Maine recruit in top 5
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If interested in watching Kleiboer compete at World Jr A Challenge you can follow the link below.
This weekend had me pretty excited so I was checking out the roster projection table (great work BHall44), and I think next years team is going to be the one to bring us back to the tourney. The trio of Fargo guys are putting up impressive numbers so far and should replace the scoring we'll lose with Vesey and Pieper gone. The blue line has been crowded this year so I expect Hamilton's shoes to be filled by someone like Binner who's been great. I want to saw he's +11 which is unreal. I don't know if it's Ben or Red but the right players are starting to arrive. Don't want to speak to soon but it appears to be coming together. 2 good recruiting classes in a row with another one which appears to be on the way. My fingers are crossed
BHall, Im just curious. Who of our recruits that will be here soon are you most bullish on? I assume it's either JSS or Dawe, that's who I'm personally watching, but what say you?
Meyers (2018) highly skilled, have been watching him the most recently. if he blows up in the second half Maine fans should be very excited about the prospects of next year's forward class!
Craig Needham (2018 or 2019) won't blow you away with numbers but he is a future captain, a glue guy, easy to like his style of play and effort.
Butala (2018 or 2019) is playing very good hockey and will be a welcomed addition to the blueline, all around game, leadership.
Kleiboer (2018 or 2019) No viewings yet but based on face value seems like someone to be excited about. World Jr A tournament is streaming for free so i plan to catch a couple of his games.
Dallas Farrell (2019) is highly skilled but still playing in the NCDC is not really furthering is development (IMO).
No checkers in those lines so a bit unrealistic but those all appear to be guys who will score goals which is exciting. I think this years team should be safe in terms of guys taking off early. In my opinion Holway and Swayman are the only ones who truly appear ready for the next level. If the recruiting class pans out, hats off to Ben and maybe we should be talking about him as a potential replacement for Red. I have been tough on Red and I'm not a full believer yet but you have to give credit where credit is due. He's done a fantastic job so far this year, has a young team a game over .500 at the break. The same team that was picked last in the pre-season poll. Heck, they even got a vote in the polls this week. We can blame resources and facilities all we want but in truth it's more about going after the right recruits. I love the fact that Ben is going into western Canada and finding players. Even more intruiging is he's going toe to toe with bigger schools and landing USHL guys which bodes well for our long term success.
Any way to watch USHL games free of charge? I'm hoping to get my first personal look at the Fargo trio tonight.
Canada West won the gold medal at the World Jr. A Challenge with a 5-1 victory over US. Levi Kleiboer set up the first goal of the game. Battlefords local paper write up linked below.
Matt Thiessen named to CJHL top prospect game roster.
Article with a blurb on 2020 NHL Draft prospect and Maine recruit Nick Capone of Salisbury School
Capone doesn't blow my hair back.
Not seeing much in general to impress me among the recruits, but I don't know a lot re: Juniors. All I can do from here is to look at the numbers and the odd game or two.
But the enthusiasm about all the "talent" Red has brought-in puzzles me. This year's team will almost certainly finish with a losing season, and if Red could recruit, some serious talent should be showing-up by now.
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