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2006-07 MISL

November 04, 2006|By Kent Baker

California Cougars

Coach -- Troy Dayak

Last season -- 10-20, 13 games behind

Outlook -- The Cougars got off to a miserable start in the league last season, then improved over the second half to barely miss the playoffs. F Vicente Figueroa was the Rookie of the Year after scoring 26 goals and adding four assists, and M John Ball had 31 points in 21 games and was a major addition. Improved goaltending and defense could make them a contender.

Chicago Storm

Coach -- Steve Morris

Last season -- 13-17, 10 games behind

Outlook -- New coach Morris will install a system used in Milwaukee, where he was an assistant coach and a player. The Storm is likely to accent target play with ex-Blast F Chris Handsor and F Mark Ughy as the principals. Overpowered by St. Louis by a combined score of 16-3 in the playoffs, Chicago added former Steamers Mariano Bollella and Elvir Kafedzic.

Detroit Ignition

Coach -- Mark Pulisic

Last season -- Expansion franchise

Outlook -- Not considered a team that has to build from the bottom up, Detroit got front-line players when the existing franchises could only protect eight players in the first round, then one more in the next. With Jamar Beasley, there is firepower. The Ignition is not to be taken lightly.

Milwaukee Wave

Coach -- Keith Tozer

Last season -- 17-13, six games behind

Outlook -- One of the league's most stable operations, Milwaukee is a perennial threat. F Greg Howes paced the league in scoring with 70 points, and the forward half of the Dusosky twins, Todd, was third with 57. Tozer is a veteran coach who has a team that should be hungry to return to the top. It lost to the Blast in the golden goal game in the playoff semifinals.

Philadelphia KiXX

Coach -- Don D'Ambra

Last season -- 10-20, 13 games behind

Outlook -- Coming off a disappointing season, the KiXX were ravaged by key injuries and finished tied for last, missing the playoffs for the first time. They were at the bottom in goals, but F Dino Delevski, a former MISL scoring champion, will improve that with a full year on the team. The defense looks like the strength with G Peter Pappas, D Pat Morris and D Genoni Martinez. Note: The St. Louis Steamers, no longer in the league, won the regular-season title with a 23-7 record.

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