Ranta's a big loss up front this year, no doubt. I have no idea how the process works of getting them in and if it is a hockey staff issue or academic staff issue.
Next year is the big influx of forward talent. Turcotte and Caufield are the big headliners, but guys like Lindmark and De St. Phalle are great players as well. Next year is the first year the staff will have had a big chance to put their stamp on forward recruits because of the forward pipeline that already existed when they got here, so while I hate being patient I'm telling myself I have to be patient.
The staff has pulled the team out of the basement but it takes time to turn an established team around. It might be easier to start from scratch (Penn State) and have success than undo a bunch of mistakes that are locked in for years (UW) and have success when you think about it realistically.
That's my bigger long term concern at this point. Players have said they're coming, but at this point who knows if they will actually show up anymore.
Edit: Cruikshank did when they changed his scholarship money, but that was a calculated gamble by the staff. They must have been willing to lose him if he balked.
I'm not 100% with you on the established team thing. New coaches are at liberty to ditch anyone they want and replace any recruits not on NLI's. The main guy we ditched was #1 in the country in assists last year on a bit above average team. Now maybe getting dumped shook Rocky up and it was what spurred him to turn it around, or maybe he just needed to mature a bit more physically, but in any case, it doesn't look like a good decision now. Oz got greedy and signed the Krygiers in lieu of F's when everyone knew there wasn't ice time for them. Cruikshank was ditched and probably some other F we could have landed and who'll have 10 NCAA goals this year. Other Big Names are elsewhere. Now this Ranta deal. We were promised all the best players would be lining up to play here. "Austin Matthews would have been here if I was the coach!" Well, Massimo Rizzo is going to Nodak and Oliver Wahlstrom is at BC.
I love Tony, and Oz, and Stroby and they've landed some great guys, but they gotta quit making mistakes, starting today.
Same old story.
Ok the kid can't speak English, it happens. What I want to know is how do you let the kid out of his NLI and he then walks across the bridge to MN???? You're doing him a huge favor by letting him out of it, would it be that hard to say stay the crap out of the Big Ten? And where did they come up with that scholarship money at this point in the game?
My understanding is Connor Hurley will not be on the goofs roster after sitting a year to transfer from Notre Dame.
UW has higher academic standards than a lot of places...it has come into play in football and other sports as well as hockey as far as not being able to recruit certain players and not being able to get certain recruits in. It's not going to change and the coaches clearly need to figure it out. Tony obviously does not have experience with these things so it is more on the Assistants and/or Academic Staff to troubleshoot these items ahead of time.
[QUOTE=Wisko McBadgerton;6691022]Your really not doing him much of a favor, just not being a dick about it. As soon as Admissions informs him in writing he's not admitted, his NLI disappears. So this week or next he's gone anyway.
Thanks for the clarification
Any idea why Hurley is not going to be on the Minnesota roster?
John Prokop is a defenseman out of Wausau West, and will be playing for Omaha in the USHL this season. He was just named to the the All American Prospects Game and is uncommitted. I'm a bit surprised UW has not taken an interest. Perhaps because there is/was no room...
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