Committed Recruits Update Thread

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Post by Blue Line » Tue Dec 29 6:42 pm

Goldy77 wrote:
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As is Broz, somebody spill the beans already.
Can’t be Broz. He hasn’t graduated from high school yet.

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Post by frozen4champs » Tue Dec 29 6:59 pm

This surely is much more fun than speculating if Jordan Schroeder was leaving after the world juniors. It is silly, but what else do we have to do?
Braccini is in the lineup for Fargo tonight as well, so cross him off the list.
Pininiemi looked lost last year in the USHL, and like Jaxon Nelson, it took a year for him to get going. Like BB24 said, hate for him to go backwards, but there is a chance.
So a transfer is definitely in play. I have been looking at social media and nothing stands out except a couple of items on someones ( non players) twitter account. If we don't know by tomorrow night, maybe Vegoe will spill the beans during overtime :D

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by Goldy77 » Tue Dec 29 7:57 pm

Blue Line wrote:
Tue Dec 29 6:42 pm
Goldy77 wrote:
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As is Broz, somebody spill the beans already.
Can’t be Broz. He hasn’t graduated from high school yet.
Just going off of what YHH posted. Kurth with a goal tonight, Pitlick has a hat trick and an assist.

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Post by BlueBandit24 » Tue Dec 29 8:35 pm

Pitlick gets the hat trick. Should be an instant contributor in 2021.

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Post by Rau4SkiUMah » Tue Dec 29 11:58 pm

glenhogan21 wrote:
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Maybe it's Bobby Brink

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Post by mlhouse » Wed Dec 30 10:29 am

frozen4champs wrote:
Tue Dec 29 6:59 pm
This surely is much more fun than speculating if Jordan Schroeder was leaving after the world juniors. It is silly, but what else do we have to do?
Braccini is in the lineup for Fargo tonight as well, so cross him off the list.
Pininiemi looked lost last year in the USHL, and like Jaxon Nelson, it took a year for him to get going. Like BB24 said, hate for him to go backwards, but there is a chance.
So a transfer is definitely in play. I have been looking at social media and nothing stands out except a couple of items on someones ( non players) twitter account. If we don't know by tomorrow night, maybe Vegoe will spill the beans during overtime :D

Under normal circumstances, if they bring in a player to play in the 2nd half of a season it would be someone they do not consider to be a 4 year player for sure. The last guy I remember, and in fact the only one is Clayton Phillips. But when they brought him up from the USHL they though he would be a two year type player, so it would not impact any eligibility.

While I am not certain how eligibility is being impacted this season, for the top players I still think that is a factor. Even though it has been ruled out, my guess is that it would have been Matthew Knies, a more than a point a game scorer in the USHL as a 17 year old last season and a guy I assume will be a reasonably high NHL draft pick because he has prototype NHL size at 6-3, 205.

If it isn't Knies then could it be Chaz Lucius? HE figures to be a first round pick in the 2021 NHL draft, possibly even a top ten pick. That spells a potential one and done, so why not bring him in and have him play a partial season this year, then be even more prepared in 2021-22 to play D-1 NCAA hockey.

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by Vegoe » Wed Dec 30 10:57 am

Rau4SkiUMah wrote:
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Maybe it's Bobby Brink

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Post by frozen4champs » Wed Dec 30 11:10 am

glenhogan21 wrote:
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I'm guessing it may be a transfer from a school out east with Minnesota ties. ( I will keep throwing things out there until something sticks) :D

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Post by glenhogan21 » Wed Dec 30 11:23 am

Under that context Casey Dornbach might best option but seems unlikely given he’s not in portal and probably would have made move prior to start.

Christiano Versich might be depth guy, local kid, was in portal and don’t believe he’s playing anywhere.

This is like when we knew “we were flipping someone from and NCHC school” and a thousand names were thrown out before we found out it was Ben Meyers. He worked out pretty well huh?!

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Post by Slap Shot » Wed Dec 30 11:41 am

Dumb question - why not one of the myriad of players from the transfer portal?
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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by Vegoe » Wed Dec 30 11:46 am

Slap Shot wrote:
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Dumb question - why not one of the myriad of players from the transfer portal?
You might be onto something there.

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by frozen4champs » Wed Dec 30 12:02 pm

Wasn't there a Mn kid from Maple Grove who recently entered the portal that is a forward?

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by Goldy77 » Wed Dec 30 12:06 pm

frozen4champs wrote:
Wed Dec 30 12:02 pm
Wasn't there a Mn kid from Maple Grove who recently entered the portal that is a forward?
Wayzata? Previously a U commit?

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by Jupiter » Wed Dec 30 12:07 pm

It's a bench guy that will be lucky to see any ice time unless injuries or Covid takes a toll. It is not gonna be an impact guy at all.

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by Goldy77 » Wed Dec 30 12:08 pm

Maybe Casey M is coming back to the college game... :biggrin2:

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Post by younggopherdiehard » Wed Dec 30 12:12 pm

Going with the assumption that it would be a forward... here is the list of Minnesotans that were listed in the transfer portal.

Ethan Johnson - Mercyhurst
Henry Enebak - St. Cloud State
Christiano Versich - Colorado College
Justin Howell - UConn
Christian Sanda - Union
Luke Manning - Air Force
Colin Schmidt - Union

Obviously it could also be a non Minnesotan

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Post by GopherPete » Wed Dec 30 12:25 pm

What would be the point of bringing in a depth guy mid season? If he isn't going to be an impact player, what would drive this?

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Post by BlueBandit24 » Wed Dec 30 12:28 pm

GopherPete wrote:
Wed Dec 30 12:25 pm
What would be the point of bringing in a depth guy mid season? If he isn't going to be an impact player, what would drive this?
Teams likely taking extra precautions to ensure they can meet minimum roster requirements any given series.

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Post by glenhogan21 » Wed Dec 30 12:54 pm

Could be something with Noah Webber health also.

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by Gopherguy05 » Thu Dec 31 11:59 am

Guess no one else has been on twitter this morning.


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Post by Vegoe » Thu Dec 31 1:20 pm

glenhogan21 wrote:
Wed Dec 30 12:54 pm
Could be something with Noah Webber health also.
Weber had back surgery, he's done for the year.

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by frozen4champs » Thu Dec 31 6:32 pm

Pininiemi with a PP goal tonight so far.
Brody Lamb is playing in his 3rd USHL game tonight for Green Bay. Looks like he played in a couple of Saturday games before tonights game.
Braccini with a goal so far tonight and Broz with an assist.

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by younggopherdiehard » Fri Jan 01 10:14 am

Lucas McGregor addition maybe?

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Post by GOPHERFAN119 » Fri Jan 01 10:53 am

The addition is Colin Schmidt.

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Re: Committed Recruits Update Thread

Post by glenhogan21 » Fri Jan 01 11:08 am

younggopherdiehard wrote:
Fri Jan 01 10:14 am
Lucas McGregor addition maybe?
Lucas Mcgregor is living in San Diego, Pursuing professional golf.

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Post by bearpaw28 » Fri Jan 01 11:26 am

glenhogan21 wrote:
Fri Jan 01 11:08 am
younggopherdiehard wrote:
Fri Jan 01 10:14 am
Lucas McGregor addition maybe?
Lucas Mcgregor is living in San Diego, Pursuing professional golf.
Good for Lucas! My youngest son played against him in HS as a senior (Lucas was a sophomore). I always respected Lucas decision, that if he couldn’t be a Gopher hockey player (achieve his dream) that he’d just enroll at the U and attend school. And this time of year living in San Diego sounds pretty good to me!

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Post by BlueBandit24 » Sat Jan 02 10:41 am

Great news for Huglen. Hard to know what to expect but getting back on the ice will have to be a great feeling.

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Post by Davey J. » Sat Jan 02 9:33 pm

Nice set of mitts!

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Post by BlueBandit24 » Fri Jan 08 9:29 pm

Trio of assists for Pinoniemi tonight, who is over a PPG for the Stampede. Still no sign of Charlie Strobel for Waterloo.

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Post by BlueBandit24 » Sat Jan 09 6:53 pm

Huglen is en fuego since returning. Already a goal and assist tonight. Great to see.

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Post by Jaykay3 » Sun Jan 10 12:25 pm

BlueBandit24 wrote:
Sat Jan 09 6:53 pm
Huglen is en fuego since returning. Already a goal and assist tonight. Great to see.
It had gotten to the point, being out a year and a half with a back injury, where I wasn't counting on him to ever make it to the Gophers. He's quite the player when healthy though, and I'd love to have a Roseau kid on the team.

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Post by glenhogan21 » Sun Jan 10 8:22 pm

Watched a couple of Huglen’s games on hockey TV. He’s consistently been dangerous with stick skill. Hopefully he can stay healthy.

Noticed Joey Miller didn’t play this weekend with Chicago, did he decide to return to Blake after all?

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Post by Jaykay3 » Mon Jan 11 2:30 pm

glenhogan21 wrote:
Sun Jan 10 8:22 pm
Watched a couple of Huglen’s games on hockey TV. He’s consistently been dangerous with stick skill. Hopefully he can stay healthy.

Noticed Joey Miller didn’t play this weekend with Chicago, did he decide to return to Blake after all?
He's not on Blake's roster.

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Post by Blue Line » Tue Jan 12 1:34 pm

Heard Miller was sick last weekend.

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Post by Jaykay3 » Tue Jan 12 2:29 pm

I believe Brody Lamb, Nick Williams, and Luke Mittelstadt are the only Gopher commits playing HS hockey this year. That is assuming Williams is still committed and Mittelstadt is returning to EP.

Very low number compared to most years (last year there were 9) but obviously a very weird, stunted high school season.

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Post by glenhogan21 » Tue Jan 12 6:35 pm

Maybe we’ll see a new commit soon that’s playing high school this year.

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Post by frozen4champs » Thu Jan 14 7:51 pm

Huglen stays hot.

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Post by BlueBandit24 » Thu Jan 14 7:58 pm

Aaron Huglen. So hot right now.

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Post by Slap Shot » Fri Jan 15 1:16 am

frozen4champs wrote:
Thu Jan 14 7:51 pm
Huglen stays hot.
Bear Hughes? Get that kid for the name alone!! :mrgreen:
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Post by DreamLoss » Fri Jan 15 11:50 pm

Cruz Lucius assist (SHG):


Ryan Chesley PP goal:


Jake Braccini goal:

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Post by glenhogan21 » Sat Jan 16 12:05 am

Still no sign of Strobel on a team, not listed on Waterloo roster. Nate Warner no games yet In NAHL

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Post by BlueBandit24 » Sat Jan 16 7:58 pm

Per the Team USA website, Cruz Lucius is now 5'11"/176. Big growth spurt the last two years.

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Post by cypressmills » Sat Jan 16 8:03 pm

glenhogan21 wrote:
Sat Jan 16 12:05 am
Still no sign of Strobel on a team, not listed on Waterloo roster. Nate Warner no games yet In NAHL
I see Strobel listed here.

https://www.ushl.com/view#/roster/23/73?league=1

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Post by glenhogan21 » Sat Jan 16 9:54 pm

My bad, App defaulted to last years roster and I didn’t notice as I was only looking for Strobel. Still only 2 games played...

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Post by cypressmills » Sun Jan 17 11:57 am

glenhogan21 wrote:
Sat Jan 16 9:54 pm
My bad, App defaulted to last years roster and I didn’t notice as I was only looking for Strobel. Still only 2 games played...
Yep, that is a concern, but I'm guessing he'll play Jr for at least another year after this.

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Post by Gophers_inGF » Sun Jan 17 3:23 pm

Will be interesting to see how many points Kurth can pile up while playing with the one of the top 04' players in North America. A lot of WHL and BCHL players heading south for some ice time.

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Post by Goldy77 » Mon Jan 18 1:12 pm

https://www.muskegonlumberjacks.com/new ... ow/1141281

Sounds like Rhett asked for the trade.

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Post by frozen4champs » Mon Jan 18 1:20 pm

Goldy77 wrote:
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https://www.muskegonlumberjacks.com/new ... ow/1141281

Sounds like Rhett asked for the trade.
Something went sideways there. A couple of quotes from the President of Hockey ops of the Lumberjacks. On the bright side he gets to play on the same team as Knies.
“We are getting a team guy in every sense,” said President of Hockey Operations Steve Lowe.
“Our goal is to develop players through competition and by building depth,” said Lowe. “If we continue to pursue this, we have a team that can reach the Clark Cup Finals. In making this move, we feel that we have a better team as a result.”


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Post by BlueBandit24 » Fri Jan 22 7:47 pm

Huglen already with a pair of goals tonight, one assisted by Broz. Article above says his 2021-2022 home is still undecided but he may be forcing his way onto the roster.

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Post by NorthernGopher218 » Sat Jan 23 9:08 pm

I went to the Force game tonight, Huglen was by far the best player on the ice! I can not wait for him next year. His skating will transition immediately to the NCAA next year.

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NorthernGopher218 wrote:
Sat Jan 23 9:08 pm
I went to the Force game tonight, Huglen was by far the best player on the ice! I can not wait for him next year. His skating will transition immediately to the NCAA next year.
How’d Bracinni look? He hasn’t really stood out in any way in games I have watched online. He has 1 more year of eligibility and USHL is pretty deep this year with less teams and kids from CHL etc.

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Post by Goldy77 » Sun Jan 24 10:57 am

Chaz Lucius have a broken leg or what’s his injury? Saw somewhere it says lower body, but he’s been out for quite some time. Also no sightings from Strobel in Waterloo or Warner. Not sure if Warner is injured or not playing hockey this year?

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Post by streakygopher » Sun Jan 24 12:52 pm

I hope Strobel improves enough to make the team. Just based on his high school tournament interviews alone he seems like an articulate, natural born leader. Could make for a great character guy like Grant potulny.

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Post by NorthernGopher218 » Mon Jan 25 1:03 pm

glenhogan21 wrote:
Sun Jan 24 8:42 am
NorthernGopher218 wrote:
Sat Jan 23 9:08 pm
I went to the Force game tonight, Huglen was by far the best player on the ice! I can not wait for him next year. His skating will transition immediately to the NCAA next year.
How’d Bracinni look? He hasn’t really stood out in any way in games I have watched online. He has 1 more year of eligibility and USHL is pretty deep this year with less teams and kids from CHL etc.
Bracinni looked like he belonged but just didn't do anything to stand out. He was playing 2nd line. I think one more year would help him if he isn't need this next year. He wouldn't be more then 4th line right away. The extra year of development and more PP time will help. Broz and Huglen were on the top line and a big reason why they are on top the west standings. Huglen was on the ice constantly. He was the lone Forward for most of a 1:45 5on3 pk and looked very good. Broz and him brought a lot of speed when they were on the ice. They will fit in Motzko's system perfectly! If Huglen is healthy, he should come in next year. He would be a top 9 guy.

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Charlie Strobel was listed as “IR” on Waterloo’s line chart tonight.

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The Athletic's Scott Wheeler is doing a run down of every NHL teams top prospects. Today he looks at Buffalo. Ryan Johnson is #6 and to my surprise Aaron Huglen is still #14. The material that the Athletic provides for its cost is well worth it.

14. Aaron Huglen, RW, 19 (Fargo Force)
Huglen missed all of last season with a back injury and rejoined Fargo in the USHL at the start of January, more than a dozen games into their new season. That year and half off is going to be tough for him to overcome (it is for any player his age) but he has ridiculous hands and impressive creativity with the puck and has looked really comfortable back on the ice. I’m already looking forward to tracking him with the Golden Gophers next year.

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Looks like Nate Warner finally skated in a game for the St. Cloud Norsemen last night. Both Joe Miller and Charlie Strobel still out for respective squads.

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Corey Pronman's updated rankings. Lucius up to #9 from #10 .
Lucius has missed the entire season to date with a lower-body injury but is set to return within the next few weeks. Lucius, when healthy, is a player with tremendous skill and goal-scoring ability. His goal-scoring ability isn’t due to launching long-range bombs, but rather he is high end at creating around the net and slot, and gets a ton of chances in that region due to his skill, compete and frame. He can dangle players easily to create chances, but also sets up plays very well. Lucius’ main drawback will be his skating, which lacks explosiveness.

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frozen4champs wrote:
Tue Feb 09 6:44 pm
Corey Pronman's updated rankings. Lucius up to #9 from #10 .
Lucius has missed the entire season to date with a lower-body injury but is set to return within the next few weeks. Lucius, when healthy, is a player with tremendous skill and goal-scoring ability. His goal-scoring ability isn’t due to launching long-range bombs, but rather he is high end at creating around the net and slot, and gets a ton of chances in that region due to his skill, compete and frame. He can dangle players easily to create chances, but also sets up plays very well. Lucius’ main drawback will be his skating, which lacks explosiveness.
And more importantly, finally an update on his injury timeline (kind of).

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Joe Miller is back in the Chicago lineup after missing a month of action.

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Good night for Gopher recruits. Broz-- 1 G 1 A, Braccini 1 G, Huglen 2 G 2 A



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Nate Warner with his first NAHL goal last night. Been a bumpy development road with shoulder injuries. Hopefully he can get back on track.

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Post by DreamLoss » Sat Feb 13 10:09 pm

^ I love seeing all of the Huglen highlights in this thread. With how long he was out due to his back injury, I had admittedly completely written him off as a prospect so it is great to see him back and playing really well this year.

Not a bad top four points leaders on the Fargo Force for Gopher commits:
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For overall USHL, Broz is currently sitting #9 with Pinoniemi #16 w/ 24 pts in 26 games.

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