Monday, June 8, 2009

Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - All Star Game


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With some luck, I was able to make my way up to Omaha this morning to catch the final day of the Lincoln Stars tryout camp, which concluded with the All-Star game. The 40 players who made it to this point were split up into Team Black and Team Red. Not too many names surprised me on the roster. There were a few that made me go, "huh?", but overall I think it was well represented. Conversely, there were a few names left off the all-star roster that was a bit surprising. Overall though, I think the talent level at this year's camp compared to last year was a bit down. Just my opinion, but I thought with five teams at camp(there were four teams last year at tryouts), the talent level was a bit watered down. Last year there were about 7 or 8 players that REALLY stood out. This year, not so much. Just one spectator's opinion.

All Star Game: Team Black vs. Team Red


Team Black beat Team Red, 5-2. Scoring goals for Team Black was Kyle Gibbons ('91), David Gerths ('90), David Goodwin ('92), Jarrod Mermis ('90), and Tyler Underhill ('91). Scoring goals for Team Red was John Doherty ('93), and Rui Encarcanao ('90). Team Red goaltender Matt Green ('90) gave up all five goals against, while Ryan Massa ('90) stopped all of the Team Black shots he saw. Team Black goaltenders Steven Racine ('91) and Jared Coreau ('91) each gave up one goal in the winning effort. It appears that there will be three goaltenders (Massa, Racine, Coreau) battling it out to make the final two spots for the Stars. In my opinion, I believe Racine and Coreau are most deserving from what I saw this weekend.

Some other players who impressed me this morning were Ryan Dzingel (Black-'92), Dax Lauwers (Black-'91), Dakota Mermis (Black-'94), Jared Hanson (Red-'93), Joey Holka (Red-'90), and Jon Puskar (Red-'89).

There were a total of six fights in this game, with most not amounting to much. Seemed like a lot of kids wanted to prove to the coaches they had the walnuts to make the team.

Brian Tate vs. Jack Callahan - Draw
Matt Bruneteau vs. Dax Lauwers - Draw
Joey Holka vs. Kyle Gibbons - Draw
Matt Bruneteau vs. Tyler Underhill - Unanimous win for Bruneteau
Dominic Shine vs. Jared Hanson - Draw
Chris Delmauro vs. Cory Hibbeler - Draw; both players landed huge shots though

The amount of young talent participating in this game was VERY impressive. You look at how many players born in '92 and '93 that made the roster, as well as one player (Dakota Mermis) born in '94. I'm still a bit concerned with the overall talent level compared to last season's camp, but there is hope. I think Kyle Gibbons was one of the best overall players at camp, and in my opinion is a lock to make the final roster.

If I recall correctly, the next step for the Lincoln coaches is to whittle the players down to a 25 player protected roster before July 1. I could be incorrect with that, and if I am, please feel free to correct me. I've already heard some rumors of some VERY interesting cuts, so we'll have to wait until we hear something official. I don't want to expand on the rumored cuts, so I'll just leave that alone.

Note: I had the opportunity today to again meet with some very nice parents of a tryout player who was familiar with my blog. I can't explain how nice it has been this past weekend chatting with various parents. It makes all the work I do with this blog that much worth it. I didn't expect that so many folks would go out of there way to say 'hi' and tell me how much they like this blog, so it was a bit overwhelming at times. I'd just like to say how much I appreciate the kind words. If any of the folks I talked to this weekend would like to get in touch with me privately, please email me at: lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com

-Yeti (Tim)

22 comments:

Justin said...

Will there be somewhere to find the 25 man roster or will we have to wait for a "source close to the team" to enlighten us?

Yeti said...

The deadline for the 25 man roster is July 1st, so we'll have to wait until then to find out who really made the team. Like I said, I've heard a few cuts...and a few additions to the team...but I don't want to make them public until the official list is published. I don't want to throw anyone under the bus by leaking any info on this blog. Hope you understand. However, if you send me an email...and if I can trust you...I might be convinced to tell you what I know. :)

Someone posted on the Lincoln Stargazing board that Jarrod Mermis made the team. He's a forward who played for Sioux City last season.

Justin said...

I think you can trust me, all people from Sect. J are always trustworthy....so where can I email you at?

Yeti said...

Justin,

I've got nothing but love for my Section J peeps. However, I did already state how folks can reach me by email in the article above. I'll blame your poor reading comprehension skills on being a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. :)

Wings in 7!

lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com

Justin said...

We'll just see about that...

Anonymous said...

I heard Wiesenhofer made the team on D.
Did anyone hear if Mac took any underagers like Shine or Dzigel?

Yeti said...

Weisenhofer? Hmmm. Thanks for the tip, anonymous. I must admit I didn't notice him a lot during tryout, but the coaches see much more than we can from the stands.

I heard a couple of new additions today, but again, I don't feel comfortable posting them here until the official list is made public. Needless to say, I believe we have our two goaltenders for next season.

Yeti said...

Stats for Weissenhofer:

http://mwehl.stats.pointstreak.com/playerpage.html?playerid=2236746&seasonid=2992

Anonymous said...

Weissenhofer?? and Kuypers gets cut?? Finally Kuypers gets his big chance to play and Jimmy sends him packing? I don"t get it

Justin said...

I have to agree with the above post. Kuypers has tremondous potential and I was looking forward to seeing that. Forget if he had a bad camp, we got to see him earn a spot in a the playoff series and even Jimmy said he really stepped it up, as sad as it is to see him go, and keep in mind we don't know or at least I don't if there was character concerns, maybe he'll get to go to a place where he can be a first line D man (I expected him to be at least a 2nd line in Lincoln) and let his potential blossom into skill and get recognized by some teams. In conclusion, based on play alone, I don't agree with Jimmy's call on letting Kuyps go. (Deep breath)

Yeti said...

I have to also agree with the last two posters. I've always been a fan of T-Kuyps, and I was genuinely shocked when I heard he was cut. He may not be the flashiest player on the ice, but I thought he was a solid, stay at home defenseman with a lot of potential. I know Kuyps sacrificed a lot personally, as far as sitting on the bench during the playoffs the past two seasons, in order to be a part of the team. He was always praised by McGroarty as far as him keeping a positive attitude despite being a healthy scratch for so many games. Personally, I think he deserved better.

I don't really know why he was cut, and I'm not a coach so I don't know what they considered when deciding to let him go, but I think Kuyps got a raw deal overall.

I'll always remember what Chris Forfar said when Mike Melbye asked him who he hates to go against in practice. Forfar said without a doubt it was Kuyps, because he was so physical and so strong. I feel bad for the kid, and I really hope he turns up on another USHL team.

Yeti said...

Thanks to the person who found out this info:

(F) Jared Hanson ('93) made the team.

http://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=ALLSTARSU18AAA&t=c&s=hockey&p=NewsStory&newsID=9992

As a '93, Jared will probably be the youngest player on the team.

Justin said...

Are we just assuming that most if not all of the Stars from last year minus Kuypers are pretty much a lock? I'm guessing Peterson gets the C and Siers for sure gets an A. I don't know if you already mentioned this, but Siers was at the tryouts, at least the night I was there and had his arm in a sling.

Yeti said...

I would assume Petey, Siers, McCarron, Gerths, Hibbeler, Chartier, and Bruneteau are all a lock to make the team. I'm not so sure about Chakeen. He was injured (leg) at tryouts, and with him being an overager ('89)...he'd take up one of four spots on the team. Is he worth keeping to take up one of those four spots? Personally, I don't think so..but that's just my opinion.

Siers had elbow surgery, from what I heard at camp. I did not hear any specific info about the injuries to Charter and Chakeen. I did see Chakeen walking around with a leg brace though.

Hibbs was a captain at Culver Academy, so I could see him wearing a letter. Petey-C, Hibbs-A, Bruneteau-A?? That would be my guess right now.

Justin said...

What was that you said about Red Wings in 7? You'll be seeing a lot more of my hat next year. Also, a very classy move by the Red Wings fans booing the penguins and chanting "you suck" when Malkin got the Conn Smythe. GO PENS.

Anonymous said...

u mean like the pens fans did to the wings last year

Anonymous said...

So let me get this sraight.Taylor Kuypers is selected by Jimmy to come to Lincoln to play for the Stars when he was 16?17? and a junior in high school. He pays his dues, works his a#% off, graduates from high school and is then cut?? Did he get worse? THIS SHOULD NOT BE HAPPENING TO YOUNG TALENT! Every young player should hear this story before they come to Lincoln!

Yeti said...

Anonymous,

I'm just as confused as you in regards to Kuyps. I really thought he had a place on this team, but that isn't the case now. I'm not a coach. I'm not part of the Lincoln Stars organization. I'm just a fan. So I don't know what sort of things the coaches considered when deciding to cut Kuyps. We're not there for the practices. We're not there in the locker room. We see a fraction of what the coaches see. I'm not going to bash any of the coaches for ANY cut they make. They have a job, and in my opinion, they do it well.

Coach McGroarty has a proven track record of making very good trades, waiver pickups, and acquisitions. Without picking up guys like Forfar, Kretzer, Reekie, Messier, Borelli, Vermeersch, etc...I don't think the Stars would have been as successful these past two seasons. He is a great coach, and a very good GM.

Junior hockey can be a cut-throat business. Players get cut all the time. I'm not happy that Kuyps is gone, but it is what it is. I'm not about to start bashing the coaches or the organization. What happened to Kuyps happens in every junior hockey town. Good kids get cut. It happens. I just hope Kuyps finds a home somewhere in the USHL next season.

Anonymous said...

So most USHL teams have a 30 man roster selected after their tryouts. 30 kids with the dream to play for USHL teams. Now the list needs to be cut down by July 1st to 25 right? 12 teams minus 5 kids per team equals 60 pretty good kids that get the ax without any other tryout or evaluation.Does this seem fair? Why don't they just select 25? Is this fair to the players?

Yeti said...

Anonymous,

I understand your frustration, but this is not anything new. It happens every year, at every junior hockey club in North America. Personally, I don't know why the roster has to go from 30 to 25...when it could just be 25 from the beginning, but it's been that way for years.

In fact, you should look outside of Lincoln to see what other teams in the USHL do. Lincoln only has ONE camp. There are a number of other USHL who have MULTIPLE camps. They send out form letters to kids (not personal letters), and tell them it's first come, first serve. These kids plop down $300 a piece (add in travel, hotel, food, etc) just for the opportunity to tryout. Some of these teams use it strictly as a money-making scheme. Green Bay just had 140 players at their most recent camp. 140 multiplied by $300..that's $42,000 they made in less than a week. Then you have teams like Omaha, Fargo, Indiana, Youngstown Chicago, and Des Moines who have at least THREE camps this offseason. That's a LOT of money being made. At least Lincoln only has the one camp.

Sometimes, the life of a junior hockey player just isn't fair. Like I said previously, good kids get cut. It happens. But please don't try to single out Lincoln. It happens everywhere.

Anonymous said...

If you read the post previous to this response, their is no mention of "singling out" Lincoln. In fact, the post begins "so most USHL teams ..."This was only posted on this board because you are pretty knowledgable about these topics.In fact, we agree that the lsit does not have to be that big to start.It just seems like a lot of kids get left out at the cutdown and that does not seem fair to these young men. I understand the "fundraising aspect of the camps" but that is quite different than getting the ax late in the game with no team to play for.

Anonymous said...

I believe Yeti was refering to the comment above yours, The post on Jun 14 @ 6:45 pm stating that "Every young player should hear this story before they come to Lincoln!" Which to me IS singling out Lincoln.