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Komets' Jamie Schaafsma looking forward to return

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Captain might play this weekend in Indy

Thursday, March 09, 2017 01:04 pm
The Fort Wayne Komets didn't make any deals at the ECHL trading deadline Thursday, but they might get a renewed player in the lineup tonight in Indianapolis. After missing a month with a broken hand, Komets captain Jamie Schaafsma believes he's ready to play and will be a game-time decision. He's been working hard on and off the ice to get ready as the Komets have only two games in Indy this weekend but close out the schedule playing 13 games in 22 days starting March 17.

"To me that's a reason to want to get back in, to prepare for the grind," Schaafsma said. "I'd like to get in as soon as possible and get some games in. We have a lot of healthy guys, but I think I'm right there. I want to be back in, but it's up to the trainer and the coaches."

Komets coach Gary Graham the Komets want Schaafsma back in the lineup, saying at midweek that the winger is 50-50 to play this weekend.

Despite missing 11 games, Schaafsma is still fourth on the Komets with 49 points in 40 games, his best season in years.

"I took the time off and got to the gym and studied the game," he said. "It was hard with the broken hand the first few weeks do to too much, but I did as much as I could. You know the end of the season and playoff grind is coming up so it was nice to get the extra work in. Hopefully that pays off down the stretch."

He also worked behind the bench in his role as assistant coach, coordinating the defensemen.

"It was good insight into what Grammer has to do," Schaafsma said. "I definitely respect how difficult his job is. There's a lot going on on that bench. I'm sure he liked me being able to focus more on the D, and I got a chance to work with them and tell them what I was seeing and help them make some adjustments during the game.

"I think I might have helped on keeping them focused on what we're trying to do. The outcome has really a lot to do with the players. You put in place what you want them to do, and it's up to the D to execute. I don't think I was back there working miracles or anything. I think our D is just doing a good job lately, and our third forward has been getting back to help with them. If we work as a team it makes it easier for them to play their game."

The Komets can clinch a playoff spot, their 56th in 65 seasons, with two wins this weekend or one win and a loss by Tulsa on Sunday night. Fort Wayne is 6-0-0 against Indy this season.

For more on the Komets, follow Blake Sebring on Twitter at @blakesebring, at his blog tailingthekomets.com and on Facebook at Blake Sebring.

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