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  1. jk

    COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    There's always a reason to complain about recruiting. Missing the local guys, too many local guys, too many Minnesotans, not enough from MN, not going for the top national guys, getting burned by going for the top guys and having them skip up to major juniors. Maybe recruiting has changed because that's where they think the right guys are. UND killed it with Shattuck, and then stopped. After UND's run of NHLers and a Hobey, did a bunch of Shattuck players shine elsewhere? I think the school had its run and UND was there at the right time. Looking at the committed recruits, I mainly see an overweight position in the GF and Fargo area. But that might just make sense, as some of those committed players are very good prospects, and the program has had some great players from that pipeline in the last five years. Of course Penticton has provided a lot, but they are a factory for all of Division 1 and UND's Penticton players have generally been good. The coaches have also branched out to national recruits, some very highly regarded, from outside the footprint. It doesn't really scream lazy to me.
  2. jk

    COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    Mountains of detailed speculation, based on nothing. Shoulda done this or that, because of some imagined fact-set.
  3. Just to be clear on people wanting coaches fired. You actually have no idea what you're talking about. These people are near the top of their profession, almost certainly more accomplished at their jobs than most of us are at ours. They know what they're doing.
  4. At least we have a thread to look back at later in the year where everyone looks stupid for breaking their ankles jumping off the bandwagon eight days into the season.
  5. jk

    2018-19 Non-UND College Hockey

    It may not get the players to the NHL, but it may help some players decide to go the NCAA route. This is an easy one to me. Do what the NHL does.
  6. jk

    former players

    Probably the guy who stayed at UND longer than he had to by the greatest margin. He was ready for a regular NHL shift that last year. So, very glad he won it.
  7. jk

    COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    No offense, but does your memory extend back two years? Four of those guys have already played in the NHL. They were also mostly older, which is a huge plus in the college game. I'm optimistic as well, but I haven't even seen the new guys play yet.
  8. jk

    Prospective Sioux Recruits

    Here's all I need to know about young prospects. Two years in a row, the top forward prospect in his age group at the USA hockey festivals, according to USHR, was Colten St. Clair. He turned out to be a good heart-and-soul teammate and player and a credit to the program, but he didn't end up being a difference maker. Perhaps it was the injuries, but more likely it was just that guys plateau where they're destined to, and it's hard to know in advance where that will be. A guy like Kleven, who just had a great camp, may end up a top ten NHL draft pick or he may see other guys on his team zoom past him as their skills blossom. On the flip side, guys like LaDue and Poolman went from near anonymity as youths to the NHL. So I won't get bent out of shape when we "miss" a youngster, or too excited when we land the next bantam superstar.
  9. jk

    Prospective Sioux Recruits

    I couldn't disagree more. What even is a high ranked recruit? Does that mean a lot of NHL draft picks? If so, there was a team stuffed with them at BU that's done, and there have been plenty of very successful teams recently, even national champs, that had few, if any. Or does highly ranked mean they were included on a list on the internet somewhere? Those lists are generally worth the paper they're printed on ...
  10. jk

    Early Departures 2018

    Congratulations to Gersich. He can skate like the wind, which is not a bad place to start if you want to reach the NHL.
  11. jk

    University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    With the dual crippling deficiencies of a stark lack of talent and pathetic effort, it should have been clear they didn't belong on the ice with the league's best teams. But they took DU and SCSU to OT in six of the last seven meetings. They lost most of those games, which is how you miss the NCAAs, but it means they were close. You can't be close if the program is terrible in either its talent or effort, let alone both. Let's review. They headed to the Twin Cities, lost the semifinal game, and won the third place game, finishing 14th in the Pairwise. Then they went on to beat Wisconsin and Ferris State in the NCAA regional, advancing to the Frozen Four. Oh, you thought I meant 2018. That was the Spring of 2014. Seems just about identical, up until the autobid difference.
  12. jk

    University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    Disagree about a goal celebration. We say: act like you've been there before, we're proud when Boeser gives the most modest fist pump imaginable after his many goals, we decry the jersey pop. If he wants to low-key it, I have no issue.
  13. jk

    University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    Wade through the Friday SC game thread, but wear waders.
  14. jk

    University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    Honestly, the people here are out of their fucking minds.
  15. burd, take your well-adjusted grownup-ness somewhere else. You're out of place.