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position-by-position look at the Mavericks this season. Coach Troy Jutting says he's not afraid to put any of the forwards on the ice this season, which means, some talented players will have to sit in the stands or not make road trips this season. Competition should be good for a team looking for consistency, especially in scoring. Defensively, there are some holes to fill, but the goaltending (pictured) should be solid with both Phil Cook and Austin Lee returning.
Finally, there's the game story from Monday's exhibition against British Columbia. It was a pretty sparse crowd at the Verizon Wireless Center but they saw some decent play, including goals by Zach Lehrke, Corey Leivermann and Jean-Paul LaFontaine. Unlike regular-season games, the Mavericks could dress everyone for the exhibition and put different lineups on the ice each period. Only Justin Jokinen, who sat out with a minor injury, didn't play. Third-string goalie Evan Karambelas dressed but didn't play. He is returning from injury.
You can see video of Leivermann's goal off the back of the UBC goalie on KEYC-TV's report from last night. Video here.