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4 hours ago, cberkas said:

Brad said Nick Jones will be a junior, but he only played 3 games as a sophomore at Ohio State. Do they try to get him a red shirt for his sophomore year?

What do we know about him? Only other transfer I can remember is Mac.

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2 hours ago, franchise said:

What do we know about him? Only other transfer I can remember is Mac.

And someone named Jason Blake.

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13 hours ago, cberkas said:

Brad said Nick Jones will be a junior, but he only played 3 games as a sophomore at Ohio State. Do they try to get him a red shirt for his sophomore year?

Jones is in the "five years to do four competitive seasons" rule.
And he's transferring so he must sit out a season.
He wasn't hurt when he left OSU so that year is burned. 

Thus, Jones only has two competitive seasons left, i.e. junior. 

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So now that Jost is gone, and probably Pogo on the forward front.....the way too early look at possible line combos:

Gersich-Rhett-Mismash

Janatuinen-Hoff-Bowen

Smith-Simonson-Olson

Adams, Jones, Yon, Kawaguchi, Wilkie, Gornall......

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2 minutes ago, Wilbur said:

So now that Jost is gone, and probably Pogo on the forward front.....the way too early look at possible line combos:

Gersich-Rhett-Mismash

Janatuinen-Hoff-Bowen

Smith-Simonson-Olson

Adams, Jones, Yon, Kawaguchi, Wilkie, Gornall......

So...........who scores other than 19?

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While our forward situation might be a bit interesting, I do think our D-corps will be very solid and our goaltending should be great as well. Towards the end of the season and into tourney time I thought our young defensemen made big strides (Peski, Casey, and C. Poolman played well, and Wolanin is a stud). That should help while our forward situation gets figured out.

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6 minutes ago, Oxbow6 said:

So...........who scores other than 19?

Are you talking about on the ice or Walsh Hall? :lol:

I'm thinking Bowen becomes more of a contributor, or Hoff if he could stay healthy. 

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Just now, Wilbur said:

Better question, if Tucker doesn't come back who wears the C?  

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Just now, Wilbur said:

Better question, if Tucker doesn't come back who wears the C?  

Gonna guess it comes out of this group: Olson, Simonson, Gardner, Wolanin. 

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6 minutes ago, siouxfaninseattle said:

Lots of talk about Pogo leaving. Hopefully he pays attention to the many guys that left early and never got a sniff of the NHL. 

Yah, did guys like Ryan Bayda ever get a whiff of the show? 

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A fancy line: Adams Kawaguchi Gersich

A heavy line: Gardner Olsen Mismash

In your face forecheck line: Janatuinen Hoff Bowen

Simonson, Gornall, Smith, Jones, Yon, Wilkie

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Yeah, I remember seeing Bayda play a game for the Manitoba Moose in 2006. He was up and down between NHL and minors. I thought he had the makings to be a Travis Zajac-type player. Steady, but not a prolific scorer.

 

 

 

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At the end of the season this team was playing as well as any team in the country and a major part of that was how well they were playing up and down the lineup, all 4 lines and all 3 D-pairings. Like last year, there will be a lot of players leaving. This is assuming Poganski and Poolman also leave, but everyone else stays.

You lose:

  • Forwards: Boeser, Jost, Poganski
  • Defense: Poolman, Ausmus
  • Goalie: Rinks

Gersich - Kawaguchi - Bowen

JJ - Gardner - Mismash

Wilkie - Hoff - Yon 

Olsen - Simonson - Smith

Gornall, Jones, Adams

Poolman - Shaw

Peski - Wolanin

Johnson - Bast

Rieger, Charland

What's exciting is you have so many "solid" players up and down the lineup that will be young (only two seniors). We'll need to count on 2 of the 4 freshman forwards to come in and really contribute right away as well as some that take a big step. When you have a pool of players like Bowen, JJ, Gardner, Yon, Smith, ect.. it just takes a couple to take a big step and the rest to improve slightly. I'm extremely optimistic about the future. It's also exciting that this appears to be a group that there's not any for sure early departures after next year (outside of Wolanin). If this is a playoff team that's competitive next year, watch out the year after next. 

 

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18 minutes ago, NoDak Fan said:

Yeah, I remember seeing Bayda play a game for the Manitoba Moose in 2006. He was up and down between NHL and minors. I thought he had the makings to be a Travis Zajac-type player. Steady, but not a prolific scorer.

 

 

 

180 games isn't a horrible NHL stint.

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So the goaltending is set for next year.  Defensively I think they'll be better next year.  

1.  Poolman-Bast

2.  Peski-Wolanin

3.  Shaw-Johnson

Rieger, Chartrand, Kiersted

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