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NU_Husky
03-26-2018, 11:24 AM
My piece on Sikura signing his ELC

http://northeasternhockeyblog.com/general/dylan-sikura-signs-entry-level-contract-with-chicago-blackhawks-northeastern-nhl-draft-huskies-hobey-baker/

northeastern
03-26-2018, 11:52 AM
My piece on Sikura signing his ELC

http://northeasternhockeyblog.com/general/dylan-sikura-signs-entry-level-contract-with-chicago-blackhawks-northeastern-nhl-draft-huskies-hobey-baker/

so, so happy for him. liked by all.. true teammate on & off ice. he will be missed. best to him! (hopefully get to see him skate for chicago, thurs)

also i read on nu men's hockey (twitter), nolan stevens signed with st louis this morning. also wishing him continued success.

huskies31
03-26-2018, 11:55 AM
actually merrimack is hockey east, but i still hope keefe stays put. and respectfully, i think on paper we may have been a stronger team, but michigan proved their mettle on the ice yesterday. they were seeded higher for a reason. they had a game plan for our top forwards; & executed perfectly. they might be the best team this wknd from what i am seeing today (thus far).

nu did well to stay with 'em for 2.9 periods.. just ran out of gas towards the end.
and really?.. this is the most disappointed you've been as a husky fan? this past season..? in 30+ odd years..? c'mon, it didnt end as we had hoped, but program accomplished some things. got some (inconsequential, i know) hardware & may have a hobey banner before all is said & done. have faith, we've had manson, kevin roy, zach aston, benning, (all nhlers now) come through the program recently. hopefully more there with gaudette, sikura & this class.. there will be more players. they see that the coaches develop these kids. there will be more. and hopefully more successful memories as well. let's keep the faith.


The reason that it is the most let down I have been, I know there we harder gut punches, Merrimack on '88, Lake State in '94, beanpot '15. But this year there were high expectations, this was a good team. THe top line in the country, all 3 will be playing in the NHL this week, 4 good dmen, I leave Williams off that list, and a stud in net. When have has NU had the kind of lineup, that fire power, that high end talent upo front. WE all said that we weren't happy just to be there, I wanted at least 1 NCAA win, would have been first in 30 years. Instead this season ended lik all of the others. It shurts

northeastern
03-26-2018, 12:00 PM
.. I wanted at least 1 NCAA win..

so did st cloud.. ;)

NU_Husky
03-26-2018, 12:09 PM
so, so happy for him. liked by all.. true teammate on & off ice. he will be missed. best to him! (hopefully get to see him skate for chicago, thurs)

also i read on nu men's hockey (twitter), nolan stevens signed with st louis this morning. also wishing him continued success.

Yup, Nolan signed and will be reporting directly to STL for the playoff push. I'll have a piece on him and Adam coming this week too.

huskies31
03-26-2018, 12:34 PM
so did st cloud.. ;)


So because S. Cloud **** the bed its OK that NU lost?

northeastern
03-26-2018, 12:35 PM
Yup, Nolan signed and will be reporting directly to STL for the playoff push. I'll have a piece on him and Adam coming this week too.

that was a well done piece. liked especially the pic, signing/ with his parents.

DieHardDog
03-26-2018, 12:58 PM
Gaudette has officially signed with Vancouver. Three-year entry-level contract.

PPGuru
03-26-2018, 01:09 PM
So because S. Cloud **** the bed its OK that NU lost?

Huskies31, a couple of posters have tried to reason with you but you insist to keep on about how this is the worst loss ever. Yeah, you wanted an NCAA win - who didn't? This team didn't miss by much. A few shots off posts, a goal called back on a debatable penalty call, stuff happens. This was, essentially, a One Line Team. How many times have you seen a OLT go deep in the tournament? The '12 BC Hayes Arnold Gaudreau team also had Kreider Dumoulin and Carey, NHLers all. This NU team just didn't have the depth. Other than the First Line, Davies and Primeau will see the NHL. Solow/Jozefek/Filipe started out as the #2 Line. In the last game, they were #4. The D as a group I liked (Cecere and Owens developed tremendously), but they had their limitations. If this team had the Forward depth that the 2016 team had, I would have expected more in the NCAAs. But seeing how this team was shut down in games at times this season, It was evident that playing in the Tournament would bring the kind of opponents that NU was not well suited to deal with. So, don't take this one too hard. It was fun while it lasted. Next year will probably be a step back in the standings but it will still be interesting.

northeastern
03-26-2018, 01:23 PM
So because S. Cloud **** the bed its OK that NU lost?

actually, come to think of it; was really because of minnesota & north dakota not making the tourney.. threw them off for sure.. :)
;)
edit: i'd read ppguru's post. he summarized it best.

northeastern
03-26-2018, 01:31 PM
Gaudette has officially signed with Vancouver. Three-year entry-level contract.

well, not unexpected for sure. he did what he had to.. gotta sign when your stock is hot.
with a few adjustments to his gm, will do fine at the nxt level. all the best adam!

diff team for sure next year

njdevscup30
03-26-2018, 02:19 PM
Congrats to everyone who signed NHL contracts. Happy to see them all play as Huskies the last few years. Good luck at the next level!

BCeagle
03-26-2018, 02:29 PM
Huskies31, a couple of posters have tried to reason with you but you insist to keep on about how this is the worst loss ever. Yeah, you wanted an NCAA win - who didn't? This team didn't miss by much. A few shots off posts, a goal called back on a debatable penalty call, stuff happens. This was, essentially, a One Line Team. How many times have you seen a OLT go deep in the tournament? The '12 BC Hayes Arnold Gaudreau team also had Kreider Dumoulin and Carey, NHLers all. This NU team just didn't have the depth. Other than the First Line, Davies and Primeau will see the NHL. Solow/Jozefek/Filipe started out as the #2 Line. In the last game, they were #4. The D as a group I liked (Cecere and Owens developed tremendously), but they had their limitations. If this team had the Forward depth that the 2016 team had, I would have expected more in the NCAAs. But seeing how this team was shut down in games at times this season, It was evident that playing in the Tournament would bring the kind of opponents that NU was not well suited to deal with. So, don't take this one too hard. It was fun while it lasted. Next year will probably be a step back in the standings but it will still be interesting.

The other thing that might help is to avoid cupcakes that might in the long run make your team tougher and ready to play in big games. York mentioned that recently when asked about playing weak teams to make the NCAA this year. I was impressed by his answer in that to be the best you must play the best.

BC as a result had no OCC wins this year and that really put the nail in their coffin for the NCAA this post season.✅

northeastern
03-26-2018, 02:37 PM
The other thing that might help is to avoid cupcakes that might in the long run make your team tougher and ready to play in big games. York mentioned that recently when asked about playing weak teams to make the NCAA this year. I was impressed by his answer in that to be the best you must play the best.

agree to an extent.
re mich, we didn't get blown out.. it was a good game. we hit a few posts early & who knows what might have been. we missed an open net in the 3rd. we took just 1 penalty the whole gm i believe. we battled best we could. we battled you guys pretty well all season as well.
the ncaa outing.. it was a close gm. our top forwards did not have their best night for sure. the better team won that night. that's the long & short of it.

heck notre dame lost to sacred heart during the season.. all those cupcake teams you speak of.. (with all the parity now).. the games are pretty darn competitive & lord forbid you don't show up to play.. end up on the short end of things for sure.

huskies31
03-26-2018, 03:26 PM
So all I said is that this was the most disappointed I have ever been. You guys don't have to agree, sounds like a lot of you guys are not that disappointed. I thought it was NU time to take that step, I guess the disappointment comes as that next year they will be back into the middle of the pack. I know that there recruiting is light years ahead of where it was 10 years ago, and they will be back. There are guys on this team who let them down, no dount. They counted on Felipe, Jozefek, and Griffen to be more and they weren't. Maybe they weren't as good as I thought they were, or hopped they were.

HHound
03-26-2018, 04:21 PM
Huskies31, a couple of posters have tried to reason with you but you insist to keep on about how this is the worst loss ever. Yeah, you wanted an NCAA win - who didn't? This team didn't miss by much. A few shots off posts, a goal called back on a debatable penalty call, stuff happens. This was, essentially, a One Line Team. How many times have you seen a OLT go deep in the tournament? The '12 BC Hayes Arnold Gaudreau team also had Kreider Dumoulin and Carey, NHLers all. This NU team just didn't have the depth.it lasted..

PPGuru,
You made an accurate summary of our situation. Our guys had to deal with one of the 3 or 4 programs which sell themselves to recruits as NHL farm teams. Michigan has 12 draft picks and 6 or 7 players from the USNDT, conveniently located in Ann Arbor. They don't recruit. They select. They are unlikely to have to offer a scholarship to a player in the NAHL or USPHL to fill out their roster. They have practically unlimited resources available to train their teams. Yet our guys were able to hang with them in a game where UM was playing its best. We were a couple of posts and a questionable penalty call away from ending their season and getting to play another NHL farm team. The coaches deserve a ton of credit for getting the maximum effort from the players. If they looked a bit slow, it was because UM was a bit fast. They simply ran into a talented team that was hot as a pistol and had the advantage of being the home team (by .0004 in the Pairwise), which allowed them the luxury of matching up as they wished vs. our first line.

As for next year: This team was not stripped bare. We lost five players who made a difference. There will be others who will work to develop a credible power play under Jerry Keefe's (I hope) tutelage. Part of the reason for their lack of overall production was the fact that the second unit saw just 30-40 seconds of each powerplay, if it lasted past the first team's shift. They will get more ice time. There will be development. Guys like Felipe and Solow will/must improve. One or two of the freshman forwards will contribute. The freshmen Ds will certainly contribute, especially if Harris is accelerated. Defense and Goaltending will be the backbone of the team. That is preferable to needing to score five goals to win a game.

A new cycle will begin. I expect we'll be back to the Garden by 2020 and in the NC$$s by 2020 or 2021 at the latest.

Split-N
03-26-2018, 04:21 PM
So all I said is that this was the most disappointed I have ever been. You guys don't have to agree, sounds like a lot of you guys are not that disappointed...Maybe they weren't as good as I thought they were, or hoped they were.

Oh trust me, I haven't been this bummed since the 2009 debacle where we, in effect, passed up a free ticket to the FF by shortening the bench way, way, too early and letting an inferior Cornell team come back from the dead. I can't say NU passed up a free ticket to the FF this time around since Michigan was a formidable opponent but if they got just a little puck luck and got to the final, the ratdogs were there for the taking...again, along with a ticket to the FF. Yup, the hockey gods still hate us.

But as others have pointed out, the program overall is in much better shape than it was at this point in 2009. For one thing, NU has an actual pipeline with some quality players in it. You raise some valid points in raising the names that you did but they'll either become leaders or be replaced. It's not like they're the only shows in town. The aftertaste to this weekend is still bitter but there are things to look forward to.

northeastern
03-26-2018, 04:37 PM
sorry, changing topic a bit, back to Gaudette..
assuming he starts thurs night.. how cool (and nerve wracking!).. your 1st game in the show is against some guy named Connor McDavid.. cant dream this stuff up

don't need much to get psyched for that one
have fun kid :)

PPGuru
03-26-2018, 04:59 PM
The other thing that might help is to avoid cupcakes that might in the long run make your team tougher and ready to play in big games. York mentioned that recently when asked about playing weak teams to make the NCAA this year. I was impressed by his answer in that to be the best you must play the best.

BC as a result had no OCC wins this year and that really put the nail in their coffin for the NCAA this post season.✅

BCeagle, the OOC schedule didn't happen entirely by choice. To schedule 'Premier opponents' for OOC games, it helps if you are an attractive scheduling partner. BC and BU have a leg up on most of the other Hockey East teams in drawing the top Western Teams to come East. Factor in Notre Dame leaving HE and the necessity of finding more OOC games on comparatively short order and you get NU's OOC schedule. Hopefully, NU continues to have success and that translates into stronger OOC scheduling.

Agganis
03-26-2018, 05:46 PM
Factor in Notre Dame leaving HE and the necessity of finding more OOC games on comparatively short order and you get NU's OOC schedule.

Not disagreeing with anything else you said, but ND leaving HE made it got from all HE teams playing 22 league games to the unbalanced 24 game schedule, which shrunk the number of OOC games by 2.