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vizoroo
12-01-2010, 07:34 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?

Donovan comes to mind

du78
12-01-2010, 07:37 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?

Not so sure as we are losing 4 d-men, Nutini, Ryder, Cook and Brehm, to graduation. I can't think of many USNDT players that got parked in the USHL after completing their run with Team USA. Maybe he is waiting until the spring to sign his NLI.

Per what we know DU has 6 players coming in next year so far for what appears to be 9 spots if no one leaves early. There are 8 seniors and red shirt junior Dusty Jackson just graduated. Dusty looks like he will start graduate school next quarter and could play next season if he wants to continue to go to graduate school. There are realistically still 2 spots, probably forwards, to fill as a 3rd walk-on goalie will have to be brought in next season.

du78
12-01-2010, 07:40 PM
Donovan comes to mind

He is not ready.

vizoroo
12-01-2010, 08:06 PM
Donovan comes to mind


He is not ready.

Just thinking the Isles were interested last year and they are just as desperate this year. But I agree he needs to be able to play as well defensively as he has the desire to play offensively.

du78
12-01-2010, 08:43 PM
Just thinking the Isles were interested last year and they are just as desperate this year. But I agree he needs to be able to play as well defensively as he has the desire to play offensively.

Of late, the Isles have only shown the willingness to sign their 1st rounders right away and except for Tavares, Bailey is now in the minors after sticking at 18 and playing 2 plus years for them. This year's 1st rounder Nino Niedereiter (sp) was sent back to juniors after 9 games. The Isles are missing their 2 best players for a lengthy time; Kyle Okposo and defenseman Mark Streit, and have been hit by the injury bug big time. If Matt leaves early this year, I see him easily spending 2 to 3 years in their minor league system. The Isles have been high on him but they are also high on a bunch of other d-men that are already in Bridgeport and up with the big team right now. He is not a first rounder that they have to push quickly into their organization.

vizoroo
12-01-2010, 09:49 PM
Of late, the Isles have only shown the willingness to sign their 1st rounders right away and except for Tavares, Bailey is now in the minors after sticking at 18 and playing 2 plus years for them. This year's 1st rounder Nino Niedereiter (sp) was sent back to juniors after 9 games. The Isles are missing their 2 best players for a lengthy time; Kyle Okposo and defenseman Mark Streit, and have been hit by the injury bug big time. If Matt leaves early this year, I see him easily spending 2 to 3 years in their minor league system. The Isles have been high on him but they are also high on a bunch of other d-men that are already in Bridgeport and up with the big team right now. He is not a first rounder that they have to push quickly into their organization.

Glad to hear that. With all the young talent on DU's team we could be in for a run of very, very good teams.

Biddco
12-01-2010, 10:37 PM
What happened to your Lets Go DU website? Not enough interest?

dggoddard
12-01-2010, 11:20 PM
What happened to your Lets Go DU website? Not enough interest?The website software (Moonfruit) was never able to merge the Blog with the website.

We'll probably relaunch it sometime in the future. The best case scenario would be to have the blog on the front page and then stats, DU records, photos and the like behind it.

We still own the domain name www.LetsGoDU.com. Its hard figuring out whats the best platform for delivering our message and doing it in a reasonable amount of time (30 minutes a day). LetsGoDU had 31,000+ visits in Nov. which is up 20% from the year before, so its still growing.

Innova
12-02-2010, 01:01 PM
Can I ask a non-hockey question here?

If not, just ignore me.

I will be in Denver (Englewood actually) for training next week. My wife is traveling with me, and as I have never stayed in Denver before we are looking for things to do. I will be in training all day, but any suggestions for things to do, sites to see, etc would be appreciated. Restaurant suggestions would also be appreciated.

If there are some sites that need to be done during the day, our flight does arrive at Denver about 1:00 pm on Monday...so we might have time for something on that day.

Thanks, and good luck against UMD.

dggoddard
12-02-2010, 01:28 PM
Can I ask a non-hockey question here?

If not, just ignore me.

I will be in Denver (Englewood actually) for training next week. My wife is traveling with me, and as I have never stayed in Denver before we are looking for things to do. I will be in training all day, but any suggestions for things to do, sites to see, etc would be appreciated. Restaurant suggestions would also be appreciated.

If there are some sites that need to be done during the day, our flight does arrive at Denver about 1:00 pm on Monday...so we might have time for something on that day.

Thanks, and good luck against UMD.College Hockey Fan's Guide To Denver

http://letsgodu.blogspot.com/2007/03/where-to-go-what-to-do-in-denver-denver.html

vizoroo
12-02-2010, 02:44 PM
WJC picks: Jason Zucker, Drew Shore and Beau Bennett. Zucker and Shore no brainers. Not an exactly ringing endorsement for Bennett but sees his skill set fitting in against younger players and on the power play.
http://www.westerncollegehockeyblog.com/

dggoddard
12-02-2010, 04:38 PM
You want the Bad News or the Really Bad News?

Bad News: DU Hoops off to 1-6 start and may be 1-9 if they lose to Cal State Northridge this weekend, because they have two tough games after that.

The Really Bad News: Utah State is begging for inclusion into the Mountain West Conference. Utah State might not get an offer because now UTEP, Houston, Idaho, Tulsa & SMU may be in the mix.

http://ncaafootball.fanhouse.com/2010/12/01/utah-state-hawaii-making-case-for-mountain-west-conference-invi/

Puck Swami
12-02-2010, 04:47 PM
Can I ask a non-hockey question here?

If not, just ignore me.

I will be in Denver (Englewood actually) for training next week. My wife is traveling with me, and as I have never stayed in Denver before we are looking for things to do. I will be in training all day, but any suggestions for things to do, sites to see, etc would be appreciated. Restaurant suggestions would also be appreciated.

If there are some sites that need to be done during the day, our flight does arrive at Denver about 1:00 pm on Monday...so we might have time for something on that day.

Thanks, and good luck against UMD.

General:
1) Denver is fun city. Downtown and Lodo for culture, food and fun. Cherry Creek for shopping.
2) See the Mountains for a day or two. You can drive up or take a bus if you don't like winter driving.
3) Boulder and Colorado Springs are excellent non-mountian day trips, too.

Specifics:
Best History: Our History Museum is closed for rebuilding. So State Capitol and Buffalo Bill Museum if you are into history.
Best Art: Denver Art Museum is terrific, and the Kirlkand Museum is cool too.
Best for Kids: Zoo, Skiing/Snowboarding, Museum of Nature and Science, stadium tours, Aquarium
Sports: Avs and Nuggest at Pepsi Center. Pepsi Center, Coors Field and Invesco Field all have public tours.
Best Food: Denver has good steaks, good mexican and some high end restaurants in downtown, Cherry Creek and Lodo.
Adult Fun : Coors Brewery Tour

Old Pio
12-02-2010, 10:48 PM
General:
1) Denver is fun city. Downtown and Lodo for culture, food and fun. Cherry Creek for shopping.
2) See the Mountains for a day or two. You can drive up or take a bus if you don't like winter driving.
3) Boulder and Colorado Springs are excellent non-mountian day trips, too.

Specifics:
Best History: Our History Museum is closed for rebuilding. So State Capitol and Buffalo Bill Museum if you are into history.
Best Art: Denver Art Museum is terrific, and the Kirlkand Museum is cool too.
Best for Kids: Zoo, Skiing/Snowboarding, Museum of Nature and Science, stadium tours, Aquarium
Sports: Avs and Nuggest at Pepsi Center. Pepsi Center, Coors Field and Invesco Field all have public tours.
Best Food: Denver has good steaks, good mexican and some high end restaurants in downtown, Cherry Creek and Lodo.
Adult Fun : Coors Brewery Tour

And if time permits, drive by the beautiful campus of the University of Denver. We've spent about half a billion dollars in the last decade on buildings and infra structure improvements. It's really quite nice.

duper
12-03-2010, 12:21 AM
Yagotta go to Casa Bonita! (That's a joke. Sorry.) It's always fun to check out the Buckhorn (http://buckhornexchange.com/). On a slightly more laid-back note, I am a big fan of Benny's (http://www.bennysrestaurant.com/) at 7th and Lincoln in the Governor's Park neighborhood just south of the capitol. And while visiting the DU campus, check out Mustard's Last Stand. (As a former employee, I am obligated to give that one. But they have good dogs and Italian Beef sandwiches.)

SJHovey
12-03-2010, 08:47 AM
I may be wrong, but I think that DU also played the last regular season games in both Williams/Mariucci Arena and the former Winter Sports Center/Ralph Engelstad Arena. Added to this weekend's series at the DECC, you guys might become known as Arena terminators. :)

co14ers
12-03-2010, 11:14 AM
I find it interesting that UMD has gone to overtime in exactly 1/2 of their games and did not lose a single one. They are 5-0-2 in those games.

vizoroo
12-03-2010, 11:31 AM
Inside Hockey has a Hobey Watch and look who's there. In the last watch report Sam Brittain was bubblicious.
10. Drew Shore, Sophomore F, Denver Shore makes his Hobey Watch debut after he exploded for four goals and two assists last weekend, including a hat trick against Lake Superior on Friday, to help lead the No. 10 Pioneers to the Denver Cup title. Shore is now tied for third in the country in both goals (12) and points (22), but hes tied for just 12th in points per game (1.38).
http://insidehockey.com/?p=13284

Pablo
12-03-2010, 12:38 PM
Ha ha, the Drew Shore Hobey watch. Just a few months ago, we were wondering whether this kid could hit the broad side of a barn with his shot!

Just kidding, but it is remarkable how Drew has turned his game around. He definitely gets the early season nod for "most improved player." I just hope he can churn out this level of play on a consistent basis. I really like what I've seen so far, and Gwoz is most appreciative of Drew's defensive play, too.

Puck Swami
12-03-2010, 01:39 PM
I find it interesting that UMD has gone to overtime in exactly 1/2 of their games and did not lose a single one. They are 5-0-2 in those games.

Moral of the story: Beat them in regulation. When you have double-shifting firepower like they have going against rubbery legs defense in OT, firepower usually wins.