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Posts posted by sagard

  1. Great draw for you guys.  BU should be close, but I don't see them getting away with playing only one period against the Sioux.  The crowd might help them a little, but it won't be enough unless they really improve their play from the regional. 

  2. With Sweden blowing the bronze medal game to Slovakia, next year looks like a bracket of death as #1 Canada, #4 Sweden and #5 USA will all be in the same bracket. Don't recall a time when those three where all on the same side.


    With four teams per group making the playoffs it doesn't matter nearly as much compared to when only three got through.  Russia will suck during group play and mess up the brackets as usual.

  3. Wasn't Schroeder named PRE-Season WCHA Player of the Year Prior to his last season with the Gofers?

    JS was pretty helpful as freshmen, certainly aided Stoa getting a contract. Second year exposed him lacking finishing ability. Statistically Grimaldi looks a bit better especially if he didn't see top line icetime. But yeah preseason expectations of JS were pretty high.

  4. Haula is a much more complete player and can easily move between lines 2,3,&4 and I don't think that Rocco can do that. Haula has made an even quicker jump to being a consistent NHL player than I ever thought he would but I think a lot of that is because of his hockey IQ and ability to play well in the defensive zone. Haula and Rocco probably aren't a real great comparison when looking at players either unless you are just looking at speed. Rocco may have more skill but that skill hasn't translated into as much production as it probably should have and IMO the big thing he has to do if he wants to get a shot to play in the NHL is convert on more of the chances he creates.

    Grimaldi reminds me of Jordan Schroeder. Both stood out on the WJC stage and for what ever reason underwhelmed in college. Both left early and will end up spending a lot of time in the A.

  5. I'm pretty sure you final analysis nailed it. I'd listen arguments why each of the big four could be #1 and none would be wrong. They are certainly close enough that whoever wins the next tourney could move to the head of the class.

    In no order:

    BC - Great history. Dominance unequaled in the York era. 8 Title games since 1998.

    UND - Incredible new comer. Seven titles and may have the highest wins per season.

    UM - Unrivaled history. Paved way for many midwestern programs.

    UMich - 9 titles are hard to get no matter when they were played.

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  6. If the Big Ten and the NCHC could work something out and hold their tourneys at a single site and share revenue these leagues would have a lot better chance at a successful tourney.

    As it is now good luck if the Sioux and Gophers aren't playing.

  7. Hey, that reminds me...I can't wait to hear "Beyond the Pond" this weekend. Hopefully by then, Rau and Wilcox will both have signed pro contracts. :)

    Rau is great but replaceable. Despite his rough effort vs. Union I haven't seen a goalie like Wilcox wearing the Gophers M. Goalies clearly need more development so Wilcox will hopefully be on campus another couple of years. :)

  8. Any "advisor" that tells a young undersized guy to sign early is not typically giving out great advice. You don't get highly paid anymore unless you are in the NHL. Signing without a 10 game NHL commitment is a horrible move in my opinion. You can get tucked into your teams farm system and only ever get NHL playing time if none of the NHL teams other options fail to work out.

    Better to play out your eligibility, examine free agency options and sign with the team they you honestly have a chance to play NHL hockey with.

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  9. In my opinion, there's no reason for UMN to be a head of UND. 7 > 5... :)

    All depends on your context. Pretty straight forward way of looking at 7>5 and it's completely fair. Cut and dry UND.

    Others might like at overall records since '58-'59. Or head to head. Very slight edges to UMN.

    The biggest thing that I wouldn't trade for a NCAA title or two is the Gopher History before the NCAA acknowledged the sport. Having a stable program around to play allowed UND, DU, UW, UMD to establish top elite programs of their own. Sure they had their disputes in the early days, but even those disputes helped the game grow in Minnesota. Having at least 100 more wins than the next guy is also pretty cool.

    UW doesn't make my top five. Probably just because I despise everything about them. :)

  10. I had concerns that the Gophers were barely at UND's level in the semi and that Union was going to clearly be the better team. With the brief amount of hockey I watched UND play this year I didn't think they had the finishing ability of most UND teams and that is what cost them vs. the Gophers. It very likely would have cost them against Union as well.

  11. Acually, I'm stunned at GPL this morning...here's a short summary.

    - definitely over-achieved all season...

    - silver trophy isn't bad...

    - beat North Dakota with .6 seconds left...anything else would have been gravy...

    Can't say they over achieved when they were number one basically all season. They were a different group than typical "great" Gopher teams. This team did not dominate play ever and never really shelled top level opponents. Wilcox really was the difference between the Gophers and a dozen teams. The team showed serious cracks the weekend in Madison, giving up soft goals, getting outplayed for most of the weekend. To their credit they bounced back and Wilcox won the league title with a great showing in Yost.

    OSU was way better than them in the playoffs. In the NCAAS they had a great draw. SCSU and UND took out arguably tougher teams and again to the Gophs credit they played well. The last game they played a team they could have beaten, but I don't think they could claim to have the better team in any way. Great team and Union is a worthy champ.

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