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    Another goal. Man.
    Go Gophers!

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    That's the game! Gophers win 7-1. The game was a lot closer than the score indicates. U18 is very good...Hughes will go in the first round in the NHL draft.

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    Total drag. Was sitting around and forgot about the game.

    For the team...that's not a bad sign. U18 was 6-1 with road wins over Michigan and a 4-1 win over Notre Dame.
    Go Gophers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    That's the game! Gophers win 7-1. The game was a lot closer than the score indicates. U18 is very good...Hughes will go in the first round in the NHL draft.
    Hughes is projected to go #1 overall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 5mn_Major View Post
    Total drag. Was sitting around and forgot about the game.

    For the team...that's not a bad sign. U18 was 6-1 with road wins over Michigan and a 4-1 win over Notre Dame.
    This was a big test for the Gophers. Schierhorn was spot on today, made some amazing saves. Pitlick was energized and all over the ice. Phillips looked good again on D. Gopher offense got better as the game went on . 5 goals in the third.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    Gophers score! Joey Marooney. Gopher 6-1. Wow...Marooney scores again. Gophers 7-1
    Holy ****. This team can apparently put the puck in the net.

    This was not a pushover.

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    Quote Originally Posted by digitalbooya View Post
    Hughes is projected to go #1 overall.
    No doubt about it...Jack Hughes has star power. Fast, excellent hands, amazing playmaker. Apparently he's uncommitted.

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    Thanks again, SteveO. Twas almost like listening to Wally & Glen.
    You hardly know a day goes by in a cardboard cutout sundown...

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    Quote Originally Posted by captain beefheart View Post
    Thanks again, SteveO. Twas almost like listening to Wally & Glen.
    Haha... Thanks man...

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    Thanks SteveO

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    No doubt about it...Jack Hughes has star power. Fast, excellent hands, amazing playmaker. Apparently he's uncommitted.
    He's committed. He's committed to getting drafted first, and going straight to the NHL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    He's committed. He's committed to getting drafted first, and going straight to the NHL.
    No player has gone directly from the NTDP to the NHL, but Hughes will probably have a chance at becoming the first. I'd compare his glide speed to Dylan Larkin or even Mike Modano, and his elite passing and puck control to Connor McDavid. He's better than Mittelsdorf. Check out these highlights:2018 IIHF U18 Jack Hughes Highlights

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    Quote Originally Posted by dxmnkd316 View Post
    Holy ****. This team can apparently put the puck in the net.

    This was not a pushover.
    It's like all the goas this team should have been able to score with last year's roster are spilling into the beginning of this season.

    For anyone who watched; So how does Marooney look? I know nothing about him. What kind of player is he?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveO View Post
    He's better than Mittelsdorf. Check out these highlights:2018 IIHF U18 Jack Hughes Highlights
    I don't know about that. Sure, his individual skills are better, but Middlesdorf seemed like he was playing two positions on the ice at time, both forward and defense. He was so fast it seemed like his jersey number even changed at times.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    I don't know about that. Sure, his individual skills are better, but Middlesdorf seemed like he was playing two positions on the ice at time, both forward and defense. He was so fast it seemed like his jersey number even changed at times.
    Hughes is better...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonin21 View Post
    Hughes is better...
    I think you missed my point......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Koho View Post
    I think you missed my point......
    That was early for me and thankfully I went to both games against UMD and haven't had to endure Doug yet this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonin21 View Post
    That was early for me and thankfully I went to both games against UMD and haven't had to endure Doug yet this year.
    Sorta like how good Bischoff was. He sometimes seemed like a stalwart defenseman, and sometimes like a speedy European style forward, sometimes seemingly like he was two places on the ice at once.......

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    Re: Minnesota Golden Gopher Season 2018-19: The Motzko Era Begins!

    Schierhorn had a comment that really caught my attention after the Gophers 7-1 win over U18 last Sat. When asked about U18s puck movement and whether they're difficult to defend against, he commented, "Oh yeah...they seem to always carry the puck into the offensive zone and control play. They hardly ever dump the puck in".

    Unlike in previous seasons, it was great to see the Gophers FINALLY doing the same thing throughout the game. I saw very little dump and chase.

    SOG and Gs were down last season partially due to playing it safe far too much (especially at the beginning of last season) with a dump/chase, forecheck and cycle system. I'm hoping Motzko continues to stress more controlled zone entry tactics vs. a safe dump and chase.

    I posted a stat graphic in the offseason thread which indicated when a team carries the puck into the offensive zone, they produce twice as much offense per entry than if they dumped it in.

    The major disadvantage of a 'dump and chase' tactic is giving up possession of the puck. Losing possession on a dump-and-chase play can be very problematic if you're playing an offensive system where players can get caught. For example, if you send two players deep (past the hashmarks) and one to the net and you lose possession, the opponent gets the chance for an odd-man rush going the other way because the forwards are caught out of the play once the opponent breaks out.

    There are times when D & C is effective, especially during line changes, when a strong skater lacks stickhandling skills, or instead of going solo against the D.

    But in terms of scoring, the controlled offensive zone entry is king.

    Not convinced?? Here's another graphic:



    The last row in the graphic "Rest of League" is the most valid stat as it's not just representing a handful of teams but that of the entire NHL.

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    I assume this filters out D&C when itís not being used to generate offense?

    Iím a big proponent of carrying a puck in, just to be clear.

    Edit: and even if it doesnít, it should be clear to everyone the takeaway. I think youíve posted this a number of times on here. Itís really stark.

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