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Martin St. Louis Fan
03-11-2012, 08:14 PM
We definitely have a lot to look forward to!


http://www.mynhldraft.com/2012/NHL-Draft-Profiles/Zemgus-Girgensons

UVM Cat in Texas
03-12-2012, 11:57 AM
Yes, let's hope that when Girgensons leaves UVM, we can call it an "era." To me, that would mean him being around for at least three years. I don't think a two-season stint with the team can qualify as an "era" no matter how productive, but I would take it nonetheless. I agree though that we have a lot to look forward to.

BTW, liked your timing with this new thread--i.e., concluding the old one after one of the most vitriolic posts of the season by Catamount90. "Okay, on that note, let's start a new thread."

Martin St. Louis Fan
03-12-2012, 01:12 PM
This is going to make watching the NHL draft fun! I'm a Penguins fan, and I think I have only paid attention to the drafts when Lemieux or Crosby were involved. I have seen him in the top 10 in some mock drafts. And yes that was my point!

Thiessen'sBetter
03-12-2012, 01:44 PM
This is going to make watching the NHL draft fun! I'm a Penguins fan, and I think I have only paid attention to the drafts when Lemieux or Crosby were involved. I have seen him in the top 10 in some mock drafts. And yes that was my point!

Its pretty crazy that Girgensons was on a line with Saponari and Johnny Gaudreau in Dubuque last year. That'd be a good first line in HE; nevermind the USHL.

boblav1
03-13-2012, 09:23 PM
FYI from Twitter:

According to a tweet from teammate Kyle Reynolds, UVM's Sebastian Stalberg has signed with San Jose and will forgo his senior season.

http://twitter.com/#!/smclaughlin9

A tough break for UVM if true

Martin St. Louis Fan
03-13-2012, 10:05 PM
I am beginning to feel this was a prank, if not then best of luck to him!

Martin St. Louis Fan
03-14-2012, 08:41 AM
We will find out soon enough, Ted is on the case!

http://blogs.burlingtonfreepress.com/oncampus/2012/03/14/stalberg-gone-maybe-alberta-forward-commits-to-cats/

The new recruit looks promising..............I thought we only needed two defensemen. Adding a scoring forward is exciting!

Little Ball of Hate
03-14-2012, 08:42 AM
Stalberg leaving for San Jose according to WCAX.

UVM Cat in Texas
03-14-2012, 08:49 AM
I am beginning to feel this was a prank, if not then best of luck to him!
Ted Ryan is reporting on the rumors, but wasn't able to confirm that they're true. If true, this would be another serious blow to the UVM hockey program. I don't think we've had anything go our way since Viktor Stalberg declared his intent to turn pro and forfeit his senior season three years ago. This one surprises me a bit--Sebastian is not nearly the force that his brother was at this same time and I think another year of college hockey would only enhance his prospects of succeeding as a pro. Best of luck to him, but at the same time I think he's making a mistake.

boblav1
03-14-2012, 08:55 AM
Stalberg leaving for San Jose according to WCAX.
http://www.wcax.com/story/17152682/report-sebastian-stalberg-signs-with-sharks

UVM Cat in Texas
03-14-2012, 09:17 AM
http://www.wcax.com/story/17152682/report-sebastian-stalberg-signs-with-sharks
This story says "If he is leaving....." So not exactly a confirmation.

But realistically, it looks like he's gone. I'd expect to see definitive confirmation from a legitimate source sometime today. Bummer.

UVM Cat in Texas
03-14-2012, 09:26 AM
Interestingly, this will mark the fourth time in three years that UVM has lost their leading scorer before that player's eligibility has run out: Viktor Stalberg, Justin Milo, Wahs Stacey, and Sebastian Stalberg.

Martin St. Louis Fan
03-14-2012, 09:33 AM
Yeah, I am a HUGE Kevin Sneddon fan, but this trend has to hurt. Especially since he was not drafted.

UVM Cat in Texas
03-14-2012, 11:00 AM
Yeah, I am a HUGE Kevin Sneddon fan, but this trend has to hurt. Especially since he was not drafted.
I know you're a big Sneddon fan. This next season is going to be a real test for him. Although I'm admittedly not close to the pulse of UVM hockey here in Atlanta, there's seems to be a low murmur of dissatisfaction with Sneddon, which is sure to become a lot more vocal if he can't turn things around. But I can't imagine there won't be some significant improvement next season.

Little Ball of Hate
03-14-2012, 11:34 AM
Players leaving early for the pros is just part of the deal in college hockey. The key is to have high level recruits ready to step in and take their place. Look at BC as an example. Every year they seem to lose a guy or two to the pros and it doesn't slow them down because they are bringing in talented recruits to take their place.

Along the same lines I wouldn't count on Girgensons being in Burlington very long. I'd love to see him play 4 years, but it's not going to happen.

I think Sneddon is a reasonably good coach, but there's only so much you can do with the talent you have. Recruiting is the key and I don't think Sneddon and his staff have done a good job with that over the last few years. Especially after a Frozen Four appearance followed up with another trip to the NCAA's. For whatever reason those good seasons didn't translate into bringing big time kids to UVM, Girgensons excepted.

I'd love to see UVM succeed with American kids, but Quebec is a gold mine. For a Quebec kid UVM has to be an attractive option, being only a couple hours south. Gilligan had success with Quebec kids in the 90's and I don't know why that pipeline dried up.

UVM Cat in Texas
03-14-2012, 03:48 PM
Kyle Reynolds was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team for the 2011-2012 season. Check it out:
http://uvmathletics.com/news/2012/3/14/MHOCKEY_0314123409.aspx

He obviously deserved it and with continued development could become one of UVM's most prolific goal scorers. Congrats to Kyle.

UVM Cat in Texas
03-14-2012, 04:32 PM
FWIW, it is official now, Stalberg's gone. http://sharks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=622231&navid=DL|SJS|home

Man, those UVM throw-back jerseys are cool! I hope they plan to wear them again. Better yet, I'd like to see them become the team's standard away jersey.

jcarter7669
03-14-2012, 06:29 PM
That's rough, really could have used him to help along all the soon to be sophmore forwards another year. It made a young team a little younger. I guess the bright side will be McCarthy will be back on the ice.

jcarter7669
03-14-2012, 06:39 PM
Lets look on the bright side, we have returning :

Lenz, White, Reynolds, Brickley, McCarthy, Decenzo, Markinson, Montagna, Roos and with Girgenson that's three pretty decent lines. And, with Albertson, and the incoming Frosh, there should be good solid competition for a spot in the line-up.

Franzon to lead a huge of young defensment... that gained a ton of experiece this year.

The biggest hole really is goaltending. Gawd I pray Sneddon pulled in a stud goaltending prospect.


All of that however is meaningless unless this team gels quickly and gets back to playing full steam 100% of the time. Playing hard working, out checking, shot blocking hockey. That's Sneddon's job. We will see how he does.

snwbrdr
03-14-2012, 08:46 PM
the new forward recruit looks like a good one but losing Stalburg is brutal. I think it takes them down a significant notch in potential for next season losing a likely top 6 HE forward out of the mix. Offensive depth has been a shortcoming and this makes improvement tougher. Although they are they are still likely to be considerably better than this past season (not a high bar there).

overall a significant net loss but I do like the recruit