Can we please lock up John Evans now. Another 4 point weekend as a 17 year old. https://bchl.ca/stats/player/5588/40/john-evans
Now, North Dakota's glut of commitments, cutting loose Reid probably allowed them to go after Morrow for 2021. Reading between the lines from his article he says he had offers for 2020, which likely included UNH (his dad played there and he would have been the first legacy).
And in this we see the far more fluid commitment process. Dakota and Wisconsin overrecruit and select, in the process leaving lots stranded. UNH is on the other end of the spectrum, cutting fewer guys (O'Neill, Bahn, Corson Green). We can see from the line charts that they have many forward spots filled, so they may be limited in what they can offer Evans at this point (apart from whether he wants us).
Last edited by NCAA watcher; 01-12-2020 at 11:40 AM.
Right. This is more what I meant - does UND pulling an NLI to pursue UNH target Morrow result in freeing up a highly regarded defenseman that UNH then snaps up. It’s an interesting circle of recruiting. I’d prefer the offensive upside of Morrow, but Reid is very well rounded and certainly a first pair type guy...Originally Posted by NCAA watcher
And this is the question I came here to ask...We can see from the line charts that they have many forward spots filled, so they may be limited in what they can offer Evans at this point (apart from whether he wants us).
UNH has a minimum of 17 forwards in the pipeline for each of the next three years. They still need another defenseman and a goalie - both by 2021, at least, if not sooner. Despite the need for more scoring, how much money do you think they would even have available for the position right now? Evans - or equivalent - will not be a discounted commit...
Are they going quantity over quality a la the end of the Borek era? Can they chase more Fs without creating decommitments?
I wonder if they’re concrete or vague in offering money. Are they promising kids X percent? Or are they suggesting a commitment and they’ll talk money later? Are they saying, ‘we have X and we’ll try to get more later’...?
I have concerns that with future commits were in for more of the same as opposed to seeing a real path to a top-HE team. What do you envision??
Last edited by Dan; 01-12-2020 at 01:09 PM.
Maybe C-H-C is right and Nick Ardanaz will be brought in as a true freshman. Like Benton Maass, he appears to be a good student who may want to continue schooling right away. West Kelowna was a mess earlu this year, and a lot of his assists are on the PP, so his readiness in all situations is a question. But his offense is unmistakeable. Let's not Laleggia him.
since Thanksgiving 15 games 1 goal 18 assists.
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West Kelowna Warriors defenceman Nick Ardanaz has been named the BCHL High School Player of the Month for December.
This award is for players 18-years-old or younger who are attending high school full time and is based on in-class and on-ice performance.
Ardanaz, who is from Langley, B.C., tied for the most assists among all BCHL players last month with 10 and finished as December’s second-leading scoring defenceman. He had four multi-point efforts in seven games and registered at least a point in six straight to close out the month.
On top of his solid play on the ice, the 17-year-old also exceled in the classroom. So far through his first semester at Mount Boucherie Secondary in West Kelowna, he has a 91 per cent average, while taking courses like Chemistry 12 and English 12. For his second semester, the University of New Hampshire commit is taking another set of challenging classes, including Pre-Calculus 12 and Law Studies 12.
On the season, Ardanaz is tied for sixth in scoring among rookie defencemen with 19 points in 39 games and is third in assists with 18.
Last edited by NCAA watcher; 01-12-2020 at 08:49 PM.
Like the word gauntlet, I like the Canadian spelling of defencemen. :-)
In response to the question of scholarships and quantity vs quality, I remember it being reported around these parts (unofficially of course) that in the wake of Borek leaving UNH we had to sweeten the pot to keep some of the recruits that he committed from leaving. Would most of those players having graduated this past year or being seniors this year be leaving more room to divy up our 50% or less offers and carrying 2-3 extra players? I am liking the fact that we leave some space for some of these last minute decommits to pick up a player or two late in the game but that it is not the primary recruiting strategy.
I'm curious to see how the recruiting game continues on in the Souza era but the fact that we are committing some better players and they are being given a chance over lesser qualified but higher seniority players is a great start.
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