CM's a supremely talented guy, fully capable of moving to the next level...but his impact on the Gophers was really pretty negligible.
Last edited by trixR4kids; 03-27-2018 at 10:34 AM.
Just to be clear, I don't buy that Casey was saddled with terrible linemates - including the top goal scorer in the USHL in the last five years. Also, they frequently didn't play against the other team's top line. He should have had a tailwind in scoring.
What I'm saying is he...
Points per first round pick:
Jeff Taffe 113
Thomas Vanek 113
Tom Chorske 101
Nick Bjugstad 98
Blake Wheeler 96
Erik Rasmussen 75
Patrick White 53
Phil Kessel 51
Kyle Okposo 51
Kris Chucko 34
Jim O'Brien 15
He wasn't a great college hockey player...he'll be a great pro.
Last edited by 5mn_Major; 03-27-2018 at 11:18 AM.
I think a lot Gopher fans thought CM would be a reload for Kloos on the Pitlick/Kloos/Sheehy line and light it up. I guess I bought into that as well. But the correlation between Kloos and CM is actually quite low (skills, style, age, experience, etc.). The line seemed to gel for a few weeks and then Sheehy was dropped to the 2nd line. Then it became Pitlick/CM/Reedy. They lasted a while and then another change. I don't think there was any consistent pairing with CM that worked. The closest was Pitlick. I attribute that to a young and talented CM still needing to develop leadership, positioning, strength and skill at the college level.
On the other side, I can see where team struggles most likely affected CM's numbers. Schierhorn did not live up to expectations this season after two seasons as Big Ten Goalie of the Year. His decline was quite a surprise to many. The PP was terrible. The D was not good and we lacked an offensive D like Bischoff (Johnson never became that guy). A lack of productive seniors was a problem compared to the previous season too.
I can see extraneous variables on both sides of the argument that led to the Gophers demise last season and CM's low production compared to other highly talented frosh that you've listed above.
As for the points of guys who played across different eras, some of which were much higher scoring, it's not really a valid comparison. Heck just look at the pads and style of play those goalies were playing on those Vanek highlights.
Last edited by trixR4kids; 03-27-2018 at 12:35 PM.
Last edited by SteveO; 03-27-2018 at 12:33 PM.
After 2005, the NHL decided enough was enough and began requiring form-fitting jerseys and pads proportioned to a goalie’s size. Leg pads could be no wider than 11 inches. Blockers were reduced from 16” to 15” and the circumference of catching gloves was shrunk from 48” to 45” to make pucks harder to hold onto and thus create more rebounds.
But in its constant desire to increase scoring, the NHL reduced the height of leg pads by an average of two inches starting in 2013-14, and more changes are on the way.- https://www.si.com/nhl/2016/03/29/nh...n-1917-to-2016
Last edited by SteveO; 03-27-2018 at 12:48 PM.
This still has nothing to do with the original point. The Gophers have had many great prospects coming in and most have had a mark on the program. Casey Mittelstadt's broader impact on these couple of years was almost nothing...in part because he left after one year forcing us to fill his slot training in another first year player.
Last edited by 5mn_Major; 03-27-2018 at 01:06 PM.
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