Since we’re speculating about next year....
Sanford, Milan, and Osborn will graduate..so we need at least 2 forwards and 1 defenseman
Rosburg - I believe he graduates this year as he was redshirted.
KH - will they be back for a senior year?
Will any of the mostly practice players seeing little ice time leave?
KH - I think both should be getting serious looks to get free agent contracts. My money is that K, as the nearest to NHL material, could opt for it.
You mean guys like Esteves, Chrcek and Scarsella? I would think Cole is hedging his bets that way in recruiting.
As for the "practice players", they have to see the writing on the wall when other players are recruited such that the numbers are no longer in their favor (I recall I mentioned earlier in this thread before the season began, that Scarsella and Chrcek were odd men out once the Krygier twins flipped). The only reason I can think of to stay in those two cases, is that they're relatively local (not so with Esteves, I realize). Even dman Ghafari seems to be seeing less ice lately, so one has to wonder about his future.
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Speaking of trending up, 3 B1G wins in a row, a series sweep and a series season win against someone other than Michigan - how much will that impact a recruit's decision he believe's he's already made?
Last edited by owslachief; 01-24-2019 at 09:17 AM.
Big series this weekend, though I suppose they all are at this point.
I think we actually had the upper hand when we played them at Munn. They had a couple weird goals and their defense was its usual strong self, but we outshot and controlled most of the puck possession.
Truly, one of the most intense hockey games I've ever seen live. It had everything, short of 3 goals. Cale Morris is a beast, but DeRidder had perhaps his finest outing to date. We seem to hit a lot of iron when we play Notre Dame and that's frustrating. As was the late goal for ND, as was Lewandowski's overacting. On the other hand the way State came out and played in overtime showed they didn't let it get to them. Just couldn't put it home.
Hard earned point in the standings.
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Well, onward to Wisconsin. They thumped us Madison but I think we’ll be better this time around. I am confident in this team’s ability to hang with anyone.
Ugh! Lost a recruit :-(
Last edited by FLHockeyMom; 01-31-2019 at 02:58 PM.
I just realized there is a game tonight. Work was called off the last couple days so my internal schedule is messed up.
Wisky beat the hell out of us last time around. Bad weekend and we’ll be better? Bad matchup and we’ll still get pushed around? Not sure, but we need a win or 2.
Great win last night. KHL and DeRidder were spectacular as well as the team defense. I don’t know what was going on in Madison but I knew Wisko wasn’t that much better than us. I think they have some pretty good speed and skill but we neutralized that for much of the game.
A less talked about part of KHL’s game is their forecheck. I’m not sure what exactly it is but teams seem to start turning the puck over like crazy on the breakout while our top line is applying pressure. Khodorenko’s stick is especially deadly. He cause 3 or 4 turnovers that kept the pressure on Wisky, including the one that gave Hirose the empty net.
It’s interesting because I don’t think the KHL line is particularly much faster or more tenacious than the other lines. Is it positioning? Some sort of mental factor like the opponents seizing up because they know how dangerous the KHL line is?
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I’d say we stole that point. We were on our heels much of the game. Although we really poured it on in the last 5 minutes of regulation and the first OT which took some of the sting off the shot disparity. 54 shots for Wisko but they did throw a fair amount of junk at DeRidder.
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