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Omaha and the Transfer Portal

  • Thursday, April 13, 2023 9:19 PM
    Message # 13167459

    I'm noticing a trend with Omaha, regarding transfers.

    Out: Roden, In: Kucharski

    Out: Primeau, In: Pivonka

    Out: Kucharski (pro); In: Eisele

    Out: Pennington; In: Vidoli

    Out: Berg; In: Lansdell

    I think that's everyone from the past two years (with the exception of Saville turning pro). 

    What I suspect is going on, is that Omaha has a set timeline for incoming recruits. If that is the case, I would guess that Gabinet is only reaching into the Transfer Portal to cover for early/surprise departures.

  • Monday, April 17, 2023 12:21 PM
    Reply # 13170853 on 13167459

    I don’t disagree with you on that. That has to mean that Mike has a great deal of confidence in the recruits he’s got in the pipeline. I wonder though if we miss some opportunities for short term gain, believing in the build above all else…

  • Monday, April 17, 2023 5:49 PM
    Reply # 13171350 on 13167459

    I think it's more about discipline.

    Didn't Aesop write about a dog and his bone?

  • Monday, April 17, 2023 7:28 PM
    Reply # 13171513 on 13167459

    Like I said, he must be happy with his bone…

  • Thursday, April 20, 2023 9:00 PM
    Reply # 13175540 on 13167459

    Seems a nice pick up from UMass. Righty D

  • Monday, May 01, 2023 1:32 PM
    Reply # 13186910 on 13167459

    OK, so we lose 1 defensemen and a forward to the portal. We pick up 2 and 2 (plus a goaltender that I think we all agree was a need). Any intuition here? Some guys not ready?

  • Wednesday, May 03, 2023 11:18 AM
    Reply # 13189555 on 13167459
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Mavs who've left in the portal (as of May 3): 
    • Bohlsen (F) –> Mankato
    • Pennington (D) –> Quinnipiac 
    • Berg (F) –> North Dakota 

    Incoming players from the portal (as of May 3): 
    • Noah Ellis (D) – sophomore from UMass  
    • Zach Urdahl (F) – junior from Wisconsin 
    • Dominic Vidoli (D) – fifth year player from Ohio State (he played part of a season with BU back in 2018-19) 
    • Jesse Lansdell (F) – fifth year player from Notre Dame
    • Seth Eisele (G) – fourth or fifth year player from LSSU (it doesn't seem he played his first season there... kind of a question whether he has 1 or 2 seasons left like Kucharski) 

    We lost Weiss (F), Pivonka (F), and Tychonick (D), and Kucharski (G). 

    Combined with Bohlsen, Pennington, and Berg transferring, that's:
    • 4 forwards
    • 2 defensemen
    • 1 goalie 

    Just looking strictly at last season's "roster slots," Omaha needs to bring in 2 forwards. 

    But who else comes in? Who else transfers?

    As Jim alluded to, are we delaying some of these recruits coming in — waiting for 2024-25? Will additional Mavs be entering the transfer portal? 

    I'm really curious to see. 

    The following players have already signed NLIs: 
    • Tanner Ludtke - F
    • Charlie Lurie - F
    • Liam Watkins - F
    • Ethan Whitcomb - F
    • Marcus Broberg - D 

    You have to figure Ludtke (32 G, 34 A - #8 overall in points in the USHL) comes to Omaha next season. 
    Last modified: Wednesday, May 03, 2023 11:18 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Wednesday, May 03, 2023 11:34 PM
    Reply # 13190446 on 13167459

    Watkins was drafted by Des Moines in the whatever the USHL does.

    Will that change his status for Omaha?

  • Thursday, May 04, 2023 1:23 PM
    Reply # 13191306 on 13167459

    Depending on what happens, and Gabs wishes...

    • The Mavs have room for 1 incoming defensemen (taking them to 9), or 2 (to be a bit heavy at 10)
    • The Mavs have room for 3 incoming forwards (taking them to 16), or a 4th taking them to 17.
    In both cases, I think that they need to leverage the USHL to season the incoming commits - if they can get away with it. There seems to be a lot of talent in the pipeline and I would hate to lose that and continue to use the portal. I like what is happening, just don't want too get to excited - as I have in the past. I think 16 forwards, 9 defensemen and 3 tenders is a sound manning. Give up a tender (is that even an option?) and add either of the other position.

    Last modified: Thursday, May 04, 2023 5:01 PM | Anonymous member
  • Sunday, May 07, 2023 8:40 AM
    Reply # 13194075 on 13167459

    I imagine there is a preferred roster make-up Gabinet would like to be at. It becomes about asset management -- you don't want too many player clogging up practices, or sitting in the press box during games.

    3 has always seemed to be the magic number for goalies.

    9 or 10 in the range for defensemen -- and that number is up with Gabinet preferring to run 7 D during games.

    I can't get my finger on the number for forwards. 15 would be five lines/units. But that number doesn't seem to leave a lot of depth to cover injuries. 18 is definitely too many.

    What people don't really talk about, are swing players. Omaha have had a few: Joe Yurecko, Riley Alferd, Tony Turgeon, Grant Gallo, and -- I can never remember if it was -- Aaron Pierce, or Brian O'Rourke. But I do think teams should use that 16th-ish forward/10th defenseman spot on a 'utility' player.

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