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Puck Swami
11-30-2010, 12:01 PM
Bennett might get a look if they are looking for a playmaker (he was great in that role this summer at the USA evaluation camp) or perhaps a power-play guy. But he's not likely a top six forward in the current USA pool, especially if some of the possible AHL players get released to play for Team USA, and there are better grinders out there for the lower lines. Shore and Zucker are potential top six guys.

I'd say Bennett is on the bubble right now.

vizoroo
11-30-2010, 02:07 PM
Kadri promoted to 1st line center for Leafs. Bozak now on the 3rd with Versteeg and Sjolstrom.

dggoddard
11-30-2010, 02:46 PM
At first blush, I'd agree that Bennett wouldn't make the team....But,

A guy like Bennett may really shine if he's playing alongside two crackerjack forwards. Matt Donovan was a new man playing alongside Cam Fowler last season.

Bennett has made some sensational passes this season that his DU linemates where unable to convert into goals. The USA will also dress an extra forward and defenseman for each game under international rules. The coaches may think a player like Bennett could be a power play specialist.

Last season Chris Kreider was off to a slow start for BC, exploded for six goals at the World Juniors and then led BC to the title.

vizoroo
11-30-2010, 03:06 PM
Drew Shore named WCHA Co-Offensive Player of the Week
http://www.wcha.com/men/presarch/201011/nov30wpm.php

Makowski nominated for Defense and Brittain as Rookie.

du78
11-30-2010, 09:33 PM
Gwoz press conference from today.

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Also I listened to Gwoz's radio show tonight and Jesse returned to Edmonton yesterday. He will be back in Januray to start classes and Gwoz also envisions him as taking on the roll of a student assistant coach much like David Carle.

dggoddard
12-01-2010, 04:04 AM
That is the most relaxed, I've ever seen Gwozdecky. And no Gwozspeak. Methinks, DU is sitting on a huge series.

manurespreader
12-01-2010, 07:16 AM
honestly I think DU will sweep, As long as they stay out of the box.

du78
12-01-2010, 10:14 AM
The Western College Hockey blog has made a guestimate of the USA WJC U-20 defenseman roster. They have DU recruit Scott Mayfield getting an invite but not making the final roster. He also considered DU d-man William Wrenn but doesn't think he will get an invite.


I also decided to go with Scott Mayfield of the USHL. Like the goalies, getting experience for future years isn't as big a deal since there are so many good '92s available that will be around next year. There's nobody from the '93 group that is ready for this type of level yet, but I think it's a good idea to give a draft eligible player a shot to see just how much talent he has.


Link to WCH blog (http://www.westerncollegehockeyblog.com/2010/12/1/1847105/picking-a-us-world-junior-roster-defense)

vizoroo
12-01-2010, 10:39 AM
dg is correct this is a huge series.

#1 vs #2 in the WCHA
Connolly-Connolly-Fontaine vs Zucker-Drew Shore-Salazar
5 game winning streak vs 6 game winning streak.
#1 vs #10 in the polls
Crandall vs Brittain


Stock up the fridge. Lay in your favorite libation.
This is WCHA Hockey!

Puck Swami
12-01-2010, 03:14 PM
Food for thought:

- DU is a little ahead of last year's team at this point in the season. This year's team is 10-4-2 at December 1. Last year's was 9-4-1 on Dec. 1. While W and Ls are similar, the difference is that this year's team has played a stronger schedule to this point. This is amazing considering last year's team was much more experienced, and this year's team has had more injuries early.

- This year (so far) and last year, both DU teams average(d) 3.2 GPG offensively. That means that if things stay on current pace, DU will have replaced all the offensive output lost from last season. Astounding when you consider Rhakshani, Reugessger, Colborne, and Wiercioch all left. That is astonishing recruiting folks. Let's hope they continue to score at this rate. If they do, DU should be in good position for the playoffs. I had figrued them for a 2.5 goal offense this year, but they are better than expected so far. One of the reason for the better output is more accurate shooting. This year, DU is shooting at 11%, which is up from last year's 10%. Now a 1% uptick may not sound like much, but it means more goals on less shots over the ecourse of the season. That bodes well if the Pios can keep it up.

Rough news on the attendance front. DU is down about 200 fans per game compared to last years average, despite a very attractive home schedule in the first half. Part of that is the economy, but I also think the buzkill of poor posteaseasons for DU since 2005 is taking a toll at the gate.

Players moving up:

1) Drew Shore's developmental expolosion is incredible. He's already passed his last year's entire output (19 points) in November (22 points), and has gone from a -8 player last year to a +12 player this year. His shooting accuracy has gone from .5 percent to 27%. Amazing. He could have a 50+ point season like Rock did last year, but he will likely miss some games for the WJT.

2) Salazar is on pace to exceed his 15 goal freshman year, and went from 1 goal all of last year to 8 already. What a difference good linemates make...

3) Makowski's development has been rapid. He's already replaced Weircioch (who was a sophomore) at about the same scoring rate. He could have 25-30 points by the end at this rate.

4) Brittian has come in and replaced Chevy (so far), with better GAA and a better saves percentage (so far). Astounding for a freshman. Can he keep it up?

5) Other DU guys who are having better years than last year - Maiani is averaging a point per game, which is slightly above last year's output (after a slow start). Ryder, Nutini and Shawn Ostrow have all already equaled their last season's point outputs in November. Bravo.

6) Matt Donovan - Donovan has 11 points in 16 games, which should mean he'll have a better point output than last year's 21 points, but this year, he's gambled more on D, and he's paid the price defensively. His game can get better, methinks. He has so much talent...

7) Other nice surprises: Zucker has been a revelation - he's the best rookie forward at DU since Bozak, IMHO. Right now, he's on a pace for a 30-35 point season, which would be outstanding for a 18-19 year old rookie.

8) Bennett is getting better after a rough start. He should reach 25 points, which is about where I thought he'd be. He'd have more points if his linemates could better convert his awesome passes. If he could move his feet a bit more, I think his output will increase. It's coming.

9) Philips has almost equaled his offensive output from all of last season (he has 3 points now and 4 in all of last year). He is a -1 which is better than where it was early, but he was a +5 player last year.

10) Dewhurst has no points, but he is an effective forechecker and helps out in the middle. Like his effort level.

Players who could step it up:

1) Kyle Ostrow - He's working hard, but not being rewarded much. He was a +12 last year, and this year he's a -2. Part of that is his role, but last year he had 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points. This year, just 4 goals through November and 5 assists. At his current rate, he won't surpass last season's output.

2) William Wrenn - Last year, William had 7 points and was a +5 on the season. This year so far, no points and he's a-7, lowest on the team. I know he's been hurt, but let's hope he's recovers soon.

3) John Lee: He had 12 points last season, and this year only 3 points so far, which projects out to about an 8 point year. He's a stay at home d-man, but it would be nice to seem him contribute a little more offesively as his hand heals.

4) Chris Knowlton: Last year he had 6 points, this year, nothing so far despite more ice time. He sure works hard - hopefully he can up his contribution.

5) Adam Murray: I feel for this kid. He's gone from bad (.874 saves percentage) to worse (.827) in limited duty and lost his place in the rotation. Part of that is injury, part is mental. I hope he gets a shot at UAA to right the ship. He needs a confidence boost.

vizoroo
12-01-2010, 03:35 PM
Kyle Ostrow - He's working hard, but not being rewarded much. He was a +12 last year, and this year he's a -2. Part of that is his role, but last year he had 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points. This year, just 4 goals through November and 5 assists. At his current rate, he won't surpass last season's output.

I think Kyle is taking one for the team, scoring wise. He is centering the 3rd line rather than being a wing on the 2nd. No doubt he misses playing with Maiani and Martin. If Salazar gets the plus on linemates, unfortunately Kyle got the minus.

Puck Swami
12-01-2010, 03:46 PM
I think Kyle is taking one for the team, scoring wise. He is centering the 3rd line rather than being a wing on the 2nd. No doubt he misses playing with Maiani and Martin. If Salazar gets the plus on linemates, unfortunately Kyle got the minus.

Good point. Salazar has a nice touch around the net, but Kyle brings a more complete game to the table. I'm sure Kyle would trade his lower production for some hardware...

dggoddard
12-01-2010, 03:53 PM
This years team moves the puck around far better than last year's team. Consequently they are getting better looks at the net.

Although this year's team has had more injuries, last year the boyz were perpetually hobbled and playing hurt. Ruegsegger, Martin & Wiercioch come to mind.

Last year's team had one line who scored consistently, this year there are three lines getting the job done.

SJHovey
12-01-2010, 05:17 PM
Food for thought:

- DU is a little ahead of last year's team at this point in the season. This year's team is 10-4-2 at December 1. Last year's was 9-4-1 on Dec. 1. While W and Ls are similar, the difference is that this year's team has played a stronger schedule to this point.

I haven't compared it to last year's schedule, but I think an argument can be made that DU's schedule these first 16 games has been a little soft, actually. A lot of home games. I haven't looked to see where they stand in the sos comparison, but I would be surprised if they made top 10. They have a brutal road schedule the rest of the way.

dggoddard
12-01-2010, 05:36 PM
I haven't compared it to last year's schedule, but I think an argument can be made that DU's schedule these first 16 games has been a little soft, actually. A lot of home games. I haven't looked to see where they stand in the sos comparison, but I would be surprised if they made top 10. They have a brutal road schedule the rest of the way.You are right about DU's schedule. Its #15 in the country but part of the reason is Vermont falling off the planet & BC losing a few extra games so far.

That being said, after DU gets through with Duluth this weekend they will be favorites in every game they play the rest of the season. The only tough series after XMAS will be at UNO and maybe they will come back down to earth by then.

DU's clustermates this season are UAA, CC, MSUM. (7th, 9th & 9th in the WCHA).

If DU splits this weekend, I'd guess they will be probably be a 24-10-4 team entering the WCHA playoffs.

Dmann
12-01-2010, 05:42 PM
Food for thought:

- DU is a little ahead of last year's team at this point in the season. This year's team is 10-4-2 at December 1. Last year's was 9-4-1 on Dec. 1. While W and Ls are similar, the difference is that this year's team has played a stronger schedule to this point. This is amazing considering last year's team was much more experienced, and this year's team has had more injuries early.

- This year (so far) and last year, both DU teams average(d) 3.2 GPG offensively. That means that if things stay on current pace, DU will have replaced all the offensive output lost from last season. Astounding when you consider Rhakshani, Reugessger, Colborne, and Wiercioch all left. That is astonishing recruiting folks. Let's hope they continue to score at this rate. If they do, DU should be in good position for the playoffs. I had figrued them for a 2.5 goal offense this year, but they are better than expected so far. One of the reason for the better output is more accurate shooting. This year, DU is shooting at 11%, which is up from last year's 10%. Now a 1% uptick may not sound like much, but it means more goals on less shots over the ecourse of the season. That bodes well if the Pios can keep it up.

Rough news on the attendance front. DU is down about 200 fans per game compared to last years average, despite a very attractive home schedule in the first half. Part of that is the economy, but I also think the buzkill of poor posteaseasons for DU since 2005 is taking a toll at the gate.

Players moving up:

1) Drew Shore's developmental expolosion is incredible. He's already passed his last year's entire output (19 points) in November (22 points), and has gone from a -8 player last year to a +12 player this year. His shooting accuracy has gone from .5 percent to 27%. Amazing. He could have a 50+ point season like Rock did last year, but he will likely miss some games for the WJT.

2) Salazar is on pace to exceed his 15 goal freshman year, and went from 1 goal all of last year to 8 already. What a difference good linemates make...

3) Makowski's development has been rapid. He's already replaced Weircioch (who was a sophomore) at about the same scoring rate. He could have 25-30 points by the end at this rate.

4) Brittian has come in and replaced Chevy (so far), with better GAA and a better saves percentage (so far). Astounding for a freshman. Can he keep it up?

5) Other DU guys who are having better years than last year - Maiani is averaging a point per game, which is slightly above last year's output (after a slow start). Ryder, Nutini and Shawn Ostrow have all already equaled their last season's point outputs in November. Bravo.

6) Matt Donovan - Donovan has 11 points in 16 games, which should mean he'll have a better point output than last year's 21 points, but this year, he's gambled more on D, and he's paid the price defensively. His game can get better, methinks. He has so much talent...

7) Other nice surprises: Zucker has been a revelation - he's the best rookie forward at DU since Bozak, IMHO. Right now, he's on a pace for a 30-35 point season, which would be outstanding for a 18-19 year old rookie.

8) Bennett is getting better after a rough start. He should reach 25 points, which is about where I thought he'd be. He'd have more points if his linemates could better convert his awesome passes. If he could move his feet a bit more, I think his output will increase. It's coming.

9) Philips has almost equaled his offensive output from all of last season (he has 3 points now and 4 in all of last year). He is a -1 which is better than where it was early, but he was a +5 player last year.

10) Dewhurst has no points, but he is an effective forechecker and helps out in the middle. Like his effort level.

Players who could step it up:

1) Kyle Ostrow - He's working hard, but not being rewarded much. He was a +12 last year, and this year he's a -2. Part of that is his role, but last year he had 16 goals and 10 assists for 26 points. This year, just 4 goals through November and 5 assists. At his current rate, he won't surpass last season's output.

2) William Wrenn - Last year, William had 7 points and was a +5 on the season. This year so far, no points and he's a-7, lowest on the team. I know he's been hurt, but let's hope he's recovers soon.

3) John Lee: He had 12 points last season, and this year only 3 points so far, which projects out to about an 8 point year. He's a stay at home d-man, but it would be nice to seem him contribute a little more offesively as his hand heals.

4) Chris Knowlton: Last year he had 6 points, this year, nothing so far despite more ice time. He sure works hard - hopefully he can up his contribution.

5) Adam Murray: I feel for this kid. He's gone from bad (.874 saves percentage) to worse (.827) in limited duty and lost his place in the rotation. Part of that is injury, part is mental. I hope he gets a shot at UAA to right the ship. He needs a confidence boost.

This is really cool Swami!! I wonder if you should send this to Gwoz, although something tells me he already knows all this.

Dmann
12-01-2010, 05:48 PM
Sorry for the back 2 back posts, but I have a good friend who is a teacher at the same school 2012 recruit Josiah Didier went to. He had this to say about this future Pioneer,

"I have never had him in class. *But, he is a great kid, super polite, humble, smart. *I had asked him once to let me know when he was playing so I could watch. *He went out of his way to send me email updates. *He is totally what you are looking for."

Pretty cool eh?

Puck Swami
12-01-2010, 05:55 PM
This is really cool Swami!! I wonder if you should send this to Gwoz, although something tells me he already knows all this.

I am sure the DU coaching staff knows every point I made and then some-- I am sure they spend a lot more time analyzing DU and opponent data than I do, since their livelihood depends on it.

The really amazing thing to me is the sense of reloading rather than rebuilding. We've never had 4 freshmen that are this good at the same time.

Puck Swami
12-01-2010, 06:06 PM
Four NLIs are signed:

http://www.denverpioneers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=18600&ATCLID=205039954

Van Voorhis parked in junior unless someone leaves early?

SJHovey
12-01-2010, 07:28 PM
You are right about DU's schedule. Its #15 in the county but part of the reason is Vermont falling off the planet & BC losing a few extra games so far.

That being said, after DU gets through with Duluth this weekend they will be favorites in every game they play the rest of the season. The only tough series after XMAS will be at UNO and maybe they will come back down to earth by then.

DU's clustermates this season are UAA, CC, MSUM. (7th, 9th & 9th in the WCHA).

If DU splits this weekend, I'd guess they will be probably be a 24-10-4 team entering the WCHA playoffs.

I wouldn't count on a big letdown by UNO. They are the real deal.