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northeastern
12-18-2016, 09:10 PM
and NU hockey men's enjoy a nice night cap (after their gm).. as Men's basketball beats Michigan State 81-73

Nice road trip.. way to go guys!!!
:)

HHound
12-18-2016, 09:23 PM
Was just on Heisenburg site, where is Melaragni? Not listed anymore

We cut our ties with him at least six months ago. Heisenberg does a terrific job, but it is hard to keep up with commitment changes and deferrals. Speaking of deferrals, I expect that Jamie Armstrong will benefit from another year of juniors and arrive in the fall of '18 rather than next September.

owslachief
12-18-2016, 09:52 PM
6-2 final over State
..great to see some offense. Nice going Huskies. Happy Holidays all! :-)

Do not count this as a major accomplishment. State fans are waiting for a legitimate hockey coach.

Thiessen'sBetter
12-18-2016, 11:59 PM
and NU hockey men's enjoy a nice night cap (after their gm).. as Men's basketball beats Michigan State 81-73

Nice road trip.. way to go guys!!!
:)

Not to get deep into bball on a hockey forum, but what a strange resume for men's hoops so far. Wins at UCONN and Michigan State and losses to Long Island U., Cornell and Stony Brook.

Richard
12-19-2016, 10:04 AM
We cut our ties with him at least six months ago. Heisenberg does a terrific job, but it is hard to keep up with commitment changes and deferrals. Speaking of deferrals, I expect that Jamie Armstrong will benefit from another year of juniors and arrive in the fall of '18 rather than next September.

He was committed to NU for a long time. Did he just not progress? Problem with committing kids at a young age

HHound
12-19-2016, 02:26 PM
He was committed to NU for a long time. Did he just not progress? Problem with committing kids at a young age
I cannot speak to his progress as a player, but he seemed to have progressed very slowly in terms of the league (EJHL) that he was competing in last season.

Richard
12-19-2016, 07:36 PM
How does next years class look?

NU_Husky
12-19-2016, 08:55 PM
How does next years class look?

Not nearly as impactful as the previous classes have been. Especially if Armstrong is being deferred. The gem of the class is Cayden Primeau, who should be able to step in and challenge Ruck in net immediately. I for one think he should take the job by storm- Ruck is a goaltender with a career SV% just a tick higher than 90%, and this year he is sub 90% in all categories of SV% breakdown except for against non-NCAA teams from last year. Primeau should be able to be a 4 year starter for Northeastern.

The only defenseman we project to arrive next year is Darren Rizzolo, who is currently in the BCHL with a 1-5-6 line in 30 games for 2 teams. Other possibilities to arrive are AJ Villela ('98) who is in the USHL but not seeing much game time (17 games so far, 2-4-6 line), and Collin Murphy ('98, 2-9-11 in 30 USPHL games). Barring any early departures we will have 8 defensemen on the roster next year, so I do not expect many new ones to come in next season.

Forward is much more dicey. We stand to lose 3 of our 4 centers, possibly all 4 if Gaudette jumps. Sikura and Stevens are also possible flight risks. Those three plus JStevens and ZAR leaving would leave NU without their most prolific scorers from this year plus significant depth. The best forward coming in is Zach Solow, who has an 8-17-25 line in 25 USHL games for Dubuque. Brandon Schultz is an over-ager who has 16 points in 25 games. Depth forwards include Eetu Selanne and Austin Goldstein. Without any players leaving early NU will have 16 forwards, we project.

Richard
12-20-2016, 01:03 PM
Not nearly as impactful as the previous classes have been. Especially if Armstrong is being deferred. The gem of the class is Cayden Primeau, who should be able to step in and challenge Ruck in net immediately. I for one think he should take the job by storm- Ruck is a goaltender with a career SV% just a tick higher than 90%, and this year he is sub 90% in all categories of SV% breakdown except for against non-NCAA teams from last year. Primeau should be able to be a 4 year starter for Northeastern.

The only defenseman we project to arrive next year is Darren Rizzolo, who is currently in the BCHL with a 1-5-6 line in 30 games for 2 teams. Other possibilities to arrive are AJ Villela ('98) who is in the USHL but not seeing much game time (17 games so far, 2-4-6 line), and Collin Murphy ('98, 2-9-11 in 30 USPHL games). Barring any early departures we will have 8 defensemen on the roster next year, so I do not expect many new ones to come in next season.

Forward is much more dicey. We stand to lose 3 of our 4 centers, possibly all 4 if Gaudette jumps. Sikura and Stevens are also possible flight risks. Those three plus JStevens and ZAR leaving would leave NU without their most prolific scorers from this year plus significant depth. The best forward coming in is Zach Solow, who has an 8-17-25 line in 25 USHL games for Dubuque. Brandon Schultz is an over-ager who has 16 points in 25 games. Depth forwards include Eetu Selanne and Austin Goldstein. Without any players leaving early NU will have 16 forwards, we project.

Well this doesn't sound good. I have heard around that NU does not have much committed.

Crimson on the Glass
12-20-2016, 01:56 PM
I spent some time in Matthews Arena yesterday for a couple of Mayor's Cup games, and found the old barn to be very interesting and mainly impressive. I was disappointed, though, to find little in the way of celebration of its historic past. My understanding is that the arena played a critical role in the development of the hockey programs of not just NU but also Harvard, BU, BC, and Tufts as well as being the first home of the Boston Bruins. But all I could find on the walls were a couple dozen Husky team (men's only) photos covering some middle period in its history (none from way back, none from the last couple of decades). It make Bright-Landry look like Cooperstown in comparison. Did I just not know where to look? Where is the Boston hockey museum of Matthews Arena?

UML Puck Hawk
12-20-2016, 02:03 PM
The only defenseman we project to arrive next year is Darren Rizzolo, who is currently in the BCHL with a 1-5-6 line in 30 games for 2 teams. Other possibilities to arrive are AJ Villela ('98) who is in the USHL but not seeing much game time (17 games so far, 2-4-6 line), and Collin Murphy ('98, 2-9-11 in 30 USPHL games). Barring any early departures we will have 8 defensemen on the roster next year, so I do not expect many new ones to come in next season.


I feel like you guys could use 1-2 true stay at home defensemen though. Hasn't that always (realistically including Ruck's hot 15 games last year) been a chief issue?

NU_Husky
12-20-2016, 02:37 PM
Well this doesn't sound good. I have heard around that NU does not have much committed.

Definitely not the level of impact we have gotten from the previous classes with Gaudette/Griffin/Williams or Stevens/Sikura/Cockerill. NU just received a commitment today from another defenseman for next year. http://northeasternhockeyblog.com/2016/northeastern-verbal-commitment-nahl-aston-rebels-ryan-solomon/

NU_Husky
12-20-2016, 02:45 PM
I spent some time in Matthews Arena yesterday for a couple of Mayor's Cup games, and found the old barn to be very interesting and mainly impressive. I was disappointed, though, to find little in the way of celebration of its historic past. My understanding is that the arena played a critical role in the development of the hockey programs of not just NU but also Harvard, BU, BC, and Tufts as well as being the first home of the Boston Bruins. But all I could find on the walls were a couple dozen Husky team (men's only) photos covering some middle period in its history (none from way back, none from the last couple of decades). It make Bright-Landry look like Cooperstown in comparison. Did I just not know where to look? Where is the Boston hockey museum of Matthews Arena?

Nope, you didn't miss anything. For reasons I will never understand, Northeastern willingly chooses to not put out their program's history, or even the building's history, other than the banners in the rafters bearing the Bruins and Celtics logos. Never mind that programs including BC/BU/Harvard/Wentworth, et al, all began by playing games there. Never mind that the program has been around for nearly 100 years yet the most recent photos being displayed are barely colored. Never mind the All-Americans that have played for Northeastern whose banners and awards are buried in storage. I was hopeful that when Kevin Roy got a second team All American that maybe something would change in terms of display. No such luck .

When I was at the school I tried every summer to get the team to change the display setup at Matthews, with zero luck. I love how the Bright lines the walls of the concourse with awards histories, photos of every men's and women's team, their alums in the NHL- the Bright has the exact setup that I want Matthews to have. For reasons that escape me/have never been explained to me, it just doesn't happen. I have heard that because men's hockey shares the building with women's hockey and men's basketball, they cannot give preferential treatment to one program. I have heard that because NU uses Matthews for non-hockey events such as graduations, dinners, concerts, etc, they cannot have too many sports things up. Heck, they cover the DogHouse logo, the scoreboards, and all "Northeastern Athletics" garb during the summer. All issues that I, and many others, take serious issue with, but the school will not change their ways.

northeastern
12-20-2016, 02:48 PM
I spent some time in Matthews Arena yesterday for a couple of Mayor's Cup games, and found the old barn to be very interesting and mainly impressive. I was disappointed, though, to find little in the way of celebration of its historic past. My understanding is that the arena played a critical role in the development of the hockey programs of not just NU but also Harvard, BU, BC, and Tufts as well as being the first home of the Boston Bruins. But all I could find on the walls were a couple dozen Husky team (men's only) photos covering some middle period in its history (none from way back, none from the last couple of decades). It make Bright-Landry look like Cooperstown in comparison. Did I just not know where to look? Where is the Boston hockey museum of Matthews Arena?

..good points.
they've got some (not all) of the memorabilia from the times.. could def do something with it.
the next 'jack grinold' .. would love to delve in a project like this.. current AD.. not as much i think.

NU_Husky
12-20-2016, 02:54 PM
I feel like you guys could use 1-2 true stay at home defensemen though. Hasn't that always (realistically including Ruck's hot 15 games last year) been a chief issue?

In terms of defensive-minded, defensive-specializing defensemen, NU has had a handful in the past few years, including Josh Manson, Dustin Darou, and Dax Lauwers (though Dax couldn't really skate), and players such as Benning were competent in their own end while also chipping in offensively. Over the summer Madigan told us at the Friends of NU Hockey meeting that they wanted to change the focus of their recruiting to include more puck-moving defensemen to start breakouts and have more threats offensively, rather than have guys that could stand in front of the goalie but not do a thing with the puck (similar to Dax, Mike Gunn, Darou, Jarrett Fennell).

I happen to agree with you Puck Hawk that you need to have a blend between OFD/TWD/DFD in the defensive corps. Part of the success last year was in the defense having that stay-home guy in Darou/Fennell to guard the goal mouth. In space they were liabilities but along the boards and in front of Ruck, they were serviceable. On this team now, they don't really have that type of player, although there are guys that have the potential to be physical defenders who are good in space. Shea/Davies are freshmen who are impressive in their stick work and gap control after just one semester, and Williams has shown flashes.

boblav1
12-20-2016, 04:17 PM
A new defenseman.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ryan Solomon (Aston Rebels) has committed to Northeastern University for 2017-2018 <a href="https://twitter.com/Solly_8">@solly_8</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AstonRebels">@AstonRebels</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GoNUmhockey">@GoNUmhockey</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NAHLHockey">@NAHLHockey</a></p>&mdash; Hockey Commitments (@HockeyCommits) <a href="https://twitter.com/HockeyCommits/status/811239689902493696">December 20, 2016</a></blockquote>
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http://nahl.com/game-center/player?playerId=547&season=38

HHound
12-20-2016, 04:29 PM
Not nearly as impactful as the previous classes have been. Especially if Armstrong is being deferred. The gem of the class is Cayden Primeau, who should be able to step in and challenge Ruck in net immediately. I for one think he should take the job by storm- Ruck is a goaltender with a career SV% just a tick higher than 90%, and this year he is sub 90% in all categories of SV% breakdown except for against non-NCAA teams from last year. Primeau should be able to be a 4 year starter for Northeastern.

The only defenseman we project to arrive next year is Darren Rizzolo, who is currently in the BCHL with a 1-5-6 line in 30 games for 2 teams. Other possibilities to arrive are AJ Villela ('98) who is in the USHL but not seeing much game time (17 games so far, 2-4-6 line), and Collin Murphy ('98, 2-9-11 in 30 USPHL games). Barring any early departures we will have 8 defensemen on the roster next year, so I do not expect many new ones to come in next season.

Forward is much more dicey. We stand to lose 3 of our 4 centers, possibly all 4 if Gaudette jumps. Sikura and Stevens are also possible flight risks. Those three plus JStevens and ZAR leaving would leave NU without their most prolific scorers from this year plus significant depth. The best forward coming in is Zach Solow, who has an 8-17-25 line in 25 USHL games for Dubuque. Brandon Schultz is an over-ager who has 16 points in 25 games. Depth forwards include Eetu Selanne and Austin Goldstein. Without any players leaving early NU will have 16 forwards, we project.

We also have Brandon Hawkins a transfer from Bowling Green starting classes in January and eligible some time next season. He was expected to be BG's top scorer this year after two very prolific years.

I'm not sure that NU chooses not to display the Arena's history. I think they would need museum-like space to display all of the accumulated memorabilia and simply don't have it. The lobby is barely adequate for the fans and can't be expanded due to the apartment buildings on Mass Ave. After all, we are a city school and don't have a pasture we can use for expansion.

HHound
12-20-2016, 04:40 PM
A new defenseman.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Ryan Solomon (Aston Rebels) has committed to Northeastern University for 2017-2018 <a href="https://twitter.com/Solly_8">@solly_8</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/AstonRebels">@AstonRebels</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/GoNUmhockey">@GoNUmhockey</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/NAHLHockey">@NAHLHockey</a></p>— Hockey Commitments (@HockeyCommits) <a href="https://twitter.com/HockeyCommits/status/811239689902493696">December 20, 2016</a></blockquote>
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http://nahl.com/game-center/player?playerId=547&season=38


From the Aston website:
Solomon, 20, is tied for first in the North American Hockey League’s plus-minus statistic with a +25. He also leads all defensemen in the league as well as the Rebels in that category. The 6’1”, 180 lb Salt Lake, UT native is currently ninth on the team with 16 points (6 goals and 10 assists). The left-handed shot Solomon is a superior skater and passer.


“I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to attend and play hockey at such a prestigious school like Northeastern” stated Solomon. “I fell in love with the culture of the campus and the city, and I cannot picture a better fit for the next four years. I would like to thank all my family, friends and organizations who have helped make my dreams come true. I would like to express a special thank you to coach Coombs and the Aston Rebels” concluded Solomon.

“I couldn’t be happier for Ryan” stated Rebels head coach Joe Coombs. “His junior hockey career started slowly. When he came to the Rebels he worked extremely hard on and off the ice. He bought into our system and he has flourished ever since. He is the epitome of an Aston Rebels. This commitment is well deserved. Northeastern is getting a fine hockey player but an even better person” concluded Coombs.

NU_Husky
12-20-2016, 05:17 PM
We also have Brandon Hawkins a transfer from Bowling Green starting classes in January and eligible some time next season. He was expected to be BG's top scorer this year after two very prolific years.

I'm not sure that NU chooses not to display the Arena's history. I think they would need museum-like space to display all of the accumulated memorabilia and simply don't have it. The lobby is barely adequate for the fans and can't be expanded due to the apartment buildings on Mass Ave. After all, we are a city school and don't have a pasture we can use for expansion.

Why can't they decorate the walls of the building? The walls of the lobby, the walls of the concourse (both upper and lower bowls), the walls behind the DogHouse and the other end of the balcony? There is so much unused dead space that can be used without the need to expand. I point again to the Bright-Landry Center at Harvard. Every wall has detail and something on it. Zero walls have something on it at Matthews.

Richard
12-21-2016, 01:53 PM
Jeff Cox ‏@JeffCoxSports 56m56 minutes ago
Lawrence Academy '99 F Neil Shea has committed to Northeastern. Former Maine recruit and Marshfield Ram has good vision and hockey IQ.