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C-H-C
01-02-2019, 08:55 PM
"UNH Commits Update 1-2-19: End of 2018 Statistics" (https://unhhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/unh-commits-update-1-2-19-end-of-2018.html)

Dan
01-06-2019, 03:42 PM
Big time prep and BCHL scorer, and likely 2019 draft pick, Brendan Budy leaves Denver. He played just six games for the Pioneers in the first half and is now in Tri-City (0-3--3 in five games). Budy was a two-year teammate and often a linemate of Angis Crookshank in Langley...

He should be an immediate priority. He's quick, shifty and skilled. Going to be a real college scorer somewhere. Eligible second semester next season...


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

e.cat
01-06-2019, 05:57 PM
Big time prep and BCHL scorer, and likely 2019 draft pick, Brendan Budy leaves Denver. He played just six games for the Pioneers in the first half and is now in Tri-City (0-3--3 in five games). Budy was a two-year teammate and often a linemate of Angis Crookshank in Langley...

He should be an immediate priority. He's quick, shifty and skilled. Going to be a real college scorer somewhere. Eligible second semester next season...


https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/337739/brendan-budy
I wanna say go get him but why did he leave Denver?

HockeyRef
01-06-2019, 06:25 PM
I wanna say go get him but why did he leave Denver?

I'll say it for you...go get him! :D

Dan
01-06-2019, 07:18 PM
I wanna say go get him but why did he leave Denver?

Budy was not supposed to arrive in Denver until next Fall - but he dropped his plans to play in Tri-City at the last minute when Logan O'Connor (DUs captain to be) signed late with the Avalanche. He was barely 18 years old when the season began...

He's a pure top-six type, but he was beaten out for a role on DUs second line by two older FR in Tyler Ward and Brett Stapley (both very good players themselves). I like Budy better than Ward, but the latter got the first shot and clicked with Stapley and JR Liam Finley.

DU likes to use their bottom six for hard, downhill forechecking, match-ups and specialty situations (PKs), etc. That isn't Budy's game. He's a shifty, creator (for himself and others), who's offensively driven. He played about half the games in the first half rotating into the bottom six and trying to play this style - I would imagine he preferred a more suitable role for his draft prospects (he'll score a bunch in the USHL and go higher) and at his next NCAA stop...

More than anything he's just young - he's ten months younger than Jackson Pierson (for reference). They probably shouldn't have rushed him without an available role that fit his game. Next year he won't be as young and he'll undoubtedly be much stronger and more prepared.

A half season of experience, confidence and added strength in Tri-City puts Budy back on track for his scheduled matriculation path. I have no doubt he's a better fit at UNH - both in terms of style of play and with the availability of top-six ice time. He had great chemistry with Crookshank in Langley and I bet they'd rediscover that rather quickly. At UNH, he plays a top-six role and scores a bunch. He'd be a great pick-up...

Chuck Murray
01-06-2019, 07:40 PM
It's still weird seeing DU used on a UNH thread for anything other than our recently-retired coach ...

boblav1
01-10-2019, 05:09 PM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Late 2001 Morgan Winters commits to UNH. Talented, tricky player who leads Tabor in scoring. Highly athletic and instinctive. Has great speed and edges. On an upswing and will keep improving. High ceiling player. &quot;A-&quot; grade at Avon Christmas Classic.<br>👤<a href="https://t.co/Wc28PG5t8y">https://t.co/Wc28PG5t8y</a> <a href="https://t.co/PHJ5yDDlG8">pic.twitter.com/PHJ5yDDlG8</a></p>&mdash; Neutral Zone (@_Neutral_Zone) <a href="https://twitter.com/_Neutral_Zone/status/1083483761944289280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 10, 2019</a></blockquote>
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https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/294610/morgan-winters

HockeyRef
01-10-2019, 06:00 PM
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Late 2001 Morgan Winters commits to UNH. Talented, tricky player who leads Tabor in scoring. Highly athletic and instinctive. Has great speed and edges. On an upswing and will keep improving. High ceiling player. "A-" grade at Avon Christmas Classic.<br>👤<a href="https://t.co/Wc28PG5t8y">https://t.co/Wc28PG5t8y</a> <a href="https://t.co/PHJ5yDDlG8">pic.twitter.com/PHJ5yDDlG8</a></p>ó Neutral Zone (@_Neutral_Zone) <a href="https://twitter.com/_Neutral_Zone/status/1083483761944289280?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">January 10, 2019</a></blockquote>
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https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/294610/morgan-winters

Thanks for posting that! Looks like a player with a lot of upside! Welcome to the 'Cats Morgan Winters!

C-H-C
01-21-2019, 08:13 PM
"UNH Commits Update 1-21-19: Spotlight on Will Margel" (https://unhhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2019/01/unh-commits-update-1-21-19-spotlight-on.html)

C-H-C
02-08-2019, 12:02 PM
"UNH Commits Update 2-8-19: Spotlight on Sacco, Curran & Margel" (https://unhhockeyblog.blogspot.com/2019/02/unh-commits-update-2-8-19-spotlight-on.html)

C-H-C
02-09-2019, 12:50 PM
#RobertCronin Senior @GunnHockey1850 16 Goals 29 Assists right shot forward 5'10" 181 lbs @_Neutral_Zone observations: "Cronin was all over the ice..won almost every puck race..constant net-front presence..won faceoffs..strong on the puck..smart, poised and prepared" Just committed to UNH

Snively65
02-09-2019, 01:10 PM
#RobertCronin Senior @GunnHockey1850 16 Goals 29 Assists right shot forward 5'10" 181 lbs @_Neutral_Zone observations: "Cronin was all over the ice..won almost every puck race..constant net-front presence..won faceoffs..strong on the puck..smart, poised and prepared" Just committed to UNH

Good to hear; thanks for posting, Mike.

Aerman
02-10-2019, 09:37 AM
Coach Stewart headed to Montreal this morning. Strange place to look for Finns.

Chuck Murray
02-10-2019, 09:44 AM
Coach Stewart headed to Montreal this morning. Strange place to look for Finns.

Great place to find the so-called "20 yr. old Canadian freshman" prospects, though. :D

Scott
02-10-2019, 04:22 PM
#RobertCronin Senior @GunnHockey1850 16 Goals 29 Assists right shot forward 5'10" 181 lbs @_Neutral_Zone observations: "Cronin was all over the ice..won almost every puck race..constant net-front presence..won faceoffs..strong on the puck..smart, poised and prepared" Just committed to UNH

2019-20 or 2020-21 arrival in Durham?

HockeyRef
02-10-2019, 04:42 PM
Coach Stewart headed to Montreal this morning. Strange place to look for Finns.

Hey thatís cool how / where did you hear that? Also saw you in the stands sorry we didnít connect hope you guys had a good time in Burlington!

Snively65
02-10-2019, 04:57 PM
Great place to find the so-called "20 yr. old Canadian freshman" prospects, though. :D

Like Loui Frigon, eh? Dem were da days at Snively, UNH version of today's UVM Gutt.

Compare with Will MacKinnon, an 18-year-old freshman this year, I think. And, Nathan MacKinnon (no relation) was a 17-year-old when he began playing with the Avs (good game on NESN this afternoon).

HockeyRef
02-15-2019, 07:33 PM
C-H-C reports on his twitter feed that Lucas Bahn has decommitted for next season.

Snively65
02-15-2019, 09:00 PM
C-H-C reports on his twitter feed that Lucas Bahn has decommitted for next season.

Oh, no; here we go again. :-(

Dan
02-15-2019, 11:45 PM
Oh, no; here we go again. :-(

I wouldn't be too concerned about this decommitment in a vacuum - and I'd guess it's more UNH's decision than anything else. Bahn has been better than I expected, but to me, he still looks like a John Furgele type at the DI level. Hopefully, UNH has eyes on a more impactful defenseman for one of the next two seasons...

Where this could become a problem is how the returning D-corp shakes out. Right now things are more than adequate on the blueline for 2019-20...

Wyse - Gildon
MacKinnon - Maass
Verrier - Erikkson
Hickey - McElhaney

Things get shaky if Gildon leaves, as expected, and fall apart quickly if Wyse also departs. The other wildcard is McElhaney - who has barely played this season following a significant injury. If he comes to Durham on schedule, he'll do so having essentially missed his entire USHL career...

Does Bahn's decommitment reflect on UNH's expectations for Gildon, Wyse or both? If so, maybe it's the best news they could have received? If both return defense will be a massive strength next year and UNH has a chance to be very good. However, if Gildon does leave UNH really could use another defenseman (and if Wyse goes, two). I do think they can find better blueliners than Bahn; even this late in the process...

Perhaps they already have - on one of their recent trips (Montreal) - and this is the fallout...

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If not, one possibility might be Spencer Cox. Cox committed to Miami at a young age, has since re-opened his recruitment, excelled at USA festivals and currently plays for Culver Military Academy (where he was a teammate of Jackson Pierson a year ago)...

https://www.eliteprospects.com/player/295619/spencer-cox

Another possibility might be Trevor Zins, who is having a high-scoring season with Trail (BCHL) - where he is a teammate of incoming forward Chase Stevenson. Zins appears to no longer be committed to UMass-Lowell...

https://bchl.ca/stats/player/5119/36/trevor-zins

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Speaking of connections to UNH's current roster - I had previously mentioned former Denver forward Brendan Budy (a teammate and linemate of Angus Crookshank in Langley). Budy is up to 5-12--17 in 16 games since heading to the USHL. He should absolutely be on UNH's radar at this point...