Last edited by Bill; 04-09-2018 at 03:48 PM.
The D1 signing period opens up again on Wednesday. I think there will be off-season Laker Hockey Talk shows (held monthly) starting in May. Perhaps Damon will have some NLIs to announce on the May show.
The Lakers have a new recruit, D-man Alec Semandel, from Janesville of the NAHL. I'm guessing it's for next season although he's a 98 birth date so he could play another season of Junior hockey. I think he's already signed his NLI.
Also, I saw that Dustin Manz has signed his NLI.
Last edited by Bill; 04-12-2018 at 09:36 AM.
More NLIs have come in. Pete Veillette, Mitch Oliver, Miroslav Mucha, Jacob Nordqvist
Spencer DenBeste has also now signed his NLI.
A couple of things of note from Pocket's Sports Corner show where Damon was a guest of Matt Pocket:
Matt McArdle won't be back with the Lakers this coming season. He will get his degree from LSSU this summer. He could still play college hockey somewhere else for a season while pursuing a graduate degree (he has a year of eligibility left).
It sounds like Denver will be making a trip to the Soo sometime in the next few years to play the Lakers. Nothing firm yet as to year/dates.
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Taffy Abel Arena (LSSU, 1992)
Ewigleben Arena (Ferris State, 1997)
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John McInnes Ice Arena (Michigan Tech, 2009)
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Kohl Center (Wisconsin, 2013)
Ralph Engelstad Arena (North Dakota, 2014)
We have a new recruit, forward Melvin Karlsson from Sweden. Not sure if he's coming next season or the following one.
Seems like a lot of new players coming in again at one time and makes you wonder who will not be coming back .
Also, looking at this past season, I think you'll be seeing a couple of extra guys come in, in case of injury. We saw how thin the team got with all the injuries we had this season, hopefully that won't happen again.
One more thing: Supposedly Bengert got cleared to play next season, so we'll likely see one heck of a fight for the #1 & #2 spots in net this season.
An NLI has come in from Jesse Tucker; he's 2 or 3 seasons away from joining the Lakers.
Press release from LSSU on the guys signing NLIs during this signing period. Although the article refers to this group as the "2018-19 Lakers Hockey class", I don't believe all these guys will be joining the Lakers for the upcoming 2018-19 season. I think Manz, Tucker and DenBeste are at least another season out. We'll have to see about Karlsson.
Last edited by Bill; 04-17-2018 at 06:38 PM.
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