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  • Sunday, July 24, 2022 1:09 PM
    Reply # 12859411 on 12843438

    OK, so let's take a look at the depth chart...

    Goal:

    G
     Latkoczy
     (shooter tutor)
     Zab
    Right now, it's Latkoczy's net. We know Omaha needs another goalie, but we can't talk about who that goalie is until they arrive on campus.

    If Omaha ends up with just Latkoczy, it's going to be a long year. I was impressed with Simon during the WJC -- and hopefully we'll get another look at him in August. But he's been behind some bad teams at Madison, and they way Omaha's roster looks -- it will be more of the same this year.

    Defence:

     LD  RD
     Proctor  Guevin
     Lemay  Mancini
     Tychonick  Krenzen
     Ludtke  Pennington
    Tychonick is back, likely because Ottawa told him he has no future. He's bottomed out in Omaha, and is now a lower pairing defender. Maybe he'll figure out his primary responsibility is to prevent goals, and that might resurrect his future aspirations.

    I've got Guevin as the #1 defenceman -- which is a reach to expect from a freshman. But, he's got the offensive numbers. 89 assists in the last two years of USHL play. He can move the puck. While he was only +3 last year, he was +27 the year before, and that suggests he's a two-way blueliner.

    The puck-moving ability set Guevin apart from the other defenders who project similar skill sets: Proctor, Lemay, Krenzen, Pennington. We've seen enough of Krenzen and Pennington to know better than to expect them to be anything than third pair with Tychonick. Hard to tell what Lemay will be with one year in the USHL and a shortened season in the BCHL -- he could be Guevin, he could be Proctor.

    As for Proctor, the kid has been nothing but steady and dependable. Defence first, but will show up on the scoresheet from time to time. I'd expect a letter on his sweater this year. Really hope Ludtke follow in his footsteps.

    And Mancini... hoping he doesn't take a step back as a sophomore (which would be expected), and hope he doesn't miss Scanlin too much. Omaha will need Mancini to do what he did last year: be physical, be a shutdown defender. What I loved about Victor's game was that while he wasn't scoring, he'd show up in the offensive end. He reads the game really well -- an elite hockey IQ, like Taylor Ward.

    Forwards:

    LW
    C
    RW
     Randl  Berg  Miller
     Mitchell  Mueller  Bremer
     Rollwagen  Abgrall  Slipec
     Fust  Sullivan  Glynn
       Pivonka  Bohlsen

    The question is going to be: where do the goals come from? Berg and Randl are the top returning scorers. Ty Mueller matched Berg with 8 goals. The problem is that both Berg and Mueller are sophomores, so against there are concerns about a Sophomore Slump.

    Matt Miller went 13 points and 13 points in his first two seasons, so there is hope that maybe he will take a step forward, after avoiding a slump. Brock Bremer held fairly consistent over the first two seasons, as well.

    There are seven players who can play center. That's a huge upgrade over three guys and Joey Abate at the dot. But two are Sullivan and Pivonka, who have not produced points at the college level -- which makes them bottom 6 / defensive forwards.

    The fear is that NOBODY on this team has eclipsed 30 goals in juniors, and only Berg has surpassed 25 -- is that a problem, or just a sign of how much the game has changed in the past 20-25 years since guys like Alex Nikiforuk registered 100 points in the BCHL?

    Don't be alarmed by Fust being below Rollwagen on the chart. That is more of Fust's size appearing to fit better in a fourth-line, checking role. As mentioned in another thread, it feels like any player can move to any spot on any line. The above chart is set for top-heavy scoring... if that's even possible at Omaha, next year.

  • Monday, July 25, 2022 7:49 AM
    Reply # 12860019 on 12843438

    that is a very well thought out roster -- well done!

    I may move lemay and mancini up to the number one defensive pair 

    I'm also tempted to split up that top line and move berg down and mueller up to play with randall and miller.

    over all not an exciting lineup and I don't see a lot of scoring unless one of the freshman is better than advertised. 

    I do think fust has a lot of potential but he is very raw.

  • Monday, July 25, 2022 8:04 AM
    Reply # 12860031 on 12843438

    Chris, I agree with Quinn, your thoughts mirror mine with a few exceptions.

    • One glaring miss for me when the roster came out, what happened to Jimmy Glynn? I had hoped that this would be his breakout year.
    • Goaltender: either Roden's departure came as a massive shock, or Gabs Wass asleep at the wheel. You had shared concerns regarding the tender situation previously, looks like our worst nightmare came true. With all of the quality tenders in the portal, did none of them consider Omaha as a viable option?
    • Defense: Going to agree here in full. Pennington needs to grow into the role, but it looks like defense is our strong suit.
    • Forwards: I have been saying this for at least a year, we do not have a serious threat outstanding. The forwards are interchangeable from a skills standpoint and, where we sit now, we need 1 if not 2 freshmen to be big surprises. On Ward, talented but at times lazy (a scout's words not mine). Weiss seems lost and I don't think he is back. Primeau seemed to disappear. But, they were the best we had. Now, the cupboard looks bare. All good, average players, but nobody that I can say will take control. MSU will be a major test out of the gate for these guys and may help us gauge the situation but I am not optimistic.
    • With little time left, we need a goaltender and 2 if not 3 forwards. the pickings in the portal (if they can be attracted) seem slim. has anyone heard anything about Gabinet's intentions there?
  • Monday, July 25, 2022 8:05 AM
    Reply # 12860035 on 12860019
    Quinn wrote:

    I may move lemay and mancini up to the number one defensive pair 

    I'm also tempted to split up that top line and move berg down and mueller up to play with randall and miller.


    I think both of those ideas are possible.

    Moving Lemay and Mancini would depend on how Guevin and Lemay play in their own end. Putting Lemay and Mancini in the top pair, might free up Guevin offensively -- which we may need.

    Berg and Mueller would be interchangeable. Or we could put Abgrall on the top line and have a RAM Line.

  • Monday, July 25, 2022 8:16 AM
    Reply # 12860038 on 12860031
    Jim wrote:
    Goaltender: either Roden's departure came as a massive shock, or Gabs [was] asleep at the wheel.

    Omaha hasn't recovered from losing Rousseau to the QMJHL. Pretty sure he was lined up in case Saville bolted early.

    Did they get caught by Roden leaving? It would appear so. I still suspect Roden expected the net would be his, and the coaching staff was honest in saying it wasn't going to be given to him based solely on seniority.

  • Monday, July 25, 2022 12:12 PM
    Reply # 12860344 on 12843438

    Again, full agreement on this one. Sometimes, however, a commitments needs to be made. Roden proved himself in the NCHC. Fought the puck at times, I know, but was a known game commodity. There were several times I felt he deserved a more regular cadence. Any info on Glynn? Weiss?

  • Monday, July 25, 2022 4:56 PM
    Reply # 12860776 on 12843438

    Glynn is on the roster.

    No information on Weiss. I would assume he's gone.

  • Monday, July 25, 2022 6:15 PM
    Reply # 12860885 on 12843438

    Ah! I missed him on your chart. I would probably move him up, but like I said it wouldn’t change much. I think Weiss is not physically prepared for the next level. Skills galore, needs work on his shot and definitely incremental strength training.

  • Tuesday, July 26, 2022 4:00 PM
    Reply # 12863203 on 12843438

    One thing I hope to see this year, talent permitting, would be an uptempo offense that goes beyond the first shift. I know that the other team has a lot to do with that, but Chris pointed out the fact that we can be a "one trick pony" and the staff needs to come up with things that throw the defense off balance and keeps them there for stretches. I hate to compare, but UND does this well, as does UMD. Denver sticks to the pick and roll and St. Cloud does their fat ice things. We need to be more creative on offense...

  • Wednesday, July 27, 2022 5:51 PM
    Reply # 12864669 on 12843438

    So it looks like, if insider info is to be believed. We will be adding a goalie and a forward. Hopefully soon.

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