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  • #16
    Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

    Originally posted by Catamount93 View Post
    Am I crazy, or when you look at these lines and pairings do you also think we have more depth than we've had in a long time?

    Seems like we should have the ability to generate more offense (famous UVM fan last words).

    Anyway, I'm excited.
    I honestly feel the same way, but I'm always overly optimistic so take my opinion with a pinch of salt.

    Glad I'm not the one paid to figure this stuff all out =P
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    • #17
      Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

      Mark that as 3 optimistic about the upcoming season. Looks like the lineup of skaters is the best in a long
      time (look for Colton and Bowen to have banner years)...my only "iffy" is in goal. As good as Lekkas was,
      he's unfortunately just too small to carry a division 1 team.

      BTW...anyone know how to dispute a "reputation" on here? Some Maine fan got mad when i mentioned
      we were 15th in Pairwise last season after beating the Black Bears

      Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
      I honestly feel the same way, but I'm always overly optimistic so take my opinion with a pinch of salt.

      Glad I'm not the one paid to figure this stuff all out =P

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      • #18
        Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

        Originally posted by VTALUM View Post
        Mark that as 3 optimistic about the upcoming season. Looks like the lineup of skaters is the best in a long
        time (look for Colton and Bowen to have banner years)...my only "iffy" is in goal. As good as Lekkas was,
        he's unfortunately just too small to carry a division 1 team.
        Harmon was USPHL goalie of the year last year. While that is a far lower quality of play than the USHL where Stef played, that's still a nice achievement. He's also got some size at 6'2"

        Fun fact: He was a multi-sport athlete in high school. In addition to being a top-class hockey goalie he was one of his conference's best attackers in lacrosse.
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        • #19
          Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

          Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
          My guesses for lines:

          Privitera - Colton - Bowen
          Puffer - Misley - Coughlin
          Dzhioshvili - Darrar - Petruzzelli
          Alvaro - Lodermeier - Best

          Swap in Blanleil, Cowans, Esposito, Fr├ęchette, Kaufman, O'Neil as needed

          Massie - O'Donnell
          Phillips - Abramson
          Evers - Grant

          Swap in Kelly, Thomas, Moriarty as needed

          Lekkas
          Harmon
          Beck
          Oops......We don't have two Coughlins?...

          I agree Misley will get uber love from Sneddon and probably get top 6 minutes.
          There are a LOT of centers on the team now it seems.
          You seem to have Best and Puffer moved out of the middle, which seems to be a good idea. With Darrar, Lodermeier, and Colton and Misley in the pivot.
          Hope that is the case for winning faceoffs and generating a little more offensive firepower.
          Nice mix of bigger and smaller players too.
          You are on the pulse it looks like. Cant wait for the season!

          Go Cats Go!

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          • #20
            Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

            Originally posted by harry View Post
            Oops......We don't have two Coughlins?...

            I agree Misley will get uber love from Sneddon and probably get top 6 minutes.
            There are a LOT of centers on the team now it seems.
            You seem to have Best and Puffer moved out of the middle, which seems to be a good idea. With Darrar, Lodermeier, and Colton and Misley in the pivot.
            Hope that is the case for winning faceoffs and generating a little more offensive firepower.
            Nice mix of bigger and smaller players too.
            You are on the pulse it looks like. Cant wait for the season!

            Go Cats Go!
            Misley deserves it, to be fair. Very very talented player (dude was a PPG in the OJHL playoffs while playing with an injured foot that hampered his mobility). But I don't see how you break up Colton/Bowen to start the year after they clicked so well last year. I'd say the third man on that line is either Privitera or Puffer as their skill sets are probably the most similar to Puskarich, who was the third man on that line last year.

            I'm a bit biased on Vlad being so high up (I'm a fan of Russian hockey, and he played for a youth team in the area I'm from - shoutout to the WBS Knights), but I think he's probably #2 after Misley in terms of our forward recruits.

            I think that center lineup should basically be set in stone. Hoping Darrar can stay healthy this year, Sneddon was really high on him going into last season. And I expect to see rotation on the bottom 6 wings. (Reminder - O'Neil is still a sophomore as he got a medical redshirt after missing much of last year with a torn ACL. I liked some of what I saw from him as a freshman and even early last year before his injury. And the freshmen should get their chances to show what they can do.) Stability at center is really important in my opinion as they're sort of the "hub" of the team.

            On D, I tried to keep pairings lefty-righty, although I'm not sure if handedness affects our lineups, especially since we only have three righties (MOD, Abramson, and Grant). I really like this year's defense as there's a lot of flexibility. Last year we saw what happened when we lost one of our two defenders with good size (over 6') - it was easy for bigger, more physical teams to bully around the net and get good screens, which hurts when your starting keeper lacks size himself. Now, you've at least got wiggle room with the 6'2 Evers and the 6'4 Thomas coming in. I'm also REALLY high on Grant and think he will be a UVM captain some day.

            Is it October yet??? or even media day lol
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            • #21
              Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

              Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
              My guesses for lines:

              Privitera - Colton - Bowen
              Puffer - Misley - Coughlin
              Dzhioshvili - Darrar - Petruzzelli
              Alvaro - Lodermeier - Best

              Swap in Blanleil, Cowans, Esposito, Fr├ęchette, Kaufman, O'Neil as needed

              Massie - O'Donnell
              Phillips - Abramson
              Evers - Grant

              Swap in Kelly, Thomas, Moriarty as needed

              Lekkas
              Harmon
              Beck
              UVM is very fortunate that Abramson got an extra year. I think they are very thin on D so they need to score a lot of goals. Seems like they have the firepower this year. Wouldn't be surprised to see Cowans end up on one of the top 4 lines. I'm also hoping Sneddon doesn't spend the season tinkering with the top three lines.

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              • #22
                Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                Originally posted by j24vt View Post
                UVM is very fortunate that Abramson got an extra year. I think they are very thin on D so they need to score a lot of goals. Seems like they have the firepower this year. Wouldn't be surprised to see Cowans end up on one of the top 4 lines. I'm also hoping Sneddon doesn't spend the season tinkering with the top three lines.
                I actually think we're deeper on D this year than last year. Just concerned about replacing Hamilton's production last year, but I'm really high on Grant, probably more than I should be.
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                • #23
                  Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                  Some closure: Max Daigle, who left UVM midseason last year, will be playing at McGill this year
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                  • #24
                    Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                    Bombshell: Abramson is not returning, per Ted Ryan. Sneddon says it was his own decision to pursue outside opportunities, seems (based on the article) that it was on good terms and not a Kearley/Ferguson-esque cut.

                    Big loss physically...think this means more PT for Thomas who is a similar player.
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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by TovarishchLisa View Post
                      Bombshell: Abramson is not returning, per Ted Ryan. Sneddon says it was his own decision to pursue outside opportunities, seems (based on the article) that it was on good terms and not a Kearley/Ferguson-esque cut.

                      Big loss physically...think this means more PT for Thomas who is a similar player.
                      Wow, that is a bombshell and a HUGE loss! I wouldn't read too much into the characterization that it's ending on good terms. It's always couched in those terms no matter what the actual reason--i.e., think Packy Munson leaving of his own accord, on good terms, and heading to Denver so that he could be closer to his family in Minnesota. Ya, sure. About the only departure I can think of that was outwardly nasty was when Justin Milo got booted off the team. Is it me or does Sneddon seem to have more of these occurrences than other coaches? This news is a real downer and has kind of dampened my enthusiasm for the upcoming season. :-(

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                      • #26
                        Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                        Originally posted by UVM Cat in Texas View Post
                        Wow, that is a bombshell and a HUGE loss! I wouldn't read too much into the characterization that it's ending on good terms. It's always couched in those terms no matter what the actual reason--i.e., think Packy Munson leaving of his own accord, on good terms, and heading to Denver so that he could be closer to his family in Minnesota.
                        I can see why Denver would be "closer" though, flights to Minnesota are a lot more frequent out of Denver than Burlington. (Side note, but the oodles of conspiracy theories make Denver a randomly-interesting airport) Apparently Ori wanted to pursue something outside of UVM.

                        Either way, it's not the end of the world (Thomas will probably see a lot of his minutes and from what I can gather he has the potential to be even better), but it is a blow regardless
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                        • #27
                          Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                          FYI, UVM announced captains for the upcoming season:
                          --Rob Darrar, Captain
                          --Travis Blanleil, Alternate Captain
                          --Anthony "Rico" Petruzzelli, Alternate Captain
                          --Derek Lodermeier, Alternate Captain

                          http://uvmathletics.com/news/2017/9/...18-season.aspx

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                          • #28
                            Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                            Originally posted by UVM Cat in Texas View Post
                            FYI, UVM announced captains for the upcoming season:
                            --Rob Darrar, Captain
                            --Travis Blanleil, Alternate Captain
                            --Anthony "Rico" Petruzzelli, Alternate Captain
                            --Derek Lodermeier, Alternate Captain

                            http://uvmathletics.com/news/2017/9/...18-season.aspx
                            I didn't expect Darrar, but I like it
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                            • #29
                              Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                              Originally posted by UVM Cat in Texas View Post
                              FYI, UVM announced captains for the upcoming season:
                              --Rob Darrar, Captain
                              --Travis Blanleil, Alternate Captain
                              --Anthony "Rico" Petruzzelli, Alternate Captain
                              --Derek Lodermeier, Alternate Captain

                              http://uvmathletics.com/news/2017/9/...18-season.aspx
                              Curious to which came first the captain choices or Abramson leaving. Makes you wonder 4 forwards picked including a Soph.

                              It wouldn't be surprising if it bothered a senior D-man or two.
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                              • #30
                                Re: UVM 2017/18: A Gutt Check

                                Originally posted by Cat lover View Post
                                Curious to which came first the captain choices or Abramson leaving. Makes you wonder 4 forwards picked including a Soph.

                                It wouldn't be surprising if it bothered a senior D-man or two.
                                I'd guess Abramson was gonna be a captain and Lodermeier took his spot when he decided not to play.

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