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Thread: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    Considering the number of players signed up to be on the team next year, isn't it just as likely that they were asked to wait a season after seemingly locking in their spots four months ago and said "No thanks, we'll find somewhere else then."

    Obviously we don't know either way and it could well be that they asked to leave, but it isn't exactly common practice to have (what I presume is a good chunk of) scholarship money sitting in the stands all year either.
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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    Sorry, I'm having trouble retweeting from my phone. Todd M was on the phone with the Krygier's father, on the Western MI staff. They want to play right away and academics might be a problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCityRich View Post
    Agreed. I also posted on the recruiting thread that in my opinion this is bull**** asking for a NLI release 4 months after signing. If G and Company didnt keep in touch, they just pulled an Eaves. If the twins don't think they're good enough to crack top lines, **** `em. We want players who want to be challenged.
    Agree with all of this 1000%

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCityRich View Post
    Sorry, I'm having trouble retweeting from my phone. Todd M was on the phone with the Krygier's father, on the Western MI staff. They want to play right away and academics might be a problem.
    If itís academics I feel bad for the kids but better about UW.

    If itís playing time, thatís on the coaches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadCityRich View Post
    Sorry, I'm having trouble retweeting from my phone. Todd M was on the phone with the Krygier's father, on the Western MI staff. They want to play right away and academics might be a problem.
    Well, then Iím that case we might do fine without them. The pipeline is rich.

    But even then this does not reflect well on TG.

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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    Quote Originally Posted by solovsfett View Post
    If itís playing time, thatís on the coaches.
    I think that's more on the players than the coaches. You can practice in a way that the coaches have to play you in games.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timothy A View Post
    I think that's more on the players than the coaches. You can practice in a way that the coaches have to play you in games.
    I mean on the coaches in that why did they have 11-12 D lined up for this season? They were going to sit 5-6 a night?

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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    Quote Originally Posted by solovsfett View Post
    I mean on the coaches in that why did they have 11-12 D lined up for this season? They were going to sit 5-6 a night?
    They are planning for early departures.
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    Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    A major knock on Eaves' recruiting was that they counted on player loyalty too much and didn't have enough other players in the pipeline for contingencies like a kid not panning out, leaving early, or going a different route. Tony and Oz were obviously very cognizant of that. Last summer you could easily think two D could leave early and also worry that Ess and Kalynuk may not live up to expectations at the next level, so lining up the Krygiers made a lot of sense. (Plus the Krygiers were highly touted anyway, Christian having played with the USA U17's at the Worlds and both logging a lot of USHL time as 16 year olds.)

    At the least we certainly can't knock them for being caught short and scrambling for a last minute replacement on D. What does hurt though is that we didn't sign Cruikshank because of a limited scholarship offer, which was a big disappointment. And it hurts that this deal comes two weeks after spring NLI's are signed. Had it come a month ago, the staff could have gone after another player with some scholarship $$ in hand before NLI's were signed. Seems like a big mistake to me to not have it sorted earlier. (Unless they do have it sorted out and know what they're going to do.)

    We'll see what happens, but I don't see how it makes any sense at all to sit on $$ for this upcoming season no matter how many players are on the roster. I do expect another move.
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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    It's obvious last night that Jake Gardiner didn't have a good night, but I'm listening to TSN Toronto today and they are absolutely shredding him to pieces. He's only one guy and Frederik Andersen pretty much sucked.
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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    Quote Originally Posted by MadCityRich View Post
    It's obvious last night that Jake Gardiner didn't have a good night, but I'm listening to TSN Toronto today and they are absolutely shredding him to pieces. He's only one guy and Frederik Andersen pretty much sucked.
    The one time when he turned around on defense rather than skating backwards struck me as something that kids do, not a pro. He really did have a dreadful night. Goaltending was terrible as well.

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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    meh... sports is so fickle and being a major critic is all that gets the clicks these days.

    Pretty quick to forget that Gardiner played almost 30 minutes in Game 6 (where they held the Bruins to 1) just to get to this game.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton View Post
    meh... sports is so fickle and being a major critic is all that gets the clicks these days.

    Pretty quick to forget that Gardiner played almost 30 minutes in Game 6 (where they held the Bruins to 1) just to get to this game.
    ...and thus is the Toronto media. Mr. Kessel had a good taste of them.

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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    Quote Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton View Post
    What does hurt though is that we didn't sign Cruikshank because of a limited scholarship offer, which was a big disappointment.
    This makes me very very angry. UW needed Cruikshank badly.
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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    Great to see the Sharks get a W last night, now the Preds need to bounce back in a bad way, and so do the Bolts. Pens are cruising along nicely. Bawstin is my team to hate on in the playoffs.
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    Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton View Post
    38 games - 93 for 238 - 39.1 %. ...
    Which was good for 2nd place in power play % that year.

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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    Quote Originally Posted by joecct View Post
    Which was good for 2nd place in power play % that year.
    Who was #1?

    The NCAA record book lists '76-'77 Badgers as the second highest total PPG's at 93 behind only '80 MN with 99 in 41 games. #3 was '97 MI at 91 in 45 games.
    Also lists the Badgers .391 PP% as the second highest ever behind '71 BU at .402. #3 is shown as '75 MI Tech at .383.
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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    Season ticket renewal information is out.
    Here is a LINK to all of the information.

    Start the season with BC on Oct 12-13 and MTU on Oct 26-27.
    Probably making a trip to "the north country" in the week between for the Clarkson/St Lawrence trip
    Then away to NoDak on Nov 2-3 before jumping right into conference play with Minnesota on Nov 9-10.

    There will be some conflicted weekends:
    Oct 13 is BC at UW for hockey and UW at Michigan for football (could be a prime time game)
    Oct 27 is MTU at UW for hockey and UW at Northwestern for football
    Nov 10 is Minnesota at UW for hockey and UW at Penn State for football (could be a primetime game, could be a huge game for bowl considerations)
    Dec 1 is PSU at UW for hockey and B1G football championship in Indy (if UW makes it that far, heck it might be UW vs PSU).

    I wonder what it would take to do "super weekends" where if we host a school for both football and hockey we get all 3 games in one weekend? Who wouldn't love a Friday Hockey / Saturday Football / Saturday Hockey weekend against Minnesota. Could probably get a lot more of the "casual" fans to buy in.

    Also an important item to note in the release is that all B1G playoff games would be at the Kohl Center if UW is hosting. This also means that the second weekend's single game would be on a Sunday, but it would still be on campus rather than at the Coliseum.

    Only 163 days until the puck drops, but who is counting...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton View Post
    Who was #1?

    The NCAA record book lists '76-'77 Badgers as the second highest total PPG's at 93 behind only '80 MN with 99 in 41 games. #3 was '97 MI at 91 in 45 games.
    Also lists the Badgers .391 PP% as the second highest ever behind '71 BU at .402. #3 is shown as '75 MI Tech at .383.
    Clarkson with 40%+

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    Re: Wisconsin Hockey - 2018 Off-Season - Hope or Despair?

    With DU in all likelihood needing a new coach, I wonder if Oz would sniff that one. Next to UW, that's a pretty sweet spot to land.
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    Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
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