by Joe Roberts | AHL On The BeatMaybe they’re burning sage within the locker room.Or possibly they’re simply avoiding a sophomore hunch as a result of their tireless work, dynamic abilities, and newfound degree of consolation with the professional recreation.For the Utica Comets, the second-year duo of Jonah Gadjovich and Kole Lind have been on high of their video games after rookie seasons that noticed well-documented struggles, and their play is an enormous a part of the workforce’s success all through the season.For Gadjovich, who was the 55th general decide within the 2017 NHL Draft, protecting confidence has been one of many keys to a fast begin after a rookie yr that included 4 objectives and 10 factors over the course of simply 43 video games performed.“The largest factor for me was sticking with it,” he stated. “I put loads of work in and I feel it’s simply beginning to click on.”As is the case for a lot of younger prospects, there may be little or no consideration paid by the general public to the challenges of transitioning from taking part in towards youngsters in junior to the most effective of the most effective in professional hockey.Jonah Gadjovich (Photograph: Lindsay Mogle)“Individuals aren’t within the dressing room. They’re not on the ice with me,” the Whitby, Ontario, native stated. “They don’t see loads of the work that we’re doing again there. All of that begins to point out on the ice and it’s starting to repay.”In simply 12 video games this season, Gadjovich, who was a gold medal winner with Canada on the 2018 World Junior Championship, has earned 5 objectives, already passing final yr’s complete. However what doesn’t present up on the scoresheet is the kind of recreation he performs. At 6-foot-2 and 210 kilos, Gadjovich is a prototypical energy ahead who has discovered that he has to get soiled if he’s going to get the puck.“It’s a task I had success with in junior, however coming to professional it’s loads completely different,” he talked about. “Establishing an identification took somewhat little bit of time and as soon as I understood and located the fitting approach to play that function, I began to contribute and play higher. I normally work finest inside a couple of toes of the web.”For Kole Lind, who was picked 25 picks earlier than Gadjovich on the identical 2017 draft, a rookie yr of 17 factors was irritating. Particularly contemplating he had earned 1.63 factors per recreation throughout his last season of junior in Kelowna.There was loads of noise surrounding Lind, who turned 21 in October, with reference to his difficulties throughout his first season of professional hockey. And it was powerful for the native of Shaunavon, Saskatchewan, to disregard all of it.“It’s one thing I take with me and use it as motivation. I feel final yr I received actually down on myself and, clearly I anticipated extra of myself,” Lind stated. “This yr I’m being constructive with issues and when the struggles come I’m simply going to keep it up and play my recreation.”Kole Lind (Photograph: Lindsay Mogle)However the factor is, the struggles haven’t come, as Lind has been on a tear to begin the marketing campaign. He’s blown previous final yr’s level totals in half the video games, and he’s at the moment on tempo to complete the season with over 60 factors.“When the probabilities are coming, I do know I’m doing one thing proper,” he added. “I’m going to get higher and attempt to show individuals flawed as a result of that’s one thing I grew up my complete life doing.”Possibly within the case of Gadjovich and Lind it’s extra of a sophomore surge than a hunch.