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Euler18
06-13-2012, 09:58 PM
An interview with rather reticent future Brown defenseman Brandon Pfeil:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jl-goysIY20

And one with the more talkative future Brown defenseman Nate Widman:

http://www.ridertownusa.com/team/players/ushl/view.php?player=88

Brown09
06-14-2012, 06:04 PM
A candid interview with a sixteen-year-old Nick Lappin, before he committed to Brown. Nick's dad, Peter, was an outstanding player at St. Lawrence University.

http://www.ridertownusa.com/team/players/ushl/view.php?player=37

Here are two stories about Nick:

http://www.kearneyhub.com/sports/local/article_9df7fc5e-0bbc-11e1-b0f3-001cc4c03286.html

http://www.kcchronicle.com/mobile/article.xml/articles/2011/06/16/49305287/index.xml

It sounds like Lappin is a very good player. Does that mean that he's also supposed to decommit from Brown, and go to BU or BC? :-)

Mike Hutter
06-15-2012, 01:10 PM
From a recent article in the New England Hockey Journal:

"Brown-committed forward Mark Naclerio (Milford, Conn.) took his USHL season as far as it could go, playing a fifth and deciding game for the Clark Cup with the Waterloo Black Hawks. Entering the last game, two of Naclerio’s three playoff goals were game-winners. He had eight points in 14 playoff games and had 14-28-42 numbers in the regular season."

Mark Naclerio may be the sleeper in Brown's 2012 recruiting class. For now all I'll say is that he's a solid top-nine forward (together with fellow recruits Nick Lappin and, hopefully, Kevin Roy), but I'm sure he'll be heard from before too long.

Now, get ready for the rumors that he'll decommit from Brown to attend BU or BC. :-)

Any idea as to when the Class of 2016 will be officially announced?

Euler18
06-15-2012, 05:25 PM
Any idea as to when the Class of 2016 will be officially announced?

I suppose you mean a story on the Brown website with information about the new players. I have no idea if or when such a story will be posted. What I know is that seven players have officially accepted Brown's offer of admission: Nick Lappin (F), Mark Naclerio (F), Brendon Pfeil (D), Joe Prescott (F), Derick Roy (G), Kevin Roy (F), and Nate Widman (D).

This is a really strong cohort. Although all the attention has been on Kevin Roy, Lappin and Naclerio are expected to be among the top nine forwards for Brown next season, and to contribute immediately. Prescott is probably not too far behind (21-35-56 in 45 games for the South Shore Kings of the EHJL). Pfeil and Widman will add size and skill to the defensive corps. And let's not forget that Derick Roy has been a solid goaltender in juniors. He played in 26 of his team's (South Shore Kings) games, with a 2.78 GAA and a .912 save percentage. He was second in the league in wins, and sixth in GAA and save percentage. Goaltenders, of course, take more time to develop.

The 2012-2013 team will be young. It's conceivable that ten or eleven of the eighteen skaters on opening night will be freshmen and sophomores.

kdiff77
06-15-2012, 10:46 PM
The 2012-2013 team will be young. It's conceivable that ten or eleven of the eighteen skaters on opening night will be freshmen and sophomores.

Hasn't this been the case for the past three years now? Shouldn't we be seeing the upperclassmen who used to be the young players fill most of the starting spots by now?

Onion Man
06-16-2012, 08:33 AM
Some really promising kids scheduled to come over the next couple of years. Hopefuly they all show up and develop.

Euler18
06-16-2012, 08:11 PM
Hasn't this been the case for the past three years now? Shouldn't we be seeing the upperclassmen who used to be the young players fill most of the starting spots by now?

As you know, Division I hockey players are generally recruited at least two years before they arrive on campus. The new coaching staff was hired in August of 2009, and had little time to recruit the class entering in 2010. Although most good players were already committed by then, the coaches were still able to bring in a few quality recruits, who have developed well (particularly on defense). However, that class is uneven, and it'll become harder and harder for some of its members to remain in the lineup. The class entering in 2011 was much stronger, and a larger percentage of players have already become regulars. The class entering next fall is even stronger, and it's expected that at least five players will contribute immediately and that all seven players will eventually become regulars. It's likely that there'll be only three seniors in the opening day line-up, so the group that will dress will still be young though the full roster (18 forwards + 9 defensemen + 3 goaltenders) won't necessarily be so.

Bob Gaudet came to Brown in 1988. The 1992-93 team (Gaudet's fifth) was his first truly veteran team, with strong senior (Derek Chauvette, Scott Hanley, James O'Brien, Geoff Finch, Mike Ross, etc.) and junior (Chris Kaban, Mark Fabbro, Kelly Jones, Brendan Whittet, Mark Shaughnessy, etc.) classes. That team played for the ECAC championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. It takes time to build a veteran team because a new coach who has inherited a weak program has to take some borderline players in the beginning. These players are likely to lose their job to younger players who are better, so the team on the ice remains young. This phenomenon is unavoidable for three or four seasons, particularly without athletic scholarships. It happened under Gaudet and is happening again right now.

kdiff77
06-16-2012, 10:32 PM
As you know, Division I hockey players are generally recruited at least two years before they arrive on campus. The new coaching staff was hired in August of 2009, and had little time to recruit the class entering in 2010. Although most good players were already committed by then, the coaches were still able to bring in a few quality recruits, who have developed well (particularly on defense). However, that class is uneven, and it'll become harder and harder for some of its members to remain in the lineup. The class entering in 2011 was much stronger, and a larger percentage of players have already become regulars. The class entering next fall is even stronger, and it's expected that at least five players will contribute immediately and that all seven players will eventually become regulars. It's likely that there'll be only three seniors in the opening day line-up, so the group that will dress will still be young though the full roster (18 forwards + 9 defensemen + 3 goaltenders) won't necessarily be so.

Bob Gaudet came to Brown in 1988. The 1992-93 team (Gaudet's fifth) was his first truly veteran team, with strong senior (Derek Chauvette, Scott Hanley, James O'Brien, Geoff Finch, Mike Ross, etc.) and junior (Chris Kaban, Mark Fabbro, Kelly Jones, Brendan Whittet, Mark Shaughnessy, etc.) classes. That team played for the ECAC championship and advanced to the NCAA tournament. It takes time to build a veteran team because a new coach who has inherited a weak program has to take some borderline players in the beginning. These players are likely to lose their job to younger players who are better, so the team on the ice remains young. This phenomenon is unavoidable for three or four seasons, particularly without athletic scholarships. It happened under Gaudet and is happening again right now.

I understand (and agree with) this. However, it's puzzling that a couple years ago, we thought the young guys we had would be veterans and locks to start in a couple years (which would be now).

I suppose it means nothing but good things for the future of the program in terms of talent level, since the lack of upperclassmen starters, even though we have plenty of upperclassmen, would indicate an extraordinary amount of freshman and sophomore talent. Which is MORE than fine by me.

If the classes of 2015 and 2016 can end up filling every single roster spot, that's great. That means we have a lot of young talent and hard workers. We already know what we have with the junior and senior classes, and it isn't overly impressive. There are some likable guys, but nothing to lose sleep over if they were to be displaced by younger guys (with some notable exceptions, such as Zaires, Wahl, and Robertson).

Euler18
06-17-2012, 11:35 AM
I understand (and agree with) this. However, it's puzzling that a couple years ago, we thought the young guys we had would be veterans and locks to start in a couple years (which would be now).

At least half of the first group of players recruited under Brendan have progressed well, and assumed leadership positions It's not surprising that the 2012-2013 captain (Dennis Robertson) and one of the assistant captains (Garnet Hathaway) will be juniors. Matt Wahl has become an excellent defensive defenseman, and I believe that Marco DeFilippo will become a solid goaltender. No one who watched him beat UNH in Durham last December can doubt his skills. Tony Cerisi, as good a goaltender coach as there is, will continue to help Marco develop.

Among the seniors, in addition to Chris Zaires, Richie Crowley has been a dependable player. Zaires, Crowley and Frank Drolet will be the senior assistant captains. Drolet is a dedicated team player and a very hard worker. Though the average fan may not notice or know much about him, he leads by example. On a side note, his parents are ALWAYS supportive of the team, whether Frank plays or not.

Euler18
06-17-2012, 06:28 PM
KEVIN ROY NAMED TO TEAM CANADA FOR THE CANADA-RUSSIA CHALLENGE

Hockey Canada has announced the 28-player roster that will represent Canada in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge in August. This event will replace Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp this season.

http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/195853/la_id/1/ss_id/190000/

Here's the complete roster:

http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/75137/la_id/1/season_id/195577/profile_id/195584/team_id/82555/ss_id/190000/

Euler18
06-18-2012, 03:50 PM
Whittet Announces Seven-Member Class of 2016


PROVIDENCE, RI – Head men's hockey coach Brendan Whittet '94 has announced his third recruiting class as the Bears' head coach. This talented group of seven players (four forwards, two defensemen, and one goalie) is set to join the Bears this fall as part of the Class of 2016. They represent three different states and two different provinces. Illinois (two players) and Quebec (two players) lead the way, while British Columbia, Connecticut and Massachusetts are also represented in this year's class.

"This elite group of seven represent all that Brown Hockey looks for in a potential student-athlete," said Whittet. "They are all tremendous people and elite-level players with outstanding academic records and fierce competitive drives. I know that this incoming group will mesh seamlessly with our returning student-athletes and allow us to realistically pursue championships. These seven individuals represent the best of the best and we welcome them to our Brown Hockey Family.

"I would like to publicly recognize the tremendous effort and time that Associate Head Coach Mark White and Assistant Coach Mike Souza put forth in recruiting such a premier group of student-athletes."

FORWARDS

Nick Lappin (Geneva, Illinois)
6-1/175
2011-12 Team: Tri-City Storm (USHL)
The Lappin File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Tri-City Storm of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … great skater … rangy offensive prospect … elite level ability … high compete level … makes plays … fierce … responsible at both ends of the rink … nose for the net … specialty teams ability … high hockey IQ … good vision … leadership ability … selected as captain of the 2011-12 Tri-City Storm … Lappin's 27 goals were among the top 10 in the USHL … overall point total of 46 was among the top 25 in the USHL … had 184 shots, which was 8th in the USHL … recorded 82 points (41g, 41a) in 142 career games played in the USHL over three seasons … played initial USHL season in Cedar Rapids before a trade sent him to Tri-City for the past two years … Eligible for 2012 NHL Draft.

Mark Naclerio (Milford, Connecticut)
6-0/175
2011-12 Team: Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
The Naclerio File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … key cog in Waterloo's drive to the USHL Finals … powerful skater … versatile … high hockey IQ … good shot … quick release … responsible at both ends of the rink … good vision … specialty teams ability … had 28 assists during the regular season and ranked in the top 25 in the USHL … totaled 8 points during the playoffs to rank in the top 10 in playoff scoring … played at Avon Old Farms from 2008-11 … recorded 94 points (36g, 58a) in 81 career games played at Avon … captain of the 2010-11 Avon squad … helped Avon win the 2010 New England Prep School Championship.

Joe Prescott (Norwell, Massachusetts)
6-2/200
2011-12 Team: South Shore Kings
The Prescott File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) … big, strong player … pure goal scorer … can snap a puck off … gritty … tremendous creating down low offense … very good getting to the net … physical player … Prescott's point totals played him among the top 15 scorers in the EJHL … his 21 goals were in the top 20 … also had 35 assists … Named to the 2012 EJHL All-Star Game … 2011 selection as a member of the EJHL squad that represented USA Hockey at the Junior World Cup in Omsk, Russia … 2011 NHL Central Scouting Final Draft ranking of 191 … played at St. Sebastian's from 2008-11 … recorded 84 points (35 goals, 49a) in 93 career games played at St. Sebastian's.

Kevin Roy (Lac-Beauport, Quebec)
5-10/180
2011-12 Team: Lincoln Stars
The K. Roy File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Lincoln Stars of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … offensive wizard … thinks the game at an elite level … great release around net … high-end puck skills … pinpoint passer … elusive and crafty … great acceleration with the puck … tremendous 1x1 ability … point producer … named 2011-12 USHL Player of the Year … named 2011-12 USHL Forward of the Year … selected All-USHL First Team … selected All-USHL Rookie Team … selection and participant in 2012 USHL/NHL Top Prospects Game … invite and participant in 2012 NHL Central Scouting Combine … final 2012 NHL Central Scouting ranking of 78, projecting him as a potential top-three round NHL Draft choice … named to Team Canada roster for the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge which is a precursor to naming the Canadian World Junior Team ... record-breaking 2011-12 season as Roy led the USHL in scoring with 54 regular-season goals and 104 points (54g, 50a), which was well past the previous Lincoln Stars franchise records of 47 goals and 83 points … His point total was the most in the USHL Tier 1 era (2002-present) and the most by a USHL player in over two decades … was the first player in USHL Tier 1 history to score 50 goals … became the first USHL player to reach the 50-goal mark since the 1993-94 season … his 54 goals were the most in the USHL since the 1988-89 season … his +44 rating also led the USHL and was the second-highest mark in USHL Tier 1 history … led the Stars to a 38-18-4 record and a first place finish in the USHL Western Conference … finished tops in power play points with 28 (14g, 14a), first in shots (305), and tied for second in game-winning goals (7) … had a USHL season-high 15-game point streak from February 29th to April 13th, in which he produced 31 points (16g, 15a) … the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto requested a pair of hockey gloves used by Roy during his record-shattering season … played at Deerfield Academy from 2009-11 … recorded 62 points (31g, 31a) in 52 career games at Deerfield … brother Derick is also a Class of 2016 Bears' hockey player.

DEFENSEMEN

Brandon Pfeil (West Vancouver, British Columbia)
6-2/195
2011-12 Team: Merritt Centennials
The Pfeil File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Merritt Centennials of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) … fluid skater … good stride … big shot from the point … big and lanky … great at making an effective first outlet pass … intelligent with the puck … hard worker … provides offense from the blue line … power play ability … good hockey sense … helped to lead Merritt to one of their best seasons in recent team history … recorded 56 points (18g, 38a) in 123 games played in two seasons for Merritt.

Nathan Widman (Naperville, Illinois)
6-1/200
2011-12 Team: Cedar Rapids RoughRiders
The Widman File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … traded to Cedar Rapids by Omaha … powerful skater … intelligent decision maker … shut-down defender … bruising physical player … nasty disposition … high work ethic … fierce competitor … strong-willed … valuable penalty killer … recorded 14 points (3g, 11a) and 88 pims in 111 career games played the past two seasons in the USHL.

GOALIE

Derick Roy (Lac-Beauport, Quebec)
5-10/180
2011-12 Team: South Shore Kings
The D. Roy File: Spent the 2011-12 season playing for the South Shore Kings of the Eastern Junior Hockey League (EJHL) … quick reflexes … agile … competitive … positionally sound … athletic …aggressive … leadership ability … consistent … ability to make the big save … confident … Roy's 21 wins were 2nd overall in the EJHL in 2011-12 … had a .912 save percentage and a 2.78 goals against average, finishing the regular season ranked 6th in the EJHL in both categories … played at St. Paul's School from 2008-11 … served as a captain at St. Paul's during the 2010-11 season … brother Kevin is also a Class of 2016 Bears' hockey player.

kdiff77
06-18-2012, 09:50 PM
So then we got him! Hooray! :D

But even without Roy, this sounds like a really good recruiting class. Let's hope they can live up to expectations, as well as contribute immediately.

Euler18
06-18-2012, 10:07 PM
This sounds like a really good recruiting class. Let's hope they can live up to expectations, as well as contribute immediately.

This is what I've been saying for the past month and a half. I've been excited about this group for several months, and when the last piece of the puzzle (Nate Widman) fell into place in late winter, I couldn't wait to be allowed to comment publicly -- which is after the student-athletes have accepted Brown's offer of admission in writing.

Great job by Brendan, Jerry Keefe (now with Northeastern), Mark White, and Mike Souza.

More to come...

Onion Man
06-19-2012, 06:32 AM
So then we got him! Hooray! :D

But even without Roy, this sounds like a really good recruiting class. Let's hope they can live up to expectations, as well as contribute immediately.

A good class, but it needs to be followed up with another.

kdiff77
06-19-2012, 08:13 AM
A good class, but it needs to be followed up with another.

A good point! This can't be it; we need to continue to build with similarly-promising classes each year going forward.

But, I'm still pretty happy about the current incoming class and excited for the upcoming season. We could see a rough start with so much youth and a somewhat challenging schedule in the fall (Ivy Showcase, at Harvard/Dartmouth, hosting SLU and Clarkson, Mayor's Cup, Yale twice, hosting Union/RPI), but I think we have a good chance to make the leap into the home-ice discussion.

Brown09
06-19-2012, 02:14 PM
A good class, but it needs to be followed up with another.

Actually, two good classes, to be followed by a third one that on paper is also beginning to look good (if the information on Chris Heisenberg's page is accurate -- and it generally is): Andre Doane, Cameron Romoff, Tyler Wood and Zack Pryzbeck are all good players, especially the latter two.

Mike Hutter
06-19-2012, 07:27 PM
A good point! This can't be it; we need to continue to build with similarly-promising classes each year going forward.

But, I'm still pretty happy about the current incoming class and excited for the upcoming season. We could see a rough start with so much youth and a somewhat challenging schedule in the fall (Ivy Showcase, at Harvard/Dartmouth, hosting SLU and Clarkson, Mayor's Cup, Yale twice, hosting Union/RPI), but I think we have a good chance to make the leap into the home-ice discussion.

I agree but I am still nervous about the goalie situation. Firs time in many years that Brown does not have that "lights out" goalie at least on paper. P.erhaps the older Roy is a sleeper.

kdiff77
06-19-2012, 10:20 PM
I agree but I am still nervous about the goalie situation. Firs time in many years that Brown does not have that "lights out" goalie at least on paper. P.erhaps the older Roy is a sleeper.

Oh. Forgot about that, with all the excitement surrounding the skaters in the class.

Hey, DeFilippo's looked promising at times. Maybe he can find some consistency and bridge the gap until we find our true "guy" in one of the upcoming classes. And you never know about the incoming guy (Roy). His numbers don't pop out as a lights-out goalie, but you just never know.

Harry Cleverly
06-19-2012, 11:29 PM
KEVIN ROY NAMED TO TEAM CANADA FOR THE CANADA-RUSSIA CHALLENGE

Hockey Canada has announced the 28-player roster that will represent Canada in the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge in August. This event will replace Canada’s National Junior Team summer development camp this season.

http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/195853/la_id/1/ss_id/190000/




Here's the complete roster:

http://www.hockeycanada.ca/index.php/ci_id/75137/la_id/1/season_id/195577/profile_id/195584/team_id/82555/ss_id/190000/



When was the last time that Brown had a truly elite scoring threat? Bill Gilligan?

Even Brown's best forwards have been grinders with some skill. Maybe Roy can be the guy to elevate the program and put some fannies in the seats at Meehan?

kdiff77
06-20-2012, 10:08 AM
When was the last time that Brown had a truly elite scoring threat? Bill Gilligan?

Even Brown's best forwards have been grinders with some skill. Maybe Roy can be the guy to elevate the program and put some fannies in the seats at Meehan?

Damian Prescott was pretty fantastic in the mid-late '90's. But since then...meh. There was some decent talent during the Danis era (Robertson, Haggett, Ihnacak when he decided to put forth a good effort), but even those guys weren't truly elite. There was a few years of garbage after they graduated before we got to see some exciting players in Aaron Volpatti (now with Vancouver), Harry Z (now with the Flyers), and Jack Maclellan (signed by Nashville, but I don't think he's played for them yet).

Jack Mac, who just graduated, was an elite talent, but sometimes struggled with inconsistency and tried to put the team on his back too much. He wasn't really a grinder like Harry or Volpatti; he was definitely a sniper/dangler. But at the same time, he wasn't nearly as talented as this Roy kid seems to be. We should be in for a few fun years, even if we don't win anything.