I hate ghost rosters.
I know everyone puts them together and I’ve been guilty of that as well, but it’s just too damn early for that.
You can bet your ass that every single QMJHL team’s coaching staff and front office have their ghost rosters made and you know what that’s perfectly fine, that’s what you are suppose to do.
Don’t worry their ghost rosters are as protected and as secure as a Brink’s truck.
You see it’s way too early to start predicting opening day line ups and starting goaltenders.
Sure you can project, but don’t make it public.
I think the worst aspects of “ghost rosters” is when organizations or team personnel start talking about them publicly. It makes it sound like they have already made all of their decisions and have already picked the team.
Whatever happened to the try out process?
It seems like more and more kids are being signed without proving their worth or showing what they can really do.
Don’t get me started on resume over performance during the tryout process that just pisses me off, but it’s ridiculous to think that where the kid played the season before means something.
It shouldn’t, that’s why they call it tryouts. The player tries out for the team, they don’t magically appear and make it.
But you would be surprised that shit happens every year in minor hockey.
Don’t believe me, just ask around.
It’s so wrong, it’s always been wrong and that’s one aspect of the game that needs to drastically change.
Of course Major Junior teams sign players, that happens all the time, it’s an early sign of commitment, and much deserved and highly earned, but I was truly shocked to hear U-18 aged kids getting signed weeks or months before training camp even started.
In my opinion that’s wrong, but there you go “ghost rostering” at its finest.
Pencil the names in, project your lines, D pairings and specialty teams, and even your goaltenders if you want, but keep that shit private.
I get that junior hockey players shouldn’t care about social media, or what other people say, but when “ghost rosters” come out that all changes especially if they are leaked from a “reliable source.”
In my opinion “ghost rosters” have no place in minor hockey, they have no place in the public eye.
I guess it all goes back to the difference between predictions and projections and the hockey world’s addiction to that side of the game.
QMJHL Training Camps are up and running and everyone has already made their projected rosters or they are highlighting certain players as locks to make the team. It’s way too early for that, it’s way too early for ghost rosters.
Sure, it’s exciting to predict, but you have no idea how stressed or how much pressure QMJHL players are feeling right now.
The nerves and anxiety in a lot of cases is crippling.
Let’s be patient and see how things play out.
Let’s wait and see before we all jump to conclusions and post our ghost rosters.
There will always be surprises.
I hate predictions, but I hate ghost rosters more.
How about keeping all the ghost rosters to ourselves and compare notes privately.
The time to predict line ups isn’t right now. It’s time to watch hockey and appreciate the effort these young players have put into getting to this point of their careers.