Good call... we’re seeing recruits out of Quebec and the Alberta junior league...
Which makes sense given our coaching staff.
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Profile of 2019 recruit Kirby Proctor (D) - Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
Didn't Ohio State use the same type of system as Miami where they had a couple of goalies they would use about equally?
I think Ohio State did it out of necessity.
Miami had two really good goaltenders - first Knapp and Reichard, and then McKay and Williams.
Matt Miller, Forward with Sioux City (USHL)
Previously committed to Michigan State back in 2015. Played with the U.S. National Development Program (both the U17 and U18 teams).
I’ll do a blog post on him (since I committed a few months ago to do profiles of all incoming recruits going forward).
I’d assume Miller (who turns 20 this year) will join the Mavs in the fall. Looking at the composition of the recruiting class (so far) it does make you wonder who might not be returning next season from the current roster.
To be honest, I'm not sure anyone will get the boot from the current squad. There are 10 seniors on the roster - we know they are gone. The incoming class is at 13+1. The +1 being an incoming goaltender, yet to be signed.
To look at the current roster, and seeing Jalen Schulz playing as a forward and Riley Alferd as a defenseman last year - it's clear the team needs more players. The 27-28-man roster was a Blais-era holdover. He's the one who preferred smaller rosters. Other programs have more - and I believe Gabby has mentioned increasing the size of the roster. 30-32 is possibly a manageable number.
At +4 from this year to next year - we're at 32. That said, officially only 10 are on LOIs. One 19-20 recruit is still playing high school hockey. I imagine he will not be in Omaha before 20-21. Two others are still only on verbal commits. It's possible those may change - though, the most recent verbal is not likely to change.
Looking at the numbers, I don't think anyone is in danger of not being asked back.
Assuming all those players sign — plus another goalie to replace Blankenburg next season — that takes UNO up to 14 new players.
We could certainly have 30-31 players on the roster, I just question what sort of talent the extra 3-4 players would be (more walk-ons and partial scholarships).
If you look back at UNO during the Kemp years, the only roster that was 30 players was 98-99 (in his final season the roster was 25 players).
It’s possible they are trying to find some “diamonds in the rough” who can come in and battle it out next season for roster spots — players who were passed over by other schools — older players who might prove a stabilizing force on the roster.
As you pointed out Chris, with the team’s injury bugs this season, it might be wise to carry a couple extra skaters in case things get lean. I just assumed they’d keep the roster < 30.
Don't forget, you're dressing 19 skaters now, not 18.