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Stauber1
07-13-2012, 12:31 AM
For fans, the only thing now is to not get too caught up in expectations. This team looks like it could be pretty special, but there will be ebbs and flows regardless of how we view the season in totality next April. It's a difficult task to hang banners and make Frozen Fours. Even for really good teams.

Super excited for October. Last year of the WCHA as we know it, and MN has a great opportunity to end an era as king. Whatever happens, I'm just looking forward to the ride.

HarleyMC
07-13-2012, 12:37 AM
http://i594.***********.com/albums/tt28/harleymc1/Bjugs.jpg

goldy_331
07-13-2012, 07:38 AM
Congrats on Bjugstad returning. A great talent coming back is always good for college hockey. Bjugstad likely will get many votes for preseason player of the year in the conference, and it will be well deserved. 6'5" forwards with that special knack for finding the back of the net don't come along all that often. It will be a pleasure watching him play for the Gophers next season...hopefully he doesn't kill North Dakota :p:D:D

From the Panthers camp, they say he is up to 6'-6" now and over 220. They expect his NHL playing weight, when he gets there, to be about 240 as he fills out. :eek: Not a typical Gopher forward build, although Tally was a big kid too.

Greyeagle
07-13-2012, 12:36 PM
From the Panthers camp, they say he is up to 6'-6" now and over 220. They expect his NHL playing weight, when he gets there, to be about 240 as he fills out. :eek: Not a typical Gopher forward build, although Tally was a big kid too.
Reminds a little of Blake Wheeler, he was a man child, too.


Bring out the hair dye and let the sandbagging begin!!!

I'm just hope MN can get home ice this year.

ScoobyDoo
07-13-2012, 12:50 PM
Reminds a little of Blake Wheeler, he was a man child, too.



I'm just hope MN can get home ice this year.

When we start the season thread that should be the title.

Minnesota Gopher Season Thread: The Quest For Home Ice.

willythekid
07-13-2012, 12:55 PM
Minnesota Gopher season thread: The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

SanTropez
07-13-2012, 01:31 PM
Minnesota season thread: nice bjugs

darker98
07-13-2012, 03:45 PM
Minnesota season thread: nice bjugs
I'll second that.

HarleyMC
07-14-2012, 03:33 AM
Minnesota Gopher season thread: The bigger they are, the harder they fall.

North Dakota season thread: Frickin' Flickertails and Frozen Feet.:D


I'll second that.

Hmmm...someones been watching too much Gay Porn.

5mn_Major
07-14-2012, 03:57 AM
This is brought to you by the shiny new updated roster on Gophersports.com (http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-hockey/mtt/minn-m-hockey-mtt.html) and primarily for the benefit of our friends at UND.

HELP ME WITH LINE COMBOS!

Forwards:
Rau, Kyle Forward SO
Bjugstad, Nick Forward JR
Budish, Zach Forward JR

Condon, Nate Forward JR
Haula, Erik Forward JR
Warning, Sam Forward SO

Ambroz, Seth Forward SO
Boyd, Travis Forward SO
Michaelson, A.J. Forward FR

Reilly, Connor Forward FR
Serratore, Tom Forward JR
Reilly, Ryan Forward FR

Defense
Schmidt, Nate Defense JR
Alt, Mark Defense JR

Helgeson, Seth Defense SR
Reilly, Mike Defense FR

Marshall, Ben Defense SO
Skjei, Brady Defense FR

Holl, Justin Defense JR
Parenteau, Jake Defense JR

Goalies
Wilcox, Adam Goalie FR
LaPrade, Matt Goalie FR

Battling for spots
Horn, Christian Forward FR
Isackson, Christian Forward SO
Larson, Jared Forward RS SO
Thompson, Blake Defense SO
Shibrowski, Michael Goalie JR

mnstate0fhockey
07-14-2012, 07:33 AM
I'd like to see....

Rau-Bjugstad-Budish
Condon-Haula-Warning
Marshall-Boyd-Ambroz
Serratore-Isackson-C.Reilly

Parenteau\Schmidt
Helgeson\Skjei
Alt\M.Reilly

Happy
07-14-2012, 10:03 AM
The down the tubes threads are Happy...:p

and, I don't like to overuse them during the off season.

5mn_Major
07-14-2012, 10:22 AM
I'd like to see....

Rau-Bjugstad-Budish
Condon-Haula-Warning
Marshall-Boyd-Ambroz
Serratore-Isackson-C.Reilly

Parenteau\Schmidt
Helgeson\Skjei
Alt\M.Reilly

Yeah. You don't usually see 4 lines of D. Helgeson and Skjei are two big boys on the same line. Moving Marshall to forward is interesting...and taking away a spot for Holl is tough. But we are scary deep on defense.

willythekid
07-14-2012, 10:38 AM
Yeah. You don't usually see 4 lines of D. Helgeson and Skjei are two big boys on the same line. Moving Marshall to forward is interesting...and taking away a spot for Holl is tough. But we are scary deep on defense.

who needs a goalie when you are that deep...

mnstate0fhockey
07-14-2012, 10:49 AM
Yeah. You don't usually see 4 lines of D. Helgeson and Skjei are two big boys on the same line. Moving Marshall to forward is interesting...and taking away a spot for Holl is tough. But we are scary deep on defense.

I just think Holl ends up seeing playing time decreased unless he improves his game. Helgeson and Skjei would be two big guys on one pairing, but so would Alt and Skjei. I think it's more important to have a mix of experience and inexperience with the pairing. Assuming, of course, that the two freshman push themselves into the lineup. I would love to see Parenteau and Schmidt together in the top pairing. Arguably our best defensive defenseman and our best offensive defenseman together. As for Marshall, not sure if it will ever happen, but moving him to forward (where he does have some experience) would allow us to fully utilize the depth of talent on this roster IMO.

Slap Shot
07-14-2012, 05:55 PM
who needs a goalie when you are that deep...

I guess whatever makes you feel better.

SanTropez
07-14-2012, 06:30 PM
who needs a goalie when you are that deep...

True, we should keep the goalie pulled most of the game to keep it fair.

HarleyMC
07-15-2012, 01:59 AM
As for Marshall, not sure if it will ever happen, but moving him to forward (where he does have some experience) would allow us to fully utilize the depth of talent on this roster IMO.

I'd be very surprised if Guentzel suggests Ben Marshall move to forward. The majority of his experience at forward was in youth hockey, since then he's played HS, USHL and of course a season with the Gophers at D. He's seems like a solid four year player. With the experience of a season of college hockey and more anaerobic training this summer to bolster his weight, I think he starts with some pairing at D as well as on special teams next season. His creative Brian Rafalski-like offensive skills, along with his speed and positioning at D showed moments of brilliance last season.


My defensive game has come a long way, he said. My coach at Minnesota, Mike Guentzel, taught me a lot of details that help defensively especially at the college pace. It's really helped me to adjust positionally. I still have a lot of work to do, but the good thing is I have plenty of time to improve.

mnstate0fhockey
07-15-2012, 10:07 AM
I'd be very surprised if Guentzel suggests Ben Marshall move to forward. The majority of his experience at forward was in youth hockey, since then he's played HS, USHL and of course a season with the Gophers at D. He's seems like a solid four year player. With the experience of a season of college hockey and more anaerobic training this summer to bolster his weight, I think he starts with some pairing at D as well as on special teams next season. His creative Brian Rafalski-like offensive skills, along with his speed and positioning at D showed moments of brilliance last season.

I doubt it happens too. I'd like to see it though. I agee, he has great offensive skills, and that this is valuable on the back-end. Mike Reilly has similar skills, and I think will be even better. Brady Skjei is a first round draft pick and has tremendous upside. I think moving Marshall to forward, where I do believe he could succeed, would maximize the skill we put on the ice because I think he has more skill than some of the forwards we'd otherwise have in our bottom 6.

RockTheWhit
07-15-2012, 01:25 PM
I assume Chris Student decided to hang up the skates?