Today is 8 March 2017. There are 207 days until RPI's next game.
This is based upon 1 October 2017 for the start of next season.
ECAC didn't put it up on their season news... or is Stewie still hung over from celebrating that he's now rid of "the crutch"...
Not only were there a lot of 20 loss seasons, but "big moments" were almost always choked, and it's like they didn't seem to matter. Obviously there's going to be the worry that players are too excited that they end up blowing it over the moment, but these big moments are what motivates anyone, and it's not just limited to sports. Let's hype it up, give the players that extra "boost" to succeed, and we'll see much success.
What really matters is what happens in the days that follow. Case in point: One of the other teams I followed, the WNY Flash, had a losing streak at the beginning of the season where they couldn't buy a goal. So the coach focuses on finishing and getting the ball in the net (the sport was women's soccer, but the same fundamentals apply), and the team ends up becoming the #1 offense in the league, and not only that, won the championship. Obviously looking back at RPI hockey, we don't necessarily know exactly what's happening in practice, but you can tell by the effectiveness from the following games. You'd expect at least a lot more shots on goal (goalie skill happens, so I don't necessarily want to say goals), which can translate to success. Instead, it's the same ol', same ol' of missing nets, blocking forwards, and hardly any movement to open opportunities.
I don't follow the thread everyday during the off season. Imagine my surprise this morning when I go in and find that I am at least five pages behind.
I guess I will be following everyday (hourly) this off season.
How is this going to affect our incoming recruits?
What is a reasonable time frame for bringing in a new coach?
Will we lose any players from the current team?
I know that Doc would like to see a lot of players with size, (you just can't teach that). and I agree. But what I would really like to see is a scorer. We haven't had a natural scorer since Pirri. RB is very good, but someone needs to show him how to finish a breakaway.
Looking forward to hearing who we get and what he/she intends to do with the program.
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I'm ok with losing recruits; the majority of these recruits have underdelivered or have been overhyped as the program has foundered to the bottom. One of the disturbing Appert trends was how several players would make a splash in their first year, and either not grow or enter the doghouse in the upperclassmen years.
Chase Perry is one of the few players the program can't afford to lose, and considering how Appert thoroughly mismanaged the goalie situation this year, he's hopefully feeling good with the change.
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What's up guys? I made a few post a couple years ago and have always kept up and read the threads and watched the team. You guys are making some good points about the recruiting and what we want to see in the future. Teams can always use size but college hockey has improved by leaps and bounds over the course of the past 5 years alone. The amount of talent coming from all over the U.S. and getting some good kids from Canada to come to the USHL and get college committed is great. So the game has never been as quick and skilled as it is now, and bottom line you don't win in at elite levels anymore without being able to score throughout the lineup. We need more skill, we don't have that top line that whenever they step on the ice they are a threat to score.
I'd like to see RPI dip into the USHL a bit more, the kids we are getting are more depth guys there. And it is by far the best junior league in the US, if we can get some good skilled forwards from there in the future that will help us out greatly. I'd love for a US National Team Dev Program prodigy to commit too, Ryan Haggerty was the last one.
We certainly look into the USHL quite a bit, but it's 16 teams of kids (that includes USNTDP) that we can presume 60 colleges are fighting over. I wouldn't be surprised if we're already tapping that out, and need to look towards Tier II US and Canada.
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