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rdf8585
08-22-2013, 10:06 PM
Former Union defenseman Nolan Julseth-White re-ups with the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL: http://bit.ly/19Nj4sR

ADK11
08-23-2013, 01:19 AM
Other than Novak, the centers on the team are young. Their skill levels should be fine once play gets going, but the main question with me is can they win faceoffs. Novak & Roy weren't great last season in the dot and the underclassmen are unknown. Hopefully one or two emerge that can win big faceoffs, or maybe the coaches will try to convert someone else. The other question is who to put with Carr. Novak developed great chemistry with Hatch & Sullivan last season and isn't the prototypical "distributor" type of center that would ideally fit with Carr like Jooris did :(, but he has the most experience and on paper is the best fit. Maybe Vecchione can fill this role, but are big skates for a freshman to fill.. though the more I watch video on this kid the more I'm really excited to see how he fits in.

UnionFan4Life
08-23-2013, 04:30 PM
1: Carr---Novak---Wilkins
2: Hatch---Vecchione---Sullivan
3: Ciampini---Pontarelli---Cruice
4: Ikkala---Roy---Coatta

I agree with the person above, the Hatch-Novak-Sullivan line was fun to watch last year, but Novak should start the season as the 1st line center. I also added Cruice and Coatta to the 4th line to add some veteran experience on the team, although I am high on Gonye and Eli. What do you think? Would RB go with veterans over some freshman in the beginning of the season?

garnetfan
08-23-2013, 09:20 PM
Food for thought , Pontarelli and Vecchione need a tryout with Carr and Wilkins, I think their creativity and chemistry need to be evaluated , possibly something will click right away. IMHO Novak should remain with Hatch and Sully as the first or second
line. I like Cruice from last year so he's a third liner with Ciampini and either Vecchione or Pontarelli. Ikkala, Roy and Coatta are solid but I think Gonye and Eli need some game time evaluation too.

rdf8585
08-24-2013, 09:58 AM
Former Union standouts Troy Grosenick and Josh Jooris set to compete in the Young Stars Classic:

http://bit.ly/17bDbeM

ADK11
08-26-2013, 04:55 PM
1: Carr---Novak---Wilkins
2: Hatch---Vecchione---Sullivan
3: Ciampini---Pontarelli---Cruice
4: Ikkala---Roy---Coatta

I agree with the person above, the Hatch-Novak-Sullivan line was fun to watch last year, but Novak should start the season as the 1st line center. I also added Cruice and Coatta to the 4th line to add some veteran experience on the team, although I am high on Gonye and Eli. What do you think? Would RB go with veterans over some freshman in the beginning of the season?On paper, these are lines that probably make the most sense.. but of course it seldom works out like this in real life. A lot will depend on how players mesh in the preseason & informal practices, as well as in the early games, and I wouldn't discount a possible surprise combination or two. Who would have thought 3 years ago that 2 freshmen (Carr & Jooris) would combine with a soph (Welsh) to form one of the top lines or that a fairly lightly regarded freshman (Hatch) would end up on the 1st line? I think it will be real interesting to see what emerges early in the season, as there certainly is talent among the forwards, as well as some intriguing complementary players.

Wholin1
08-26-2013, 06:00 PM
Fun to speculate on lines but at this point I'd guess that even the coaches are scratching their heads. If Roy can eventually put a few in the back of the net, that could be an edgy fourth line.

garnetfan
08-27-2013, 09:09 PM
The big test for coaches and players will be to get the new guys, the inexperienced guys, to play and learn the system without hesitation and too much fear of making a mistake. How long this takes will determine our season.

For the fans I know their is excitement and great anticipation for October , let the games begin.

rdf8585
08-28-2013, 11:58 AM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Forward Wayne Simpson, Union&#39;s MVP last season, likely to be @ Bruins rookie camp next week, I hear. Attended summer development camp in &#39;12</p>&mdash; Mark Divver (@MarkDivver) <a href="https://twitter.com/MarkDivver/statuses/372749267036692480">August 28, 2013</a></blockquote>
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GameOn
08-28-2013, 12:03 PM
I wondered if Simpson would show up at a camp or signed to a roster. In my opinion it was more likely that he signed than Jooris.

rdf8585
08-28-2013, 12:06 PM
Gostisbehere ranked 8th in Flyers system by NHL.com

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=680936

rdf8585
08-28-2013, 12:06 PM
I wondered if Simpson would show up at a camp or signed to a roster. In my opinion it was more likely that he signed than Jooris.

Yeah, the big difference between the two is that Simpson graduated whereas Jooris gave up his senior year.

rdf8585
08-28-2013, 12:19 PM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>It&#39;s a <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23UnionHockey&amp;src=hash">#UnionHockey</a> doubleheader tonight on FCS Atlantic. 2013 ECAC semi vs Yale at 11 PM ET followed by 2013 ECAC final vs Brown.</p>&mdash; Union Hockey News (@unionhockeynews) <a href="https://twitter.com/unionhockeynews/statuses/372748449998856192">August 28, 2013</a></blockquote>
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Wholin1
08-28-2013, 05:51 PM
Yeah, the big difference between the two is that Simpson graduated whereas Jooris gave up his senior year.
Having gotten to know Wayne's parents a good bit over the past 6 years I can say with confidence that there is no way he would leave without graduating. He still has a chance to pursue his hockey career with his degree in hand. Best of luck to him.

sk8tronthepond
09-04-2013, 11:04 AM
http://www.uscho.com/2013/09/04/commentary-the-highlights-and-rankings-from-a-trip-to-13-college-hockey-arenas/

Congrats......#5 in the Northeast!!!!

jericho
09-04-2013, 04:27 PM
http://www.uscho.com/2013/09/04/commentary-the-highlights-and-rankings-from-a-trip-to-13-college-hockey-arenas/

Congrats......#5 in the Northeast!!!!


Not to burst anyone's bubble, but this was only from the 13 schools he vistited in the article. The author stated that he went to other arenas previously. So it's not really clear if the author ranked this #5 in the Northeast, or #29 in the Northeast, although it probably is in the top 40%.

rdf8585
09-05-2013, 11:26 AM
Breaking news: Tim Boyle doesn't return for sophomore season:

http://bit.ly/1cKJpFW

Hokydad
09-05-2013, 11:49 AM
That has been out there for over a month. Signed with Kings weeks ago...

rdf8585
09-05-2013, 11:59 AM
That has been out there for over a month. Signed with Kings weeks ago...

Well, it was news to me, and news to a couple other ECAC writers I spoke with. Today was the first time I saw anyone else put it out there.

Hokydad
09-05-2013, 12:15 PM
np
it has been out there for over a month. he was openly talking about it all summer. the players knew as well.
point is, coaches were prepared for it so it is not a curve ball, which is what really matters.