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    Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    If Grant gets us to the second round of the WCHA playoffs, I'll be satisfied.

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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    I'd be happy with (20) wins and a Top 25 RPI ranking!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Just booked my flight to Vegas. Hoping the 2,000 miles and money are worth it. I'm ready for a great season!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DonorRoomDrinker View Post
    I'd be happy with (20) wins and a Top 25 RPI ranking!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    Hope springs eternal....
    It's never too early to start the Pre-game festivities

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    Quote Originally Posted by RaceBoarder View Post
    Hope springs eternal....
    It really does. I'm sure if Potulny gets us an NCAA bid, he'll be around for awhile.

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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    NMU will more than likely have to win the WCHA Conference tournament this year in order to get an NCAA bid as the WCHA is now considered to be a "weak sister" D1 college hockey conference and teams usually don't get any "At Large" bids in the NCAA's.... MTU (23-15-7) was the only WCHA team to get into the NCAA's last year due to their automatic bid by winning the WCHA Conference tournament.... Minnesota State (22-13-4), Bemidji State (22-16-3) & Bowling Green (21-18-2) all won over 20 games but didn't get "At Large" bids to the NCAA's last year so you pretty much have to win the WCHA post-season tournament to get in unless a team has an unreal season winning 25 games and then getting upset in the WCHA tourney.... NMU could conceivably win 22 games this year and not get into the NCAA's going by what went down last year.... 2016-17 Final RPI Rankings had MTU #27, Minnesota State #28, Bemidji State #29 & Bowling Green #38....
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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    Quote Originally Posted by DonorRoomDrinker View Post
    NMU will more than likely have to win the WCHA Conference tournament this year in order to get an NCAA bid as the WCHA is now considered to be a "weak sister" D1 college hockey conference and teams usually don't get any "At Large" bids in the NCAA's.... MTU (23-15-7) was the only WCHA team to get into the NCAA's last year due to their automatic bid by winning the WCHA Conference tournament.... Minnesota State (22-13-4), Bemidji State (22-16-3) & Bowling Green (21-18-2) all won over 20 games but didn't get "At Large" bids to the NCAA's last year so you pretty much have to win the WCHA post-season tournament to get in unless a team has an unreal season winning 25 games and then getting upset in the WCHA tourney.... NMU could conceivably win 22 games this year and not get into the NCAA's going by what went down last year.... 2016-17 Final RPI Rankings had MTU #27, Minnesota State #28, Bemidji State #29 & Bowling Green #38....
    20 wins doesn't mean much...there were by my count 25 teams with 20 or more wins last year.

    It isn't just the number of wins you get, it is who you get them against.

    The WCHA as a whole went 17-48-5 in out of conference play. That is why there were no at large bids awarded.

    Look at the 16 tournament teams by conference:
    Atlantic Hockey - 1
    Big Ten - 3
    Independent - 0
    ECAC - 3
    Hockey East - 4
    NCHC - 4
    WCHA - 1

    Now look at out of conference records
    Atlantic Hockey - 18-41-12 (.338)
    Big Ten - 47-32-11 (.583)
    Independent - 8-19-3 (.317)
    ECAC - 20-52-12 (.491)
    Hockey East - 74-53-17 (.573)
    NCHC - 54-23-14 (.670)
    WCHA - 17-48-5 (.279)

    If you want at large bids, win out of conference games.
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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    Anyone heard what might be happening with WCHAtv? Any changes?

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    The 1979-80 hockey team will be inducted into the NMU Sports Hall of Fame.

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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    Has anyone heard how the new 2017-18 NMU Hockey Freshmen have looked in pre-season training camp????

    2017-18 NMU Hockey Freshmen

    Forward - Joseph Nardi (5'11" 175lbs) - Edmonton, AB

    Forward - Mitchell Slattery (5'11" 175lbs) - Lino Lakes, MN

    Forward - Caleb Schroer (5'9" 170lbs) - Wisconsin Rapids, WI

    Forward - Keegan Ward (6'2" 200lbs) - Galesburg, MI

    Defense - Adam Roeder (5'11" 185lbs) - Ballwin, MO

    Defense - Robby Fosdick (6'0" 180lbs) - Brookfield, WI

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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    NMU Hockey picked to finish 7th in 2017-18 WCHA Pre-Season Coaches & Media Polls????
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    Really?!? You're questioning a team that flirted with not making the WCHA playoffs getting a middle of the field assessment after losing four double digit point producers (one being a D man), and a whole new* coaching staff?

    I'd say it's about right. Maybe a hair low, but I haven't done enough research on the other teams to rank-em.

    I will guess that 3-7 will likely be separated by just a weekend-ish worth of points. Maybe an extra couple points between 3-4.



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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    Quote Originally Posted by aparch View Post
    Really?!? You're questioning a team that flirted with not making the WCHA playoffs getting a middle of the field assessment after losing four double digit point producers (one being a D man), and a whole new* coaching staff?

    I'd say it's about right. Maybe a hair low, but I haven't done enough research on the other teams to rank-em.

    I will guess that 3-7 will likely be separated by just a weekend-ish worth of points. Maybe an extra couple points between 3-4.



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    Psh... WE'RE GONNA WIN ALL THE GAMES

    I firmly believe that Grant can right the ship, but it may take a season before he gains traction... As Captain America once said, "Patience"
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    Quote Originally Posted by RaceBoarder View Post
    Psh... WE'RE GONNA WIN ALL THE GAMES

    I firmly believe that Grant can right the ship, but it may take a season before he gains traction... As Captain America once said, "Patience"
    Mel Pearson did not have a winning season at Tech until his 4th year. A freshman class made up of walk ons doesn’t do much for the scoring depth. I’ll give them 6th.

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    NMU Hockey Coach Grant Potulny Talks About The Team During Monday's 2017-18 WCHA Media Day

    September 25th, 2017

    NMU Hockey coach Grant Potulny talked about some of the players who could contribute at a high level this season, like forwards Zach Diamantoni and Darien Craighead, and he made sure to mention the Wildcats’ strong goaltending tandem of Atte Tolvanen and Mathias Israelsson as well. The new coach also discussed his coaching staff and the league’s overall strength.

    One of the more specific things Potulny talked about was how his style of play was catching on with the Wildcats. Potulny talked about emphasizing speed and players improvising on the ice and going with their instincts, which was something that wasn’t common in previous years and said the Wildcats have responded well and he likes what he sees.

    Potulny also said there are a lot of different ways to play the game to be successful at any level. He said the only way that he knows how to play the game is to constantly be on your toes and play like NHL teams Chicago and Pittsburgh as they’re always putting pressure on people and that NMU's players have done a really good job with that so far in practice.

    Potulny said whatever style you play, you design your practices to go that way and that NMU's practices have been at a frenetic pace to this point and that his NMU players have really responded well. He said there’s always going to be a learning curve and there’s going to be things you’re going to work on and that he's been really impressed with the energy and the attitude that the players have brought every day.

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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    Quote Originally Posted by DonorRoomDrinker View Post
    NMU Hockey Coach Grant Potulny Talks About The Team During Monday's 2017-18 WCHA Media Day

    September 25th, 2017

    NMU Hockey coach Grant Potulny talked about some of the players who could contribute at a high level this season, like forwards Zach Diamantoni and Darien Craighead, and he made sure to mention the Wildcats’ strong goaltending tandem of Atte Tolvanen and Mathias Israelsson as well. The new coach also discussed his coaching staff and the league’s overall strength.

    One of the more specific things Potulny talked about was how his style of play was catching on with the Wildcats. Potulny talked about emphasizing speed and players improvising on the ice and going with their instincts, which was something that wasn’t common in previous years and said the Wildcats have responded well and he likes what he sees.

    Potulny also said there are a lot of different ways to play the game to be successful at any level. He said the only way that he knows how to play the game is to constantly be on your toes and play like NHL teams Chicago and Pittsburgh as they’re always putting pressure on people and that NMU's players have done a really good job with that so far in practice.

    Potulny said whatever style you play, you design your practices to go that way and that NMU's practices have been at a frenetic pace to this point and that his NMU players have really responded well. He said there’s always going to be a learning curve and there’s going to be things you’re going to work on and that he's been really impressed with the energy and the attitude that the players have brought every day.
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    Re: Northern Michigan University Hockey 2017-18: The Grant Potulny Era begins

    Quote Originally Posted by DonorRoomDrinker View Post
    NMU Hockey Coach Grant Potulny Talks About The Team During Monday's 2017-18 WCHA Media Day

    September 25th, 2017

    NMU Hockey coach Grant Potulny talked about some of the players who could contribute at a high level this season, like forwards Zach Diamantoni and Darien Craighead, and he made sure to mention the Wildcats’ strong goaltending tandem of Atte Tolvanen and Mathias Israelsson as well. The new coach also discussed his coaching staff and the league’s overall strength.

    One of the more specific things Potulny talked about was how his style of play was catching on with the Wildcats. Potulny talked about emphasizing speed and players improvising on the ice and going with their instincts, which was something that wasn’t common in previous years and said the Wildcats have responded well and he likes what he sees.

    Potulny also said there are a lot of different ways to play the game to be successful at any level. He said the only way that he knows how to play the game is to constantly be on your toes and play like NHL teams Chicago and Pittsburgh as they’re always putting pressure on people and that NMU's players have done a really good job with that so far in practice.

    Potulny said whatever style you play, you design your practices to go that way and that NMU's practices have been at a frenetic pace to this point and that his NMU players have really responded well. He said there’s always going to be a learning curve and there’s going to be things you’re going to work on and that he's been really impressed with the energy and the attitude that the players have brought every day.
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