Still, it's OK. I'm content with the hand we've been dealt. We're in a better position to break into the top group than most of the underdogs. No sympathy requested. A little more fairness, for the head coaches on down? Yeah, that'd be nice.
The coaches are tough enough to handle it. Which is good, because some of them DO read USCHO. I know of multiple instances from both Men's & Women's Hockey, from over the years. Don't know if that applies to any of the current coaches of either OSU program. And I'm perfectly happy not knowing that.Separate from that though, for me itís impossible not to notice the lengths people go to to be diplomatic in their criticisms (or not) depending on the person they are talking about. I donít really care for the coaches sake. The coaches can handle it, and hopefully are smart enough not to waste time on the boards.
No question about it.Does it suck for a fan who just wants to able to be informed about and click on a puff piece in a coach without having to read ďshe doesnít love her self at allĒ or some snark like that though? Yes it gets annoying after a while.
What is the word on the incoming freshmen? Is it a good group?
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Going to bump this thread for Pgb ... 45 days until the opener on 9/27 vs St. Lawrence.
Anyone want to guess on lineups?
I will start this with the line-up sheet from our last game last season (graduating seniors in UPPERCASE).
Emma Maltais-CHARLY DAHLQUIST-Tatum Skaggs
Paetyn Levis-JACYN REEVES-MADISON FIELD
Liz Schepers-Sara Saekkinen-Rebecca Freiburger
Samanta Bouley-ERIN LANGERMEIER-Olivia Soares
Jincy Dunne-Sophie Jaques
LAUREN BOYLE-Lisa Bruno
Madison Bizal-Elise Riemenschneider
I will start with the back end. It's obviously Andrea Braendli's net after the freshman season she had. Lynsey Wallace and incoming freshman Quinn Kuntz will be solid backups. I put an asterisk by Amanda Zeglen's name because she is transferring to Clarkson. She is a solid goaltender, she will do great at Clarkson.
With the d-lines, five of our top six D's are back. After being injured for all but a couple games last season, hopefully Eve Savander is back for her sophomore year. Eve actually started with Jincy that first weekend vs Quinnipiac, then got injured and missed the rest of the season. Along with those six, there are four new freshmen who I think will challenge for playing time this season in Maddie Babnik, Addi Scribner, Miranda Anthony, and Teghan Inglis.
Now for the other end of the ice ... the big concern for me is coming up with some centers since we graduated three centers from last year's team. I am thinking Sara Saekkinen may move up and center our top line with Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs, but that's just me speculating. Someone else may emerge and center that top line. Only one player returns to our second line in Paetyn Levis, who really came on in her rookie season. Paetyn started the season on the third or fourth line and by the end of the season was on the second line. Last season's third line was Sara Saekkinen centering Liz Schepers and Rebecca Freiburger. All three return this season. The fourth line was Samantha Bouley, Erin Langermeier, and Olivia Soares. Samantha Bouley and Olivia Soares return and I hope to see them get more ice time this season as they have both earned it. Gabby Rosenthal will be back for her sophomore season and I believe she will take the next step and challenge for a spot in one of those top three lines. In addition to those nine returning players, three highly-regarded freshman forwards will be coming in to challenge the returning players for spots ... Ramsey Parent, Brooke Bink, and Jennifer Gardiner.
So, honestly, other than Emma Maltais and Tatum Skaggs on the wings of our top line, I have no clue how the other spots are going to shake out, but I will say this ... It has been nice watching Coach Nadine bring in great recruiting classes and add depth to our roster. I cannot remember a time when we had this much talent and depth. It is going to be a fun year and I cannot wait to see the new freshman players.
Back to you, Ahockeydad ... do you have any guesses?
Kudos to the posters who already have informed opinions on the recruits, before they ever hit the ice for their new teams. I feel like I watch a lot of hockey. But for most of the players, I don't see them play in person until they arrive at the D-1 Level.
I have to correct my earlier post regarding this year's team. I looked at the roster today and it appears that Samantha Bouley is no longer with the team. I am not going to speculate on why she left the team or why she was not getting more playing time. Samantha was a quiet young lady who always gave it her best when she did get ice time. I am going to miss seeing her out there. I wish her the best in whatever she does.
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Pgb, your title was somewhat prophetic. Went over to the WCHA thread. This team is getting zero respect from the rest of the league. Hope the girls are reading it.
In other news, former Buckeye Natalie Spooner is competing on Battle of the Blades this season. Here is a link to vote for her!
I believe the players have respect from the teams they play. The Buckeyes will be good again and they will need a bounce back season from Skaggs to shore up the offense.
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"Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
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