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  • Hammy
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    Originally posted by SanTropez View Post
    And yet the "experts" say I am wrong when mentioning the Gophers are starting to click. It's funny.
    Considering none of those teams we have played in the last 14 games are even in the top 20 of the current Pairwise (and the two games we played before those 14 were losses against teams that will make the NCAAs), I don't think it is outrageous to question if maybe playing less than stellar competition has something to do with it.

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  • SJHovey
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    Re: Minnesota Gopher Season Thread: 2014-15 (Continued)

    Originally posted by 5mn_Major View Post
    Gophers' B1G tourney notes:

    http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m...031815aaa.html

    Didn't know it...but the Gophs have the best record in the country over the last 14 games.
    It would be an even better tidbit if it were true.

    FWIW, and because I saw some earlier posts that Quinnipiac's game against Harvard may have some significance relating to MN's tourney hopes, I saw an article this morning that indicates Quinnipiac's best forward is out.

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  • SanTropez
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    Re: Minnesota Gopher Season Thread: 2014-15 (Continued)

    Originally posted by 5mn_Major View Post

    Didn't know it...but the Gophs have the best record in the country over the last 14 games.
    And yet the "experts" say I am wrong when mentioning the Gophers are starting to click. It's funny.

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  • HarleyMC
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    Re: Minnesota Gopher Season Thread: 2014-15 (Continued)

    Originally posted by D2D View Post
    Very well done! Now, starting on Friday, they need to refocus on winning the next prize!
    I hope they can keep their eyes on the prize. I'm not as confident about this weekend as I was the last one though.

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  • JF_Gophers
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    Best record over last 14 games and we are still on the tourney bubble. I guess that shows how crappy we were during the middle of the season.

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  • HarleyMC
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    Originally posted by 5mn_Major View Post
    Gophers' B1G tourney notes:

    http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m...031815aaa.html

    Didn't know it...but the Gophs have the best record in the country over the last 14 games.
    I posted often about their record over the previous 12 games before the PSU series (8-3-1). But you stopped listening and it was only just over a week ago you stated you were going into "offseason" mode....remember?

    Originally posted by 5mn_Major View Post
    I'll still watch the games. But the real backbreaker was MSU (still is and will end up being our worst game of the year). OSU just took away the belief that the Gophers, if they somehow manage to get into the NCAAs, will accomplish anything.

    In the end, our age old nemesis of not scoring will kill us. Reason for both of the above Ls and the North Star cup. We get boatloads of criticism for our defense. But our defense doesn't cause us to not score...and in fact, helps as much to score or more than any hockey team in the NCAAs. Hence a big reason why we do so poorly in shoot outs. As mentioned in the game thread, we often just run out of steam and can't score. In Friday's over the last month plus, we're 6-0-0. On Saturday's, we're 2-3-1.

    Again, I'll continue to watch. But I'm starting to transition to off season thinking. It will likely be too bad that probably the most talented group on campus since our back to back went out this way. While pretty good, I don't see our group of recruits next year as being among the best we've had. Our defense should remain solid. But with questions about our recruiting class's ability to score goals and with the likely forwards remaining (esp vs. that of Michigan) and its hard to be optimistic. Sorry about the downer Monday

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  • 5mn_Major
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    Re: Minnesota Gopher Season Thread: 2014-15 (Continued)

    Gophers' B1G tourney notes:

    http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m...031815aaa.html

    Didn't know it...but the Gophs have the best record in the country over the last 14 games.

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  • D2D
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    Re: Minnesota Gopher Season Thread: 2014-15 (Continued)

    Originally posted by HarleyMC View Post
    A behind the scenes look as the Gophers close out the regular season with a B1G Title >>> HERE.
    Very well done! Now, starting on Friday, they need to refocus on winning the next prize!

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  • HarleyMC
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    Re: Minnesota Gopher Season Thread: 2014-15 (Continued)

    A behind the scenes look as the Gophers close out the regular season with a B1G Title >>> HERE.

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  • 5mn_Major
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    Re: Minnesota Gopher Season Thread: 2014-15 (Continued)

    Originally posted by Koho View Post
    I don't know that they would have tried Glover at forward with C Reilly here. Maybe, just to get him some time. He is very good defensively and against the boards he is solid, but doesn't generate as much offense as even Michaelson. R. Reilly is fun to watch for his hustle, but hasn't shown much yet. Michealson is no star, but he has some productive shifts. The 4th line has been looking good lately, and it isn't all due to Glover.
    The best nonendorsement of Michaelson I can imagine.

    Originally posted by D2D View Post
    Glover is doing far better as a forward than he did as a D. The coaches made the right move.
    Agreed.


    Originally posted by Driftryder View Post
    I think the Glover move was good for that 4th line, they seem to be providing more of what a 4th line should now.

    Hammy (or anyone who knows) - When Glover moves back to D next year, I am curious what type of D man is he? (shutdown type, offense D etc...) Didn't really get to see a whole lot out of him on D this season.
    Although he can play some defense, I expect he'd be on the side of puckhandling offense. A perfect piece of the puzzle for our 5 player attack. After seeing him with the NTDP...he has some puck skills. In fact, 28 points in 59 games against a fair amount of NCAA teams in his time there was pretty good. The trick is that he'll be behind his peers so I can't imagine he'd be quarterbacking until the end of his time here.

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  • Handyman
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    How dare you crucify him! Stop shouting down his idea

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  • Koho
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    Re: Minnesota Gopher Season Thread: 2014-15 (Continued)

    Originally posted by 5mn_Major View Post
    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone saying Michaelson is much better than R Reilly. They sit R Reilly before Glover, if C Reilly was around they'd be sitting Michaelson before Glover.



    I don't know who said Marshall...but is putting Glover at F and Marshall at D a smart idea and vice versa a totally idiotic idea? Not sure what your point is.
    I don't know that they would have tried Glover at forward with C Reilly here. Maybe, just to get him some time. He is very good defensively and against the boards he is solid, but doesn't generate as much offense as even Michaelson. R. Reilly is fun to watch for his hustle, but hasn't shown much yet. Michealson is no star, but he has some productive shifts. The 4th line has been looking good lately, and it isn't all due to Glover.

    And yes, I think it would not be a smart move to put one of your better D-men with the most experience on forward in favor of a freshman on D. There is a big difference between having a freshman D play forward to get used to the speed of the game and adjust to the college game with less chance of a game-costing mistake, then to take your 4-year, top-3 D-man and move him up to forward when you have plenty of fire-power returning from the previous season.

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  • 5mn_Major
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    Originally posted by Koho View Post
    And I am not sure it would have happened without Reilly going down.
    You'd be hard pressed to find anyone saying Michaelson is much better than R Reilly. They sit R Reilly before Glover, if C Reilly was around they'd be sitting Michaelson before Glover.

    Originally posted by Koho View Post
    I thought I remember someone crucified for suggesting Marshall should play up, not just any D.
    I don't know who said Marshall...but is putting Glover at F and Marshall at D a smart idea and vice versa a totally idiotic idea? Not sure what your point is.

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  • D2D
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    Originally posted by Hammy View Post
    I guarantee you he'll leave the team before he'll be a full time forward.

    If we judged every D by how they looked in their first month or two of college hockey, many of them wouldn't appear to worth it in the long haul.

    I'd also point out that we aren't as deep (as of right now) at D next year. Glover is going to be needed (at a minimum) for depth. You don't recruit a kid for D at age 16, watch him play the next few years at D with the US team, watch him get drafted by an NHL team as a D, and then change him to forward full time. Playing him in a pinch is understandable. Especially when you are deeper at D. But we won't have that luxury next year.
    All good points. I would add that the experience he gained just from playing this season, even if it wasn't the position he was recruited to play, should help him immensely next season when he reverts back to defense.

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  • Hammy
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    Originally posted by D2D View Post
    In his limited playing time at D earlier this year I thought he was beyond shaky. It was like he couldn't do anything right.

    I guess we'll have to wait and see where the coaches put him next year, but I wouldn't be surprised if he again gets used in a defensive forward role.
    I guarantee you he'll leave the team before he'll be a full time forward.

    If we judged every D by how they looked in their first month or two of college hockey, many of them wouldn't appear to worth it in the long haul.

    I'd also point out that we aren't as deep (as of right now) at D next year. Glover is going to be needed (at a minimum) for depth. You don't recruit a kid for D at age 16, watch him play the next few years at D with the US team, watch him get drafted by an NHL team as a D, and then change him to forward full time. Playing him in a pinch is understandable. Especially when you are deeper at D. But we won't have that luxury next year.
    Last edited by Hammy; 03-17-2015, 06:15 PM.

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