Discussion in 'NCAA, U Sports, and other college' started by MN_Gopher, Apr 13, 2010.
Well, its time a lot of changes. Even threads i guess. Go Gophers. 2011 NCAA Champions.
I'd worry about making it to the tourney first.
The good thing, or the galss half full part is. One way or another next year will bring change. Either Lucia does it himself, or like others before him. A few losing seasons in Minny and your out.
No idea who we would get. Blais is out. I do not want a young unproven guy.
No shot about arrogance...you're getting soft Dakota ______.
Just returning the friendly jab.
I leave the arrogance to rodent fans.
Isn't that redundant?
The Gophers will need to see some improvements from pretty much everyone on their roster as well as some big contributions from some of the incoming freshman in order to make the NCAA tourney next year.
It will be interesting to see who on this team steps up and takes on a leadership role. If anyone...
As bad as the last few years have gone. I like the team for next year.
We have a lot of guys to choose from. Its not one extra D man and one forward or two. We could can a whole line if they perform poorly.
We do not have a go to guy. It was Schroeder last yeat, Stoa, Wheeler. it was obvious. This year it will be easy for tDon to create some urgency for playing time. Force players to work hard.
We have players will something to prove. Cepis did not come here to not win. Barriball did not red shirt to play .500 hockey. Kangas will be a senior and has yet to win an NCAA game. Fairchild wants his two year ago form back. White does not want to be a bust any more. if they step up thats another story.
Ambroz might be playing for the number 1 overal selection next year.
Buddish will be looking for a nice ro deal.
Matson. Stay healthy, thats all.
Its alot of what ifs. I would imagine at least one Vannelli will come through and the fresh will surprise. And its more of the same. new coach.
They definitely have a bunch guys that have a lot to prove. They really could use a defenseman with a big shot that can run the power play. They actually need more forwards who can shoot well.
The defensemen need to play more physical and keep traffic from Kangas. The dmen they have are too small and get out muscled too easily -- especially Ness.
They need more guys who can go to the net and get garbage goals, like Cepis. Too often in the past, guys have been looking to score the "pretty" goals.
Having depth is good, but guys need to step it up and create some more competition on the team for starting spots.
Schmidt has a rocket of a shot.
I think Ness is OK. Its when you are forced to compliment Ness with Wehrs that hurts. Helegson should play all games and will help.
Amroz is not a sniper, yet, but will play like or i hope he can play like Grant Potulny as a freshmen and just be a house in front.
I agree. we need to score lots of ugly goals. Or hope White and Hoeffel can carry the goal scoring load.
I forgot about Hoeffel...he will be key. He should be the go-to guy along with Barriball. White needs to step it up. I still can't believe he was a 1st round draft pick.
They need someone that can go to the net and get some goals. Last year nobody would go hard to the net and everyone was content with taking shots from outside.
I think Ness was with Fairchild and both are too undersized. They need to be paired with more of a stay at home d-man.
Is Schmidt playing next year? I don't like seeing Lucia bringing in these guys early from high school. They need more seasoning before they can make any impact.
That is funny.
Schmidt played a full year of USHL hockey.
White still has a lot to offer. He just looks like a guy playing hockey. At Grand Rapids he was noticed on every play. Now, i wonder if he is playing in many games. Four years is a long wait for a project. But I would not count him out yet.
White actually played pretty well towards the end of the season. I'm excited to see what he can do next year.
Agree and hopefully that's what Barriball and maybe someone like Bjugstad or Ambroz brings next year. You don't need all size, but you need some physicality and the U missed that last season.
Ness was only with Fairchild during the PP for part of the year although I do agree with what you wrote.
Schmidt will be playing next year at the U along with Mark Alt.
White probably should have played juniors for a year or two before coming to MN.
The for sure need some guys who play more physical.
Ness should be moved to wing. He's too small to play defense in the WCHA, I don't see how he's going to play defense in the NHL.
Not a shocker. Ryan Walters has de committed and is looking else where.
Didn't that happen like two weeks ago?
Yes, and its been coming for a long time. Walters is one of those guys that will cost Lucia his job.
"we need the local kids"
"we need four year players"
"we need guys with more junior experiance"
"we cannot let the good guys get away"
Well there are only so many spots. We fill up with older players that played lots of junior. Walters is local and ready to play D1. He would be a four year player. I'd still rather have all the others coming in in front of him. Walters is not a role player so i do not count the depth guys. Just Ambroz, Condon, Haula and Bjustad.
If Walters has a decent D1 career. He will be just another guy that Lucia let get away. Still had they brought him in and he is not up to speed. The masses would have called for an older USHL player.
Bottom line. Lucia needs to win as there is so much ammo in all directions as to what he has done wrong.
Gonna miss Frank...always a class act.
Congrats to all the gopher draftees.
I always forget about Alt. Now that he can focus 100% on hockey i think he will be one to watch very closely.
Bjustad will be like Wheeler. Under the scope. Labeld a bust for the first half of his career then when he fills out goes to the show he will impress even more. Unlike Wheeler, Nick plays more physical. And should be noticed at an earlier stage.
Holl. Two names. Fischer, Martin. I have given up an guessing how O minded D men with patience from high school will turn out. Holl did look nice iun the USHL for a breif stint and his endurance combine scores looked solid.
Gardiner. A guy, a long term investment. Put him away for a few years then revisit it. Has a big tool box but is missing a few keys at the moment.
Marshal and Isackson. Again patience. Look for a big growth spurt or something major to change otherwise just shots in the dark.
Two Gophers turning down the Islanders because they don't have a properly developed arena. Good times.
Wasn't surprised at ll when this came out. I mean, that arena is atrocious in every way. There are many, many high school arenas that are nicer
At any rate, I'm not going to catch nearly as many Gopher games this year but you guys will definitely have an interesting team. Like others have stated, there isn't going to be that one standout like you guys usually have, but that's not to say there's not a lot of talent and potential there.
I really like Budish's game and I think he'll take a huge step forward this year and be near a PPG player. Of course, as a big Devils fan, I'm rooting for Hoeffel to have a dominant senior year and for Helgeson to improve.
Ness better be living in the weight room this offseason if he ever wants to reach his potential. Also, I'm curious to see how Cepis performs for a whole season with the Gophs. I was very impressed with him last year.
Looks like a gopher forward will be kicked off the team for a year and the NHL team who drafted him doesn't want him sitting out a year.More details to come.
Nick Leddy might bolt to the pros
He is pretty much gone.Ness may follow.