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  • walrus
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    This changes everything for small schools. Possible unlimited scholarships?
    https://sports.yahoo.com/ncaa-power-...001736810.html

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  • walrus
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    Two things, first teams who are getting help thru the portal have to be near the top in league/ nationally. Second, has to be a place guys want to play. Alfond helps that believe.

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  • Sparkee
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    Originally posted by 9twenty View Post

    The roster being bigger now is alot different then during the Walsh era...back then there was no Portal...so a player either sat and waited and made progress year by year or transfered and sat a season out...but now if a player does not like or want to wait he can leave and do so multi times. Different now with the Portal as a players ace in the hole. So now it is way harder to keep a solid roster together...players either buy in or wave good bye.
    The system is less friendly for both the players and the coaches. The coaches have to recruit the portal or wind up getting a depleted roster, then they might have to push recruits off a year thereby losing them. And the players can be told they won’t have a spot next year. The portal is like free agency in pro sports. I’m not really a fan of it, but you evidently need to take advantage of it or be left potentially having a max exodus depleted roster scenario. And we have some players now that will attend three different schools before they finish in four years. How far are we away from seeing a player go to four different schools before they are done? Seems absurd but…

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  • 9twenty
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    Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

    The only one listed on Heisenberg site set to join as a freshman is Brian Morse(RD) from Chiliwack of BCHL. He is an ‘03 birthdate so he has no more junior eligibility. So I assume this means he will definitely join Maine this year unless he pulls his verbal commitment to join somewhere else. I doubt we see any other additions unless the coaching staff considers a guy an upgrade, which is likely what they saw in Djurecevic. The roster is as big as we have seen since the Walsh days. Walsh used to have a big roster because he liked having a lot of competition for ice time, it pushed the depth to be as good as they could be.
    The roster being bigger now is alot different then during the Walsh era...back then there was no Portal...so a player either sat and waited and made progress year by year or transfered and sat a season out...but now if a player does not like or want to wait he can leave and do so multi times. Different now with the Portal as a players ace in the hole. So now it is way harder to keep a solid roster together...players either buy in or wave good bye.

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  • Sparkee
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    Originally posted by OronoKO View Post
    No idea. Has it been confirmed that Maine is bringing in any new D (other than Djurasevic)? Maine has 9 returners.
    The only one listed on Heisenberg site set to join as a freshman is Brian Morse(RD) from Chiliwack of BCHL. He is an ‘03 birthdate so he has no more junior eligibility. So I assume this means he will definitely join Maine this year unless he pulls his verbal commitment to join somewhere else. I doubt we see any other additions unless the coaching staff considers a guy an upgrade, which is likely what they saw in Djurecevic. The roster is as big as we have seen since the Walsh days. Walsh used to have a big roster because he liked having a lot of competition for ice time, it pushed the depth to be as good as they could be.

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  • OronoKO
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    No idea. Has it been confirmed that Maine is bringing in any new D (other than Djurasevic)? Maine has 9 returners.

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  • Sparkee
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    Originally posted by Amerzone View Post

    Yeah, nice look at group D. Brezealle and Chabrier seem like they'll start for sure, but those other spots look wide open. Holt's got experience but Antonacci was playing well last season before he got hurt. And who knows if Arnot will be back to 100% either and it's gonna be interesting to see how that plays out.

    As for the new guys, Im not sure if any of them can step in right away. Maybe Vidal? He looked solid in camp. Dalton though he's a wildcard. Last season was rough for him so we'll see if he can get his confidence back. A focused Dalton makes the whole defense better. But if he struggles again, we could be in trouble.

    I don't envy the coaches having to make these decisions. So much shuffling around of players to find the right mix. Should be a fun battle to watch unfold.
    Who is Vidal?

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  • NorthMike
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    Is there a way to find out which players are on a scholarship?
    This must be public info?
    Last edited by NorthMike; Yesterday, 04:24 AM.

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  • 9twenty
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    Originally posted by Amerzone View Post

    Yeah, nice look at group D. Brezealle and Chabrier seem like they'll start for sure, but those other spots look wide open. Holt's got experience but Antonacci was playing well last season before he got hurt. And who knows if Arnot will be back to 100% either and it's gonna be interesting to see how that plays out.

    As for the new guys, Im not sure if any of them can step in right away. Maybe Vidal? He looked solid in camp. Dalton though he's a wildcard. Last season was rough for him so we'll see if he can get his confidence back. A focused Dalton makes the whole defense better. But if he struggles again, we could be in trouble.

    I don't envy the coaches having to make these decisions. So much shuffling around of players to find the right mix. Should be a fun battle to watch unfold.
    Depth is never a bad thing...especially on a team that expects to win going forward.

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  • Amerzone
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    Originally posted by NorthMike View Post
    The more I think about it the better I like the D group, deep and a large roster. I bet Dalton wishes he didnt come in last year and give up half a year eligibility.
    Im thinking only Brezealle and Chabrier are safe starters. The rest of the D group was light on points if I recall. Who else starts will depend upon who works the hardest and improved over the summer, and if they can develop a scoring touch.
    Probably safe to say Holt, Antonacci, Arnot will start. That leaves two slots to compete for, most likely three since there could be one of the five regulars out with an injury at any given time.
    Yeah, nice look at group D. Brezealle and Chabrier seem like they'll start for sure, but those other spots look wide open. Holt's got experience but Antonacci was playing well last season before he got hurt. And who knows if Arnot will be back to 100% either and it's gonna be interesting to see how that plays out.

    As for the new guys, Im not sure if any of them can step in right away. Maybe Vidal? He looked solid in camp. Dalton though he's a wildcard. Last season was rough for him so we'll see if he can get his confidence back. A focused Dalton makes the whole defense better. But if he struggles again, we could be in trouble.

    I don't envy the coaches having to make these decisions. So much shuffling around of players to find the right mix. Should be a fun battle to watch unfold.

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  • 9twenty
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    Originally posted by BlackBearFan19 View Post

    Holt not being a safe starter? He’s our best IMO, followed by Breazeale and Chabrier. He’s the one I trust most on the breakouts and never seems to miss on a pass.

    Overall, I’d agree but would be surprised to Arnott be out of the lineup completely, he’s been very capable in his time here.

    I’m thinking,
    Breazeale-Djurasevic
    Holt-Chabrier
    Lesakowski-Antonacci
    Arnott
    Hopkins
    Nobes
    Dalton
    Holt is a main-stay...in that you can count on him and at times you forget how good he is...imo taken for granted...not in a bad way but he gets the job done without accolades.

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  • BlackBearFan19
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    Originally posted by NorthMike View Post
    The more I think about it the better I like the D group, deep and a large roster. I bet Dalton wishes he didnt come in last year and give up half a year eligibility.
    Im thinking only Brezealle and Chabrier are safe starters. The rest of the D group was light on points if I recall. Who else starts will depend upon who works the hardest and improved over the summer, and if they can develop a scoring touch.
    Probably safe to say Holt, Antonacci, Arnot will start. That leaves two slots to compete for, most likely three since there could be one of the five regulars out with an injury at any given time.
    Holt not being a safe starter? He’s our best IMO, followed by Breazeale and Chabrier. He’s the one I trust most on the breakouts and never seems to miss on a pass.

    Overall, I’d agree but would be surprised to Arnott be out of the lineup completely, he’s been very capable in his time here.

    I’m thinking,
    Breazeale-Djurasevic
    Holt-Chabrier
    Lesakowski-Antonacci
    Arnott
    Hopkins
    Nobes
    Dalton

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  • 9twenty
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    Originally posted by Sparkee View Post

    Lesakowski has size and willingness to clear the net front. That is an area the defense is lacking. Defensemen Antonacci, Arnott, and Holt are all undersized compared to your average sized NCAA starting defensemen. So half of the defense in the line up was small. It showed in games against BU, Cornell, etc… where teams were big and went to the net front and played heavy. Having Djeresevic to replace Arnott would make the d bigger. Then potentially if Hopkins emerges and plays up to his rating he could potentially put Antonacci out of the line up. That one is tough though, because Antonacci plays very good defensively despite his small size.
    Holt will be in...he won't be playing one game in/one game out.

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  • grooverider
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    Originally posted by OronoKO View Post
    I suspect Maine will start with

    Brazeale Djuranovic
    Holt Chabrier
    Lesakowski Arnott/Antonacci

    Maine typically dressed 7 D and Barr seems to like Ds on their strong side.

    That would leave Hopkins, Nobes, Dalton and maybe a freshman (Morse?) fighting to get in the line up. If Hopkins can find his level at college, he could be like a new player. But competition for ice time will be tough on D.
    Spot on..I think Arnott sits. Djuranovic didn't transfer to sit. He would actually be a good partner with Antonacci too.

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  • NorthMike
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    The more I think about it the better I like the D group, deep and a large roster. I bet Dalton wishes he didnt come in last year and give up half a year eligibility.
    Im thinking only Brezealle and Chabrier are safe starters. The rest of the D group was light on points if I recall. Who else starts will depend upon who works the hardest and improved over the summer, and if they can develop a scoring touch.
    Probably safe to say Holt, Antonacci, Arnot will start. That leaves two slots to compete for, most likely three since there could be one of the five regulars out with an injury at any given time.

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