jk Posted June 17, 2003 Share Posted June 17, 2003 I'm thinking a few things about recruiting. First, I have noted the trend in college hockey toward kids committing very early, as early as their freshman year of high school. I can't imagine that it's a very healthy trend for schools or kids, but I guess if you have a chance at a Parise or Crosby or Pineault type of player, you take them. Second, since UND doesn't seem to be participating in this trend, I wonder what kind of players will be left when UND gets around to signing players. I recognize that some guys are late bloomers, like Bochenski and Prpich. But will most of the great players be spoken for? Third, I'm curious about UND's needs for the 2004 and 2005 classes. For 2004, UND currently has commitments from one goalie (Lammy), one defenseman (Beaverson) and no forwards. Considering the size of the current junior class, I'm guessing that numbers aren't a big priority for 2004. Still, depending on a host of factors, a pretty large group of players could leave for the pros after next year (if they don't leave this summer). The list of possible departures over the next few years could include Bochenski, Parise, Stafford, Schneider, Jones, Greene and Smaby. I'm not saying they're all stars or that any will necessarily be ready to go, but blue-chip recruits are focused on getting to the next level. For 2005, all these players will be gone: Lundbohm, Hale, Palmiscno, Canady, Connelly, Bochenski, Massen, McMahon, Fylling, Genoway, Schneider, Jones and Fuher. In addition, Parise and Greene would be pretty big early departure risks. So Blais will need another big class. With so many young kids committing early, I hope the staff has a game plan for restocking the program. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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