Sunday, April 24, 2011

Looking ahead to next season: Part two

Yesterday in part one, I reviewed some of the players from this past season who could return to play for the Stars in 2011-12.  What I would like to do now is talk about some of the players that have previously been drafted by Lincoln who could be in the mix for a roster spot next season.  Some of the players I will be highlighting were at the Stars' tryout camp last June in Omaha, and some were not.  

Also, there will 15+ players the Stars will select in the 2011 USHL Entry draft, held in May, who could also be at the camp in June.  Don't forget the players not drafted but invited to the camp also  That's a LOT of competition for less than 20 roster spots on the Stars next season.  As always, if you have any information about any of the players listed below, please leave a comment or shoot me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.

This article turned out to be longer than I originally intended, and I don't want to hog up the main page of the blog with it, so click the "Read more" link below to read the entire article.  Thanks.



Goaltenders:
Trevor Gutierrez ('93) - 2010 Entry Draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Participated in the 2010 tryout camp and was selected to the camp all-star game.  Went 17-6-1 with a 1.92 goals against average and a .913 save percentage with Team Alaska U18AAA this past season.  Click here to view his stats.  Gutierrez was on the Stars' protected player list released last July.  

The Stars do not have any other goaltenders on their most recent protected list other than current Stars netminder Lukas Hafner, and Trevor Gutierrez.

Defensemen:
Josh Bretner ('93) - 2010 Entry Draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Participated in the 2010 tryout camp and was selected to the camp all-star game.  Scored 33 points in 33 games this past season with the DC Capitals U18 team.  Click here and here to view his stats.  Bretner was on the Stars' protected player list released last July.  

Paul Ladue ('92) - 2010 Entry Draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Participated in the 2010 tryout camp and was selected to the camp all-star game.  Scored 22 points and was +18 in 56 games this past season for the Alexandria Blizzard of the NAHL.  Click here to view his stats.  Ladue was on the Stars' protected player list released last July.  

Bryan Sinz ('92) - 2010 Entry Draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Participated in the 2010 tryout camp and was selected to the camp all-star game.  Scored 30 points and 50 PIM's in 50 games played this past season for the famous hockey prep school Shattuck-St. Mary's.  Click here to view his stats.  Sinz was on the Stars' protected player list released last July.  

Forwards:
Brad Hawkinson ('94) - 2010 Futures draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Participated in the 2010 tryout camp and was selected to the camp all-star game.  Played in three regular season games for the Stars this past season.  Scored 32 points in 40 games this past season for the Colorado Thunderbirds U-18.  Click here to view his stats.  Hawkinson has committed to play collegiate hockey for the University of Denver, starting the fall of 2013.  Brad was on the Stars' protected player list released last July.

Thomas Schutt ('93) - 2010 Entry draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Participated in the 2010 tryout camp and was selected to the camp all-star game.  Scored 36 points in 27 games this past season as a senior for Minnetonka (MN) High School.  Schutt was also the team's captain.  Click here to view his stats.  Scored 45 points in 31 games as a junior at Minnetonka.  Schutt was on the Stars' protected player list released last July.

Max Coatta ('94) - 2010 Futures draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Did not participate in the 2010 tryout camp in Omaha.  Coatta also played for Minnetonka High School last season, scoring 37 points in 27 games played as a sophomore.  Click here to view his stats.  As a freshman at Minnetonka, Coatta scored 46 points in 31 games played.  Max's older brother Sam Coatta is a forward on the Sioux Falls Stampede.  Max was on the Stars' protected player list released last July.

Kacper Guzik ('93) - 2009 Futures draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Did not participate in the 2010 tryout camp due to a shoulder injury.  Played in five preseason games for the Lincoln Stars in 2010 before an injury forced him back to his native Poland.  Click here to view his stats.  From what I have been told, Guzik will be at the Stars' tryout camp in June.  Click here to view Guzik's stats when he played for the Little Caesar's club team a few years ago.  Guzik was on the Stars' protected player list released last July. 

Luke Johnson ('94) - 2010 Futures draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Participated in the 2010 tryout camp and was selected to the camp all-star game.  Luke is the son of former Stars head coach Steve Johnson, and is the nephew of current Stars head coach Chad Johnson.  Luke scored 42 points in 25 games played this past season as a sophomore for the Grand Forks (ND) Central Knights High School.  Click here to view his stats.  Johnson was on the Stars' protected player list released last July.  

Mike McKee ('93) - 2010 Entry draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Did not participate in the 2010 tryout camp.  I hesitated putting McKee on this list because very little is known about where he will play hockey next season.  What is known is that McKee has been turning the heads of NHL scouts as of late with his combination of size (6'5", 235 pounds) and skill.  Scouts have debated if McKee is better suited to play defense or forward.  There is a lot of talk that McKee could be selected in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.  Click here to read a very interesting article from ESPN.com about Mike McKee.  Click here to read more about Mike McKee on great scouting blog run by Kirk Luedeke.  McKee just completed his senior season for Kent School in Connecticut, the same prep school that current Stars defenseman Frank Misuraca attended before coming to Lincoln.  Because the Stars own his USHL rights, if McKee decided to go the NCAA route and play USHL hockey, he could be in Lincoln next season.  If he decides to go the major-junior route to fast-track his way to the NHL, he will most likely play in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) next season.  This is a wait and see sort of prospect.  I've been following his progress closely, so as soon as I know where he'll play next season, I'll post it here on the blog.  

Well, that about covers it.  Sorry for the length of this one, but I really enjoy following the progress of Lincoln prospects, and I tend to get long-winded when I talk about them.  Again, these are only a few players I expect to see at the Stars' tryout camp this June in Minnesota.  Also, these players are only those who have been previously drafted by the Stars.  A lot of good Stars players over the years have come to Lincoln undrafted after impressing the coaches enough at tryouts to earn a spot on the roster.  Defenseman Matt Prapavessis did just that at the tryout camp in Omaha in 2010, and look what he did this past season.  Top scoring defenseman on the team, and earned a scholarship to Bemidji State University.

If you have any information about the above players you'd like to share, please leave a comment or send me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.  Thanks for reading!  Don't forget, the 2011 USHL Entry Draft will be held next month on May 16th.  Another opportunity for the Stars to stock up on players to invite to the tryout camp this June.

7 comments:

mark said...

Dax lauwers will be returning to the Stars

Yeti said...

mark,

Do you have a link or any information that could corroborate that statement?

BellTolls said...

Lauwers had 1 goal and 2 assists in 33 games played at Army. He was -14 (on a team that was -206) and had a team-high 20 minor penalties. He had 44 blocked shots, third-most on the team. He would also be an overager.

starsfan said...

To be fair-Dax was not a scoring defenseman. He was more of a lockdown defenseman. He also may have been a -14 as a true freshman but honestly he's playing on a team that is not very good. I guarantee you if Dax had been on the team this year we would have had a lot fewer goals against than we had and the opponents would have a lot more bumps and bruises to deal with after the game. i would drop any one of our 20 year olds to get this kid back

Yeti said...

I still haven't received any information from mark or anyone else about Dax returning, so I'm starting to wonder if it's just a rumor. Dax was one of the better shutdown defensemen we had two seasons ago, so if he were to come back, I'm sure the Stars would find a spot for him on the roster.

BellTolls said...

Starsfan,

I apologize, I wasn't trying to belittle Dax. I was just throwing out the only stats out there for him. There is no lying that Army is not good, and Dax played a ton as a true freshman, so lack of playing time is likely not the reason he would leave. I would love to have Dax back in a Stars sweater.

starsfan said...

No problem Belltolls,
I see Dax more along the line of Ross Henry-albeit more size but less speed and willing to drop the gloves once in a while. Really excited about the group we have coming in this year-thanks for all the updates Yeti!! We've got a few big shoes to fill (Mac, Zinger and Petey) but it looks like we've got some good replacements