By Michael Sharp
Press & Sun-Bulletin
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – As Danny Bois sees it, the addition of Mike Kompon is a step in the right direction.
“We figure, the more Thunder Bay guys we get, the better chance we have of making the playoffs,” said Bois, one of four Binghamton Senators, including assistant coach Mike Busniuk, with ties to the Ontario city. “So, we’ll try to get a couple more.”
It’s not clear if Kompon will still be around come spring. And whether or not the fifth-place Sens still have a playoff run left in them is another issue entirely. But six games into his 25-game professional tryout agreement, the young center “is starting to fit in,” head coach Dave Cameron said.
“And he’s shown he can play in this league,” Cameron added. “Now it’s just a matter of what role he can play in this league, and whether he can do it consistently enough.”
Kompon, who turned 24 on Tuesday, left behind a 24-game point streak with the ECHL’s Reading Royals when he signed with the Senators on Feb. 8. He has two points with Binghamton – both assists in the 9-4 loss to Syracuse last week -and he has one goal and three assists in 11 total American Hockey League games this season with Binghamton, Manchester and Hershey.
The second-year pro will continue the search for his first goal as a Senator Wednesday, when Binghamton visits Philadelphia.
“Especially against Philly (on Saturday night), I had two or three good chances,” Kompon said. “But that’s the way it is. Hopefully once I get my first one, there’ll be many to come.”
Kompon and Cameron both listed his status with the team as day to day. Kompon, who’s hoping for an AHL contract next season, said he’s feeling “a little bit better and better” each day, but he also talked candidly about the things he’s still working on.
“I’ve got to make quicker decisions,” he said. “Sometimes I’ll hold onto the puck a little too long. Or sometimes I’ll make the wrong decision. But, you know, it comes with time.”
Bois said Kompon is “doing really well.” He’s been a vocal presence on the bench, Bois added, and he’s keeping his game simple, but effective.
“I just told him the kind of style coach likes playing,” Bois said. “And he’s obviously a bit of a creative player, so he’s got to do a little bit of that too. And I think he’s had a good mix so far.”
The two spend summers working out together, and Kompon has known Bois’ roommate, and fellow Thunder Bay native, Jeff Heerema for years as well. In addition to a little advice, and two familiar faces, the two have also provided something of a respite from life at the Holiday Inn.
“I just hang out at their apartment all day,” Kompon said, “and just sleep at the hotel at night.”