Announcement

Collapse
No announcement yet.

UNH Wildcats 2021/2022 - Return of the Champions of October?

Collapse
X
 
  • Filter
  • Time
  • Show
Clear All
new posts

  • wildcatdc
    replied
    Watcher called out on the AD search… here’s my input.

    1. They have enlisted a top-flight executive search company who has a division that specializes in professional/college sports coaches and execs.
    2. The partner that led the meeting I attended was out of Chicago and an exec for the Bulls in the MJ years.
    3. The firm was conducting sessions with a number of different cohorts (players, coaches, UNH admin, athletic boosters/advisors, etc.) Notably, these sessions were free of existing athletics admin in attendance, and participants were encouraged to speak freely (and they did)
    4. President Dean appears very involved in the decision-making, very hand-on. He wants a winning culture with the appropriate balance of student/athlete experience. I think he knows from Chapel Hill what a good athletics reputation can do for a university. He seems to want a statement here.
    5. The attendees In the meeting I attended had a wide range of things that were important to them. An interesting dichotomy of winning vs. being students. A lot of discussion from some about the importance of a diverse search. I think whomever is hired needs to be more responsive to our women’s programs as well as to be able to navigate the challenges of building winning programs at a university whose diversity does not represent the athletes that come here very well. (By the way, this is something I’ve heard directly from diverse UNH student-athletes… it’s a culture shock. Not a game-ender, but something we can’t be blind to in the hopes of recruiting top talent.)
    6. I get the sense that this will move quickly. Seems to be great urgency and focus - really like that as it’s not always been my experience watching things happen at UNH
    7. I am a lot more optimistic than I was prior to session.
    8. If anyone is buying into Chuck’s silliness around SM, well, I just feel sorry for you

    Leave a comment:


  • NCAA watcher
    replied
    Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
    I'm no recruiting genius obviously but have heard Souza on more than one occasion say you can find a great player in your own backyard etc.
    Well, then find them, because the only "great" player he found was Gildon. The remainder are pretty good (Cruickshank/Pierson/Carfagna/Gagne) to average to below average. But his statement about going to your backyard certainly evidences his limited outlook, shown by him repeatedly going to Austin Prep 2.3 miles from his home for Verrier/MacAdams/Curran/Cafarelli. When you get a job through the boy's club, you also look for giving jobs for other local boys, rather than merrit.

    we can't get legacy skaters ( Scott Morrows son comes to mind...we could use a player like him...)
    Amazing that all of Souza's connections are willing to recommend average to below average kids to him (Austin Prep's Verrier/MacAdams/Curran/Cafarelli, and former pros Sacco/Sweeney/Fitzgerald). But when it comes to impact kids with options, they go elsewhere.

    Morrow's kid is an example of that, the sort who "falls into the lap" of a good team, but not UNH. Stewart was a teammate of Morrow's dad. It's that sort of implied "non endorsement" that speaks loudly to the path forward.

    But then we have had and will have a cpuple of international skaters and saw a great post about John Evans last nite from the WK Warriors Twitter feed....
    I was a big fan of Evans and Ardanaz, so am not gong to change my views. They've not been as impactful as I hoped, but could also be productive. Ardanaz is Eriksson like (I'll discuss current players in another post). Evans also has potential. But counting on them as freshmen will be challenging.

    What if the "new boss" isn't really "new", but kind of a BlueSkies2.0 type? Just sayin' ...
    Even then, I see no reason for BS2 to be overly loyal to Souza. The issues are too glaring to be ignored, and it would be an easy "win" to make a change. Of course, I always overlook the bubble and would have thought BS1 would have reached a limit to how much he would do for a buddy. Does BS2 have the same reasons to be loyal to a buddy?

    Souza has had a fair chance. He has to be looking for an offramp -- it certainly looks like the results are hard on him physically.
    Last edited by NCAA watcher; 03-10-2022, 10:11 AM.

    Leave a comment:


  • Chuck Murray
    replied
    Originally posted by NCAA watcher View Post
    This makes Souza a lame duck with a hard chance of earning an extension, especially with a new boss coming in. Just a thought. Austin Prep (see above) is moving to the Prep leagues. I wonder if they might be in the market for a high profile leader. It would offer a very nice chance to rehab a reputation for a future gig (see Tim Whitehead), or just be a nice gig at which he could mentor hockey players from Boston.
    What if the "new boss" isn't really "new", but kind of a BlueSkies2.0 type? Just sayin' ...

    Leave a comment:


  • HockeyRef
    replied
    I'm no recruiting genius obviously but have heard Souza on more than one occasion say you can find a great player in your own backyard etc. Sure...there are great players in the area but they don't come here? Like you said 'Watcher we can't get legacy skaters ( Scott Morrows son comes to mind...we could use a player like him...)

    But then we have had and will have a cpuple of international skaters and saw a great post about John Evans last nite from the WK Warriors Twitter feed....

    Where the heck was Blaisdell and Margel last night...and one last thing. I couldn't see Jerry York coach from our seats but he is normally very involved with his players on the bench. I did however have a good look at our bench...not so much from our HC but did see it from Stewey fwiw dept

    Crossed arms are not a good look...

    Leave a comment:


  • NCAA watcher
    replied
    At this point any road to recovery (being close to top 6 in HE) under Souza is incredibly hard.
    You only get one chance to make an impression, and it was plain from his first year that his plan was not getting any traction. You can make a statement or splash, but Souza came out of the gate to "remake the team" asleep. There was no urgency of the sort you see with new coaches bringing in their guys. Instead, it took six months to get a local Austin Prep kid, MacAdams. After that, another two months before spotting Corson Green. Then Wyse, but also filling out the the roster with a "favor" to one of his cronies, Joe Sacco. (Like the "favor" to Bob Sweeney). Then another local Austin Prep kid Verrier. His first year and a half was the following:
    11/14/2015 Eric MacAdams 142-20-30-50
    1/23/2016 Corson Green DNP
    2/24/2016 Anthony Wyse 136-8-18-26
    2/28/2016 Joe Sacco 83-2-4-6
    3/26/2016 Lucas Bahn DNP
    4/11/2016 Angus Crookshank 90-35-28-63
    5/3/2016 James Miller 2-0-0-0
    9/8/2016 Ryan Verrier 115-5-18-23
    12/1/2016 Marek Wazny DNP
    Essentially, you see 1) heavily reliant upon a very small word of mouth (Austin Prep), and 2) No recruiting wins.
    As to picking through the bargain bin, he chose three defensemen who never played at UNH (two of which could not even make DIII schools), a forward who could not make DIII. Not one had a significant competing offer (Crookshank was just starting to get Denver interested).

    The next big date is August 1st, where sophomores can commit. UNH used to be a player in the Northeast market. Not under Souza, where he had little credibility when hired (only four years as an assistant with weak results) has completely lost any ability to get any of the top 10 Mass recruits. Shane Eiserman's brother, one of the top players in the country, is a pipe-dream. (In August, UNH could not even parlay Jackson Pierson's success into a commitment from his brother Cooper Pierson, a B level recruit). Souza's linemate John Sadowski's kid will commit in August, and without any info, would bet that its not UNH. UNH women's team player Emily Rickwood's brother is the second leading scorer in the BCHL, but he passed on UNH for Clarkson (Potsdam!). The top BCHL prospect and scorer is a 16 year old who grew up in NH while his dad was assistant coach for the women's team. He is going to U.Conn.

    And that, in a shell, is why I'm dismayed. Where in the past recruiting used to have the prospect of an occasional exciting get, that is gone. I'm resigned to UNH never getting another good player. And without recruiting, you are doomed to failure or hoping that your eye for a bargain is better than the others (something your track record hasn't shown).

    The team next year is...questionable. Although UNH only scored 76 goals, the top 3 scorers who had 30 of those goals (Ward/Pierson/Engars) leave. Of the freshmen, Devlin is a candidate to regress, based on his prior track record. Here's what I had a couple of weeks ago.
    So.Will Margel-----------Sr.Harrison Blaisdell--------So.Robert Cronin
    So.Liam Devlin----------Fr.Stiven Sardarian---------Fr.Kristap Skrastins
    Fr.Cy Leclerc-------------Sr.Chase Stevenson--------Fr.John Evans
    Fr.Jake Dunlop----------Fr.Morgan Winters----------So.Conor Lovett
    Jr.Carsen Richels-------Jr.Cam Gendron-------------Jr.Nick Cafarelli
    So.Connor Sweeney----Sr.Joe Hankinson

    So.Alex Gagne-----------Jr.Luke Reid
    Sr.Kalle Eriksson---------Fr.Damien Carfagna
    Fr.Nick Ardanaz----------So.Colton Huard
    Jr.Nikolai Jenson--------Fr.Cade Penney

    Fr.Tyler Muszelik----------Sr.David Fessenden------------Jr.Jeremy Forman
    For reference, of what I thought might be the first line, neither Margel nor Blaisdell were dressed last night!! The team will need huge contributions from freshmen.
    Relying upon a talented but freshman goalie will be tough.

    This makes Souza a lame duck with a hard chance of earning an extension, especially with a new boss coming in. Just a thought. Austin Prep (see above) is moving to the Prep leagues. I wonder if they might be in the market for a high profile leader. It would offer a very nice chance to rehab a reputation for a future gig (see Tim Whitehead), or just be a nice gig at which he could mentor hockey players from Boston.
    Last edited by NCAA watcher; 03-10-2022, 09:33 AM.

    Leave a comment:


  • HockeyRef
    replied
    Originally posted by Whalers View Post
    A sad end to the, hopefully, end of an error. Per the NESN announcer, UNH was 0-16 when losing after 2 periods. How is that for in-game adjustments and rallying the troops? As a wise coach once said, "you are what your record says you are."

    We can all feel sad and sorry for the players at the end of a season. We are all human and want good outcomes. The lack of optimism for what has been happening on the ice takes nothing away from all of the hard work, sacrifice and toil these players give throughout a season. I always tip my cap to these young men who juggle so much to chase a dream and an education.
    Great post ...was hard to see Mike Robison cope with the loss and also the end of his UNH career...took him a minute to get off his knees. Quite the contrast with BC celebrating 10 feet away and our boys gathering around the net consoling him and one another. The handshake seemed heartfelt between quite a few of both teams...

    Sigh..when is it going to be our turn...is it ever going to be?
    Last edited by HockeyRef; 03-10-2022, 09:27 AM.

    Leave a comment:


  • NCAA watcher
    replied
    Originally posted by Whalers View Post
    A sad end to the, hopefully, end of an error. Per the NESN announcer, UNH was 0-16 when losing after 2 periods. How is that for in-game adjustments and rallying the troops?
    Hard to adjust in-game when in your 10 years of recruiting you have:
    * not recruited a single player who averaged a point a game during his career;
    * only recruited 7 players who averaged half a point a game during his career;
    * not recruited a single player who made the HE All-Rookie team
    * recruited only one player to make second team HE
    * recruited only two players to make third team HE

    Sometimes its the Jimmies and Joes, not the Xs and Os
    BROWN 2011-2013
    12/18/2011 Brandon Pfeil 116-5-31-36
    2/6/2012 Tyler Wood 105-0-11-11
    3/29/2012 Nathan Widman 3-0-0-0
    5/10/2012 Zach Pryzbek 111-13-13-26
    9/5/2012 Charlie Corcoran 110-23-31-54
    9/6/2012 Connor Maher 6 games
    9/10/2012 Aleksi Rossi 31-0-2-2
    10/3/2012 Tyler Steel 43 games
    11/24/2012 Tim Lappin 82-8-15-23
    12/2/2012 Davey Middleton 122-8-13-21
    12/31/2012 Kyle Kramer 46-4-3-7
    1/28/2013 Eric Shaw DNP
    1/28/2013 Miles Wood DNP
    2/2/2013 Tyler Bird 120-22-13-35
    3/19/2013 Tim Ernst 58 games
    4/5/2013 Josh McArdle 120-4-21-25
    4/21/2013 Philippe Johansson DNP
    4/25/2013 Jack McCarthy DNP
    4/30/2013 Conner Wynne 33-2-4-6
    U.CONN 2013-2015
    8/7/2013 Will Golonka 13-0-0-0
    9/4/2013 Miles Gendron 126-10-2333
    9/29/2013 Jeff Wight 62-6-7-13
    10/11/2013 Ben Freeman 135-25-52-77
    10/15/2013 Liam Murphy DNP
    10/22/2013 Corey Ronan 133-19-24-43
    11/18/2013 Kasperi Ojantakanen 127-13-32-45
    1/29/2014 Will Garin DNP
    1/30/2014 Spencer Naas 143-49-28-77
    2/9/2014 Johnny Austin 127-8-36-44
    2/26/2014 Marco Richter 21-1-0-1
    3/26/2014 Tyson McLellan DNP
    4/29/2014 David Drake 124-4-21-25
    7/27/2014 Tage Thompson 70-33-31-64
    11/27/2014 Connor Mayer DNP
    2/3/2015 Tanner Creel 21 Games
    2/9/2015 Mike Young DNP
    3/23/2015 Adam Karashik 119-5-19-24
    4/6/2015 Evan Wisocky 48-0-15-15
    4/22/2015 Max Kalter 135-19-41-60
    U.NEW HAMPSHIRE
    11/14/2015 Eric MacAdams 142-20-30-50
    1/23/2016 Corson Green DNP
    2/24/2016 Anthony Wyse 136-8-18-26
    2/28/2016 Joe Sacco 83-2-4-6
    3/26/2016 Lucas Bahn DNP
    4/11/2016 Angus Crookshank 90-35-28-63
    5/3/2016 James Miller 2-0-0-0
    9/8/2016 Ryan Verrier 115-5-18-23
    12/1/2016 Marek Wazny DNP
    12/4/2016 Drew Commesso DNP
    1/12/2017 Benton Maass 120-10-27-37
    2/25/2017 Max Gildon 101-21-52-73
    4/4/2017 Kohei Sato 104-10-19-29
    4/13/2017 Connor Sweeney 21-0-0-0
    4/25/2017 Jackson Pierson 114-31-56-87
    10/26/2017 Chase Stevenson 60-8-7-15
    12/20/2017 Nolan McElhaney DNP
    12/31/2017 Tim Stutzle DNP
    2/8/2018 Ty Taylor 21 games
    2/20/2018 Zack Jones DNP
    5/14/2018 Filip Engaras 79-21-24-45
    5/14/2018 Will MacKinnon 118-5-19-24
    5/22/2018 Aidan Curran DNP
    6/21/2018 Drew Hickey 27-0-0-0
    8/8/2018 David Sacco DNP
    9/14/2018 Liam Devlin 33-9-7-16
    10/15/2018 Will Margel 18-1-3-4
    11/20/2018 Nick Ardanaz
    12/9/2018 Kalle Eriksson 87-6-29-35
    1/10/2019 Morgan Winters
    2/9/2019 Robert Cronin 29-7-4-11
    3/15/2019 J.P. Turner
    3/23/2019 Jack Ring DNP
    3/23/2019 Nick Ring
    3/30/2019 Cy Leclerc
    4/9/2019 Lucas Herrmann 71-3-8-11
    4/12/2019 Nick Cafarelli 28-4-9-13
    5/4/2019 Robby Griffin 13-0-1-1
    5/14/2019 Alex Gagne 32-1-7-8
    6/10/2019 Carsen Richels 35-0-1-1
    8/14/2019 Joe Hankinson 24-1-2-3
    9/27/2019 Timo Bakos DNP
    1/8/2020 Damien Carfagna
    1/11/2020 Luke Reid 55-6-10-16
    2/23/2020 Joe Nagle 7-0-0-0
    2/23/2020 Cade Penney
    3/4/2020 Cam Gendron
    3/4/2020 Nikolai Jenson 49-1-6-7
    3/28/2020 John Evans
    4/1/2020 Jed Baliotti
    4/9/2020 Jeremy Forman 1 game
    8/3/2020 Brendan Fitzgerald
    2/1/2021 Colton Huard 27-6-10-16
    3/13/2021 Tyler Muszelik
    5/24/2021 Stiven Sardarian
    10/12/2021 Sam Court
    10/18/2021 Kristaps Skrastins
    12/4/2021 Connor DeTurris
    12/26/2021 Ryan Conmy
    12/27/2021 Jake Dunlap
    2/16/2022 Conor Lovett
    2/17/2022 Ryan MacPherson
    2/17/2022 Connor MacPherson
    As a wise coach once said, "you are what your record says you are."
    Brown
    2011-12 12th place 9-18-5
    2012-13 7th place 16-14-6
    U.Conn
    13-14 3rd place 18-14-4 (Atlantic Hockey)
    14-15 9th place 10-19-7 (Hockey east)
    UNH (47-63-17 .437)
    15-16 10th place 11-20-6
    16-17 10th place 15-20-5
    17-18 11th place 10-20-6
    18-19 8th place 12-15-1
    19-20 9th place 15-15-4
    20-21 10th place 6-14-3
    21-22 9th place 14-19-1
    Last edited by NCAA watcher; 03-10-2022, 08:52 AM.

    Leave a comment:


  • deltabravo62
    replied
    Originally posted by Whalers View Post
    A sad end to the, hopefully, end of an error. Per the NESN announcer, UNH was 0-16 when losing after 2 periods. How is that for in-game adjustments and rallying the troops? As a wise coach once said, "you are what your record says you are."

    We can all feel sad and sorry for the players at the end of a season. We are all human and want good outcomes. The lack of optimism for what has been happening on the ice takes nothing away from all of the hard work, sacrifice and toil these players give throughout a season. I always tip my cap to these young men who juggle so much to chase a dream and an education.
    Agreed, also as someone noted Jerry York called a timeout in the OT period and shortly after BC potted the game winner. Using his timeout to coach his team, maybe he spotted a weakness. The lack of in game adjustment has spilled over from Umile (at least towards the end, I wasn't around for the "good times"). The Souza era has mostly felt like trying to find a bigger and bigger hammer to hit the oversized square peg that is the style he wants to play. When your roster turns over every four years you are going to get variations in player types and skillsets. This is especially true if you are UNH and don't get the pick of the litter. A good coach is going to find the second tier guys and build a system of play around them.

    Leave a comment:


  • Whalers
    replied
    A sad end to the, hopefully, end of an error. Per the NESN announcer, UNH was 0-16 when losing after 2 periods. How is that for in-game adjustments and rallying the troops? As a wise coach once said, "you are what your record says you are."

    We can all feel sad and sorry for the players at the end of a season. We are all human and want good outcomes. The lack of optimism for what has been happening on the ice takes nothing away from all of the hard work, sacrifice and toil these players give throughout a season. I always tip my cap to these young men who juggle so much to chase a dream and an education.

    Leave a comment:


  • HockeyRef
    replied
    Originally posted by norbert View Post

    This for me is a bittersweet game. I predicted and hoped BC would win to make the MS7 departure easier. A win makes it more difficult even though it was probably the end saturday

    A bad defensive breakdown cost them the season. It happens just for UNH at the wrong time

    who starts the new thread for 22/23?
    Well I am highly doubtful that there will be a coaching change in the near future...if at all. And personally seeing that team and how that loss affected them reminds me that they hold a bigger place in the big scheme .of things than any coach....

    I dunno...just different tonight. Souza is the last thing this fan is thinking about prob because I do not have.much power in that.

    On another note it was pointed out on Twitter that Tyler Wards hattie was the first hattie in a HE qtr final game since Kevin Goumas had one against NU. In 2014. Threw my hat on that too.

    I was kind of hoping BC would lose tonight...

    Leave a comment:


  • J.D.
    replied
    Originally posted by wildcatdc View Post
    To anyone worrying about our home attendance… the fans in Conte tonight couldn’t fill Skate 3 in Tyngsboro.
    I don't think a Wednesday night with BC on break and bad weather outside is a good barometer. These HE tournament games never draw well.

    Leave a comment:


  • HockeyRef
    replied
    Pretty goal to win it but at least we came back from a 3-1 deficit and made it interesting. You hit OT and.anything could happen.

    I'm glad like I have said on a few occasions that the frosh got some great experience...scoring 25 of our 75 RS goals..

    Glad I came tonight..lost a hat but itwas worth it!!

    Leave a comment:


  • norbert
    replied
    Originally posted by HockeyRef View Post
    Oh the agony of defeat. HR is very proud of the 'Cats!!
    This for me is a bittersweet game. I predicted and hoped BC would win to make the MS7 departure easier. A win makes it more difficult even though it was probably the end saturday

    A bad defensive breakdown cost them the season. It happens just for UNH at the wrong time

    who starts the new thread for 22/23?

    Leave a comment:


  • norbert
    replied
    Originally posted by wildcatdc View Post
    To anyone worrying about our home attendance… the fans in Conte tonight couldn’t fill Skate 3 in Tyngsboro.
    Some is related to BC on spring break. The rest I don’t know.

    Leave a comment:


  • norbert
    replied
    Originally posted by Chuck Murray View Post
    Heart: UNH 2 BC 1
    Head: UNH 2 BC 5
    I had realism st 5-1 BC. Shocker at the score not outcome

    Leave a comment:

Working...
X