Fully updated roster.
19 Fr./So. and 3 Sr. I realized they were young but seeing it right there....wow.
How does Bob get out of a cycle of having so many new Fr. coming in every 2-3 years? I realize that's a pretty loaded question given how many moving parts there are and the inevitable unknowns that come around every off-season but...
Out of the 9 seniors that graduated, 2 were not starting goalies, and three forwards on the checking line (Ramsey, Norman and Romanko) had a combined total of 11 pts. all season. I think this year's team can do better.
Both goalies are 21. LaFontaine (21) comes in as a junior with one year of eligibility left.
"It ain't over, baby! And that took only six seconds!"
USCHO gives me another reason to not do work while I am at work.
Everything is Hill's fault.....
"Hakstol you hack!!!!"
That is exactly my point. Two of his new goalies are overage Canadians.
#Gophers jersey numbers.— Nate Wells (@gopherstate) September 13, 2019
Three newcomers - Ben Meyers (#39), Jack LaFontaine (#45) and Noah Webber (#51) - will be skating with numbers never worn by a Minnesota player in 99 years. Matt Staudacher's #55 was last worn in 1949. pic.twitter.com/hWhTYY6kkd
Slap Shot - 444 might want to consider a restraining order.
dggoddard - Minnesota is THE ELITE Program in all of college hockey.
wasmania - you have to be the very best to get ice time with the great gophers!
"The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." George Orwell, 1984
"One does not simply walk into Mordor. Its Black Gates are guarded by more than just Orcs. There is evil there that does not sleep, and the Great Eye is ever watchful. It is a barren wasteland, riddled with fire and ash and dust, the very air you breathe is a poisonous fume." Boromir
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Tyler Nanne and Sammy Walker as co-captains are great picks this season. Nanne really improved late last season to become a more confident and committed defenseman and led the team in blocked shots avg. 2 blks/game for 38 games, led in scoring among the D and kept his penalty min down. I like his speed up ice, and 'crashing the net' style as an offensive weapon from the blueline.
The Gophers lost 55% of their scoring, so Sammy as captain leading the offensive charge is a no-brainer. If he improves as more of finisher on net, I think he can hit the 20G season mark. Interested to see what Brodzinski will look like against stronger players. He towered over many in HS with his size.
With a young team, goaltending is key. Look for LaFontaine to make his comeback to the NCAA a success as the eventual starter in net. Seems like there's a lot of excitement for this season among the players.
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I thought there were unknowns going into last year, especially with a suspect D corp, so I wouldn't say I was surprised by the season.
I don't have high expectations this year given how unpredictable freshmen will be adjusting to the NCAA, the unknown goaltender situation and the loss of some top players like Pitlick and Sheehy and Novak whose contributions will be difficult to replace. That isn't to say I would be surprised if they have a better season than last either. Too many years of watching teams that returned the core and looked poised to compete for a championship that under-performed, or teams that looked like they would be outgunned that went further than expected. That is why they play the games, and what makes it so fun (and sometimes agonizing) to watch. Chemistry is difficult to predict (and I think that often the coach has less control on this than many people believe). But with 19 Freshman and sophomores and unproven goaltending, I have trouble EXPECTING any specific outcome.
But I've got my tickets for Duluth. (If you go to buy, the fee from UMD is $5 vs TicketMaster's $15 PER ticket.)
SportsCenter anchor John Buccigross has Big Ten teams Penn St., Wisconsin and Ohio State (??) in his "Top 16". A Top 20 poll was just too much for Bucci Mane.
NEW 2019 Preseason BucciMane #CawlidgeHawkey Top 16��������— Bucci Mane (@Buccigross) September 9, 2019
1 UMD (Minnesota-Duluth)
3 Minnesota St
4 Penn State
11 Western Michigan
12 Bowling Green
14 Ohio State
15 North Dakota
16 AIC pic.twitter.com/2n9xIxgCtw
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