Well the end of another season has come, much earlier then we expected starting the season. Although this season was a disappointment I think there are some good things that happened to end the season.
Mackenzie - IMO the best D-Man the team had all season, solid defensively with an offensive flare that resulted in a decent point streak at the end of the season.
Bruneteau - Great season as a freshman D-Man, has a knack for running a dismal PP that will hopefully come to fruition next season as the offense becomes more talented.
Madore - had a consistent season, didn't have the slump that he had as Soph, although he had a night off here and there he was pretty much the Madore of 2008. Although, I think Sneddon needs to play Vazzano at least a few games next year.
Offensively, the Stalberg/McCarthy/ Decenzo was the best line.... and should be around for two more seasons. They will get better. The Brickley/White/Lenz line is high energy and put up decent numbers as frosh... they should become more offensively minded and much more effective after an offseason of condition at the college level. Albertson has picked it up and filled in nicely. With the incoming class I see 3 solid lines and a good checking line, with or without Leonard although clearly he would make it better if he stays.
The few Griems played in he looked decent, and Franzon is solid. Losing half of the defense is tough, but I think with Mackenzie, Bruneteau, and Franzon there are enough vets to lead the new comers. As long as there are no major defections the Cats are in good shape for next season and beyond. This is a blip, and that's not a bad thing, the program has progressed to the point where we expect to be competitive with the best in HE and the country. I do think the first 3-4 games of the season are important to team moral and confidence, that hurt big this season. Playing top teams is key to making the NCAA's but how about starting the season against a middle of the pack team...just to get things rolling.