would be shocked if Mattson comes in next year. I'm guessing he falls past the third round. He's struggled mightily in the USHL in his time there. He needs to figure that league out prior to making the jump to college hockey. He had 2 goals in 23 games, no assists. I believe he has one point in like 5 playoff games.
you probably are right, however these guys are still young, they do continue to develop over time (in most cases). Olson was nice in the ushl. I've been waiting for him to male an impact at some point. Now that may never come but I'm not writing off a player after his sophomore year. If he continues to work on his skills (and not take dumb penalties) he could get a decent look.
According to the College Hockey Inc. website, Mattson is scheduled to come in this fall but they have 14 players coming in. As of right now with early departures and seniors leaving there are 5 forwards leaving and 3 defensemen. The consensus seems to be that Jost, Hoff, and Yon will be 3 of the possible 5 forwards coming in. On defense it looks like Poolman, Evers and Casey Johnson would be the replacements. If the roster keeps the same amount of forwards amd D as last year, as of now, 2 forward positions are open for players such as Nick Jones, D. Bowen, M. Mattson, C. Cakebread, and Cole Smith. Any thoughts on best possibilities for those 2 openings? If Nick chooses to leave, that would mean 3 openings.
And I would bet very few hockey players who play some of their high school years away from home bag a lot of AP exams in high school that transfer into credits at some colleges. I suspect UND honors AP credits with a 4 or 5 on the test.
How well the new D corps performs is key next season, of course, but it will also be interesting to see what Wilke and Gersich bring next year.
If Nick stays, expectations will be shy high for the top line (if Berry keeps them together), but it's almost unfair to expect those three to have the same chemistry CBS had, even with Jost's top-end talent. And CBS was so good at the possession game partly due to who was on the blue line. Knowing when to pinch is partly instinct, and Stecher and LaDue seemed to have that, Stecher particularly.