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HarleyMC
09-21-2012, 10:51 AM
Bjugs "The Man Beast" gets ready for a video shoot at Mariucci today.

http://i594.***********.com/albums/tt28/harleymc1/Bjugs_zps1653127b.jpg

SanTropez
09-21-2012, 11:37 AM
Nice!

Let's get the season going now.

gopher wes
09-21-2012, 11:56 AM
Too bad Bjugstad has such a wimpy shot.... ;)

as15
09-21-2012, 04:14 PM
Do you guys think Condon will move up to wing on Haula's line or anchor the third line? It would be nice to have the depth down the middle with Bjugstad, Haula, and Condon, but unless someone really breaks out (Warning, Ambroz, Boyd) the second line isn't looking the strongest with the exception of Haula. What do you guys think? Have two really good lines or one really good line and two solid ones?

Driftryder
09-21-2012, 04:25 PM
Do you guys think Condon will move up to wing on Haula's line or anchor the third line? It would be nice to have the depth down the middle with Bjugstad, Haula, and Condon, but unless someone really breaks out (Warning, Ambroz, Boyd) the second line isn't looking the strongest with the exception of Haula. What do you guys think? Have two really good lines or one really good line and two solid ones?

With Warning and Haula playing together and Condon and Boyd playing together last year, I guess I would try to keep those guys together again if possible. Then throw in Ambroz Isaackson Horn Michaelson Reilly Marshall (rumors) around and see who fits best. Although bringing Condon up with Haula on the 2nd line is a nice option as well.

It's nice to have depth, it would have been really nice to have Connor's services this year, such is college life.

as15
09-21-2012, 04:34 PM
With Warning and Haula playing together and Condon and Boyd playing together last year, I guess I would try to keep those guys together again if possible. Then throw in Ambroz Isaackson Horn Michaelson Reilly Marshall (rumors) around and see who fits best. Although bringing Condon up with Haula on the 2nd line is a nice option as well.

It's nice to have depth, it would have been really nice to have Connor's services this year, such is college life.

I like what you did there

Driftryder
09-21-2012, 11:53 PM
From Roman's blog:


When Gophers junior Nick Bjugstad announced he was returning to the U this fall in mid-summer, it meant coach Don Lucia could put his top line back together. But will he?

At Friday's practice, Nate Condon was skating with Bjugstad and Zach Budish on the maroon line. Obviously, who skates together in a September practice probably does not mean much. Coaches juggle lines a lot, especially early in the season or if they are not clicking.

But it was interesting to see who was paired with who. Rau, Bjugstad and Budish were together all last season. And Rau, no matter who he is with, could still be on the top power play with Bjugey.

In the last two weeks of September, coaches can only be on the ice with their teams for two hours. The first official practice is 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 6. ... Head coach Don Lucia was blowing the whistle at Friday's practice.

Here are Friday's lines at Mariucci:

Maroon/ Condon-Bjugstad-Budish ... Condon is one of the fastest skaters on the team, a breakaway threat. He is bigger than Rau. Condon and Taylor Matson, who has gone, were the Gophers top two penalty killers last season. So he is a valuable player who has probably eared a look on the top line after playing on the third line last season.

Gold/ Kyle Rau-Erik Haula-Christian Isackson ... Haula was the second line center last season and, with a late scoring surge, finished as the team's top scorer. Rau played on the top line. Isackson bounced around. ... Rau and Haula could be magic together. ... Isackson played only 10 games last season as a freshman and was scoreless. He will get some points this season if he is on the line with these two.

Black/ Sam Warning-Travis Boyd -Seth Ambroz ... Warning showed flashes last season and has speed. ... Boyd played his best near the end of the season. ... Ambroz, who came in last season as a freshman with high expectations last season, could become a bigger contributor this season.

Blue/ Tom Serratore-A.J. Michaelson-Ryan Reilly ... Serratore is the most gritty guy among the forwards. He is paired with two freshmen.

Grey/ Jared Larson-Christian Horn ... Pretty sure that was Horn, No. 18, but I wrote down No. 12, who is defenseman Justin Holl. Maybe I need new glasses. Larson red-shirted last season and is a sophomore in eligibility; Horn is a freshman.

OBSERVATIONS FROM BEHIND THE GLASS

* The highlight of the practice was two huge hits within seconds of each other. Defenseman Seth Helgeson made the first near center. He checked a teammate into the boards and the sound shook Mariucci. Then defenseman Blake Thompson made a big hit along the boards. Same volume. ... Then the 6-4 Helgeson adn 6-2 Thompson skated off the ice together, their work done. The pair side by side reminded me of the Bash Brothers in the Mighty Ducks movies.

* Boyd scored on a nice rebound and raises his stick.

* The scoreboard at Mariucci looks ready, but seems to be hanging low.

* Asked where the fourth goalie was. There were only three at practice. Found out freshman Matt LaPrade is injured. ... Freshman Ryan Coyne was added to the roster late to replace LaPrade. Coyne, who is 6-1, 195 and played high school hockey at Maple Grove, will be the Gophers' practice goalie. He is from Plymouth.

* Thursday it was reported that Connor Reilly is out for the season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Sources close to the situation now are saying the freshman forward also tore the MCL in the same knee.

HarleyMC
09-22-2012, 12:32 AM
Too bad Bjugstad has such a wimpy shot.... ;)

It's just sad. According to one Whioux fan who hasn't even seen his shot lately, it doesn't rate at all with others in the WCHA. Of course, then again we're talking about a Whioux fan who is so self absorbed he takes photos of his own s***.


Nice!

Let's get the season going now.

Bjugstad for the Hobey this season.

Slap Shot
09-22-2012, 01:05 AM
In FS23's defense I think the criticisms toward his comments on Bjugs' shot are a bit overblown and have run their course. While I firmly believe there is some anti-Gopher creep in some of his analysis he didn't say anything outrageous. In the end who cares anyway - Bjugs will perform on the ice or not regardless of what any of us think.

state of hockey
09-22-2012, 01:07 AM
In FS23's defense I think the criticisms toward his comments on Bjugs' shot are a bit overblown and have run their course. While I firmly believe there is some anti-Gopher creep in some of his analysis he didn't say anything outrageous. In the end who cares anyway - Bjugs will perform on the ice or not regardless of what any of us think.

Ding ding!

HarleyMC
09-22-2012, 01:36 AM
In FS23's defense I think the criticisms toward his comments on Bjugs' shot are a bit overblown and have run their course. While I firmly believe there is some anti-Gopher creep in some of his analysis he didn't say anything outrageous. In the end who cares anyway - Bjugs will perform on the ice or not regardless of what any of us think.

You know, you're completely right Slap...except for the overblown, run their course, and outrageous part.;)

The Rube
09-22-2012, 08:21 AM
Ding ding!

FS23 is an alright guy. He may get carried away at times, but he's one of the better Whioux fans.

mnstate0fhockey
09-22-2012, 10:26 AM
Lou Nanne's son Michael passed away early this morning after a long battle of Cancer. Michael is the uncle of Gopher recruits Louie Nanne and Vinni Letteri. Please keep the Nanne family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Greyeagle
09-22-2012, 10:27 AM
Lou Nanne's son Michael passed away early this morning after a long battle of Cancer. Michael is the uncle of Gopher recruits Louie Nanne and Vinni Letteri. Please keep the Nanne family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Ug. :(
Poor family.

Driftryder
09-22-2012, 12:34 PM
Lou Nanne's son Michael passed away early this morning after a long battle of Cancer. Michael is the uncle of Gopher recruits Louie Nanne and Vinni Letteri. Please keep the Nanne family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Thoughts and prayers for the family.

as15
09-22-2012, 12:38 PM
Since he is Lou's son how old was he? 50's? Regardless it is much to young for this to happen.

ScoobyDoo
09-22-2012, 12:56 PM
Since he is Lou's son how old was he? 50's? Regardless it is much to young for this to happen.

Way, way, way, way, way, way, way too young.

Koho
09-22-2012, 01:23 PM
FS23 is an alright guy. He may get carried away at times, but he's one of the better Whioux fans.

Some might say that is like the warden saying a car-jacker is one of the better inmates.

Greyeagle
09-22-2012, 02:12 PM
Russo's Strib blog (http://www.startribune.com/sports/blogs/170839541.html) about Dr. Nanne.

cross cheque
09-23-2012, 12:57 PM
So Connor Reilly was at a party and his knee suspended him for the season? Seems a bit harsh, UND players only got a game or two. Still, good to see Connor's knee get out in front of the incident.