OETKB Posted May 30, 2003 Share Posted May 30, 2003 I found this cell note in my personal Sioux spreadsheet that tracks players and stats and such each year. Originally, I had them pegged to win the WCHA, but I've now revised and updated it. Early Prediction: 2nd place WCHA; F5 Runners-up; National Champions! UND will have the strongest team since 2000, as the large junior class becomes more potent, and the young guns just keep growing in number (Parise, Murray, Stafford). Offense - There is lots of talent here, and this season they will be more skilled and explosive than the past two years Defense - will be strong, skilled and very mobile. Smaby should be an excellent freshman. Losing Hale early hurt, but three returning players (Jones, Fuher, & Schneider) will be hitting their grove as juniors, and Greene is expected to become a defensive "monster" as a soph. Goalies - Brandt is back, plus two good freshmen join the mix. Late last season, Brandt proved to be a solid WCHA keeper. He really handled the pressure of the late season well, but he was not rewarded with any offense. Note, for last season, the very same spreadsheet predicted: Predict: 3rd place WCHA; Loss in NCAA Regionals? UND will be all-around improved from the previous season, with 10 anticipated starting Soph's who were freshmen in UND's first losing season under Blais in '01-02. There will be 20 returning players (Including Fylling & Genoway) this season, which is much better than last season's 12. Offense - a big question mark, as there is plenty of talent, but scoring is not "proven" (Only THREE returning 20+ pt scorers = Bochenski, Lundbohm, Notermann) Defense - will be much more consistent and tougher, as Jones, Fuher, & Schneider will all return as Soph's and Hale is expected to have a "breakout" defensive season. Goalies - Both Siembida & Brandt were decent last season, but somebody needs to become the trusted starter Last season's prediction was not too far off. I hope this year's is right on! Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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