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Darius
06-01-2019, 05:59 PM
"UNH Commit Jack Ring: A Big, Speedy Forward" (https://unhhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2019/05/unh-commit-jack-ring-big-speedy-forward_30.html)
Includes interview, video highlights, statistics and coach's assessments."I am focused on improving the accuracy of my shot."

Excellent.

C-H-C
06-10-2019, 01:37 PM
17-year-old Carsen Richels (DOB: 10-3-01) from Ham Lake, MN commits to UNH. 6'2" 201 lbs left-shot forward scored 41 goals, 41 assists in 28 games for Blaine (Minnesota) High School last season. Excerpts from Neutral Zone Assessment: "ton of tools..size, strength, reach, hands, can think the game..Below the dots workhorse." Drafted in 2nd Round, #28 overall, by Waterloo Black Hawks in the 2019 USHL Phase II Draft.
https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/536098/carsen-richels

After the Whistle
06-10-2019, 01:51 PM
17-year-old Carsen Richels (DOB: 10-3-01) from Ham Lake, MN commits to UNH. 6'2" 201 lbs left-shot forward scored 41 goals, 41 assists in 28 games for Blaine (Minnesota) High School last season. Excerpts from Neutral Zone Assessment: "ton of tools..size, strength, reach, hands, can think the game..Below the dots workhorse." Drafted in 2nd Round, #28 overall, by Waterloo Black Hawks in the 2019 USHL Phase II Draft.
https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/536098/carsen-richels

Ah, and here he is! The big strong scorer we have all been waiting for. 2nd round at Waterloo sounds like a solid get for this coaching staff. I love to see this thread appear at the top, means something is happening.

NCAA watcher
06-10-2019, 07:43 PM
The staff has been getting a noticeably higher quality of kids the past year or year and a half. On top of that they seem to be better at spreading the cash around, as they now have quite a bit of volume, particularly up front as the charts show. I wonder if they have room for a kid like John Evans if he were to show well in the BCHL next year.

In comparison with making the offers to the forwards, they seem a bit slower on D, where they have two spots open for next year. Scott Morrow was one kid to keep an eye out on.

2019-20
So.Crookshank--Sr.Blackburn---Jr.Kelleher
So.Esposito------So.Pierson----Sr.Grasso
Fr.Stevenson---So.Engaras-----Sr.Fregona
Sr.Sacco--------Fr.Herrmann----Jr.MacAdams
Jr.Sato----------So.Cipollone

Jr.Gildon---------Sr.Wyse
Jr.Maass---------Fr. Eriksson
So.MacKinnon---So.Verrier
Sr.Dawson-------Fr.McElhaney
So.Hickey

2020-21
Jr.Crookshank---Fr.Stutzle---Sr.Kelleher
Fr.Margel-------Jr.Pierson----Sr.Grasso
So.Stevenson--Jr.Engaras---Fr.Curran
Jr.Esposito-----So.Herrmann--Sr.MacAdams
Fr.Sweeney-----Sr.Sato-----Sr.Sacco
Jr.Cipollone-----Fr.Wazny----

Sr.Maass-----So.Eriksson
Jr.MacKinnon--Jr.Verrier
Fr.______-----Fr.________
So.McElhaney----Jr.Hickey

2021-22
Sr.Crookshank--[So.Stutzle]??-----Sr.Engaras
So.Margel------Sr.Pierson-----So.Curran
Sr.Esposito----Jr.Stevenson----Fr.D.Sacco
Fr.Jones-------Jr.Herrmann------Fr.Cronin
Fr.Richels -----So.Sweeney-----Fr.J.Ring
So.Wazny------Sr.Cipollone

Fr.Ardanaz----Jr.Eriksson
Sr.MacKinnon--Sr.Verrier
So.______----Fr.Gagne
Jr.McElhaney-----So.________
Sr.Hickey

2022-23
Jr.Margel-------[Jr.Stutzle????]---Jr.Curran
Sr.Stevenson---So.D.Sacco-----Fr.Turner
So.Jones-------Sr.Herrmann----So.Cronin
So. Richels-----Jr.Sweeney------Fr.Carafelli
Fr.Leclerc------So.J.Ring------Fr.Winters
Jr.Wazny -------Fr.Devlin

So.Ardanaz--Sr.Eriksson
Jr.______----Jr.________
So.Gagne-----Sr.McElhaney
Fr.______------Fr._______

Snively65
06-10-2019, 10:29 PM
"The future's so bright, I gotta wear shades."

Apologies to Timbuk 3.

After the Whistle
06-11-2019, 12:07 PM
The staff has been getting a noticeably higher quality of kids the past year or year and a half. On top of that they seem to be better at spreading the cash around, as they now have quite a bit of volume, particularly up front as the charts show. I wonder if they have room for a kid like John Evans if he were to show well in the BCHL next year.

In comparison with making the offers to the forwards, they seem a bit slower on D, where they have two spots open for next year. Scott Morrow was one kid to keep an eye out on.

2019-20
So.Crookshank--Sr.Blackburn---Jr.Kelleher
So.Esposito------So.Pierson----Sr.Grasso
Fr.Stevenson---So.Engaras-----Sr.Fregona
Sr.Sacco--------Fr.Herrmann----Jr.MacAdams
Jr.Sato----------So.Cipollone

Jr.Gildon---------Sr.Wyse
Jr.Maass---------Fr. Eriksson
So.MacKinnon---So.Verrier
Sr.Dawson-------Fr.McElhaney
So.Hickey

2020-21
Jr.Crookshank---Fr.Stutzle---Sr.Kelleher
Fr.Margel-------Jr.Pierson----Sr.Grasso
So.Stevenson--Jr.Engaras---Fr.Curran
Jr.Esposito-----So.Herrmann--Sr.MacAdams
Fr.Sweeney-----Sr.Sato-----Sr.Sacco
Jr.Cipollone-----Fr.Wazny----

Sr.Maass-----So.Eriksson
Jr.MacKinnon--Jr.Verrier
Fr.______-----Fr.________
So.McElhaney----Jr.Hickey

2021-22
Sr.Crookshank--[So.Stutzle]??-----Sr.Engaras
So.Margel------Sr.Pierson-----So.Curran
Sr.Esposito----Jr.Stevenson----Fr.D.Sacco
Fr.Jones-------Jr.Herrmann------Fr.Cronin
Fr.Richels -----So.Sweeney-----Fr.J.Ring
So.Wazny------Sr.Cipollone

Fr.Ardanaz----Jr.Eriksson
Sr.MacKinnon--Sr.Verrier
So.______----Fr.Gagne
Jr.McElhaney-----So.________
Sr.Hickey

2022-23
Jr.Margel-------[Jr.Stutzle????]---Jr.Curran
Sr.Stevenson---So.D.Sacco-----Fr.Turner
So.Jones-------Sr.Herrmann----So.Cronin
So. Richels-----Jr.Sweeney------Fr.Carafelli
Fr.Leclerc------So.J.Ring------Fr.Winters
Jr.Wazny -------Fr.Devlin

So.Ardanaz--Sr.Eriksson
Jr.______----Jr.________
So.Gagne-----Sr.McElhaney
Fr.______------Fr._______


Watcher
I love it when you put out these lineup possibilities. I do them but struggle, mostly with who gets left off or who gets senior ice. One incoming that you appear to have overlooked is our new friend from NE, Mr. Griffin. i had him penciled in to start on the 4th line and imagine that he will move up after a few games. His presence does force someone out of the starting 12.

Lemonade
06-11-2019, 02:08 PM
The staff has been getting a noticeably higher quality of kids the past year or year and a half. On top of that they seem to be better at spreading the cash around, as they now have quite a bit of volume, particularly up front as the charts show. I wonder if they have room for a kid like John Evans if he were to show well in the BCHL next year.

In comparison with making the offers to the forwards, they seem a bit slower on D, where they have two spots open for next year. Scott Morrow was one kid to keep an eye out on.

2019-20
So.Crookshank--Sr.Blackburn---Jr.Kelleher
So.Esposito------So.Pierson----Sr.Grasso
Fr.Stevenson---So.Engaras-----Sr.Fregona
Sr.Sacco--------Fr.Herrmann----Jr.MacAdams
Jr.Sato----------So.Cipollone

Jr.Gildon---------Sr.Wyse
Jr.Maass---------Fr. Eriksson
So.MacKinnon---So.Verrier
Sr.Dawson-------Fr.McElhaney
So.Hickey

2020-21
Jr.Crookshank---Fr.Stutzle---Sr.Kelleher
Fr.Margel-------Jr.Pierson----Sr.Grasso
So.Stevenson--Jr.Engaras---Fr.Curran
Jr.Esposito-----So.Herrmann--Sr.MacAdams
Fr.Sweeney-----Sr.Sato-----Sr.Sacco
Jr.Cipollone-----Fr.Wazny----

Sr.Maass-----So.Eriksson
Jr.MacKinnon--Jr.Verrier
Fr.______-----Fr.________
So.McElhaney----Jr.Hickey

2021-22
Sr.Crookshank--[So.Stutzle]??-----Sr.Engaras
So.Margel------Sr.Pierson-----So.Curran
Sr.Esposito----Jr.Stevenson----Fr.D.Sacco
Fr.Jones-------Jr.Herrmann------Fr.Cronin
Fr.Richels -----So.Sweeney-----Fr.J.Ring
So.Wazny------Sr.Cipollone

Fr.Ardanaz----Jr.Eriksson
Sr.MacKinnon--Sr.Verrier
So.______----Fr.Gagne
Jr.McElhaney-----So.________
Sr.Hickey

2022-23
Jr.Margel-------[Jr.Stutzle????]---Jr.Curran
Sr.Stevenson---So.D.Sacco-----Fr.Turner
So.Jones-------Sr.Herrmann----So.Cronin
So. Richels-----Jr.Sweeney------Fr.Carafelli
Fr.Leclerc------So.J.Ring------Fr.Winters
Jr.Wazny -------Fr.Devlin

So.Ardanaz--Sr.Eriksson
Jr.______----Jr.________
So.Gagne-----Sr.McElhaney
Fr.______------Fr._______


Zack Jones just signed with Halifax of the QMJHL....wont be coming to UNH.

NCAA watcher
06-14-2019, 09:50 AM
Corrected to include Griffin and remove Jones (wonder if any relation between Richels' commitment and Jones's decommitment).
2019-20
So.Crookshank--Sr.Blackburn---Jr.Kelleher
So.Esposito------So.Pierson----Sr.Grasso
Fr.Stevenson---So.Engaras-----Fr. Griffin
Sr.Sacco--------Fr.Herrmann----Jr.MacAdams
Jr.Sato----------So.Cipollone-----Sr.Fregona

Jr.Gildon---------Sr.Wyse
Jr.Maass---------Fr. Eriksson
So.MacKinnon---So.Verrier
Sr.Dawson-------Fr.McElhaney
So.Hickey

2020-21
Jr.Crookshank---Jr.Pierson------Sr.Kelleher
Fr.Stutzle-------So.Griffin ------Sr.Grasso
Fr.Margel-------So.Stevenson--Jr.Engaras
Jr.Esposito-----So.Herrmann--Sr.MacAdams
Sr.Sato---------Fr.Curran------Sr.Sacco
Fr.Sweeney----Jr.Cipollone-----Fr.Wazny

Sr.Maass------So.Eriksson
Jr.MacKinnon--Jr.Verrier
Fr.______-----Fr.________
So.McElhaney----Jr.Hickey

2021-22
Sr.Crookshank--Sr.Pierson-----Sr.Engaras
[So.Stutzle]??--Jr.Griffin-------Fr.D.Sacco
Sr.Esposito----So.Margel------So.Curran
Fr.Richels -----Jr.Stevenson----Jr.Herrmann
So.Sweeney---Fr.J.Ring--------Fr.Cronin
So.Wazny------Sr.Cipollone

Jr.Eriksson---------Fr.Ardanaz
Sr.MacKinnon-----Sr.Verrier
So.______--------Fr.Gagne
Jr.McElhaney-----So.________
Sr.Hickey

2022-23
[Jr.Stutzle????]--Sr.Griffin-----So.D.Sacco
Sr.Stevenson---Jr.Margel-------Fr.Turner
So.Richels-----Sr.Herrmann---Jr.Curran
Jr.Sweeney-----So.J.Ring------So.Cronin
Fr.Leclerc-------Fr.Devlin------Fr.Carafelli
Jr.Wazny ------Fr.Winters

So.Ardanaz--Sr.Eriksson
Jr.______----Jr.________
So.Gagne-----Sr.McElhaney
Fr.______------Fr._______

Dan
06-14-2019, 11:02 AM
Zack Jones just signed with Halifax of the QMJHL....wont be coming to UNH.

Not too surprised or disappointed by this news. Jones' older brother skated for three seasons in Halifax and while Jones put up points (assists) last year, he scored just 4 goals in 50 NCDC games as a 17-18 year old. UNH needs goal scoring. The Jones comparison for me was always Kyle Smith - and even Smith scored 15 goals in 45 games during his 17-18 year old junior hockey season. We all know how Smith's EJHL offensive production translated to UNH...

Richels joins a long-list of UNH prospects with much to prove at higher levels (USHL/BCHL) this season, but to me he appears to be a real upgrade. He scored 35 goals in just 23 games at Blaine HS last season. He certainly has more goal-scoring upside and hopefully that upside continues to show itself in the USHL this coming season...

NCAA watcher
06-14-2019, 11:31 AM
Not too surprised or disappointed by this news. Jones' older brother skated for three seasons in Halifax and while Jones put up points (assists) last year, he scored just 4 goals in 50 NCDC games as a 17-18 year old. UNH needs goal scoring. The Jones comparison for me was always Kyle Smith - and even Smith scored 15 goals in 45 games during his 17-18 year old junior hockey season. We all know how Smith's EJHL offensive production translated to UNH...

Richels joins a long-list of UNH prospects with much to prove at higher levels (USHL/BCHL) this season, but to me he appears to be a real upgrade. He scored 35 goals in just 23 games at Blaine HS last season. He certainly has more goal-scoring upside and hopefully that upside continues to show itself in the USHL this coming season...

Jones has more offense to his game than Smith, who was always more of an "effort" kid. While Jones's goal total was low, his assists show he creates offense, and his goal totals improve in his second year. That said, he was an interesting prospect but not irrepelaceable. In fact, I'd say Nick Ring has a similar profile, and the now infamous (from our posts) John Evans is a similar "good hands, vistion, somewhat peripheral game" profile.

Richels is interesting as well, with a different game. He has the size I usually don't like, but is a shooter not a grinder. His skating will determine how well he does - right now its a bit weak, but given the slow pace of HS hockey he has the space and time to use his shot. As you say, his USHL season will tell us more.

Dan
06-14-2019, 08:49 PM
Jones has more offense to his game than Smith, who was always more of an "effort" kid. While Jones's goal total was low, his assists show he creates offense, and his goal totals improve in his second year. That said, he was an interesting prospect but not irrepelaceable. In fact, I'd say Nick Ring has a similar profile, and the now infamous (from our posts) John Evans is a similar "good hands, vistion, somewhat peripheral game" profile.

Richels is interesting as well, with a different game. He has the size I usually don't like, but is a shooter not a grinder. His skating will determine how well he does - right now its a bit weak, but given the slow pace of HS hockey he has the space and time to use his shot. As you say, his USHL season will tell us more.

Consider me skeptical of anyone who puts up offense - but especially heavy in the assist category - in their 17/18 or older seasons in the NCDC. If itís not Smith, itís Cipollone and even BVR to some extent. With so many kids opting for Prep or leaving the East Coast entirely itís just a Ďtake my numbers with a massive grain of saltí kind of league. Itís why Iím also wait-and-see on Curran, though Im happy to see you seem higher on him...

I like seeing a kid like Richels - who should fill it up actually filling it up and scoring a lot of goals. That is why Iím more drawn to a kid like Margel (than some of the other recruits). He should have been dominant at Selects and he was, with a 50-goal season - where others have just been solid to good enough...

Both Richels and Margel were a bit older for their levels - so weíll see how they do when they jump feet-first into their age group (and older) in the USHL. Either way, it is going to be an incredibly telling year for UNH recruiting...

The other concern with Richels is his riding shot-gun next to an elite teammate in Brodsinski. The two were probably impossible to contain at the HS level and he may not enjoy that level of linemate or mismatch again anytime soon. Still, he posted equivalent and balanced numbers and seemed to do his share of the heavy lifting on that line...

Big USHL years from Stutzle, Margel, Richels and Curran would go along way towards convincing me about the job Souza is doing in recruiting and UNHís future...

NCAA watcher
06-15-2019, 08:26 AM
Consider me skeptical of anyone who puts up offense - but especially heavy in the assist category - in their 17/18 or older seasons in the NCDC. If itís not Smith, itís Cipollone and even BVR to some extent. With so many kids opting for Prep or leaving the East Coast entirely itís just a Ďtake my numbers with a massive grain of saltí kind of league. Itís why Iím also wait-and-see on Curran, though Im happy to see you seem higher on him...


Big USHL years from Stutzle, Margel, Richels and Curran would go along way towards convincing me about the job Souza is doing in recruiting and UNHís future...

There's a difference between the stats playing as a HS kid vs. post grad. You also have to look at the team, because putting points on a weaker team is hard. The assists show he created offense, just was not the finisher. He did that at the U16 level, scoring under 10 goals the first year, then the second year scoring goals. Anyway, in the limited views he looks a bit slippery in pivoting out of corners, good edges, which is good, and I'll be interested to see how he does in the Q. Same sort of player as Evans, good in transition, able to see the ice, but not yet getting to the dirty areas for goals, but that would/might come. Weird that he announced he was playing junior A and then a week later signs with the Q. (Not to be a recruiting proponent of Evans, but here's the sort of video showing his hands.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X1e-u-VT71Y
As for Curran, the few clips I've seen on him did not have anything jump out, things like his skating or being dynamic in transition, or shot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n67jYweun78

So I wouldn't say I'm higher on him. Same with Margel. The clips show him getting goals by being in a decent spot against weak competition, and you don't see to many non-scoring plays where you can see whether he is slippery, or fast in transition. Not that I'm not high on them, its just they didn't have any noticeable skills other than being slightly ahead of others in getting pucks and finishing. But the USHL seems to like them, so presumably they have shown those other skills which the clips don't show (but the stats do).

Bonin21
06-15-2019, 10:29 AM
Richels is a beast

Dan
06-15-2019, 11:53 AM
There's a difference between the stats playing as a HS kid vs. post grad. You also have to look at the team, because putting points on a weaker team is hard. The assists show he created offense, just was not the finisher.

Perhaps Iím discounting the league a bit more than I should - but with the dilution of Eastern talent due to top players choosing prep, the USHL/BCHL or major junior it has always seemed like a league that top HS senior talent can legitimately handle and should. Either way itís water under the bridge now, regarding Jones...

Heíll be in his age group in Halifax and his offense will have a better chance to translate immediately there than it would against older players in college...

Griffin will be another test case - he played on a high-scoring Junior Bruins team and managed just eight goals in 50 games while racking up assists at the same age as Jones. It was enough to give Northeastern pause, so what will UNH get in the short- and long-term...?

John Evans is a pass first guy who always puts up gaudy assist totals - but he also has a better track record of scoring (and for me more ability to score) goals. He potted 20+ in each of his last two seasons at Delta Hockey Academy and advanced to the BCHL for a cup of coffee at 16 years old. I would be ecstatic to see UNH target Evans...

Along with his Delta Academy running mate Brandon Santa Juana - who just turned in an ENTIRE season with Surrey (scoring 12 goals) as a very young 16 year old, in the BCHL...

And not to be ignored, Brendan Budy also played at the Delta Hockey Academy...

FLHockeyMom
06-15-2019, 11:59 AM
And not to be ignored, Brendan Budy also played at the Delta Hockey Academy...

Sorry, but Budy committed to UNoDak on 06/07/2019:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/337739/brendan-budy

Dan
06-15-2019, 12:02 PM
Sorry, but Budy committed to UNoDak on 06/07/2019:

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/337739/brendan-budy

That figures. Thanks.

NCAA watcher
06-15-2019, 01:25 PM
Griffin will be another test case - he played on a high-scoring Junior Bruins team and managed just eight goals in 50 games while racking up assists at the same age as Jones. It was enough to give Northeastern pause, so what will UNH get in the short- and long-term...?

I like Griffin. Nice stick handling and ability to shift abound guys because he is lanky. I think he'll be a top line kid eventually, when he fills out he'll be pretty good.



John Evans is a pass first guy who always puts up gaudy assist totals - but he also has a better track record of scoring (and for me more ability to score) goals. He potted 20+ in each of his last two seasons at Delta Hockey Academy and advanced to the BCHL for a cup of coffee at 16 years old. I would be ecstatic to see UNH target Evans... .

Good friends with Adanaz, and will be teammates now.

jeteye1717
06-18-2019, 07:55 PM
Richels is a beast

I'm guessing from your handle that you're a Minnesota fan and perhaps reside there; have you actually seen him play in person? Call me skeptical, but if he's as good as his numbers might indicate (and not skewed as others have noted by some combination of inferior underage HS competition and skating with a top-notch linemate) why didn't he attract greater interest (presumably at a younger age) by any of the DivI in-state options like UMTC, SCSU, MSM, etc.? UNH has pried a few other Minnesota kids away from the lure of maroon/gold (e.g., Kessel, etc.), but I can't imagine this kid has dreamed his whole life of skating for the Wildcats, especially as it makes it so hard for his friends/family to regularly see him play in person. I'll be interested to read C-H-C's eventual email chat with him; perhaps then we'll get some insight into what made UNH such an attractive landing spot for him. All kudos to Coach Souza and his staff for reeling him in, but I think his upcoming Junior season will tell us a lot more re: his readiness to compete night in/night out in the season-long grind of Hockey East ...

NCAA watcher
06-22-2019, 09:11 AM
We'll probably not meet Mr. Stutzle:
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Tim StŁtzle, German top prospect for the 2020 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NHLDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NHLDraft</a>, says he'll announce where he'll play his draft season next week. <br><br>Sounds a lot like he's waiting for the right team to pick him in the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CHLImportDraft?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CHLImportDraft</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/UNHMHOCKEY?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@UNHMHOCKEY</a> commit w/ <a href="https://twitter.com/Musketeerhockey?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@Musketeerhockey</a> holding his USHL rights.</p>&mdash; Janik Beichler (@JanikBeichler) <a href="https://twitter.com/JanikBeichler/status/1142154284286566401?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">June 21, 2019</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

With his teammate Seider going 6th overall yesterday, must be a plus for the pro/draft path.

mookie1995
06-22-2019, 09:36 AM
is "german top prospect" anything like "tallest midget"?