TCH: Winnipeg coaches keeping eye on Ams’ Comrie
By Annie Fowler | Tri-City Herald
It’s been less than four months since the Winnipeg Jets selected Tri-City goaltender Eric Comrie in the second of the NHL draft, and with the team hoping the future includes the young net minder, they have been keeping their eyes on him.
“He’s an important part of their plans,” said Jets goalie coach Dusty Imoo, who arrived in the Tri-Cities on Thursday. “We’ve had a player development guy come out as well and watch him and make a report. Everyone is very happy with what he’s doing here, especially since this year is a bit of a different challenge for him. This isn’t a powerhouse team like Tri-City is used to having. They are a little younger and he’s having to show a little bit of leadership and it’s a great learning experience for him.”
Imoo put Comrie, 18, through positioning drills Thursday afternoon. He taped the session and will be able to use it as a learning tool.
“He’s about the easiest kid to teach that I have dealt with,” Imoo said. “It is a tough position. It’s very individualistic, but hockey is a team game. You get singled out when you are good or bad, but you are still in a team game. To stay grounded and focused on the team sometimes can be challenging, like this year when he is a main piece of the puzzle, but he still gives credit out to everyone.”
Which is a trait Imoo wasn’t sure Comrie was portraying for the Jets, or if that was his natural personality.