Friday, June 29, 2012

Predicting the Stars' 25-player protected roster and affiliate list

I've done this the past three seasons, so I figured I'd do it again this year.  It's interesting to compare my predictions against what the official roster looks like once it is released.  A reminder, each USHL team has until 7/1 to submit their protected roster to the league.  Somewhere around that 7/1 date, the Stars will release their 25-player protected roster, and the 14-player affiliate list.  From what I have been told, the affiliate list this season must contain two players born in 1994, six players born in 1995, and six players born in 1996.  Players protected on the affiliate roster can only be former draft picks of that particular team, and not "free agents."

Anyway, here are my predictions.  I'm just a fan who follows the team, so this is just my "educated" guess.  I'm in no way affiliated with the Stars.  I have received some insider info on some of the players, and others are just wild guesses on my part after watching the tryout camp.  Some players have stated on Twitter that they made the team, so I use that info also.  The players listed below are in no particular order.

25-player protected roster:
G - Michael Bitzer ('93)
G - Jackson Teichroeb ('92 - overager) (Import)
D - Paul Ladue ('92 - overager)
D - Mike McKee ('93)
D - Zach Frye ('94)
D - Austin Yano ('93) (Import)
D - Justin Woods ('94)
D - Zack Pittman ('95)
D - Vincent Muto ('93)
D - Charlie Donlin ('93)
F - Dominik Shine ('93)
F - Zach Aston-Reese ('94)
F - Luke Johnson ('94)
F - Tommy Schutt ('93)
F - Vinni Lettieri ('95)
F - Brad Hawkinson ('94)
F - Eric Scheid ('92 - overager)
F - Will Suter ('92 - overager)
F - David Parrottino ('94)
F - Ross Olsson ('94)
F - Jake Wood ('93)
F - Brent Wold ('93) (Import)
F - Max Coatta ('94)
F - Michael Neville ('93) (Import)
F - C.J. Smith ('94)

14-player affiliate list:
F - Michael Bunn ('94)
F - Garrett Brossart ('94)
F - Max Humitz ('95)
F - Craig Skudalski ('95)
D - Parker Reno ('95)
D - Stuart Pomeroy ('95)
F - Sean Malone ('95)
F - Michael McCarron ('95)
F - Ryan Norman ('96)
F - Tyler Nanne ('96)
F - Gordie Helmuth ('96)
D - Jack Walker ('96)
D - Michael Prapavessis ('96)
D - Daniel Willett ('96) 

Regarding the affiliate roster, there are some players on that list who have stated on Twitter that they made the team.  Those players include Michael Bunn, Max Humitz and Daniel Willett.   Because the affiliate list is age specific, and can contain only draft picks, a lot of USHL teams will fill that up with players they know will make the team next season so they can protect more players (and free agents) on the main 25-player roster. 

As we've seen in seasons past, the Stars will likely bring players from both the main 25-player protected roster and the affiliate list to the USHL Fall Classic in September.  After the Fall Classic, the Stars will have to cut down to 23 total players, and that group will start the 2012-13 regular season.  I've stated this before, but a lot can happen to the roster between the 7/1 deadline and opening night of the regular season.  This is just a very small step towards that final cut of 23.

A reminder, each USHL team can only roster four "overagers."  For this upcoming season, any player born in 1992 is considered an overager.  Also, each team can roster a maximum of four "imports."  Imports are players who were not born in the USA.  However, I've been told that a player born outside of the USA who has played at least three seasons of organized hockey in the USA is no long considered an "import" in the eyes of the USHL.  I believe Mike McKee and Jake Wood (both from Canada) fall into this category.

Regarding the overagers, my predictions above are a shot in the dark.  I have no clue who the four '92s are going to be next season.  I have heard through the grapevine that Teichroeb, LaDue, and Scheid will likely make the team.  That leaves Logan Smith, Will Suter, and Bob Kinne fighting for potentially one spot on the roster.  I would not want to make that decision.  All three of those guys played great at tryouts.

I've listed Mike McKee above, but there is a good chance he'll enroll at Western Michigan University this fall.  Then again, he could return for another season in Lincoln.  From everything I've read online, it seems as if that decision hasn't been made yet.  As much as I'd love to have Mike back for another season, I don't think he has anything else to prove at the USHL level.  He's ready for that next step.

One drafted player I do not have listed above is forward Louie Nanne ('94).  According to this article, Nanne will play next season for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.  This was a head-scratcher for me because most people consider the BCHL a step down from the USHL.  However, I've been told that Louie is looking to improve his offensive game, and would probably not be a top-six forward if he were to commit to Lincoln.  In Penticton, he'd get more time on the ice and will be able to pad his offensive stats in a league that isn't as defensive oriented than the USHL is.  Whatever happens, best of luck to him.

Again, these are just my opinions...and in the grand scheme of things, my opinions don't mean much at all.  They are just one fan's observations.  I'd appreciate any feedback!  Feel free to leave a comment below, or email me at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.  Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

Yeti said...

There's a good possibility we'll see the official protected roster/affiliate list sometime early this week from the Lincoln Stars. Fingers crossed we'll see it today (Monday) or tomorrow.