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HungryHungryHuskies
01-11-2011, 11:45 AM
Just a couple of thoughts:

It would be really disappointing to see Reid not follow through on his commitment. Can't say I know all that much about Juell, but I thought he looked decent in the WJC.

It's a shame that John Gaudreau's size is seemingly such a huge factor. The guy seems to have quite a bit of talent.

You have to think that Clay Witt really screwed up his chances of getting drafted by coming to Northeastern this year. He was doing really well in Sioux Falls and could have really benefited from playing time there this year. I'd love to see him get some more playing time this year. This is the last year he's draft eligible, right?

Huskies01
01-11-2011, 12:48 PM
Considering that Gaudreau is the leading goal scorer in the USHL and probably leads in drawing penalties from guys trying to catch him or at least slow him down, he would probably be ranked much higher if he were a bit higher (taller). At 5'6" 140 lb.. he isn't exactly a prototypical NHL early round draft pick, but may turn into a terrific college player for us.

Ryan Renz might have been rated higher except for the fact that he has sat out for the past month asking for a trade from Port Alberni. He finally got his wish at the trading deadline today and happily it's not in the WHL. He was traded to Prince George (somewhere close to the Arctic Circle) and then was immediately shipped to Vernon. It should be a terrific opportunity for Ryan.
Here's the link to the Vernon Vipers Blog, which is run by someone with a lot of time on his hands. Of course, the Vipers have given him plenty to write about as they've been the national champions for the past two years and are ranked 18th this year - so far.

http://vipersdiehardfan.blogspot.com/

Meanwhile, two recruits seemed to vanish from the list published by Heisenberg. Adam Reid, a 20 yr. old with Youngstown, whose stats made it appear that he was just "mailing it in" is missing as is Rasmus Juell of Cedar Rapids via Norway. In their place we added Justin Kovacs from Cedar Rapids who seems to be a live one. I can't really add any color about what is going on. Any thoughts?

Reid is still with us and plays in the USHL for the U-18 team. It was Adam Berkle fron Youngstown who is no longer going to be coming.

GoNU5
01-11-2011, 05:36 PM
Berkle and Juell weren't doing much this year, after he committed Juell produced absolutely nothing. Getting Kovacs in my opinion, is better, he's producing far more and looks like a better prospect. Plus it probably frees up some money if necessary to bring in Gaudreau early if he's deemed ready.

As for draft prospects, I'd expect Renz and Gaudreau to go up. Both are ranked in the 7th round (if that), Gaudreau I would be will go in the 4th or 5th round overall, being the top scorer despite the height disadvantage. Renz I'd bet will also go in a mid round assuming he picks up where he left off at Alberni. Vernon is doing better so helping them in the playoffs will help his rankings as well.

As for Witt, he was listed as a "C" prospect, so a possibility for a late round. If I had to guess I'd say he'll only be drafted if he gets another half dozen games and plays as well as he has.

thebleedenator
01-16-2011, 06:33 PM
Central Scouting Bureau mid-term rankings of North American skaters and goaltenders

Round 1:
27) Jamie Oleksiak, D, Northeastern

Round 2:
59) Adam Reid, LW, U.S. NTDP (Northeastern)

Round 3:

Round 4:
113) Mike McKee, D, Kent School (Northeastern)

Round 5:
138) Garrett Haar, D, Fargo/USHL (Northeastern)

Round 6:

Round 7:
208) Ryan Renz, D, Alberni Valley/BCHL (Northeastern)
209) John Gaudreau, LW, Dubuque/USHL (Northeastern)


Read more: http://www.uscho.com/2011/01/11/nhl-central-scouting-high-on-ncaa-players-recruits/#ixzz1BFBPe429

GoNU5
02-06-2011, 04:30 PM
Updated, a number of our recruits have been playing quite well, Kovacs and Gaudreau are each averaging a point per game.

In addition, we have a commitment from Dylan McLaughlin, a sophomore in high school for 2013 or 2014. He's a left-shot Center, and a possibility for the National Team. Sounds like a good pick-up.

canada1
03-23-2011, 12:33 PM
Additional Update: Gaudreau and Kovacs are continuing their great play in the USHL! Both have passed the 50 point plateau, are averaging more than a point a game, and have about 8 season games left before the play-offs. Gaudreau leads the league in goals at 34 while Kovacs is tied for 4th with 38 assists. These two appear to be the "finisher" and the "set-up" guys that can help next season...as discussed on other NU threads. Two great recruits.

GoNU5
03-25-2011, 08:11 PM
Agreed Canada, fix up those two on the same line with a third veteran player, and you've got a very dangerous line. I've got to say, going into this year I was worried about next year's offensive production, but I think we'll do well next year, and our defense will be even better.

canada1
04-01-2011, 03:22 PM
GoNUS. Any thoughts on who the best veteran would be?

GoNU5
04-01-2011, 09:12 PM
GoNUS. Any thoughts on who the best veteran would be?

Hmmm, I think that's sort of up in the air. Quailer, McLaughlin, and Reid were all the most impressive all year. I think Quailer could have a better year than his freshman year (where he went 10-15-25), and score 10 or 15 goals at least. That top line of him, J Daniels, and Ferriero looked real good. I think Ferriero got his 10 goals if we keeps his game up like he did at the end of the season.

Reid proved himself to be a sniper, and I'm looking forward to seeing him continue.

Really it sort of depends if anyone hits a sophomore slump. I hope J. Daniels comes back and plays well, he got held up with his ankle injury the first half of the year, I hope by October he's back to his end of freshman year form.

GoNU5
04-03-2011, 01:26 PM
2011
-Ryan Renz-LD, Alberni Valley Bulldogs (BCHL), 4-13-17 in 49 games

-Ben Oskroba-D, Lincoln Stars (USHL), 4-11-15 in 52 games

-Ludwig Karlsson-LW, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL), 13-25-38 in 53 games

-Adam Reid-LC, Team USA (USHL), 3-3-6 points in 21 games

-Justin Kovacs-LC, Cedar Rapids Rough Riders (USHL), 16-39-55 in 55 games

2012
-Mike McKee-LD, Kent Prep School, listed as "B" draft prospect by Central Scouting

-Garrett Haar-LD, Fargo Force, 7-16-23 in 49 games

-Cam Darcy-LC, Team USA U-17, 9-4-13 in 35 games

-John Gaudreau-LC, Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL), 36-35-71 in 57 games

2013
-Jon Gillies-G, Indiana Ice (USHL), .911 save percentage, 2.65 GAA in 24 games played.

-Matt Gaudreau-C, Team Comcast Midget

-Nathan Ferriero-C, Governor's Academy

-Dylan McLaughlin-C, Buffalo Regals

Here's an updated list, Kovacs and Gaudreau have continued excellent seasons with both getting at least 1 ppg. Gillies has improved as the season has gone on, and I'm very much looking forward to seeing him play soon. Darcy looks like a great power forward who can drive on the net and score, and our upcoming defenseman are all highly touted.

Central Scouting has released top 10 lists of all sections, Ryan Renz and Oleksiak are in the top 10 in their respective sections (Canadian Juniors and US East respectively).

Huskies of NU
04-03-2011, 02:07 PM
Is Haar definitely waiting until 2012? Heinsberg has him as 2011 or 2012 and I've heard that 2011 was more likely.

GoNU5
04-03-2011, 03:38 PM
Is Haar definitely waiting until 2012? Heinsberg has him as 2011 or 2012 and I've heard that 2011 was more likely.

I think 2011 is more likely, I'm guessing a final decision is soon, but seems to me since he'll be drafted this year the coaches will want to move him in next year. This leaves us with the following D-men:

Bitetto, Eibler, Oleksiak, Haar, Oskroba, Ellement, Drew Daniels, Ryan Renz, Hoefler, Muench (?)

I think Oskroba and Hoefler sit, neither looks like more than just depth players. Muench might not even come back, and I'll bet the coaches will want to play their top D-men over him anyway. I think Ellement might sit in favor of Renz and Haar, both are likely to be drafted, and Ellement hasn't really done what he came here to do (be an offensive D-man). I bet they keep the Bitetto-Eibler pairing, and combine Oleksiak with Haar (Haar being just 6 feet, but has good puck moving skills), and Renz and Daniels (both with some offensive talent). Honestly, I think next year's Defensive corp could have the strongest offensive punch we've seen in quite a while.

canada1
04-12-2011, 03:37 PM
Regular season summary.....Gaudreau finished in 4th place in scoring (36-36-72/60 games) and Kovacs finished in 8th (17-42-59/58 games). Gaudreau finished as the leading scorer on the Debuque Fighting Saints and Kovacs as the leading scorer on the Cedar Rapids Roughriders. Each team won their division and the CR Roughriders won the Anderson Cup as the regular season league winners. Head-to-head, they played 7 times against each other - Gaudreau had 7 points and Kovacs 8 points. Pretty even except Cedar Rapids won 5 of the 7 games. They both should be excellent additions to the Huskies over the next couple of years.

HungryHungryHuskies
04-19-2011, 05:18 PM
Great article on Mike McKee: http://rise.espn.go.com/all-sports/articles/2010/11/01-CT-Mike-McKee-november-mag.aspx

GoNU5
04-24-2011, 01:29 AM
Vinny Saponari:

http://slightlychilled.areavoices.com/?p=508

Sort of torn, but I think it'll be good in the end. He and Gaudreau played spectacular this year, and I'll bet they continue together next season.

jcarter7669
04-24-2011, 07:58 AM
Vinny Saponari:

http://slightlychilled.areavoices.com/?p=508

Sort of torn, but I think it'll be good in the end. He and Gaudreau played spectacular this year, and I'll bet they continue together next season.

Frankly, it sounds like Saponari has matured a great deal and had a heck of a season. I would give him a second shot if I were a coach. Speaking of coaches, of interest in that article is Cronin headed to the AHL. Not sure what the truth is in that, anyone heard any other info on that?

GoNU5
04-24-2011, 01:26 PM
Frankly, it sounds like Saponari has matured a great deal and had a heck of a season. I would give him a second shot if I were a coach. Speaking of coaches, of interest in that article is Cronin headed to the AHL. Not sure what the truth is in that, anyone heard any other info on that?

Yea, that's caused a lot of confusion because the same reporter broke the news of Saponari coming, and then an hour later Cronin leaving. Honestly, I (or anyone else I know of) has no idea about this rumor. Cronin leaving for a pro job had been discussed by a lot of fans when the season ended because of his suspension (plus Cronin was likely to eventually leave for the pro's anyway), but as time went on and nothing happened, it seemed he was staying. Not to mention the fact that as of today Cronin is in Europe for the IIHF tournament, which makes this story that much harder to confirm or deny.

If Cronin leaves then he makes a **** good poker player. Less than a week ago he's trashing the NHL system of snatching free agents when Brodie Reid left, and talking about how he has a lot of great players coming in or already here. Not to mention the fact that he recruited Saponari to come here. Plus the end of season banquet, where there was no indication of a departure? Cronin must have been holding this really close to his chest.

The only thing I can think of against him leaving (and really, really hoping he isn't), is that this is just a rehash of rumors earlier this spring right after the season ended, and this particular report has just picked up on what other people have heard. My biggest problem with this report is that there's no one really on the record here, the guy from Fargo reported that he's probably going to leave (having heard it from someone else), and everyone else runs with it, despite the fact we have no information on this happening. I'd love to hear what someone more connected, like Federal League, has to say.

canada1
04-24-2011, 01:37 PM
Gees! Hope this is just unfounded rumor!!! How many recruits are coming in BECAUSE of Cronin and Albie....and if this were true....I wouldn't be surprised to see Albie move with Cronin. Hopefully when Cronin returns he will squash this immediately...if it is untrue. Silence from him could be real scary! and telling?

Ryecheers
04-24-2011, 04:07 PM
Gees! Hope this is just unfounded rumor!!! How many recruits are coming in BECAUSE of Cronin and Albie....and if this were true....I wouldn't be surprised to see Albie move with Cronin. Hopefully when Cronin returns he will squash this immediately...if it is untrue. Silence from him could be real scary! and telling?

AFAIK, All of the recruits (Gaudreau specifically, with the possible exception of Saponari) have signed and returned their LOIs. If Sebastien gets the job (assuming there is one), I believe the class will remain completely intact. He has relationships with all of the recruits and probably knows them as well or better than Cronin at this point.

PPGuru
04-24-2011, 06:51 PM
I heard the Cronin leaving thing a week ago from the parent of a talented local young high school player. I was surprised to hear it and discounted it because I hadn't heard it anywhere else - yet. I'm not putting this forth as Gospel. Just sayin', you know? Could be just a rumor making it's way around the recruiting trails. Could be a case of where there is smoke.....