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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. jk

    University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

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

    University of North Dakota 2018-19 Season

    Honestly, the people here are out of their fucking minds.
  11. burd, take your well-adjusted grownup-ness somewhere else. You're out of place.
  12. When they've only won four games since December 2, it seems preposterous to think they could go on a little run. But I think it's possible. Since a very poor showing against Duluth, they went 2-4-4 to close the season. The four losses included two in overtime and two trailing by one late in the third, until empty netters put them away. The leads coughed up, and the inability to finish, have been real factors and I understand they can't be ignored. But it's also true that they played very good teams Denver and St. Cloud to regulation draws in four out of four games. They certainly deserved a better fate tonight, as did the aching goalposts. What happens if they continue to play well, and actually catch a break? Maybe a tight game falls the right way for once. Or twice.
  13. jk

    COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    The point is that a lack of drafted players need not keep a team from succeeding. It was true in 1997, and it was proven to still be true recently in the revenge of the smart kids. It doesn't make it a preferred approach to team-building perennially, but then that's not the situation UND is in. I suspect UND's coaches try for a balance of older character guys (to keep the hotshots honest and humble and keep them from getting ground into dust by the WMUs of the world) and younger kids with world-class athleticism. The current mix may not suit some of the faithful.
  14. jk

    COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    Without checking, I doubt Union and Yale, recent champions, had more than a very few drafted players between them.
  15. jk

    COMMITTED Sioux Recruits

    A number of years ago now (time flies), a few forward recruits plateaued early and the coaches reached into the AJHL for late recruits in Rodwell and Rowney. Their level of success both at UND and afterward differed, but they were important members of the program. Rowney paraded around with the Stanley Cup about eight months ago. We really won't know what we've got in these recruits until next fall at the earliest, and more likely a few years down the road. For the lamentations about the lack of high-enders and the denigrations of overagers, if I recall correctly the 1997 team was without an NHL draft pick and stuffed full of overagers. Did I love watching Schmaltz and Boeser? Of course, but there's more than one way to compete.