Sunday, February 6, 2011

Stars add Frye to lineup; release Lynes

Zach Frye
With the USHL trade deadline (2/6/11) looming, the Stars made a move this weekend, but it wasn't a trade as many expected.  Gone is forward Jake Lynes (traded to the Topeka Roadrunners of the NAHL), and taking his place on the roster is defenseman Zach Frye. 

Zach Frye is a name most of our hardcore blog readers should be familiar with.  Zach was a 2010 USHL Futures Draft pick (second round) of the Lincoln Stars.  

We highlighted Zach back in May of last year when he was originally drafted by the Stars.  Click here to read that article.  Zach was a no show at the 2010 Stars tryout camp in Omaha, which was a bit of a surprise to me.  Last season, Zach played for the Missoula Maulers of the Nor Pac Hockey League.  Click here to view Zach's stats while he was with the Maulers.  After he was drafted by the Stars, Zach played this season for the Wenatchee Wild of the NAHL before being called up this weekend.  Click here to view Zach's stats while he was with the Wild.

As a '94, Zach has been one of the better rookie defensemen in the NAHL this season.  The native of Spokane, WA has good size (6'1", 195 pounds) for someone so young, and from looking at his stats, he plays with a definite mean streak.  Zach has 23 points in 38 games played this season for the Wild, as well as a whopping 130 penalty minutes.  

I wasn't anticipating seeing Zach in a Stars uniform until next season, so this is a pleasant surprise.  Frye should be a mainstay on the Stars' blueline for years to come.  


lincolnfan said...

wow. i'm surprised Jake Lynes is gone. i can think of a few other players I would have released before him. I was always very impressed with Lynes and how he played.

Brandon Anderson said...

Def not the move I thought that would be made

nutz4puckz said...

I'd agree, I guess my thought was they would try and add some scoring, but help on the blue line is never a bad thing.

Yeti said...

I'm really excited to see Frye in a Stars uniform. For as young as he is, he's proved himself at the NAHL level. I think he's going to fit in nicely once he get accustomed to the speed of the USHL.

Hopefully Lynes lands on his feet somewhere, and is able to get his scoring touch back. I wish him the best.

MacAttack said...

considering how many games of late that Jake was scratched, I'm not so sure this was so surprising. I was a fan of Jake's since tryouts and am sad to see him go. like Yeti, I hope he lands feet first where ever he goes.

Yeti said...

Just noticed that Zach Frye is 10 days younger than Cole Martin, which would make Frye the youngest player on the team once he joins the Stars.

Streaking STARS said...

Actually, Aston-Reese is the youngest player on the roster. He was born in August of '94.

Yeti said...

Good catch, Streaking STARS. I forgot all about the other Zach on the team.

Paul Pate said...

This is the first year I attended training camp so I need some help understanding some things here. I take it that is it not a bad thing that Zach was a noshow. I would have thought that it was an indication that he did not want to play for the team. Can anyone educate me on this?

I heard Chad say after the game on Saturday that they were looking for some Defensive help, so picking a D man is not surprising. I was surprised to see Jake go, but as someone else mentioned, he has been scratched a lot lately.

Yeti said...


Very good question. Just because a drafted player is a no-show at tryouts doesn't necessarily mean he's not interested in playing for Lincoln. I don't know the specifics, but if I had to guess, I'm sure those close to Zach probably thought that a season playing in the NAHL (a step below the USHL) would be a good thing in terms of getting him ready for an eventual move to the USHL. He's only 16 years old, so I can understand if that was the thought. No sense in rushing a kid that young, and burning him out.

Also, Zach is from Spokane, WA...which isn't too far away from the team he played for in Wenatchee, WA. Maybe those close to Zach didn't think it was time for him to make the move to the USHL. That's a big jump at that young of an go from playing in your hometown, living at home with the moving halfway across the country to play for one of the better junior teams in the USA.

Zach was a Futures draft pick, same as current Stars defenseman Cole Martin. The USHL Futures draft is much shorter than the Entry draft. Only players from a certain birth year are selected in the Futures draft. Last year it was players born in 1994. This year in May, the Stars will participate in the 2011 USHL Futures Draft and will only be able to draft players born in 1995.

The Futures draft is where a lot of USHL teams stockpile players for upcoming seasons. These specific players have been highlighted by the scouting, and coaching communities as the best of the best at their age. Entry draft picks are normally assumed to be able to come in right away and contribute, while Futures draft picks usually need more seasoning. Dominik Shine and Cole Martin are the exception to both players went right from the Futures draft to making the Stars roster.