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chase.ma
09-30-2009, 02:37 PM
Its almost that time of year again, exhibition this weekend. There are plenty of doubts about the team this year, as there are every year, but this year marks a pivitol point in Cronin's rebuilding plan. May the banter begin . . .

NJ2NU
09-30-2009, 04:46 PM
Thiessen left?
:eek:

;)

I'm anxious to see the new recruiting class (sans a Daniels) and what some of the new line combos are going to look like. Is what I'm hearing about Daniels' shoulder keeping him out for a month an a half accurate?

chase.ma
09-30-2009, 09:15 PM
I heard that he is going to be out some time but I would rather have that early on than later in the year. Also, I know some people were saying they thought that the brothers could have used another year in the USHL to develop their skills. Basically I've heard to not expect them to step in and produce at the level Quailer and Tuckerman did last season.

Thiessen'sBetter
09-30-2009, 09:32 PM
I am much more anxious to see the defensive freshman as they are going to have to fill Liotti and Chisholm shoes(and to a smaller degree Nycholat) or Rawlings/Binnington are going to face a ton of shots and chances from day 1.

NUMcNeely
09-30-2009, 10:03 PM
I am much more anxious to see the defensive freshman as they are going to have to fill Liotti and Chisholm shoes(and to a smaller degree Nycholat) or Rawlings/Binnington are going to face a ton of shots and chances from day 1.

Same, our D is the biggest question mark, goalie included. We all think Rawlings will be the guy, but how long will it take for him to be the guy? will there be a rotation of some sort? How well will he adjust to Hockey East after dominating the BCHL?

Lots of question marks, but the bright side is, we're young, the future looks bright.

chase.ma
10-01-2009, 09:22 AM
Same, our D is the biggest question mark, goalie included. We all think Rawlings will be the guy, but how long will it take for him to be the guy? will there be a rotation of some sort? How well will he adjust to Hockey East after dominating the BCHL?

Lots of question marks, but the bright side is, we're young, the future looks bright.

The bad news is that our D and goaltending will be young and inexperienced this season. The good news is that if Cronin can teach anything, it is defense. I think our D will be just fine and the defensive responsibility of our forwards will help out a lot. So in terms of goaltending, here are two stat lines for you guys. I figured I would just throw up an obvious comparison here:

W L T SO Min GAA S SV%

30 15 1 2 2778 2.83 1545 91.52
22 21 4 7 2812 2.88 1731 92.2


The top line is Rawlings' stats from last season ('08-'09) while the bottom line belongs to . . . Brad Thiessen circa '05-'06. So what does this tell us? I'm not saying Rawlings is giong to turn out to be as good as Thiessen, but I do think that we can expect him to turn into a very solid option in net. I would expect some sort of a time share between goaltenders, but I think he will win more time as the season goes on. There is no question that our ability to compete in the league this year will be directly related our goaltending.

NU bee
10-01-2009, 11:50 AM
I don't know if this was mentioned already, but Rawlings is ranked #6 on INCH's top 10 incoming goaltenders

http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/7Archives/Features/0910/recruitsgoal_0801.htm

They say right in the article how hard it is to predict how goalie recruits will perform, but it is encouraging to see him included on this list.

WDR357
10-01-2009, 01:39 PM
I don't know if this was mentioned already, but Rawlings is ranked #6 on INCH's top 10 incoming goaltenders

http://www.insidecollegehockey.com/7Archives/Features/0910/recruitsgoal_0801.htm

They say right in the article how hard it is to predict how goalie recruits will perform, but it is encouraging to see him included on this list.
If he performs as well as Cannata did at Merrimack last year(the previous years #6), I'd be thrilled. We'll score plenty more than Merrimack as we'll probably have to!

I'm guessing first line of MacLeod, McNeely and Kraemer? Be fun to see how the pairings turn out.

chase.ma
10-01-2009, 01:45 PM
Also, looks like we have another commitment from Luke Eibler (D- Youngstown USHL) for the 2010 or 2011 season. It really looks like Cronin is going to work to build up the D over the next few years. They have done a great job finding talent and players that fit in the system, but, as I've said before, I would like to see a couple top tier recruits buy into the program here. I'm not looking for a whole class of Mike Morris type players (minus the injuries), but I think with a couple more successful years, we should be expecting our freshmen to play like Quailer and Tuckerman, and not just play a 4th line checking role.

NUMcNeely
10-01-2009, 06:29 PM
http://www.wrbbsports.com/2009/10/press-pa...east-media-day/

From DHD...

sounds like cronin is going to be around for a while. GREAT NEWS

chase.ma
10-02-2009, 11:50 AM
http://www.wrbbsports.com/2009/10/press-pa...east-media-day/

From DHD...

sounds like cronin is going to be around for a while. GREAT NEWS

I listened to the audio clips the other day and I think Cronin staying around will be a huge part of program for years to come. They are going to give him a real chance to show what he can do over a few more years with his core of players already in place. The last thing I wanted to see is someone else behind the bench. In my mind he is the right guy for this job, no questions asked.

mwade
10-02-2009, 07:49 PM
The renovation is on the front page now.

HuskyMan
10-02-2009, 08:55 PM
The renovation is on the front page now.

The arena looks gorgeous! Worth every penny!

Hope it helps with recruiting as much as Cro thinks it will, at this point I will gladly issue the phrase "In Cro we Trust!"

roma
10-03-2009, 11:15 AM
Reports from the captainís practice. Danielís brothers are better than advertised, Justin out for at least two months with shoulder injury. Will be Croninís best frosh class. Rawlings good but not great. Vrolyk and Student super fast!
Vermeersh plays like MacLeod. Fun starts tonight.

NJ2NU
10-03-2009, 08:47 PM
Suffice it to say that will be the last time St. Thomas' darkens Matthews' doorway. It's a shame that an exhibition was turned into such a goon-fest. Here's hoping Qualier's okay, but I'm not optimistic, that looked ugly; did anybody see the hit? Clean?

Mixed reviews for our freshmen: I thought Vrolyk and Vermeerch were the two most impressive. Vrolyk is a pesky forechecker and worked hard for every loose puck, he deserved his goal. Vermeerch is essentially Vrolyk + 4 inches and 15 pounds.

Newton and Ellement were on and off, while Student wasn't overly impressive in his own zone.

What can you say about the goalies that hasn't already been said about HIV. God help us if either play this poorly against CC.

northeastern
10-03-2009, 10:06 PM
Rawlings looked a bit nervous but i thought he made some nice saves. Binnington.. not so much :)

As far as Qualier well.. that was not fun to watch & i did not catch the hit.

And a note.. can the Doghouse come up with something a bit wittier that 'USA.. USA', not that i'm not proud of the win.. but c'mon, we have players from Canada, plus it does not reflect well on the international body. It was an exhibition gm..

Well, i know we're playing just one Canadian (non U.S) school this yr.. but i thought that chant was a bit over the top given our roster & also general student diaspora. Be well Steve Quailler.

Matthews looked great! The audio.. they gotta work on that annoying radio feed or whatever that was. Suffice to say this gm will give the coaches (more than anyone), fodder for our upcoming groupings & lines. Work to be done.. but i like the new talent.
Go Huskies!

Ryecheers
10-03-2009, 10:33 PM
Suffice it to say that will be the last time St. Thomas' darkens Matthews' doorway. It's a shame that an exhibition was turned into such a goon-fest. Here's hoping Qualier's okay, but I'm not optimistic, that looked ugly; did anybody see the hit? Clean?

Mixed reviews for our freshmen: I thought Vrolyk and Vermeerch were the two most impressive. Vrolyk is a pesky forechecker and worked hard for every loose puck, he deserved his goal. Vermeerch is essentially Vrolyk + 4 inches and 15 pounds.

Newton and Ellement were on and off, while Student wasn't overly impressive in his own zone.

What can you say about the goalies that hasn't already been said about HIV. God help us if either play this poorly against CC.

The hit on Quailer was OK. He was hit in the act of shooting with all his weight on his right leg. I suspect there's a sprained knee although he was seen walking on it after the game. He'll probably feel it in the morning.

Ellement and Driscoll were the only pair of D's not on the ice for any Tommy goal. Ellement looked pretty good to me. Very good skater. Not as impressed with Newton's D and Student should be fine in time. Supposedly Guzior has been swithched to D, but did not play tonight nor did Strathman and Maley. Hewkin was on for three goals and still came up with a +.

The goaltending was unimpressive, especially Binnington. The first goal went oozing through his legs. Soft as putty. The second hit the post, then hit his back and fell in. The third was a rocket of a slap shot from the right wing inside the circle that the D shouldn't have allowed. A better angle might have stopped it. Rawling's first goal was a tip of a centering pass at the beginning of a PP. That one was on the defensemen in front of the net. the second was similar to Binningtons first goal. He made a nice save on a good setup late in the game. He wasn't that bad. I'd give him a B and Binnington a C. They actually might have been better if t hey had seen more shots. It works that way sometimes.

The three freshman forwards looked good. Vermeersch was real active with five shots and two assists. Vrolyk will remind you of Ryan Ginand if Ginand had ever passed the puck. The biggest surprise was Drew Daniels, who played well with McLaughlin and Costa. He scored a very nice goal putting the puck throught the goalie's five hole after faking a pass.

We might have scored several nmore goals, but the Tommie's goalie was actually pretty capable.

choog
10-03-2009, 10:50 PM
God its good to bet back to Matthews! I've been waiting a long time for this...

Surprised no one's been talking about the BU tie from tonight. Looks like both the teams we played against are from the same league - Atlantic University Sport... and neither performed very well...

chase.ma
10-03-2009, 11:10 PM
The hit on Quailer was OK. He was hit in the act of shooting with all his weight on his right leg. I suspect there's a sprained knee although he was seen walking on it after the game. He'll probably feel it in the morning.

I was down near the penalty box where they now have instant replay and the ability to rewind the tape at will. Originally I thought it was a clean hit as well, but on the tape it was pretty clear that the guy stuck out his leg to go knee to knee with Quailer. All I can say is thank god he didnt step up on him. If he is walking on it we can assume that it isn't a worst case senario (ACL tear). So he might be looking at a sprain (a few days to two weeks) to an MCL tear (6-8 weeks w/ no surgery required). We need his offense but as long as he isn't lost for the season I'll be happy.

As far as the rest of the game goes, well, we need to step up the D. Thank god that is Cronin's bread and butter so I'm not too worried. Vrolyk looks like he can be a good two way player and I would say a more skilled version of Costa or Donovan as he matures. I would have liked to see a little better passing from Silva and McNeely on that first line, but I'm sure that will come. Student wasn't that impressive, but Ellement seemed pretty good (better than I thought he would be). Also, don't forget about Jake Newton. I barely noticed him out there tonight, which is a good thing. It seemed like he was in position and played well positionally. No doubt we have a young D corps but there is no question this is the most talented team of skaters to take the ice for NU in a long time. Well Binnington looked weak, and Rawlings did at times, although he had some promising saves. I think he needs to work on his lateral movement as he was slow moving side to side on a lot of set ups.

NUMcNeely
10-03-2009, 11:54 PM
I thought the recruits looked really good, you can tell Drew Daniels has a lot of offensive talent, I still feel he is a bit raw, the V's (Vorlyk and Veermesch, probably spelt wrong) looked real good, they displayed a high hockey IQ as well as a grit/determination like Costa or Mcneely. Macleod is in mid season form, his first goal was beautiful. Binnington looked.... poor, Rawlings's 2nd goal was very very soft, how it got passed him I may never know. He did look better than Binnington, we'll see who Cro goes with at CC. Good god I hope Qualier is ok, that was a nasty hit. The future is bright, we are just experiencing some growing pains, I'm excited for the regular season. Go dawgs!