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Dmann
01-25-2011, 09:31 AM
bump!!!

dggoddard
01-25-2011, 10:37 AM
After DU's NCAA exit last season, the entire coaching staff conducted an internal review of the program and what caused the early flameout. It will be interesting to see what is done differently this season leading up to the NCAA playoffs.

I would think the goaltender rotation will remain intact to keep both guys sharp.

One thing that hasn't been mentioned is how much playing time Shawn Ostrow and Nate Dewhurst received in the 3rd period of the 5-1 UAA blowout. The biggest benefit of a big lead is getting more reps for the 3rd & 4th line guys, plus getting more guys involved with the power play. Good for morale, more rest for the stars and more playing time will only help the development of the guys further down the bench.

I still think that Sophomore Shawn Ostrow can become a goal scorer for us, but he needs more minutes. This is the third year in a row that he hasn't played much and the rust clearly shows.

vizoroo
01-25-2011, 11:24 AM
Kyle Ostrow was one if the runners up for INCH player of the week.
I nominated him for USCHO's Three Stars--anybody else?

Pablo
01-25-2011, 01:03 PM
A minimum of once a weekend that kid produces an "Oh sh*t, did you see that?" moment. But he's also tough. He's been whacked around pretty hard all year and has shaken it off. That puck he took to the back of the knee on Saturday hurt me, but he got ice, or heat or a boiler make or something and came back and scored an eye popping goal. Tough kid. And he's gonna need it down the stretch as that bullseye on his sweater will get bigger and bigger.

Yeah, he's tough. But I do worry about him getting hurt. He definitely plays a very "engaged" game of hockey, which can lead to some dirty retaliation like we saw in the world juniors. I'd like to see Mr. Ryder lay a nice solid hit on anyone that messes with our players.

So, what are peoples' opinions on the play of Nick Shore? I've seen him make some awesome pinpoint passes, but I haven't really focused on him enough to form an opinion as to how he's coming along.

Puck Swami
01-25-2011, 01:15 PM
So, what are peoples' opinions on the play of Nick Shore? I've seen him make some awesome pinpoint passes, but I haven't really focused on him enough to form an opinion as to how he's coming along.

He's made big leaps since his injury. His passing is excellent. He has a good sense of positional play and creating open spaces. He's a solid, effective center who is really learning the two way game in all zones, sees the ice well, and isn't afraid to mix it up. He uses his size well. His skating and shot are the two things I would like to see him improve.

Dmann
01-25-2011, 01:30 PM
I still think that Sophomore Shawn Ostrow can become a goal scorer for us, but he needs more minutes. This is the third year in a row that he hasn't played much and the rust clearly shows.

Wait, how can it be the third year in a row if he is a Sophomore? Secondly, I thought he played very well last weekend and had some great chances. There was that one where he just had to lift the puck over the goaltender's leg and he would have had a goal. I think he's showing up in the right places at the right time, he might need a little puck luck. But good play positioning usually leads to goals. They will come. I think I remember he was a prolific scorer for his last team before he got injured right? Finally, what's up with Knowlton, he's a good one too!

Pablo
01-25-2011, 01:31 PM
He's made big leaps since his injury. His passing is excellent. He has a good sense of positional play and creating open spaces. He's a solid, effective center who is really learning the two way game in all zones, sees the ice well, and isn't afraid to mix it up. He uses his size well. His skating and shot are the two things I would like to see him improve.

Sounds like he's laying a good foundation--an effective player already, with a lot of untapped potential. Maybe he'll make a big leap from his freshman to sophomore year, just like Drew did. In the meantime, you have to be happy about the way he can set up his teammates. If Gwoz can get our power play out of the doldrums, I'd expect Nick's assist count to steadily rise.

du78
01-25-2011, 01:45 PM
Wait, how can it be the third year in a row if he is a Sophomore? Secondly, I thought he played very well last weekend and had some great chances. There was that one where he just had to lift the puck over the goaltender's leg and he would have had a goal. I think he's showing up in the right places at the right time, he might need a little puck luck. But good play positioning usually leads to goals. They will come. I think I remember he was a prolific scorer for his last team before he got injured right? Finally, what's up with Knowlton, he's a good one too!

I think DG was touching on that in his last year in juniors he barely played due to a major knee injury, saw minimal time playing for DU as a freshman and has been in and out of the line-up this season.

dggoddard
01-25-2011, 01:50 PM
Wait, how can it be the third year in a row if he is a Sophomore? Secondly, I thought he played very well last weekend and had some great chances. There was that one where he just had to lift the puck over the goaltender's leg and he would have had a goal. Finally, what's up with Knowlton, he's a good one too!Shawn Ostrow only played a handful of games his last year of juniors at Camrose, so its been three years of not getting much playing time. Its the classic example of a player who would of benefitted from another year of Juniors and he would of been far more confident when he arrived at DU. But sometimes a player like this will be a late bloomer and really come on when given the opportunity.

The poster child of late bloomers was Jon Foster went from 4 goals his Sophomore year to 12 his Junior year to 21 his Senior year. But Foster was a prolific scorer in Juniors.

Lifting the puck is the key to scoring goals in college hockey against butterfly goaltenders. Only a few players can do it in the heat of the moment. Guys like Dewhurst, Knowlton, Shawn Ostrow don't lift the puck consquently they rarely score goals even though they may get lots of opportunities in close.

Last night I slowed down the FCS-RM "slow-mo" replay of Zucker's goal on my DVR. Zucker toe dragged the puck between his legs to fake out the defenseman. Then after he beat the defender the puck started bouncing but he was able to gather it on the blade of his stick. The puck was flat on the blade when he went five-hole. An incredible sequence of puck control and skating ability.

Puck Swami
01-25-2011, 03:00 PM
Rick Comley, coach at Michigan State, has announced that he is retiring at the end of this season. This should make these next few months very interesting in DU land, as now there are open jobs at Penn State and Michigan State. Gwoz turned down MSU in 2001, but his wife Bonnie is from there, so I am not sure if he'd want to go there or not. Being third banana to FB and BB in East Lansing might not be to Gwoz' liking. DU will likely have to open the vault for Gwoz if DU does well in the NCAAs this year, or he'll likely leave. If DU doesn't do well in the NCAAs, I could see DU going for a less expensive coach....

vizoroo
01-25-2011, 03:45 PM
The speculation has already started on a thread here. Gwoz and Appert are mentioned frequently.

Dmann
01-26-2011, 07:44 AM
The speculation has already started on a thread here. Gwoz and Appert are mentioned frequently.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but wouldn't this be a step backwards for Gwoz? I know he wasn't head coach at Mich. St., but still...

Maybe this will be enough of a scare though, this plus Penn St. to sign him up for good, regardless of the NCAA outcome. I realize we've struggled the last five years, but he was there for 2004 and 2005.

vizoroo
01-26-2011, 12:05 PM
Ostrow, Brittain and Bennett noinated for WCHA Weekly honors. Unfortunately some other guys won.:p

du78
01-26-2011, 12:18 PM
Paul Stastny named as one of two players to replace Crosby and Malkin at the All Star Game.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=550698

I am thinking Glenn Anderson or Kevin Dineen were the last DU players named to the NHL All Star Team.

Edit: Glenn Anderson was on 4 NHL All Star Teams in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1988. Kevin Dineen was on 2 All Star Teams in 1988 and 1989. There was no All Star Game in 1987 but Rendez-vous '87 was played instead. It was 2-game series between NHL All Stars and the Russian National Team. Both Glenn and Kevin played on the NHL RV87 Team. The series outcome resulted in a split.

Slasher7
01-26-2011, 12:26 PM
Boston College vs. Denver in the NCAA final this year. All Maroon and gold championship. :)

Puck Swami
01-26-2011, 05:03 PM
Paul Stastny named as one of two players to replace Crosby and Malkin at the All Star Game.

http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=550698

I am thinking Glenn Anderson or Kevin Dineen were the last DU players named to the NHL All Star Team.

Edit: Glenn Anderson was on 4 NHL All Star Teams in 1984, 1985, 1986 and 1988. Kevin Dineen was on 2 All Star Teams in 1988 and 1989. There was no All Star Game in 1987 but Rendez-vous '87 was played instead. It was 2-game series between NHL All Stars and the Russian National Team. Both Glenn and Kevin played on the NHL RV87 Team. The series outcome resulted in a split.

Cool stuff. Great for Paul, and the 20+ year lag between DU's players appearing as NHL All-Stars is a long time.

The Rendez-Vous '87 games were fabulous hockey games. I saw them live in snowy and cold Quebec City at the old Colisee, where the Nordiques used to play. Back then, playing the Soviets was still rare and full of tension. Even the National Anthems were fueled by a little one-upsmanship. The first Anthem sung was the US anthem, sung by the 20-man Harvard Glee Club, who sounded very nice, if a touch young and collegiate. But then the Soviet National Anthem was sung by the 60-man Soviet Red Army Chorus in their army uniforms on the ice, and it sounded like the glory-filled soundtrack of one of those Soviet Propaganda films of Party Congresses and missiles rolling accross Red Square on May Day. It really creeped me out....

Dmann
01-26-2011, 05:36 PM
Cool stuff. Great for Paul, and the 20+ year lag between DU's players appearing as NHL All-Stars is a long time.

The Rendez-Vous '87 games were fabulous hockey games. I saw them live in snowy and cold Quebec City at the old Colisee, where the Nordiques used to play. Back then, playing the Soviets was still rare and full of tension. Even the National Anthems were fueled by a little one-upsmanship. The first Anthem sung was the US anthem, sung by the 20-man Harvard Glee Club, who sounded very nice, if a touch young and collegiate. But then the Soviet National Anthem was sung by the 60-man Soviet Red Army Chorus in their army uniforms on the ice, and it sounded like the glory-filled soundtrack of one of those Soviet Propaganda films of Party Congresses and missiles rolling accross Red Square on May Day. It really creeped me out....

very cool Swamster!!!

du78
01-26-2011, 08:00 PM
FYI Stastny was selected in 2008 to the All Star Team but couldn't play because of an injury.

Old Pio
01-26-2011, 08:29 PM
Cool stuff. Great for Paul, and the 20+ year lag between DU's players appearing as NHL All-Stars is a long time.

The Rendez-Vous '87 games were fabulous hockey games. I saw them live in snowy and cold Quebec City at the old Colisee, where the Nordiques used to play. Back then, playing the Soviets was still rare and full of tension. Even the National Anthems were fueled by a little one-upsmanship. The first Anthem sung was the US anthem, sung by the 20-man Harvard Glee Club, who sounded very nice, if a touch young and collegiate. But then the Soviet National Anthem was sung by the 60-man Soviet Red Army Chorus in their army uniforms on the ice, and it sounded like the glory-filled soundtrack of one of those Soviet Propaganda films of Party Congresses and missiles rolling accross Red Square on May Day. It really creeped me out....

I got nothing that profound but after Ingemar Johannson took the heavyweight title from Floyd Patterson, the second of their three bouts took place in Sweden (Goteborg?). The Swedish national anthem was sung by some dude from their national opera company. Big, barrel chested with a magnificent voice. The Star Spangled Banner was rendered by (wait for it) Eddie Fisher! Talk about embarrassing.

A buddy of mine used to be the color guy on the Nebraska football broadcasts and he says his worst moment with the Huskers came in a bowl game against Florida State. The PA guy announced Chief Osceola, and out rides this kid, all done up like a Seminole chief, on the horse, with the lighted lance, which he throws down to show they're about to go to war. Then the guy announces Herbie Husker and out rides a dude with a rubber head in a golfcart! Oy.

Speaking of horses, here's one I'm rather partial to:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcW7Up7nIaU&feature=related

Dmann
01-27-2011, 08:21 AM
On the topic of Paul Stastny,


Can you believe the career this guy is having? Remember at the Avs training camp when he just would not be denied? I don't believe he's played one game in the minors!! What a stud!