Shea finally found his way to the center position where he makes more of an impact, but mired on the third line didn't allow him to showcase his skills. His faceoff circle work is something to marvel at.. between he and pearson i think they accounted for 75% of faceoff wins (unofficial conjecture) this year. He was big reason for Ryan Smith's offensive improvement this year. I don't feel Pat has always been used in the best role to highlight his abilities but rather his versatility has allowed him to fill needed roles on the roster - which always has tremendous value.
Although I am not privy to Dawe's medical records, i am greatly concerned about his concussion situation. Unfortunate that he is dealing with the situation he is dealing with. He missed time in juniors due to concussions and suffered another 2 this year. Very unfortunate. I wish the best for his health which obviously transcends the game. I hope he is able to fulfill his dream of competing in hockey at the highest level, but also hope that he places priority on his long term health.
Breen is the most offensively skilled player to be recruited to Orono since Devin Shore. His offensive game is very similar to Shore's in that he sees the ice, pushes the play, and looks to create for others in addition to get his own shot off. His two-way game is not at the same level as Shore's but is not to be overlooked either. With that being said he is not a defensive liability like Blaine Byron either and offensively does not look to create with extensive puck handling like Bryon did. Unlike Shore or Byron, Breen will be arriving a year earlier. Expectations are a line 2 or 3 LW role. He will likely be selected in the NHL draft this summer and easily falls in the upper echelon of Gendron era recruits (Pearson, Swayman, Holway) to arrive in Orono.
Drobot is future captain material. Hard worker with limited upside offensive potential, although can score when given the chance. Likely to provide improvement to our 4th line. Upside to develop into a reliable 3rd line winger by his senior year. If continues to improve and he is playing 4th line minutes his jr/sr seasons that would mean Maine has 4 line depth for the first time since '07. What do i mean by this? For me his role is an indicator of how well the team is doing, if he is a 3rd liner than depth is an issue, if he is a 4th liner than we have improved depth from top to bottom which is what it takes to compete in NCAA hockey today. Although not a flashy addition, I am excited for his addition, as he is the type of player in the right role that all winning teams must have.
Gaudette is not locked in for this fall. There is still one "open" forward position which could go to Gaudette or a graduate transfer from another university. For that reason, in my Roster Projection Table, I have left Gaudette in the following class with an indicator that he could arrive earlier. Farrell has the same indicator, for now, but he looks more likely to play one more year of juniors.
I hope this helps shed some insight on player & roster development. Although I don't write often but when I do it is often a tome lol!
Spicer or Bruneski (7th)
Kleiboer size is not an issue. he is actually bigger than his listed 165 (~175) which makes him a mountain compared to Adam Dawe lol. Gould is not ready for NCAA. He needs a year, maybe 2, of USHL/NAHL experience yet. He had a terrific season two years ago which had me extremely bullish on him even before he committed to Maine but this past season was not as positive as I would have hope for. Don't get me wrong he still had a good season and was still one of the best of Dmen in the SJHL. Much like Dallas Farrell two years ago Gould needs to move on to better competition to continue his development, otherwise he risks delaying his arrival by a year much like Farrell.
Ben Poisson is putting up one heck of a playoff performance for Prince George. In 9 games games he has put up 8G & 5A including a hat trick, including two goals on the PP, the other night (see article below) to lead the Spruce Kings into the BCHL semifinals after a convincing Round 2 sweep of Chilliwack. Ben has future "C" written all over him and will look to replace the Pearson role. Look for him to be competing for 2nd or 3rd line center position.
BHall44, it sounds like you're actually reasonably bullish on the incoming freshman class, which is reassuring as Drew and I had both expressed concerns. Looking over the current and future roster though, it looks to me like Maine may be a bit weak down the middle; would you agree with this?
With the departure of Chase the team is likely to be stronger on the outside than up the middle, however, from a long term perspective I do expect Poisson & Roy to develop into strengths. If Dawe is healthy, right wing, in particular, looks to be a strength. For example, with a proper centermen Ryan Smith is a phenomenal 4th line RW vs. an average 3rd RW. As a fan i focus in on the relationship of player development to roster development and combinations like these are a great indicator of likely team performance.
Why do you think Red has had trouble finding top six forwards? Is it more an issue of identifying the right ones or missing out on them? To be fair, heís done a great job with goalies, Dmen, and bottom six forwards. In college hockey your top two lines oftentimes determine your success though.
Where I believe Red has struggled, in particular early on is, scholarship allocation which stemmed from: A) his decision to honor all scholarships form the previous regime and B) he and his staff's lack of experience balancing the limited scholarships available year over year which ties your hands on the recruiting trail. As fans, it is important to come to terms with the fact that parity in college hockey is such now that a half scholarship here or there makes a HUGE difference. Just look at the Holway effect from this season! It puts a team at a massive disadvantage.
Recruit Update: Xavier Henry will lace up the skates for Chilliwack (BCHL) next year. From a development perspective this is a good move for Xavier.
How about a ďtop 6Ē forward is anyone remotely capable of getting to 100 career points. Havent really seen one. Fossier should get there if he stays.
Dont particulalry care if they get them on the rush or by cycling the puck to death but I will say the supposed emphasis on size when the rest of the country is getting swifter has backfired and moved us backwards, and probably contributed to the penalty issues.
Fossier 86pts or 3yr ave = 28.6 pts
Pearson 78pts or 3yr ave = 26 pts
Tralmaks 42pts or 2yr ave = 21 pts
Doherty 40pts or 2yr ave = 21 pts
Vesey 82 pts or 4yr ave = 20.5 pts
Hard to believe PK scored in one season what it would take Pearson to do in 4 years.
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