Monday, September 03, 2007

College Hockey Blog Mini Round-Up (September 3rd)

Happy Labor Dabor. I was considering taking the whole long weekend off so I could convalesce from illness (and sunburn) and watch the MDA telethon, but ultimately, as you can see, I decided against it.

Enough stuff here to constitute a mini round-up in my estimation. Onward!

Let’s start out with an article recently posted by CSTV’s Elliot Olshansky. In the article, Olshansky breaks down last season’s NCAA Tournament teams, giving each team a “better” or “worse” rating in regard to how well they will do this season. The article, granted, is a nice read by itself, but the response to the article in the college hockey blogosphere is why I bring it up here.

For one, Goon’s World spotlights three WCHA teams in the article, Minnesota, St. Cloud State, and, naturally, North Dakota, and analyzes further.

The UNH Men’s Hockey Blog also follows the same analyzation-related path, and, naturally, dissects Olshanky’s critique of New Hampshire.

Anywho, to the land of tater-tot casserole! (Or, “hot dish,” if you prefer.)

WCH reports that Bemidji State has picked up a new recruit (and possible candidate for the college hockey all-name team). Jamie Ruff, a Rochester, Minnesota native, will be joining the Beavers for the upcoming season. Ruff tallied 22 goals and 23 assists in 27 games at the prep level last season. WCH’s Chris notes that, “Ruff isn’t a very big forward, but a very fast skater and hard worker that should do well with the Beavers.”

Some WCHA Blog stuff…

St. Cloud State commitment Luca Cunti will not be joining the Huskies before the beginning of the upcoming season, as he is currently listed on the Chicago Steel’s roster and apparently had trouble getting through the NCAA clearinghouse. Cunti, a native of Switzerland, is projected to join the Huskies in the fall of 2008.

Also, continuing its 10-part series, the WCHA blog reveals Minneapolis as its 4th-favorite WCHA city. Minneapolis, home to the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers, received a decent review overall, but received some negative marks for ticket cost and availability.

Staying with the whole analyzation theme we have going here, Goon at Goon’s World also has an analytical post on the roadtrip series.

Meanwhile, in Michigan...

MiCHO reports that goaltender Steve Jakiel will transfer from the University of Michigan and enroll at D-III Curry College. In his one year with the Wolverines, Jakiel played in three games, tallying one victory, a GAA of 4.42, and a save percentage of .837.

And a sad note to report, courtesy of MiCHO, as Lake Superior State sophomore defenseman Ryan Baird will end his hockey-playing career due to a recurring shoulder injury. Baird missed the first nine games of last season, but tallied seven assists following his rehabilitation for the Lakers. Baird then went under the knife again during the off-season, and, as MiCHOs he possibility of complete recovery was slim, and the risk of permanent injury was too great.”

3 comments:

THE UNH MEN'S HOCKEY BLOGGER GUY said...

School's rotting your brain already A!

It's SEPTEMBER 3RD!

Just over a month to real hockey!

Go 'Cats!

Anthony Allen Pollreisz said...

Yeah, I'm losing my mind already. Thanks for the heads-up there.

Goon said...

the best thing about college was thirsty thursdays and wednesday ice teas. I don't miss reading and writing papers at all.

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