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  1. COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    I don't think we disagree on what we want - just slightly on how to get there. I think that we can agree that last year's team played the opposite of what you want. Play for 60 minutes? From what I saw, we set a modern day record at UND for leads given up, goals given up within a minute of scoring, and missed open nets. As for short, crisp passes - chipping it off the glass doesn't count. It sounds like almost everyone wants us to step up the recruiting from certainly the soon to be Junior class that gave us the lack of puck skills we saw up front last year. Blue Chippers by definition should have skills coming in. You don't have to look further back than the passing clinic goal against Miami to see short, crisp passes in action. Touching the puck in that sequence were Boesser and Schmaltz, two Blue Chippers, and Caggula and Stecher who seem to be the kind of player you desire. I submit that we need a mix of both and the great experiment of getting more grinders and fewer top talent because they might leave early has left us short. We need both high enders and players who develop into high enders in College. We need to recruit like we are the top program in the country (which we are). I loved Rizzo's comments about our program. Blue Chippers are certainly not all that matters, but they do matter a lot.
  2. 2018 Season

    Rudolf somehow thinks this "strategery" will somehow flummox the defense so they won't know how to stop our 185 pound running back from going up the middle. He's a typical case of an idiot who knows just enough technical things to be a menace.
  3. COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    Great news - nice job staff - watch and see how much he contributes to our program. Hopefully another Boesser. Let's keep our roll going.
  4. Destination hockey

    I'm in for Nashville
  5. Prospective Sioux Recruits

    First Rounders, second rounders, third rounders - either way as long as we don't return to the "we need more grinders" philosophy that gave us our Junior class.
  6. Prospective Sioux Recruits

    I don't disagree with what you are saying but I was referring to a couple of years of no Blue Chippers - 6-7 players per year times two. Do I like second rounders - absolutely. Do I want us to be a top school that top talent wants to attend because of fans, tradition, and player development - absolutely again. We need to get back on top and soon.
  7. Prospective Sioux Recruits

    Don't get me wrong - I really like some of the guys we have coming in. However, by your math, if we go a couple of years without a Blue Chipper that means that the top 12 -14 rated players available during that time are going elsewhere. This is not where I think our program should be on a regular basis. We used to be one of the main "go to" schools for these guys. I hope we will be again.
  8. Prospective Sioux Recruits

    Agreed that we had a spectacular D corp. However, we needed the strength up front also. Watch the title game and see the Caggula, Schmaltz, and Boesser clinic. Not only were they high end talent, but they were tenacious off the puck and worked their butts off. After last year, most fans are concerned that A - we make the tournament this year and B - we don't add a third straight year of no Frozen Four appearances. And what do us non-insiders have to talk about in the off season - recruiting. Remember, through the 16 Championship season we have had a great run of Blue Chippers. Is this the only way to measure recruiting - of course not. Have we been missing out on desired studs and losing them to other teams? - no one knows. Has the recruiting philosophy changed? No one knows. Do we have the mix that the coaches are looking for? Probably, but too soon to tell. Is it getting harder and harder to predict who will up their game in College and who will fold? Probably. My point is that during the off season this is what we have to talk about. After last season, especially up front, a reasonable conclusion is that we need to up our recruiting game. Blue Chippers are not the end all, but sometimes are seen as an indication that our program is still on top. We used to be seen as THE school to go to as a step towards the Pros. And sometimes a slow drip of Studs signing with other teams provokes an over reaction. Not every wish for some Blue Chippers is a condemnation of the players we have recruited.
  9. Prospective Sioux Recruits

    I never said or implied that we were a bunch of talentless hacks. I just stated that in my opinion we need some bona fide blue chippers in our mix. We are the team of Oshie, Parise, Boesser, Toews, Schmaltz, etc. We have had numerous first rounders here (5 at one time, I believe). No reason we shouldn't continue to recruit them heavily. I like a lot of our talent coming in, but one true Blue Chipper could be the difference in a championship much like Boesser was.
  10. Prospective Sioux Recruits

    We have one Blue Chipper in recent history leave after 1 - Jost. Boesser was one of the engines that drove the train to number 9. Not sure why this board has turned against getting Blue Chippers unless it is just sour grapes. High end studs need to be in our mix.
  11. Prospective Sioux Recruits

    Let's get some of these guys.
  12. Buy or Sell

    The fact that this hasn't crept into Rudolph's brain so far is just unbelievable. The fact that Bubba hasn't forced it into his skull so far is even more unbelievable. Hopefully this year will be different.
  13. Buy or Sell

    Yes on rusher - we have the talent as long as we don't try to pick it up 1 yard up the middle at a time No on receiver - it would be nice though and with a new QB coming in it isn't out of reach.
  14. University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    I agree this was a big factor that is often forgotten - although the missed open nets alone was enough to drive me to drink.
  15. University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    I stand corrected, but still maintain that at times this was a tough group to watch.
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