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jcarter7669
10-01-2009, 01:03 PM
A few days left before the first exhibition game and time to get a thread started. So here are my bold and absolutely meaningless predictions:D

Sun 4 New Brunswick 4:00pm
UVM 5 - NB 1
Fri 9 at Denver (TV: FSN Rocky Mountain) 9:30pm
UVM 1 - DU 3
Sat 10 at Denver 9:00pm
UVM 2 - DU 1
Sun 18 Boston College + (TV: ESPNU) 5:00pm
UVM 4 BC 2
Fri 23 at Merrimack + 7:00pm
UVM 3 MC 1
Fri 30 at Maine + (TV: WABI-TV) 7:00pm
UVM 2 - ME 1
November
Fri 6 UMass-Lowell + 7:05pm
UVM 1 - UML 3
Sun 8 Providence + 4:00pm
UVM 3 - PC 2
Sat 14 at Boston College + 7:00pm
UVM 2 BC 3
Sun 15 at Boston College + 4:00pm
UVM 4 - BC 1
Tue 24 Massachusetts + 7:05pm
UVM 2 Umass 2
Fri 27 at Northeastern + 7:00pm
UVM 3 - NU 0
Mon 30 Yale 7:05pm
UVM 4 - YU 2
December

Fri 4 at Boston University + 7:00pm
UVM 1 - BU 4
Sun 6 New Hampshire + (TV: ESPNU) 3:00pm
UVM 2 - UNH 3
Sat 12 St. Lawrence 7:05pm
UVM 4 - SLU 2
Sat 19 Dartmouth 4:00pm
UVM 2 - DC 1
January

Sat 2 Minnesota-Duluth vs. Mercyhurst % 4:00pm
UMD 3 - Mercy 1
Sat 2 Vermont vs. Alabama-Huntsville % 7:05pm
UVM 4 - UAH 1
Sun 3 Catamount Cup % 4:00pm

Sun 3 Vermont vs. Minnesota-Duluth or Mercyhurst % 7:05pm
UVM 3 - UMD 1
Fri 15 Northeastern + 7:05pm
UVM 1 - NU 1
Sat 16 Northeastern + 7:05pm
UVM 2 - NU 1
Sat 23 at Massachusetts + 7:00pm
UVM 3 - Umass 1
Sun 24 at Massachusetts + (TV: ESPNU) 3:00pm
UVM 2 - Umass 1
Fri 29 Maine + 7:05pm
UVM 2 - ME 3
Sat 30 Maine + 7:05pm
UVM 3 - ME 2
February

Fri 5 at Providence + 7:00pm
UVM 2 - PC 1
Sat 6 at Providence + (TV: Cox Communications) 7:00pm
UVM 3 - PC 2
Fri 12 Merrimack + 7:05pm
UVM 1 MC 1
Sat 13 Merrimack + 7:00pm
UVM 3 - MC 1
Fri 19 at New Hampshire + (TV: NESN) 7:30pm
UVM 2 - UNH 4
Sat 20 at New Hampshire + 7:00pm
UVM 2 - UNH 2
Fri 26 Boston University + (TV: NESN) 7:30pm
UVM 2 - BU 3
Sun 28 Boston University + (TV: ESPNU) 3:00pm
UVM 2 - BU 1
March

Fri 5 at UMass-Lowell + 7:00pm
UVM 4 - UML 2
Sat 6 at UMass-Lowell + 7:00pm
UVM 1 - UML 3

Conference 14-9-4
Overall 20-10-4

grantfan
10-01-2009, 01:39 PM
Looking forward to a nice, low scoring team, eh? Four goals will be an offensive explosion.

I do not agree.

Martin St. Louis Fan
10-01-2009, 03:50 PM
Can't wait til they drop the puck! I am looking forward to a really aggressive style this season. Love watching the Cats cleanly lay people out. ( think Sifers)
Staying out of the box will be key, but I think we can look forward to lots of hits, and lots of scoring.,

Catamount93
10-01-2009, 05:39 PM
We better score more goals than that.

As it turns out from a little web surfing, New Brunswick is not a bad team at all and should be a good exhibition test. I'll be surprised if we beat them by four goals from what I've read.

Martin St. Louis Fan
10-01-2009, 05:49 PM
We better score more goals than that.

As it turns out from a little web surfing, New Brunswick is not a bad team at all and should be a good exhibition test. I'll be surprised if we beat them by four goals from what I've read.

I am thinking a 5-3 win.

snwbrdr
10-01-2009, 06:17 PM
I think the cats will end the HE regular season with around 36 points rather than 32.

But I may be overly optimistic I suppose.

I still think a few guys step up enough to cover for the departures from last year and that they have a nice mix of upperclassmen with a few good youngsters sprinkled in.

Martin St. Louis Fan
10-01-2009, 07:00 PM
I think the cats will end the HE regular season with around 36 points rather than 32.

But I may be overly optimistic I suppose.

I still think a few guys step up enough to cover for the departures from last year and that they have a nice mix of upperclassmen with a few good youngsters sprinkled in.

I think that with the increase in overall recruiting, the transition time should become shorter, and shorter each year. Blue Chippers have the mental and physical ability to learn the system, and sprint out of the box.
I too am optimistic about the incoming class.

observer85
10-01-2009, 07:53 PM
We better score more goals than that.

As it turns out from a little web surfing, New Brunswick is not a bad team at all and should be a good exhibition test. I'll be surprised if we beat them by four goals from what I've read.

Below is a post from grantfan that was in the Offseason thread. It better addresses what the Cats have in front of them for this coming Sunday.


UVM's Sunday opponent, the defending Canadian University National Champion and perennial Canadian power University of New Brunswick Reds, lost 4-2 to the AHL Portland Pirates last night. Prior to that game, the Reds were 5-0 against Canadian competition. They played their first game on September 15. They will play at UMass Saturday evening before appearing in Burlington Sunday afternoon.

The Reds averaged about 6 goals/game in their 5 university games while allowing 1 or less in 4 of them, 6 in a 7-6 win against McGill (who appeared in Burlington last year at this time).

New Brunswick appears to be a most respectable foe for UVM's opening game.

observer85
10-01-2009, 07:55 PM
I think that with the increase in overall recruiting, the transition time should become shorter, and shorter each year. Blue Chippers have the mental and physical ability to learn the system, and sprint out of the box. I too am optimistic about the incoming class.

Are there any blue chippers in this class? I don't think so but would like to be proven wrong. Time will tell.

Cat lover
10-02-2009, 06:14 AM
Assist for Vik in his first game!

I only got to watch a small part but he looked good during the part I saw.

jcarter7669
10-02-2009, 08:46 AM
Are there any blue chippers in this class? I don't think so but would like to be proven wrong. Time will tell.

Possibly McCarthy

jcarter7669
10-02-2009, 09:08 AM
Assist for Vik in his first game!

I only got to watch a small part but he looked good during the part I saw.

Apparently every goal will be posted on NHL.com which is cool. Here is the goal that Vik scored on. Not great video, but looks like it was almost Vik's first NHL goal. But an assist in his first game is great.

http://www.nhl.tv/team/console.jsp?hlg=20092010,2,2&event=TOR588&fr=false

grantfan
10-02-2009, 09:53 AM
Until shown otherwise, young Mr. McCarthy may benefit by not (or no longer?) being considered a blue chipper.

Blue chippers often seem to find their way to BC, where, coincidentally, McCarthy was scheduled to go while he was being evaluated for the 2009 NHL draft, something blue chippers often seem to be involved in.

McCarthy, with his US NDTP pedigree and BC commitment, was ranked the 140th best North American skater eligible for the 2009 draft. At least one player not considered a blue chipper by UVM/HE fans, David Pacan, was rated the 127th best North American skater and was, in fact, selected in the draft. McCarthy will again be eligible for the 2010 NHL draft.

Then, the BC coach thought that maybe young Chris McCarthy needed a year of junior hockey before matriculating at BC. So, absent the recommended year of preparation for Hockey East competition, the undrafted 18 year old is a freshman at Vermont.

Maybe Vermont fans are right and the BC coach is wrong, maybe Chris McCarthy is a blue chipper.

Or maybe he should be called a freshman, a true freshman, and allowed to show everyone how good a player he is. Calling him a blue chipper may impress some people this season, but it won't strike fear in at least one HE opponent, Boston College.

jcarter7669
10-02-2009, 10:26 AM
McCarthy, with his US NDTP pedigree and BC commitment, was ranked the 140th best North American skater eligible for the 2009 draft. At least one player not considered a blue chipper by UVM/HE fans, David Pacan, was rated the 127th best North American skater and was, in fact, selected in the draft.

Maybe Vermont fans are right and the BC coach is wrong, maybe Chris McCarthy is a blue chipper.

Or maybe he should be called a freshman, a true freshman, and allowed to show everyone how good a player he is. Calling him a blue chipper may impress some people this season, but it won't strike fear in at least one HE opponent, Boston College.

Def : an athlete rated as excellent or as an excellent prospect

I think McCarthy would be considered and excellent prospect. Yes he has to prove himself, but that really doesn't factor in. Pacan also could very well be considered a blue chipper as well. But that really doesn't negate McCarthy's potential, just means UVM has two potential BlueChippers.:D

grantfan
10-02-2009, 10:33 AM
JC, do you not consider Nilsson-Roos, Albertson, STALBERG, and Franzon blue chippers?

jcarter7669
10-02-2009, 11:13 AM
JC, do you not consider Nilsson-Roos, Albertson, STALBERG, and Franzon blue chippers?

Nilsson-Roos has ok numbers, and I think appears to be avg, to maybe above average so no.

Stalberg, hard to say, so I would say no. I haven't seen him play and although from comments made with regards to him it would appear one of his strengths is being more defensively minded then Vik his numbers for Frolunder are considerably less then that of Vik's who was not really sought after as a college recruit. Moreover until Vik broke out last year he was an avg. player. So, I would say no to Sebastion. But I can only really base that on how Vik did, and that's not fair considering they play different styles.

Albertson had 29 points in almost 60 games..... I think that does not rise to the level of "excellent" either.

Franzon maybe, I don't know that much about him, but he was posted almost as many points as Albertson as a defensemen and was selected an all-star so I guess that he would be leaning towards being a top prospect.

jcarter7669
10-02-2009, 11:21 AM
Sunday UVM plays NB in an exhibition match :

Who starts in net?

Madore

Which Freshman make the lineup?

Pacan, McCarthy, Franzon, Stalberg

Does a Freshman record a point?

Assist to Pacan

Which Forward has the most points?

Stacey

Which Defensmen ?

Medvec


I know predictions are pointless but they can be fun....

grantfan
10-02-2009, 11:42 AM
Good analysis of Vermont's potentially not blue chippers, JC.

So, what do you know that makes McCarthy a blue chipper?

jcarter7669
10-02-2009, 02:11 PM
Good analysis of Vermont's potentially not blue chippers, JC.

So, what do you know that makes McCarthy a blue chipper?

I didn't say he was. I just stated that IMO if UVM had one it would be McCarthy. I like the fact that he has put up numbers at about a half PPG while playing at a high level of competition including many college teams. In 3 games against hockey east competition he had 1g, 1a. So last year he was able to compete at this level. I expect that only to improve.

Cat lover
10-02-2009, 03:15 PM
Former University of Vermont captain Jaime Sifers Ď06 has earned a spot on the 23-man roster with the Minnesota Wild and will begin the NHL season on Saturday when Minnesota visits Columbus at 7 p.m. Sifers signed a one-year contract with the Wild this summer.

Sifers recorded two assists and 18 penalty minutes in 23 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 2008-09 season. He recorded 14 goals and 44 assists for 58 points in 205 games with the Toronto Marlies in the AHL from 2006-2009.

Sifers was just the second three-time captain in Vermontís history and he played in 143 games in his career recording 15 goals and 55 assists for 70 points. He was named the ECACís Best Defensive Defenseman in 2004-05 and was an ECAC Second Team All-Star that season. He was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team in 2002-03 and was an honorable mention Hockey East All-Star in 2005-06.