Friday, January 16, 2009

Andy Bohmbach Week: Something I missed

Andy Bohmbach Week is quickly coming to a close; Gandalf is going to wrap things up for us a little later this morning, as his post is a perfect way to cap off the week and pretty much sums up why we chose to do Andy Bohmbach Week in the first place.

However, this morning I realized that I missed something in my Tuesday post about Bohmber's sophomore season. Before the 2007 Showdown, Todd Milewski wrote about how Bohmbach, Tom Gorowsky, and Craig Johnson were going to get spots in the lineup during the WJC due to the absences of Kyle Turris, Blake Geoffrion, and Jamie McBain. Specifically, he described how Bohmbach kept himself ready for the opportunity and how Bohmbach wanted to use the opportunity to establish himself both as a role player and as a scorer to earn a spot in the lineup.
Bohmbach said he tries to keep himself ready to play through visualization of situations that may arise over the course of a game. That's key for someone who isn't used to a consistent spot in the lineup - Bohmbach has played in just six of 16 games this season and skated in only 17 of 41 last year.

"I've got a few games this weekend and next weekend, so this is a big opportunity for me to establish myself as a role player and a player that can score," Bohmbach said. "Hopefully, I can do that this weekend and hopefully earn a spot in the lineup in the future."
And during that time, Bohmber did pretty much what he had planned. He may not have established himself as a goal-scorer, but he did assist on a couple of goals during the game v. Bowling Green while playing on the 4th-line in a role in which scoring seems to be deemphasized by the coaching staff. He certainly established himself as a role player, and by the end of the season he had earned a regular spot in the lineup, playing in the last 7 games of the season.