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  1. Guy's who I expect we'll see improve a lot from last year are Chris Wilkie and Joel Janatuinen. We need both of them to take that next step forward. Wilkie came in pretty highly touted and led the USHL in shots on goal the year before he came in. I think the game was just a little too fast for him last year mainly how quickly he was covered when trying to shoot. I'm expecting him to put up very good numbers this year with 10-15 goals. Janatuinen had moments that really showed his skill but was not really strong enough to excel. I think we'll see him much stronger, not so easily pushed off the puck, and make major advancements his Sophomore year. I'm expecting 8-10 goals this year.
  2. Buccigross must not remember that we lost three defensemen including our top pair when he says "good D". How our defensemen gel together is my number one concern going into this season. I know it will be hard to replace Schmaltz and Caggiula but if we have a steady defense and a good goalie you usually have a chance to win games.
  3. The one I remember was Kevin Maxwell leaving after his freshman year to play with the Canadian National Team in prep for the 1980 Olympics. Back before pros were let into the Olympics, Canada and the US had Olympic teams that played all year together before the Olympics. They'd played exhibition games against colleges and usually kick the crap out of them. Ed Belfour only played one year. Hrkac played two but he took a year off in between to play with Canadian National team.
  4. With Stecher leaving I thought I'd throw out my predictions: I hate to see Cam Johnson leave but he is undrafted and he may not get a better chance. Goalies take so long to develop that he could spend 5-6 years in the minors and still never get a sniff. I think he stays. I expect Thompson to leave. I think his development stalled this year and he probably needs to go someplace else. I expect Schmaltz to go. He needed this year to get stronger and he did. I hope Poolman decides to stay to play with his brother. Best case scenario we lose 4 senior forwards, one junior forward (LJ), 2-3 junior defensemen (Stecher, LaDue, Thompson) That leaves us with: Poolman: Junior Ausmus: Senior Chratrand: Sophomore Shaw: Sophomore Wolanin: Sophomore Colton Poolman: Freshman Gabe Bast: Freshman Casey Johnson: Freshman Goalies: The same as this year Forwards: Caggiula, Chyzyk, St Clair, Sanderson, Johnson gone Schmaltz: Junior Simonson: Junior Olson: Junior Poganski: Junior Boeser: Sophomore Gardner: Sophomore Gersich: Sophomore Wilkie: Sophomore Janatuinen: Sophomore Gornall: Sophomore Coming in: In age order (All of these guys are about 6 ft 185 pounds. Zach Yon: 59 games: 38 points (USHL) 21 yrs old Cole Smith: 54 games- 61 points (NAHL) 21 yrs old Dixon Bowen: 47 games- 22 points (BCHL) 21 yrs old Ludvig Hoff: 56 games - 57 points (USHL) 20 yrs old Tyson Jost: 48 games - 104 points (BCHL) 18 yrs old If Schmaltz leaves: Nicholas Jones: 42 games - 63 points. ( he left Ohio State, eligible second semester (BCHL) 20 yrs old
  5. We will have three in Tampa. Staying at the Marriott Waterside. Sitting in section 124 Row P. We had flights, tickets, and hotel rooms back in January. This will be our 12th Frozen Four. Make sure you get to Channelside for drinks, food and live music. Assuming it's nice they will have a band playing the center courtyard. It's easy walking distance from the Arena.
  6. After listening to Barry Melrose calling the first BC game it felt like Barry wanted to get down to the ice as soon as he could so he could start making out with the BC forwards. Gees he is such a East Coast homer. He knows nothing about College Hockey and barely knows the player names. Terrible announcer for College Hockey.
  7. Not sure what all the bitching is about. This is the exact thing that happened last year at our request, Team gets more rest for a possible Saturday night game but also once again gets more experience playing an afternoon game like it probably does in the regionals. So take Friday off, drive to the cities in the morning and go to the 4:00 PM game. Here's hoping that this year is not like last where we got the experience of playing TWO afternoon games
  8. I posted this under the North Dakota Season thread but it probably belongs here: Just read a story that Jimmy Vesey a senior hockey player from Harvard wrote about his time in college: http://www.theplayerstribune.com/jimmy-vesey-harvard-hockey/ Great read!! I hope our underclassmen read the story and realize the NHL will always be there and their time in college is finite. They can enjoy developing their game while having the time of their lives with the "boys".
  9. Especially when part of their criteria for the brackets isn't even if they are in the PWR but instead currently lead their league, aka Minnesota at 17 in the PWR.
  10. Just read a story that Jimmy Vesey a senior hockey player from Harvard wrote about his time in college: http://www.theplayerstribune.com/jimmy-vesey-harvard-hockey/ Great read!! I hope our underclassmen read the story and realize the NHL will always be there and their time in college is finite. They can enjoy developing their game while having the time of their lives with the "boys".
  11. I hate to talk about players leaving while the season is still going on. Let's try to enjoy these guys as much as we can. That being said Ladue is gone, Thompson is gone (they wanted him last year. His improvement has slowed this year even though he has an excuse since he is the one that gets the freshman D rotating with him every other game), Schmaltz is gone even though I think he needs one more year of development to make it right away in the bigs. Poolman stays to play with his brother. Stecher will get many offers and it could go either way. The pressing question is Boeser gone too? I cannot remember a player that left after his freshman year except Kevin Maxwell but Kevin left to join the Canadian National Team from 1979-1980. Back in those days there were no pros so you played with the national team an entire year before the Olympics. I think Boeser is actually ready for the pros physically. Who knows.?
  12. You cannot make the NCAA tournament using the Pairwise rankings if you are under .500. However if you win the league tournament you are in no matter what your record is.
  13. No big deal either way. I just happened to see the scoring change on USCHO last night right after the game. They still have it as Gardner but I just checked CHN and they have Johnson with the goal too. So I'm out.
  14. The Luke goal was given to Gardner. with the tip.
  15. Last year Thompson, LaDue, Poolman, all had offers to go pro. I am expecting Thompson and LaDue to be gone for sure. I think Ausmus stays along with freshmen Shaw and Wolanin. The question marks are Stecher and Poolman. I'm hoping Poolman stays to play with his brother similar to Jordan Schmaltz. I have no idea on Stecher. I see Nick Schmaltz leaving for sure. Boeser is a question mark. Usually freshman forwards come in and need to get stronger like Nick did last year. But Brock is already there. I can see him going pro after one year but hope he learns from Toews and Parise and stays for two years so he can go directly to the NHL rather than sitting in the AHL.
  16. We used to gather also at the small bar in Carrabas near the arena .
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