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  • Friday, November 22, 2019 10:59 PM
    Message # 8135671

    MacDonald to UMass. Any word on Sillinger or Mitchell? Pennington as well...

  • Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:35 AM
    Reply # 8136040 on 8135671
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Quote:

    MacDonald to UMass. Any word on Sillinger or Mitchell? Pennington as well...


    Not sure at this point. 

    I wonder what happened with MacDonald (who is tearing it up in the USHL this season). It’s not like UMass-Amherst is a perennial power (they did well last season, but that wasn’t necessarily an indicator of long term success). 

    It’s possible some more recruits drop off the list... 
    Last modified: Saturday, November 23, 2019 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 6:14 AM
    Reply # 8136877 on 8135671

    I'm not sure I trust the dates on Heisenberg's list for commitments. I feel like MacDonald committed at the tail end of the Blais era. Which -- if true -- explains much of the decision.

    But, we also looked at the numbers just a couple weeks ago. We all know there are still more recruits listed as arriving than seniors checking out.

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 8:50 AM
    Reply # 8136944 on 8135671

    That may be true, but I don’t think the number of seniors graduating necessarily dictates the number of recruits necessary. 18 forwards, heavy on freshmen, gives the development internal to the program a chance. True, they won’t be 5 star recruits with NHL opportunities signed and sealed, but we aren’t getting those guys at present are we?

    A couple words on this weekend. In terms of effort, the same guys show up. Abate, Conley, Brushett, Sullivan. On D it’s Stewart, Jones (yes Jones!) and Knoepke. The freshmen D looked “ok”, but I would have a serious talk with the rest of them. I also really like Enns.

    On the rest of the forwards, some guys just showed up and others I really question why they are consistently in the line up other than the fact that their isn’t anyone to challenge their playing time. Getting pushed over with one hand, a signature move of dumping the puck in, staying out of the corners and waiting for someone to go in for you don’t breed a lot of opportunities. This isn’t one guy, but if you need names you’re not watching the games.

    Previous discussion about one player was led with ‘I don’t see it...’ but to date he is one of the hardest workers on the team with a bunch of assists. Always engaged, always working the dirty areas. Snake bit on goals, 2 crossbars and FIVE posts, but that will hopefully change.

    i also give props to Boyer and Sundberg. Physical presence and effort.

    there, I feel better after watching some of the most frustrating hockey in the last 22 years... (and based on what Gabinet said, and didn’t say, I bet he agrees with me...).

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 10:14 AM
    Reply # 8137061 on 8136877
    Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Quote:

    I'm not sure I trust the dates on Heisenberg's list for commitments. I feel like MacDonald committed at the tail end of the Blais era. Which -- if true -- explains much of the decision.


    MacDonald verbally committed to UNO in Oct. 2018. 

    Click Here for MiHockey Article on MacDonald’s Commitment 

    He was a relatively new recruit — played with Nolan Sullivan and Brock Bremer at Muskegon. 

    I would tend to believe that some of the recruits we have seen listed for 2020-21 will not ultimately land at UNO. 

    One thing to note is that some of the projected 2021 class (like Cameron Berg) signed letters of intent this month, which suggests they’ll be here next fall. 

    I haven’t compiled a list yet of everyone who signed LOIs. But here’s what I cobbled together quickly...

    - Brock Bremer (F)
    - Nolan Krenzen (D)
    - Tyler Rollwagen (F)
    - Kaden Bohlsen (F) 
    - Cameron Berg (F) 
    - Matt Miller (F) 

    By my count we have 6 seniors on the roster: 

    - Pulkkinen (F)
    - Stewart (D)
    - Keck (F)
    - Jones (D)
    - Klehr (D)
    - Jordan (F) 

    While the positions don’t match up (next year’s class seems to be heavy on forwards), the numbers do. 
  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 10:26 AM
    Reply # 8137064 on 8135671
    Anonymous member (Administrator)

    One addendum... I would assume UNO would bring in a second defenseman not currently listed among this year’s signees (could be Pennington or Japchen). 

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 12:17 PM
    Reply # 8137136 on 8135671

    I read MacDonalds commit several times and just took it for granted he was in, if not this year then next. Oh well, something happened but kids change their minds.

    We don’t NEED another defenseman but I’d like to see it. Pennington over Japchen based on what I read. Mitchell and a Sillinger would be good gets as well. UND is high on Sillinger as well, but they are loaded forward and pushing kids off a year or two.

    Players wanna play, and that means they might see a lot of platooning and the change their minds. A couple of HAWK commits recommitted last week if that tells you anything.

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 12:19 PM
    Reply # 8137137 on 8135671

    P.s. I’ll say it again. We need goal scorers and relentless offensive zone efforts. Like Conley and Sullivan and Brushett. On MacDonald, he might have not been ‘teamy’ enough anyway...

  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 4:52 PM
    Reply # 8137425 on 8137064
    Anonymous wrote:

    One addendum... I would assume UNO would bring in a second defenseman not currently listed among this year’s signees (could be Pennington or Japchen). 

    **cough**Anderson**cough**
  • Sunday, November 24, 2019 4:55 PM
    Reply # 8137426 on 8136944
    Anonymous wrote:

    Previous discussion about one player was led with ‘I don’t see it...’ but to date he is one of the hardest workers on the team with a bunch of assists.

    Still haven't seen it from the player in question. I see a lot of selfish plays, and the 'luck of a soccer player'. I would love to see the giveaway/turnover numbers of this specific player. I'm guess he's deep into the negative, and no matter how talented he may be -- we simply can't have that kind of carelessness on the puck.
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