2020 UNH Commit Tim Stützle & Team Germany won GOLD at the IIHF Hockey U18 Division I Group A World Championship. Stützle tied 1st in scoring (9 pts) & assists (7) in 5 games. He also scored 2 goals. He was awarded the top forward prize for the tournament.
Last edited by NCAA watcher; 05-01-2019 at 09:44 AM.
They are not done with recruiting this year. Maybe one more impact forward this year and they will be on the trail for a few top tier defensemen for next year and beyond. You are correct CHC that our future forward lines are very dynamic. We might need a large body forward for some protection. Thanks for hockey chatter as it seems to be all over the map for everything but college hockey.
But, back to incoming UNH recruits. What does the word "dynamic" mean above? Multiple freshmen skating on the top two lines? Or? Also, the word "protection"? Back in the day, every NHL team had an "enforcer," but I never thought that those players were a big part of college hockey. Anyway, just curious about the context of these words. I am definitely upbeat about many of Souza's recruits.
Last edited by Snively65; 05-01-2019 at 01:18 PM.
Nothing can be announced by NU until they get a signed financial aid agreement/scholarship which is likely to be contingent on BVR finishing his UNH course work and graduating. Even then they may wait until they wrap up and announce their entire class. It’s a matter of time and compliance...
It’s how everyone knew NU’s Ryan Ruck was transferring to CC - but official stories and releases didn’t break until yesterday. The day final grades were in at NU. Assuming BVR needs no additional summer coursework - spring semester graduation for UNH is May 18...
The only thing left to worry about regarding BVR is whether this is a one-off or might set a precedent for other upperclassmen should UNH fail to make an NCAA Tournament or exhibit legitimate competitiveness this coming season...
Last edited by Dan; 05-01-2019 at 04:30 PM.
As for the incoming F’s - it’s still Stutzle, Margel and a whole lot of question marks. Junior hockey assignments for the coming year is the first step to answering those questions...
Stutzle should be in Sioux City. Margel should be in Sioux Falls. Nice to see Sweeney get out of the east to the BCHL - now can he score at that level? Will any of Curran, Wazny, Jones or Cronin join him? Or better yet, head to the USHL...
Can those remaining in prep-school take the next step from good enough to dominant...
I share your concern about other possible defections. On the other hand, I kinda like the idea of players having some options should they decide to opt into the portal. This can work in UNH's favor at some point down the line also. I think it was you who said BvR is easily replaceable anyway. Apologies if it wasn't you. At any rate, I wish him well moving forward.
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The biggest key to UNH's season next year will be what they need out of their top returning forwards - i.e. senior (four-year) jumps from Blackburn and Grasso and notable improvements from now experienced underclassmen like Kelleher, Pierson and Crookshank...
Blackburn is more smart and positional with good hands around the goal than he is a sniper and while expectations were through the roof for Grasso after he scored 20-goals as a FR (9 came on the PP) - his last two seasons were more in line with his early junior career. But both are 23 years old come the fall and have 30-some goals at the college level under their belts. They need to deliver UNH, what they used to get all the time, a senior bump a la Austin Block (15 goals) or Nick Sorkin (20 goals).
At least two of, Kelleher (yes, he's a junior), Pierson and Crookshank need to deliver a sophomore/underclass breakout along the lines of what UNH used to get from guys like Trevor Smith (20 to 43 points) if not quite Jason Krog (20 to 67 points). They'll need to find a sixth-scoring forward - a Dan Correale type - who can ride shotgun in the top six (probably Fregona). Or add another top-end, forward recruit (my preference). Had BVR remained, he would have helped with, and added depth to, that search, but they have other options and the first-five are the real key to success for 2019-20.
The bottom six should be strong, capable defensively and on the forecheck, while give them enough scoring with Engaras, MacAdams, Esposito and Stevenson, etc. The defense and goaltending should be a strength. It all comes down to whether or not (and how much) the top talents produce...
Last edited by Dan; 05-01-2019 at 04:43 PM.
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Elite forwards coming in over the next several years with pedigree is dynamic. I am not looking for Terry O'Reilly or Dave Schultz but a large body forward who will get through the blue line and open spaces for the goal scorers. We have quite a few small forwards getting hit hard in hockey east and it always helps to return the favor. Esposito will fit well on any of the 2nd to fourth line and MacAdam is also someone who opens lanes and is not afraid to go into the dirty zones. Pat Foley, Souza, Eddie Caron and many others in the late 90's to mid-00's that were 200+ pound players to slow down the opposition and protection was not meant to be a goon.
I ask, because my view is that, other than Stutzle, UNH's approach is pointed less toward quality, and more for quantity (lower tier partial scholarship kids) who may develop, as most of the committed kids are projected to need to their 20 year old seasons before coming to UNH, and few are at the top of the usual indicators/pedigree that dot the rosters of BC/BU/Northeastern/Providence.
It may be that this is by choice, not necessity, and they view this as the preferred route. But in preparing my little doodle of potential lines, I was hard pressed to know that a kid could fill the upper line role. I mean, even Margel or Curran, their second most promising forward recruits, are far from a sure thing.
Also, am I correct that the impact forward you were alluding to committed to U.Mass yesterday?
Last edited by NCAA watcher; 05-03-2019 at 07:59 AM.
And Matias Maccelli is out - he's heading back to Finland to play professional hockey. Paging Brendan Budy...
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Last edited by NCAA watcher; 05-03-2019 at 09:53 AM.
Or are you implying there is a rule for hockey players who do not transfer directly from one school to another requiring a two-year degree completion before returning to an NCAA program?
I agree completely with your take on the recruiting class - I see far more wait and see than dynamic pedigree, though I think I’m higher on expectations for Margel and less so on Curran.
Last edited by Dan; 05-03-2019 at 11:08 AM.
So, from my understanding, the only way to get eligible right away (what guys who return to junior hockey do) would be the 4-2-4 route, but Budy, being a true freshman, probably had no other credits hanging around so only has the Denver credits, meaning can't do the "2" part of the 4-2-4 yet. I imagine he'll spend next year at Tri-City, just like James Miller spent another year at Penticton to get his 2 year degree.
Last edited by NCAA watcher; 05-03-2019 at 11:20 AM.
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