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MAVSFAN4EVER
09-20-2012, 06:04 PM
I agree, I think there will be larger crowds, which will improve the overall atmosphere. I am cautiously optimistic that our turnaround will be quicker than some believe. We have a solid class of freshmen coming in, along with our top three scorers from last year. We also get Chase Grant back from injury. My guess for MVP is Eriah Hayes. He's big and physical, which is exactly what we need with a young team.

MavHockey14
09-20-2012, 11:32 PM
This will be a very fun group to watch up front. With a lot of young talent back, plus Grant, Teddy B, and Gervais coming in, they'll be highly talented.

I'm concerned with defense and goaltending, but it'll be interesting to see the style of play Hastings has implemented with these guys.

Bale
09-21-2012, 10:45 AM
I'm actually more optimistic than most. The thing that I keep falling back on is that there were more than a few whispers coming out of last year that MSU would be darkhorse this year. As much as I liked a couple of the guys, we really didn't lose anyone that was exceptionally key last year (outside of MAYBE Schiller for his defense). We've got some really good scorers coming back and some good recruits coming in. Goaltending is going to be the biggest concern unless Williams comes in and is a world beater.

MavHockey14
09-21-2012, 04:20 PM
I'm actually more optimistic than most. The thing that I keep falling back on is that there were more than a few whispers coming out of last year that MSU would be darkhorse this year. As much as I liked a couple of the guys, we really didn't lose anyone that was exceptionally key last year (outside of MAYBE Schiller for his defense). We've got some really good scorers coming back and some good recruits coming in. Goaltending is going to be the biggest concern unless Williams comes in and is a world beater.

Do remember, Williams was fantastic in juniors.

It should be fun to watch these guys compete this year. I could see us anywhere from 5-10 in the WCHA this year.

First Time, Long Time
09-21-2012, 04:35 PM
Do remember, Williams was fantastic in juniors.

It should be fun to watch these guys compete this year. I could see us anywhere from 5-10 in the WCHA this year.

I wouldn't say Williams was fantastic.
I got to see a lot of him in Waterloo and he was good but he gives up huge rebounds and if he isn't focused, can be beaten when he shouldn't be.
His defense cleared pucks and bodies for him well in Waterloo and Mankato's D should be prepared to have to do the same thing.

MAVSFAN4EVER
09-25-2012, 09:46 PM
If Williams gets the nod, our seasoned blue liners should be able to clean up our zone. I imagine that Hastings is taking a long look at all three goaltenders. Less than 2 weeks!!!

Bale
09-26-2012, 09:59 AM
If Williams gets the nod, our seasoned blue liners should be able to clean up our zone. I imagine that Hastings is taking a long look at all three goaltenders. Less than 2 weeks!!!
Let's be honest, when was the last time we had a goaltender that DIDN'T give up a lot of juicy rebounds?

MavsFan
09-26-2012, 11:58 PM
Season tickets arrived today.

glazewsr
09-27-2012, 03:34 PM
Mavs Fan (or other local resident): I'm planning to take in a MSU-M game this year. Where to stay in the local area? Any nifty little "ma'n'pa" motels like they have all over northern Minn, WI, and Mich? The national chains are okay - but I prefer the little guys (who come recommended!).

You could reply to my home e-mail address, which is my USCHO id + at AOL dot com.

Thanks to all!

Steve G

MavHockey14
09-28-2012, 04:51 PM
Just a heads up, sometime next week Monday or Tuesday ill be starting the season thread and doing my version of an in depth perspective on the 2012-2013 season!

MavHockey14
10-01-2012, 10:22 PM
Elbrecht and Hayes named captains.

MAVSFAN4EVER
10-02-2012, 01:56 PM
It's not surprising that these two would be wearing the "C" on their sweaters this year. Two very solid seniors. Let's see if they can lead us to a top half finish.

MavHockey14
10-02-2012, 11:09 PM
Been a busy week thus far, will have new thread and season preview by puck drop Sunday.