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  • Originally posted by BadgerPete View Post
    Per Ian Kennedy: Natalie Mylnkova is officially heading to the University of Minnesota via the transfer portal.

    Gophers just got way more dangerous. That was the best player in the portal after how well she played at Worlds.
    And also Krista Parkkonen.

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    • The defense looks better with the additions of Parkkonen, Primerano, and Graham and the further progression of Laitinen. Clark will platoon with Vetter or Vetter will return to her 22-23 form. But I still don't like the depth up front.

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      • Originally posted by eastcoastgopher View Post
        The defense looks better with the additions of Parkkonen, Primerano, and Graham and the further progression of Laitinen. Clark will platoon with Vetter or Vetter will return to her 22-23 form. But I still don't like the depth up front.
        It feels strange to say that I kind of like seeing some optimism out of Gopher fans!

        :-)

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        • Originally posted by robertearle View Post

          It feels strange to say that I kind of like seeing some optimism out of Gopher fans!

          :-)
          rest assured, we'll be back in nuclear meltdown panic mode the first goal an opponent scores.

          But seriously, I am feeling pretty confident in our lineup and in the coaching staff. Winning a natty on our own (presently being replaced) home ice would be extra sweet this coming season (can it be end of August yet, please??).
          RowTheBoatSkiUMahGoGophers!

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          • Originally posted by Timothy A View Post

            If they defrost the fridge, everybody knows who's going to take his place......
            Look, I really like Ashley but she's only the Director of Hockey Ops. Or did you mean Darwitz? ;-)
            RowTheBoatSkiUMahGoGophers!

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            • Originally posted by eastcoastgopher View Post
              The defense looks better with the additions of Parkkonen, Primerano, and Graham and the further progression of Laitinen. Clark will platoon with Vetter or Vetter will return to her 22-23 form. But I still don't like the depth up front.
              They should be fine. Here is what I think is a reasonable expectation:

              1) The Bouveng/Huber/Murphy line, or its components if they get broken up, don't regress much from last year. I doubt that they will be as good, because there just aren't many lines you can expect that much out of, but the dropoff could be small.

              2) Ml?nkov? is as advertised, and her games translates well to the WCHA. Having never actually watched her play, I'm just going by what others have said, but they make that sound like a reasonable assumption.

              3) Maybe two other forwards step up their scoring ability from last year. One of them ought to be Peyton Hemp. I can come up with several candidates for a second.

              If those three things happen, each likely enough that the combination is well within possibility, they'd have two solid scoring lines. A third line could be a checking line. That should be good enough, especially if #4 happens:

              4) With the various additions on the blue line, and growth from Laitinen, I think that they're going to get substantially more scoring from the defense.

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              • I'm kind of shocked signing a couple players off the 5th place HE squad is moving the needle as much as it is. I watched quite a bit of the UMD/UConn tilt and the 4th place WCHA team would have won HE. St. Cloud might have won HE. I think C-Prime will revolutionize your team. I can see her leading your team to 2nd place behind UW. KK was 13/26 her Fr year.
                Wisconsin Hockey: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 WE WANT MORE!
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                Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
                "Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
                Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"

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                • Originally posted by Timothy A View Post

                  If they defrost the fridge, everybody knows who's going to take his place......
                  Yeah...The sequined jacket would be something to see.
                  At the outset, we could hang with the dude...

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                  • Originally posted by Timothy A View Post
                    I'm kind of shocked signing a couple players off the 5th place HE squad is moving the needle as much as it is. I watched quite a bit of the UMD/UConn tilt and the 4th place WCHA team would have won HE. St. Cloud might have won HE. I think C-Prime will revolutionize your team. I can see her leading your team to 2nd place behind UW. KK was 13/26 her Fr year.
                    Meh, I don't know how much the needle is moving, but adding Mlynkova and Parkkonen is better than getting poked in the eye with a sharp stick...
                    At the outset, we could hang with the dude...

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                    • Originally posted by FiveHoleFrenzy View Post

                      Meh, I don't know how much the needle is moving, but adding Mlynkova and Parkkonen is better than getting poked in the eye with a sharp stick...
                      That's more like it.
                      Wisconsin Hockey: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 WE WANT MORE!
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                      Come to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
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                      Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
                      "Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
                      Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"

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                      • Originally posted by FiveHoleFrenzy View Post
                        . Yeah...The sequined jacket would be something to see.
                        I could see that being on the replacement, especially as she ages and gets a little more cranky.
                        Wisconsin Hockey: 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11 WE WANT MORE!
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                        Come to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
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                        Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
                        "Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
                        Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"

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