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Turn the page, who comes in  who all leaves.

So much in the air tonight.

Typing, crying, hope and prayers for the country the school and our team.

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So sad, really feel for the seniors (especially Captain Poolman) that came back for another shot at the title.  Let's hang banner 9.5 next year.

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It'll be interesting to see if having their season cut short will have any impact on a guy who was on the fence. I think it will and more players will return than would have otherwise. 

My guess is we only lose one player early (either JBD or Kierstad). 

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Seniors who go out as the best in College Hockey

Michaud - Smith - Bowen - Yon - Johnson - Peski - Poolman

5 Forwards 2 Defenseman

The fence guys:

Jr. Kierstad

Jr. Kawaguchi

So. JBD

So anywhere between 7 and 10 spots for the 2020-21 class.

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Compartmentalization.

Its important to compartmentalize the past. The current and the Future.

 

Turn The Page, Next team up.

 

But this does hurt almost as bad as 2011, not in the same way but....

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22 minutes ago, Frozen4sioux said:

Compartmentalization.

Its important to compartmentalize the past. The current and the Future.

 

Turn The Page, Next team up.

 

But this does hurt almost as bad as 2011, not in the same way but....

This hurts as much or more than 2011.  At least in 2011 the team had a chance to win.  

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36 minutes ago, UNDPUCKS said:

Where would players leaving early go??? There is nothing to go to. 

The bank.

They would go to the bank with their signing bonuses, and the potential to still burn a year off the ELC.

IMO... There will be more NHL games played this season, regular season games.

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Wonder how this affects any bonus for the coaches that are tied into how they finish in the NC$$ tourney?  Nothing paid out ?  If so that would be a bummer for them. 

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14 minutes ago, rochsioux said:

Wonder how this affects any bonus for the coaches that are tied into how they finish in the NC$$ tourney?  Nothing paid out ?  If so that would be a bummer for them. 

Thats an interesting question to add to Schloss's plate.

Id doubt anything gets paid unless the boosters kick it to them?

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30 minutes ago, Frozen4sioux said:

The bank.

They would go to the bank with their signing bonuses, and the potential to still burn a year off the ELC.

IMO... There will be more NHL games played this season, regular season games.

Let’s face it, some bad teams have nothing but time on their hands right now to be contacting free agents telling them they could play if the season starts back up.  There will be good teams that will give players a chance to see if they can make an impact as well.

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3 hours ago, Frozen4sioux said:

Seniors who go out as the best in College Hockey

Michaud - Smith - Bowen - Yon - Johnson - Peski - Poolman

5 Forwards 2 Defenseman

The fence guys:

Jr. Kierstad

Jr. Kawaguchi

So. JBD

So anywhere between 7 and 10 spots for the 2020-21 class.

Keep an eye on Tychonick as well.

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The reality is we are headed for some concerning economic times......I won't blame a player for looking to get what they can get dollars wise in this current environment. Who would have thought everything gets flipped upside down in a week.

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2 hours ago, Oxbow6 said:

Keep an eye on Tychonick as well.

Theres obviously some reasons for his difficulties and playing time this year.

Im hoping its something we all look back on as an important growth step towards his back to back to asterack Natty trick. 

 

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They have some unfinished business next season after having a National Championship essentially taken from them.   

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Returning the NCHC goaltending champion is a good thing.

Shouldn't have any questions with two very capable guys.  

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21 minutes ago, Wilbur said:

Returning the NCHC goaltending champion is a good thing.

Shouldn't have any questions with two very capable guys.  

Returning a very strong goaltending duo plus the Hobey Baker winner is a good start.

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If next season begins on Oct 3 (Saturday) then today marks only 200 days until the puck drops!

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https://www.grandforksherald.com/sports/hockey/5000890-Who-are-the-potential-early-NHL-signings-from-this-years-UND-team

I say it every year, but there's such a fine line with early departures that effectively tips the scales one way or the other. Each potential early departure is so important to the roster construction. These are very general predictions in terms of what happens with #'s that leave.

  • 0: Maybe not better record wise, but talent wise will be better than this years team. Would be truly dominant team. 
  • 1: On par with this years team
  • 2: Fighting for Conference Championship (Low #1 Seed / # 2 Seed)
  • 3: Look at Year after they won in 2016 -- #3 or #4 seed in NCAA's, Finish 3rd or 4th in Conference
  • Over 3: Fall off a cliff

I've been in the I think they'll lose one camp. I just hope there's not more than two. 

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As long as both JBD and Kierstad don't both leave we should be in pretty good shape.  The (F) group should be at least on par with last year unless there are unexpected departures.

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Anyone know more about the Sean Dhooghe situation? Wondering if he graduated and is similar to Michaud’s situation, or if he’d have to sit out. Would UND have any interest either way?

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