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Brunofan
08-24-2010, 10:52 PM
Yann is the best goaltender to have played at Brown and one of the best ever in the ECAC.

Interesting. I would have thought you might choose someone from the golden era of Brown like Kevin McCabe.....or a Mark Holden. But as Kdiff mentioned Yann had to carry his team.

Was Yann a 'blue chip' recruit coming in to Brown? I thought I heard stories he came in a bit under the radar and that he really blossomed while at Brown.

Mike Hutter
08-27-2010, 03:30 PM
Nice mention of jesse fratkin on the INCH site in its "A-Z" player write-up.

http://insidecollegehockey.com/inch/2010/08/16/fratkin/

Euler18
08-27-2010, 04:52 PM
Interesting. I would have thought you might choose someone from the golden era of Brown like Kevin McCabe.....or a Mark Holden. But as Kdiff mentioned Yann had to carry his team.

Kevin McCabe was a very good goaltender on excellent Brown teams though he faltered a bit during his senior year. After playing behind Mike Laycock in the early stages of his career, Mark Holden blossomed into an excellent goaltender. He had a great senior season, when he was selected to the All-America team.

Yann was technically superior than any goaltender I've seen at Brown. I may pay for what I'm about to say, but in my opinion, from a technical standpoint the second best goaltender who has played for Brown isn't McCabe, Holden, Laycock or Chris Harvey (the last three were All-Americas) but Adam d'Alba'08, who, unfortunately, quit after his sophomore season. D'Alba was destined to become our sixth All-America goaltender.

The combination of some of Yann's stats is truly amazing. Here are a few:

1. The two highest season save percentages: .942 (2003-2004) and .938 (2001-2002). His career save percentage was .930 due to his freshman season (.888), while he was not only learning the college game but played behind a very weak team.

2. Thirteen career shutouts. The next goaltender in line is Harry Batchelder'58, with four career shuouts. Yann had five shutouts in a season twice (2002-2003 and 2003-2004).

3. In 2003-2004 Yann's goals against average was a ridiculous 1.81. His career goals against average was 2.20 even though he played on a couple of weak teams and never on a very good team.

4. Yann is second in saves in a game: 66 against Harvard in March of 2002. Jack Skillings'37 had 76 also against Harvard in 1935. Incidentally, Jack was at the Harvard game when Yann almost broke his record.



Was Yann a 'blue chip' recruit coming in to Brown? I thought I heard stories he came in a bit under the radar and that he really blossomed while at Brown.

Evidently Roger Grillo noticed Yann at a junior tournament. As far as I know Yann was not widely recruited. Grillo had a very good eye for goaltenders, as he followed Yann with D'Alba.

Mike Hutter
08-28-2010, 10:28 AM
Yann was technically superior than any goaltender I've seen at Brown. I may pay for what I'm about to say, but in my opinion, from a technical standpoint the second best goaltender who has played for Brown isn't McCabe, Holden, Laycock or Chris Harvey (the last three were All-Americas) but Adam d'Alba'08, who, unfortunately, quit after his sophomore season. D'Alba was destined to become our sixth All-America goaltender.

I will second the D'Alba comment. After seeing him in a couple of games, he was staqrting to make me forget about the loss of Yann. Absolutely terrific goalie.

Mike Hutter
08-29-2010, 11:12 AM
Interesting story in today's Globe regarding college players leaving for major juniors:

http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/articles/2010/08/29/kelly_wants_juniors_to_show_more_class/

Onion Man
08-31-2010, 05:15 PM
Interesting story in today's Globe regarding college players leaving for major juniors:

http://www.boston.com/sports/hockey/articles/2010/08/29/kelly_wants_juniors_to_show_more_class/

There should be a cut-off date when kids can't decommit and go MJ. If a MJ can't sign a team before "X" date, they can't. Maybe that would help. I agree with Kelly in the article. The teams, and kids, are pretty classless by screwing these colleges. Melchiori and Tenordi should be embarrassed.

Ralph Baer
09-01-2010, 10:04 AM
Red Cloud's blog post about Brown http://www.withoutapeer.com/2010/09/know-your-enemy-brown.html.

Mike Hutter
09-07-2010, 10:02 AM
Not a Brown hockey related post but - While searching for info regarding the upcoming Ivy League/Brown football season, I came across the below linked Brown Bears Football Blog. It is the work of the father of a frshman on Brown's FB team. Interesting stories in the archives. I am posting the site as I know a lot of the brown posters on this board follow Brown FB.

http://brownbearblogger.blogspot.com/

Onion Man
09-07-2010, 11:29 AM
New recruit. Chris Draper from the Calgary Royals (the same team that brought Krys Kollanos to Boston Coll). Should arrive in 2011 or 2012. 6'2" 185lbs left winger who netted 24 goals in 51 games for Calgary.

I'm almost afraid to say this, but he looks like a player. :eek: By my count, that's 5 recruits committed in the last month. :)

Euler18
09-08-2010, 09:26 AM
New recruit. Chris Draper from the Calgary Royals (the same team that brought Krys Kollanos to Boston Coll). Should arrive in 2011 or 2012. 6'2" 185lbs left winger who netted 24 goals in 51 games for Calgary.

I'm almost afraid to say this, but he looks like a player. :eek: By my count, that's 5 recruits committed in the last month. :)

I'm under a self-imposed gag rule concerning recruiting, so I won't make comments about specific players until they matriculate at Brown. Nevertheless I suppose that I can say categorically that the future (2011 and 2012) looks very bright indeed.

Onion Man
09-08-2010, 09:28 AM
I'm under a self-imposed gag rule concerning recruiting, so I won't make comments about specific players until they matriculate at Brown. Nevertheless I suppose that I can say categorically that the future (2011 and 2012) looks very bright indeed.

I understand, but I agree. I love the fact that Brown has become very aggressive lately in recruiting. Meehan Madness is coming back to campus hopefully.

Mike Hutter
09-11-2010, 01:26 PM
I'm under a self-imposed gag rule concerning recruiting, so I won't make comments about specific players until they matriculate at Brown. Nevertheless I suppose that I can say categorically that the future (2011 and 2012) looks very bright indeed.

Speaking about matriculation, are all the frosh and returning lettermen in school?

Euler18
09-13-2010, 07:52 AM
Speaking about matriculation, are all the frosh and returning lettermen in school?

All ten 2010 recruits have matriculated. All the upperclassmen have returned to school and are doing well. Nevertheless, two members of the 2009-2010 squad, Tyler Fernandez and Riley LaForge, are no longer with the team.

The 2010-2011 roster includes seventeen forwards, nine defensemen and three goaltenders: http://www.brownbears.com/sports/m-hockey/2010-11/roster

DarthBruno
09-20-2010, 07:35 AM
Red Cloud's blog post about Brown http://www.withoutapeer.com/2010/09/know-your-enemy-brown.html.

Comprehensive, and I pretty much agree with most of what he wrote. Clemente is capable but inconsistent IMO.

Sounds like exciting times for Brown hockey in the next several years. Guess I'll buy season tickets again. :-)

DarthBruno
09-20-2010, 07:36 AM
Meehan Madness is coming back to campus hopefully.


That would make my day. My year. My LIFE.

Humanoid
09-22-2010, 03:44 PM
ECAC Hockey preseason poll released!

Coaches Poll

Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Yale (11) 121
2. Cornell (1) 92
3. Union 86
4. Rensselaer 79
5. Colgate 69
6. Dartmouth 67
7. Harvard 62
8. Quinnipiac 54
9. St. Lawrence 52
10. Princeton 43
11. Brown 34
12. Clarkson 33

Media Poll

Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Yale (25) 354
2. Cornell (2) 288
3. Union (1) 276
4. Colgate (2) 263
5. Rensselaer 211
6. Dartmouth 188
7. St. Lawrence 172
8. Quinnipiac 142
9. Princeton 135
10. Harvard 120
11. Brown 118
12. Clarkson 82



Read more: http://www.uscho.com/news/college-hockey/id,18763/MediaCoachesSeeYaleasTopsinECACHockey.html#ixzz10I F6ulLI

Onion Man
09-22-2010, 06:06 PM
That would make my day. My year. My LIFE.

Tell me about it. With these recruits coming in, the future is certainly bright. When does Harlow arrive? Is he this fall or next fall?

Hokydad
09-22-2010, 09:13 PM
Tell me about it. With these recruits coming in, the future is certainly bright. When does Harlow arrive? Is he this fall or next fall?

Maybe/probably not until 2012.... 2011 at the earliest

Euler18
09-25-2010, 01:00 PM
Coaches Poll

Team (first-place votes) Points
1. Yale (11) 121
2. Cornell (1) 92
3. Union 86
4. Rensselaer 79
5. Colgate 69
6. Dartmouth 67
7. Harvard 62
8. Quinnipiac 54
9. St. Lawrence 52
10. Princeton 43
11. Brown 34
12. Clarkson 33


In my opinion, Brown may have been picked a bit too low, but it's all right. These pre-season polls are largely reputational, and Brown is yet to re-establish itself as a solid contender despite its relative success in the 2010 ECAC playoffs. I'm sure most people who are familiar with ECAC hockey will agree that the rankings on the last day of the season will probably look quite different.

Though the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place, I think this will be a rather difficult season for Brown in the beginning. The entering class is very good and will play, but the new players will still need to learn the Brown systems and adjust to the college game. If you play seven or eight freshmen, you have to be prepared for a few costly mistakes. But as Brendan says, "it's a process."

Humanoid
09-27-2010, 10:25 AM
In my opinion, Brown may have been picked a bit too low, but it's all right. These pre-season polls are largely reputational, and Brown is yet to re-establish itself as a solid contender despite its relative success in the 2010 ECAC playoffs. I'm sure most people who are familiar with ECAC hockey will agree that the rankings on the last day of the season will probably look quite different.

Though the pieces of the puzzle are falling into place, I think this will be a rather difficult season for Brown in the beginning. The entering class is very good and will play, but the new players will still need to learn the Brown systems and adjust to the college game. If you play seven or eight freshmen, you have to be prepared for a few costly mistakes. But as Brendan says, "it's a process."

Euler - very much agreed. THe rating is a bit low based on last year's finish, but at the same time, it's largely due to reputation. Also, Brown lost a good chunk of last year's team. A loss of Aaron Volpatti, Devin Timberlake, and Jordan Pietrus is huge in the eyes of the conference. This is a Bruno team that is also without two key defenders in Jeremy Russell and Sean McMonagle.

I think looking at the roster, the beginning of the season could start out much like last year, when Brown struggled. The team just needs to hit its stride, which hopefully it can do early. The wonderful thing is that Brown is facing an extremely challenging non-conference schedule. It'll be a definite trial by fire with UNH, BU (twice), and possibly Mankato or Notre Dame. It's very ambitious, but it'll show the team what they need to become, unlike when they were given teams like AIC, UConn, and (as much as I love my other squad, I have to lump them here) Bentley.

Expectations need to be high but also realistic.