wait because he is out for the season with a torn MCL. So the other question to this team is who is going to step up and provide some offense for this team besides the two major scorers in Tavares and Steenhuis. Guys like Kyle Laverty and Roger Vise are going to need to provide offense. Also injured for the Bandits is Brett Bucktooth who went for surgery this week for torn cartilage in his hip. He should be sidelined for at least 6 weeks.

These teams are two high-powered offenses that always bring a traveling crew to the other's arena. Each team should take one, most likely happening on home turf.

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