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J.D.
01-13-2017, 07:36 AM
I said in the HE preseason thread that i thought NU was getting too much love.

Gr8Sk8M8
01-13-2017, 07:38 AM
Yeah,And I think of you were capable of introspective review of what's been said and your reaction you'd realize you're in the wrong here.

Should you or any of your TROLL Force be killed or captured your English Instructors will disavow any knowledge of your activities...

My lord, man, take a minimal amount of pride in your writing...

Gr8Sk8M8
01-13-2017, 07:46 AM
I'm not nostradamus

You're not a lot of things...

At some point, your goalie has to steal you a game...this one opens up the vault...NU starts every game down 3-0...

Gr8Sk8M8
01-13-2017, 08:03 AM
Don't like to see it or say it..
but Rucks's performance/s are beginning to mirror Rawlings.

Rawlings should have left when the Devils wanted to sign him. I've heard rumors from divergent sources that JM actually blew smoke up Chris' gaspipe telling him that he could be a mentor to Gilles all the while believing that there was no way in hell that Rawlings would return...I've alluded to this previously...

Recruiting a goalie is never easy and most recruiters will tell you that the amount of time it takes to recruit just one is about the same as recruiting a full line of players...but there is a science or formula to it which requires traveling to Alberta and BC as well as haunting goalie clinics...Cronin knew this but I can state emphatically that NU now does neither.

northeastern
01-13-2017, 08:21 AM
Recruiting a goalie is never easy and most recruiters will tell you that the amount of time it takes to recruit just one is about the same as recruiting a full line of players...but there is a science or formula to it which requires traveling to Alberta and BC as well as haunting goalie clinics...Cronin knew this but I can state emphatically that NU now does neither.

no kidding..!

Souza has been very busy for UNH.. the other Boston schools, well ..always.. what is NU doing? Or i should ask.. why isn't NU doing it???

And if we are going to give Theut a chance.. pls dont start him at Frozen Fenway. Give the kid a legitimate chance at some point.. what's the worst.. we lose the gm
.. is it different from what's happening anyway..
C'mon Coaches.. something!

SkinsFan09
01-13-2017, 08:45 AM
I'm not nostradamus so i didn't predict every little detail but i did expect a step back. Not as bad as record is now but a decent step backwards. Some great forwards but very weak defensively and in goal.

The Huskies are top 10 in penalty killing, the issue is solely in goal. The defense certainly isn't the 2007 Anaheim Ducks but it's good enough to win A LOT of games given how loaded the top 6 is with Gaudette, Sikura and ZAR. Add Nolan Stevens and that's a group good enough to go on an HEA run again.

They need to bench Ruck immediately and never look back. Theut literally couldn't be worse.

NU_Husky
01-13-2017, 09:24 AM
Another poster mentioned this last night after we ran Ruck's updated numbers. Remember when Roy was saving 84% overall last year and we were freaking out, begging for him to be replaced?

Ruck is at 86.6% in HEA play, 88.4% overall, and does not have a single demographic that he is above 90% against now. We didn't think Ruck could [B]possibly[B] be as bad as Roy was last year, statistically. We were wrong, Jim was wrong, voters in preseason polls were wrong. Ruck is trending downwards with no real hope of reversal. He has allowed 2 goals or fewer ONCE in HEA play this year. And that one time, it was 2 goals exactly. And we lost 2-1.

Gr8Sk8M8
01-13-2017, 10:37 AM
Another poster mentioned this last night after we ran Ruck's updated numbers. Remember when Roy was saving 84% overall last year and we were freaking out, begging for him to be replaced?

It certainly is a big hole in their recruiting. Their attitude about it ("We don't depend on our goaltending to win games") is somewhat troubling.

Out front, this is arguably one of the best teams that they've ever put on the ice. Jerry Keefe deserves every accolade for bringing these guys in over the likes of Notre Dame, Maine and Providence and getting to the front of the line when ZAR decomm'd from Brown. Charlie Williams was a late commit...Lukas Haffner...late commit...Eamon McAdams...late commit to a new program...Nick Ellis ripe for the plucking prior to when Gilles switched...Kyle Hayton...late commit...each and every one of those goalies was a starter for a USHL team that NU was a regular presence in scouting...with the exception of Hayton, not one of them was ever approached.

Lemonade
01-13-2017, 11:25 AM
It certainly is a big hole in their recruiting. Their attitude about it ("We don't depend on our goaltending to win games") is somewhat troubling.

Out front, this is arguably one of the best teams that they've ever put on the ice. Jerry Keefe deserves every accolade for bringing these guys in over the likes of Notre Dame, Maine and Providence and getting to the front of the line when ZAR decomm'd from Brown. Charlie Williams was a late commit...Lukas Haffner...late commit...Eamon McAdams...late commit to a new program...Nick Ellis ripe for the plucking prior to when Gilles switched...Kyle Hayton...late commit...each and every one of those goalies was a starter for a USHL team that NU was a regular presence in scouting...with the exception of Hayton, not one of them was ever approached.

As posters mentioned - most coaches arent adequate recruiters nor proper evaluators of goaltenders. Most coaches werent goalies and arent certain what to look for - and to be honest its a hard position to project. It appears that Primeau coming in next year is the solution. Coaches know they cant screw up the goalie slot on their team - they usually only carry 2 with the 3rd being a non-scholarship player. You cant afford to miss on a goalie like you can on a forward or dman. The young blue chip goalies are few and far between but are scooped up early in the recruiting process the rest of the goalies is a huge waiting game as the pool gets cloudy. Primeau should be the answer - maybe a year too late though.

PPGuru
01-13-2017, 11:29 AM
As bad as Ruck was...goal # 1 and goal #3 are both on the defense with an assist on goal #1 to Gaudette...you have ZAR giving up a hand or arm to block a shot...you have Stevens throwing his body around on bodies and in front of pucks...and UNH scores on, essentially, a 2 on 3 cross-ice pass through three wickets because #8 watches the play with stick on hips and the defense is in LaLa Land...

Just watched the replay of goal #1 to see if I missed something re: Gaudette on that play. After seeing this several times, I still put the onus on Ruck. What I didn't notice live was that Cockerill played it poorly also. As the puck carrier comes over the line with a player trailing to possibly drop the puck to, Davies and Gaudette are in position covering those two. The wing on the far side drives to the net and Cockerill has a choice: go to the that third man or wait and cherry pick the cross ice pass. (Schule is coming back hard to cover the front of the net if Cockerill pursues the far wing.) Cockerill decides to try to pick off the pass and is slow/late in doing so. Ruck, following the play, is late/slow tracking the puck across ice. (Perhaps Ruck thought Cockerill would intercept the pass easily?) When Cockerill fails to stop the pass, Ruck is not in position and the goal is scored from a pretty weak angle. Just my take on it.

NU_Husky
01-13-2017, 12:00 PM
As posters mentioned - most coaches arent adequate recruiters nor proper evaluators of goaltenders. Most coaches werent goalies and arent certain what to look for - and to be honest its a hard position to project. It appears that Primeau coming in next year is the solution. Coaches know they cant screw up the goalie slot on their team - they usually only carry 2 with the 3rd being a non-scholarship player. You cant afford to miss on a goalie like you can on a forward or dman. The young blue chip goalies are few and far between but are scooped up early in the recruiting process the rest of the goalies is a huge waiting game as the pool gets cloudy. Primeau should be the answer - maybe a year too late though.

Which makes me wonder why they have two options that they brought in, clearly thinking they can play at the D1 level, but can't sniff the starting gig. Why bring in players onto the roster if you do not think they can play, and when the player in front of them ****s the bed like Ruck has been doing, why don't the backups get a run? we've seen Maine, BU, UNH, Merrimack, to name a few locally, that had goalie rotations and backups get serious minutes during a year. It's not like it's a novel idea

Gr8Sk8M8
01-13-2017, 12:15 PM
Primeau should be the answer - maybe a year too late though.

Someone, may have been you, stated that Filipe came in a year too early. That could be correct but then I see him over the last couple of few games and wonder when the "Breakout" is going to happen...I really believe that he's less than a 1/4 beat away from a 3-4 point game...

Back to last night...

Gaudette -4
Schule -3
Griffin -3
Gaudette -4
Davies -5

Gr8Sk8M8
01-13-2017, 12:16 PM
Which makes me wonder why they have two options that they brought in, clearly thinking they can play at the D1 level, but can't sniff the starting gig. Why bring in players onto the roster if you do not think they can play, and when the player in front of them ****s the bed like Ruck has been doing, why don't the backups get a run? we've seen Maine, BU, UNH, Merrimack, to name a few locally, that had goalie rotations and backups get serious minutes during a year. It's not like it's a novel idea


BTW, all three NU goalies are on scholarship of varying degrees.

Gr8Sk8M8
01-13-2017, 12:18 PM
Which makes me wonder why they have two options that they brought in, clearly thinking they can play at the D1 level, but can't sniff the starting gig. Why bring in players onto the roster if you do not think they can play, and when the player in front of them ****s the bed like Ruck has been doing, why don't the backups get a run? we've seen Maine, BU, UNH, Merrimack, to name a few locally, that had goalie rotations and backups get serious minutes during a year. It's not like it's a novel idea

BTW, now that he's healthy Frye was hurt for a good snick of the season and really was not part of any competition...then again, he flunked out of NDTP...

Gr8Sk8M8
01-13-2017, 12:24 PM
Just watched the replay of goal #1 to see if I missed something re: Gaudette on that play. After seeing this several times, I still put the onus on Ruck. What I didn't notice live was that Cockerill played it poorly also. As the puck carrier comes over the line with a player trailing to possibly drop the puck to, Davies and Gaudette are in position covering those two. The wing on the far side drives to the net and Cockerill has a choice: go to the that third man or wait and cherry pick the cross ice pass. (Schule is coming back hard to cover the front of the net if Cockerill pursues the far wing.) Cockerill decides to try to pick off the pass and is slow/late in doing so. Ruck, following the play, is late/slow tracking the puck across ice. (Perhaps Ruck thought Cockerill would intercept the pass easily?) When Cockerill fails to stop the pass, Ruck is not in position and the goal is scored from a pretty weak angle. Just my take on it.

Maybe we see the game differently, which is fine, but imho Gaudette, as centre, has the puck carrier as his assignment coming back into the zone...and while the "stick on hips" might have been a bit of hyperbole, he did nothing to disrupt that puck carrier or that pass...that was my point...someone has to make the puck carrier see less of the ice...

beanstalk
01-13-2017, 12:46 PM
Someone, may have been you, stated that Filipe came in a year too early. That could be correct but then I see him over the last couple of few games and wonder when the "Breakout" is going to happen...I really believe that he's less than a 1/4 beat away from a 3-4 point game...

Back to last night...

Gaudette -4
Schule -3
Griffin -3
Gaudette -4
Davies -5

You have a typo in there with Gaudette appearing twice. Davies was actually a -4 and the big winner, with a statistically improbable -5, was Cockerill. Would likely have to go back pretty far to find the last -5 posted at NU. But, hey, everybody's blaming it all on Ruck, so I guess it was just pure coincidence that there was a Dman on the ice for all 5 even strength goals scored by the other team and neither of the two even strength goals scored by his own team. Ruck has been bad and should sit for a while, but 17 straight games with the same D corps during a horrible stretch of goals against makes no sense, either. Not saying that the guys sitting in the stands are better, but results matter and if there is no competition for spots in practice, then the compete level in the games will suffer.

Lemonade
01-13-2017, 12:55 PM
Which makes me wonder why they have two options that they brought in, clearly thinking they can play at the D1 level, but can't sniff the starting gig. Why bring in players onto the roster if you do not think they can play, and when the player in front of them ****s the bed like Ruck has been doing, why don't the backups get a run? we've seen Maine, BU, UNH, Merrimack, to name a few locally, that had goalie rotations and backups get serious minutes during a year. It's not like it's a novel idea

1000% absolutely valid question. At this point why not give another a goalie a try.

Drew S.
01-13-2017, 01:00 PM
It's going to be interesting when Maine and Northeastern play at the end of the regular season. It might take 10 goals to win!

NU_Husky
01-13-2017, 01:04 PM
1000% absolutely valid question. At this point why not give another a goalie a try.

If GSM is right and all 3 goalies are on some form of scholarship then JM lost his only excuse, which would have been "play the scholarship guy." Which is a poor excuse when you realize scholarship =/= performance. So I'm officially out of reasons/excuses/logic/anything.

TheRevengeance
01-13-2017, 01:04 PM
I didn't mind Theut and Frye not playing when I thought they were just walk on bodies. It would still be a failure of recruiting, but at least you could understand and accept the narrative that they aren't very good. The fact that their both on scholarship just wiped away any excuse the staff had.