The only thing that has ever held Blake Comeau back in the past has been inconsistency.
In the past, he would combine his speed and physicality for bursts of success, but also struggle to sustain such play. In the past, he found himself demoted to the minors or scratched from the lineup. In the past, there were times he’d even begin to doubt himself.
In the past. That’s precisely where Comeau intends to leave all those things.
“The thing I’ve wanted to carry from Christmas on until next year is consistency,” Comeau said. “ I want to be one of those consistent players who goes out and plays hard every night.”
“I want to be a guy that contributes to this team, that’s not just a body out there,” Comeau said.
Comeau has certainly been more than a auxiliary part in the Islanders’ lineup in recent weeks, showing an increased willingness to shoot the puck and improved decision-making in his game.
He delivered his second straight two-goal game in Thursday’s 6-4 win over Philadelphia for his fourth multi-goal game of the season, one of which was a career-first hat trick. He currently ranks fourth on the team in goals, with 16, and has added 16 assists as well.
“We’re obviously encouraged. He should be encouraged with the way he’s going,” coach Scott Gordon said. “The key for him is to be able to do that over the course of the whole season. For me, that will be the next step as far as identifying what he is as a player.”
Comeau knows that is the next item on the agenda. And so heading into this off-season with next season in mind, he realizes what is at stake. If he proves he can continue such productive spurts, an increased offensive role may be earned.
“Maybe Scott [Gordon] might rely on me more than he has previously for offensive output, which I enjoy,” Comeau said. “I enjoy the challenge. I’m a competitive guy and any time I get that, it’s something I thrive upon.”
“I’ve had ups and downs my first three seasons, but I feel like I’ve always had a positive attitude and come out on top of the adversity every time.”
Notes and Quotes: Rob Schremp, who recently underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, returned to the ice yesterday, skating on his own after the team’s practice…Bruno Gervais (groin) practiced with the team yesterday and is a possibility to play today vs. Ottawa…goaltender Martin Biron won the annual media-designated “Good Guy” Award.