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D2D
10-21-2013, 02:07 PM
New USA Today poll is out:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/national-polls/

Sure hope it's the same next Monday.

Koho
10-21-2013, 02:28 PM
New USA Today poll is out:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/national-polls/

Sure hope it's the same next Monday.

Surprised that close to unanimous. Hasn't ND only allowed like 3 goals in 4 games? And Ylae hasn't given up a single goal this season.

gopher wes
10-21-2013, 02:31 PM
I agree with you on the Isackson comment. One shift in particular I counted three turnovers by him. No doubt he has skill, but at times it appears a s though he has trouble anticipating. I would say it's a confidence issue, but he got top line minutes at times last season and didn't impress. Hope he figures things out or I am sure Guertler will be pressing him for playing time when he gets back. And in all honestly, I think Guertler is better suited than Isackson (skillset wise) to play a 3rd line role as it is.
As I said on GPL, with the mistakes and turnovers he makes, I'd rather watch a younger guy out there. I'd expect a frosh to make mistakes like Isaackson has this year. I expect more/better from a guy that played the kind of meaningful shifts that Isaackson did last year.

mnstate0fhockey
10-21-2013, 02:34 PM
As I said on GPL, with the mistakes and turnovers he makes, I'd rather watch a younger guy out there. I'd expect a frosh to make mistakes like Isaackson has this year. I expect more/better from a guy that played the kind of meaningful shifts that Isaackson did last year.

No disagreement with that at all. Well said.

mnstate0fhockey
10-21-2013, 02:37 PM
New USA Today poll is out:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/national-polls/

Sure hope it's the same next Monday.

Post game on Saturday tDon was asked about possibly seeing the Gophers at #1 and he said he thought at this point the Gophers have a ways to go to earn that. At one point he said, "we've had elite teams here and this team is not yet elite". I'm sure that message will be delivered to the team in no uncertain terms from the staff. Still lots of room for improvement, especially with special teams.

D2D
10-21-2013, 03:22 PM
Surprised that close to unanimous. Hasn't ND only allowed like 3 goals in 4 games? And Ylae hasn't given up a single goal this season.

Gophers and Irish are also 1-2 on USCHO poll which was just posted:

http://www.uscho.com/rankings/d-i-mens-poll/

goldy_331
10-21-2013, 03:46 PM
Surprised that close to unanimous. Hasn't ND only allowed like 3 goals in 4 games? And Ylae hasn't given up a single goal this season. Given up 5 in 4 while scoring 17 for ND. The next two weeks will tell a lot more about the Gophers than the previous two weeks have.

firstpusk
10-21-2013, 04:06 PM
Surprised that close to unanimous. Hasn't ND only allowed like 3 goals in 4 games? And Ylae hasn't given up a single goal this season.

Ylae has been impressive defensively, but have done absolutely nothing on offense. Is the ranking really justified?;)

SanTropez
10-21-2013, 05:27 PM
Ylae could be 1-3 and some eastern writer with a Ylae hard on would still give them 1st place votes.

mnstate0fhockey
10-21-2013, 05:30 PM
Ylae could be 1-3 and some eastern writer with a Ylae hard on would still give them 1st place votes.

Remove Ylae and insert "any ECAC team" ;)

Koho
10-21-2013, 05:47 PM
Ylae has been impressive defensively, but have done absolutely nothing on offense. Is the ranking really justified?;)

Yeah, but that is what people say about Bye, yet we've never beaten them!

mngopherguy
10-21-2013, 05:56 PM
Don't know if it a lack of confidence, or too much sometimes. He usually gets in trouble because he tries to hold the puck too long. Sometimes he does this and stickhandling bails him out of a spot where I am sure he'll lose it. Other times, he just loses it. He seems to think at times that he can carry it through 3 opponents, when everyone else will pass. The biggest issue to me is consistency. He has games wherer you just notice the good, and others where it is reversed.

He is a turnover machine that hasn't ajusted to NCAA play. I would be shocked if he plays more than 50% of the time.

HarleyMC
10-22-2013, 02:18 AM
No one cares about the Poles.

Stauber1
10-22-2013, 03:21 AM
I think confidence has become an issue for Isackson. His first couple of shifts on Saturday were brutal, but he settled down and eliminated some of those mistakes as the game wore on.
It certainly is interesting. The kid has a lot of talent, but has struggled to put it together into (as already noted) a consistent performance night in and night out. There are a number of guys pressing for playing time, and unlike last year if he doesn't figure it out I expect to see C. Reilly or Guertler in the line-up ahead of him for most the year.

I also agree that the next few weeks will be much more telling than the last couple. I was very pleased with the two wins this past weekend, as I wasn't sure how the team would handle a non-conference series against a not-so-elite/not-so-exciting team. They went in and handled business, and that was great to see.
And while I agree with Hammy to some extent (not sure if the post was in this thread or a different one) that the manner in which they have won games so far has been impressive, it's a whole other cup of tea when you take on top-caliber opponents. One of the hallmarks of extremely talented younger/inexperienced teams is that they can look like world beaters against the bottom-tier competition but really struggle to win games against the top-tier. So while they passed an important test this past weekend, my feeling is that the more important tests are coming up against BC, Notre Dame and the start of conference play against Wisco.

That said, I've continued to be impressed by the freshman class. I've already talked about Fasching, but that goal Kloos scored on Saturday was super slick. Takes a lot of composure and confident instinct to pull that kind of play off. You can see flashes of the kind of vision and anticipation that Cammarata possesses and Lettieri is going to be loads of fun to watch over this season and the next few. Not to mention the nearly mistake-free games put in by Brodzinski and Bischoff.

Stauber1
10-22-2013, 03:26 AM
One other thing I didn't mention was special teams. They need to be better. You can get away with sub-par special teams against lesser opposition, but we all know how hard it is to score 5-on-5 against the top teams. They have the talent to improve in that department, but they need to translate that talent into results. Otherwise, my feeling is that they will have a hard time earning W's against the better teams out there.

purpleinnebraska
10-22-2013, 08:54 AM
No one cares about the Poles.

Brodzinski does.

HarleyMC
10-22-2013, 09:21 AM
Brodzinski does.

I'm pretty sure he cares more about the Pole Dancer.:D

gopher wes
10-22-2013, 09:42 AM
He is a turnover machine that hasn't ajusted to NCAA play. I would be shocked if he plays more than 50% of the time.
I had posted on GPL that I didn't think he would sit very often this year. After his two games so far I am quickly changing my tune.

HarleyMC
10-22-2013, 09:47 AM
I had posted on GPL that I didn't think he would shhit very often this year. After his two games so far I am quickly changing my tune.

FYP.:p

5mn_Major
10-22-2013, 09:52 AM
Regarding Isackson...the coaching staff has a pretty good idea where he's at. They've seen him plenty in practice...the question is primarily whether his play accurately translates to games. I wouldn't be surprised to see Cams continue to sharpen. The guy had high expectations...but he's got the skills to match.