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  • Wednesday, August 18, 2021 2:02 PM
    Message # 10939878

    Well it’s move-in week, and the roster remains top-secret. Jordan McAlpin told me that they were trying to fill positions and that was the holdup. I would think Coach Gabinet could just posted on Twitter.But that’s me

  • Tuesday, August 24, 2021 8:53 AM
    Reply # 10952869 on 10939878

    Trying to fill positions on the rosters?

    Trying to fill positions in the support staff -- like Ahlers' post?

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021 8:21 PM
    Reply # 10957234 on 10939878

    I just enjoy the “what would I do if I was the coach” or see how we match up talent wise. The past two years have been difficult as a fan, which I’m sure you feel the same way, and I need something to feel connected.

  • Wednesday, August 25, 2021 8:22 PM
    Reply # 10957235 on 10952869
    Anonymous wrote:

    Trying to fill positions on the rosters?

    Trying to fill positions in the support staff -- like Ahlers' post?

    No, in the sports information department 
  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 1:01 PM
    Reply # 11054278 on 10939878

    So we FINALLY have a roster to look at, and we are able to look ahead knowing who is in the stable for the season.

    I am really excited about the additions to the roster this year -- especially when you consider we didn't really lose anyone.

    Cameron Berg might be a very exciting player to watch. Take note of how he blossomed after moving to Muskegon two season ago. He became a point-per-game player in the USHL. I don't know much about Muskegon coach Mike Hamilton, but I do know Dave Wilkie. I imagine Berg's improvement statistically is related to the change of scenery and getting out from under Wilkie's authoritarian rule. Moving from a disciplinarian to a player's coach appears to be a factor, and we know Gabinet is a player's coach. NHL scouts also love his three-zone game, and that will play well for Gabby.

    It's hard to gauge how players coming out of Canadian juniors will translate. And that makes it hard to assess Ty Mueller on paper. I do get more excited about players coming out of the BCHL, then the AJHL, and of course players coming out of Quebec who avoid the QMJHL. Mueller is coming out of the AJ, with moderate success there. I can't even think of a comparable player from a previous roster for us to make a comparison to. But something that stood out was Mueller's playoff performance at a 15 year old in AAA. That gives us hope for a potential role player who finds a way to shine in big games -- so maybe a JT Platisha type. Bottom 6 forward, yet dependable.

    I feel like we've been waiting forever for the impending arrival of Victor Mancini. He's a bit of an enigma with the non-traditional route he has taken to get here. I'm hoping it's a sign of a chip on his shoulder and a willingness to do whatever it takes to persevere. He's got size. And the +/- numbers are good. Scouts say he is at his best when he keeps things simple -- so I see him as a Nate Knoepke stay-at-home type. But I'm sure he'll chip in a bit offensively.

    Puck-moving defenseman, Davis Pennington, joins a defensive corps that returns largely intact. His development has been nothing short of methodical. NAHL, BCHL, USHL, now NCAA. Step-by-step at each level Pennington appears to have accepted the challenge and risen to the level. The jump from the USHL to the NCAA is a bit larger (think the jump from A to AA in baseball -- where you really sort out who the top prospects are), but the role to start for Pennington will be a lesser role as a 5-6 d-man, and a power play specialist. He'll need some support in terms of a partner who plays a solid game at the back, but Pennington isn't a +/- black hole. As long as he avoids being paired with Krenzen, he'll be fine. He's got a year to learn before spots on the top pair open up.

    It will be interesting to see what Brannon McManus brings as a graduate transfer. If he remains a 20-point player and a leader -- we will all be very happy. Adds to the depth of an already balanced scoring lineup, and a strong voice from a traditional power. Expectations will be less for McManus in Omaha, and that might free him up a bit. Might we see McManus take the same 'senior leap' we saw from Luke Nogard and Martin Sundberg? Remember... it's a leap from 20, as opposed to the leap from 5 or 10 for the others.

  • Saturday, September 11, 2021 2:05 PM
    Reply # 11054943 on 10939878

    Line Chart at the end of last season:

     LW C
     Conley  Glynn  Bremer    Scanlin  Tychonick
     Weiss  Primeau  Ward    Knoepke  Krenzen
     Randl  Sullivan  Miller    Proctor  Smallidge
     Abate  Prokop  Sundberg    Harrison  
     Kothenbeutel    Brushette    Roy  
         Boyer    Klehr  
         Bohlsen    Schuldt  

    "Depth Chart" (projected for this season)

     LW  C RW
     Weiss  Sullivan
     Ward    Scanlin  Tychonick
     Conley  Berg
     Bremer    Knoepke  Mancini
     Randl  McManus
     Miller    Proctor  Smallidge
     Abate  Primeau
     Bohlsen    Harrison  Krenzen
     Mueller  Glynn  Sundberg    Pennington  

    It's clear we have some scoring potential throughout the lineup. There are going to be a lot of battles for playing time, and aside from Conley, Sullivan, Ward, Scanlin and Tychonick -- I don't think anyone is safe from finding their way out of the lineup.

    Bohlsen was injured all of last year, and his addition -- if he lives up to expectation makes it a four-deep position. McManus and Berg's presence might spare us from the pain of Joey Abate at the dot. And I think playing on the wing better suits Abate's energy level. And McManus could even factor as a RW -- which could potentially make it a five-deep position.

    The only freshman will be be 'given' a spot in the lineup is Berg. Maybe Manicin, as well. 

    It will be interesting to see if Gabinet still has confidence in Krenzen after last years follies. Proctor has developed nicely (makes me wish Lawson McDonald had stayed to see what would've become of him).

    I look at this depth chart, and I know there are going to be some disappointed guys in the press box every night. Guys who deserve to play every day. Guys who can contribute on any night.

    The only thing I see lacking is the standout threat. Can Ward step up to be that guy? He'll need someone else, so you can't deploy a top defensive unit against him. Is that player Berg? I think that chance has passed Weiss by. Will Primeau take another step forward and maybe take the pressure off Ward?

  • Monday, September 13, 2021 10:17 AM
    Reply # 11077666 on 10939878

    good feedback, will be interesting ice time battles. I didn't see Krenzen, especially with limited ice time, as a liability. Can you share? I do know that he was coming off an injury from the previous spring. I can't wait to see live action again. I was kind of surprised at the low number coning in, expected at least a couple more but I am sure that they are managing recruit expectations with the "+1 year" stuff...

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  • Monday, September 13, 2021 9:39 PM
    Reply # 11083695 on 10939878
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Good, good breakdown of the new players. 

  • Monday, September 13, 2021 10:01 PM
    Reply # 11083858 on 10939878
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking at the early season schedule — with the first 10 at home against beatable competition — they’ll have a good opportunity to give the newcomers a lot of looks.

    First 10 at home… 8 of the next 10 on the road. 

    The Mavs went 8-8 after the pod games last season. Four of those wins came against CC. So, I’m still not sure what to expect going into the season.

    The good news is that the team has depth and experience. Gaining extra eligibility due to C-19 creates a much different dynamic than the team would have otherwise had. 

    We scored 3.3 goals per game last season, so you have to be excited about the opportunities in the O-zone. Would like to see the continued improvement in the D-zone. 

    As mentioned, Mancini is the most interesting freshman coming in (mainly because his play for Vastra Frolunda is harder to assess… since we typically follow these recruits in the North American junior leagues). 

    I’m cautiously optimistic. 

  • Tuesday, September 14, 2021 9:25 PM
    Reply # 11089444 on 11077666
    Jim wrote:

    I didn't see Krenzen, especially with limited ice time, as a liability. Can you share?

    Krenzen was (-5) coming out of the Pod. He and Proctor got exploited by Duluth, and Krenzen alone got torched by St. Cloud. Against Western in the 10-2 win, he was even -- despite having an assist. That means he took a minus on the Broncos even strength goal. When you win by eight goals and come up 'even', something's amiss.

    But what really stands out to me is that Proctor -- whom Krenzen was paired with early -- was (+6) in the three Pod games Nolan missed.

    I said it early, I said it late: I hope we never see a Proctor-Krenzen pairing again.

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