Monday, July 2, 2012

Lincoln Stars release protected roster and affiliate list

The official protected roster is here!  Thanks to the Stars for releasing this today.  Click here to view the press release from the official Lincoln Stars website.   

I'm going to list all of the players below (in no particular order), and then I'll give my opinions after that.  

I'd like to hear what you think, so please leave a comment, or you can send me an email at  Here we go!

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 - Bob Kinne ('92 - overager)
F - Will Suter ('92 - overager)
F - Eric Scheid ('92 - overager)
F - David Parrottino ('94)
F - Ross Olsson ('94)
F - Jake Wood ('93)
F - Brent Wold ('93) (Import)
F - Michael Bunn ('94)
F - Michael Neville ('93) (Import) 

14-player affiliate list:

F - Max Coatta ('94)
F - Garrett Brossart ('94)
F - Max Humitz ('95)
F - Charles Guevremont ('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)

First surprise is that I don't see Eric Scheid ('92) listed.  Scheid played the 2010-11 season with the Lincoln Stars before going on to the University of Alaska-Anchorage for the 2011-12 season.  Eric decided that he no longer wanted to attend UAA, so he was to play another year in juniors this season.  Scheid was at Lincoln's tryout camp last month in Minneapolis, and looked pretty good in my opinion.  I just assumed he was a lock to make the team as a '92, but apparently that's not the case.  Makes me wonder if the Stars were able to trade him to a different USHL team that didn't have the overager "problem" that Lincoln has.

***EDIT*** Eric Scheid's name was originally accidentally left off the protected list on the Lincoln Stars' website, but his name was included on the protected list submitted by Lincoln to the USHL. His name has been added to the list above and to the Stars' website. Logan Smith's name was removed from the protected list posted on the Stars' website. That has been changed above also. All in all, still five overagers protected by the Stars: one goalie, one defenseman and three forwards.***

Speaking of the overagers (players born in 1992), the Stars have protected five of them above. Each USHL team can protect a maximum of four overagers next season, so one of those five (Teichroeb, LaDue, Scheid, Kinne, Suter) will have to be cut before the start of the 2012-13 regular season.  A lot can happen to the roster between now and then, so it wouldn't surprise me at all if the overager "problem" gets sorted out before the Fall Classic rolls around in late September.  If it doesn't, then all five of the '92's will have three games at the Fall Classic to impress the coaches one more time.

Of the 39 total players I listed in my roster prediction article, I only missed two players (Bob Kinne and Charles Guevremont) compared to the list released by the Stars.  37 correct out of 39.  Not a bad ratio.  Kinne making the protected roster does not surprise me at all.  He is a returning vet and looked great at tryout camp.  I just assumed the Stars would protect four overagers and not five.  Charles Guevremont is a draft pick from Quebec, Canada who also looked very good at camp.  I had heard some rumors that he was considering the QMJHL, so I did not include him in my predictions.  Guevremont is considered an "import" in the eyes of the USHL, and with only four imports spots available on the roster, it might be difficult for him to make the team.  We'll have to wait and see how that goes.

Players listed in my prediction article but not on the official roster above are C.J. Smith and Craig Skudalski.  C.J. Smith was a NAHL veteran who looked good at camp, but he was also a free agent.  To be honest, my inclusion of Smith was a bit of a guess on my part.  Sometimes it can be difficult to make the team as a free agent.  Skudalski was a draft pick who looked good at times at camp, but apparently the Stars wanted to move in a different direction.

Not on the protected or affiliate roster is draft pick Louie Nanne ('94).  No big surprise here.  Louie was at Lincoln's tryout camp this past June with his younger brother Tyler (who is on the affiliate roster). Louie will play next season for the Penticton Vee's of the BCHL.  It would have been nice to have Louie on the roster, but apparently he felt the BCHL was a better fit for him than the USHL.  Good luck to him in the future.

The Stars likely moved some players they think have a good shot at making the final roster next season to their affiliate list to be able to protect them, so I wouldn't be too concerned about a certain player being on the affiliate list.  I have a good feeling that some of those players listed above on the affiliate list will be playing in Lincoln next season, especially players such as Max Humitz and Daniel Willett.  Each USHL team has to shuffle players around to either of the two rosters to be able to protect them from other USHL clubs.  Lincoln will likely bring close to 30 players to the Fall Classic tournament in Sioux City, Iowa in September, so more than just the 25 players listed above will get their opportunity to impress the coaches one more time.  After the Fall Classic, the Stars will cut down to 23 players, and that group of 23 will start the 2012-13 regular season.

Thoughts on the roster?  Are there any names you expected to see protected that weren't?  Anyone you are particularly excited to see next season?  I'd love to hear your opinions.  Comments are wide open!  You do not need to register to leave a comment, but BT and I will moderate each comment before it is posted.  Thanks.


StarzNutz said...

I think the over-ager not likely to make it is Bob Kinne...Unfortunately, we need a returning goalie, as that seems to be a necessity in this league, at least until a player has a chance to get some legs under them at the pace of the USHL...With LaDue, Scheid, and Suter, you have solid scoring and damn good defense...


Anonymous said...

Why did Louie Nanne tryout for Lincoln if he was never interested in playing here? That seems very odd to me.

Yeti said...

I have no idea, anon. It does seem strange, I guess. Everything I read online before the Lincoln tryout camp stated he was going to play in the BCHL. Honestly, I didn't expect to see him there. The camp was also held in his backyard, so it was convenient for him and his younger brother to attend. I still think the BCHL is a big step down from the USHL, but apparently his family thinks it will be better for his development. In my opinion, you get better by competing against players better than you. There are more talented players in the USHL than the BCHL. That's a fact.

Anonymous said...

So is McKee coming back for sure then? I thought he was committed to WMU....

Yeti said...

Another good question. I really don't know for sure what McKee's plans are. Right now, everything I've heard indicates he'll be back in Lincoln next season. I think he's more than ready for the college game, but I don't know if WMU has a spot open for him this next season or not. It might be better for his development to play 60+ games as on one of the top two defensemen on the team at the USHL level than getting buried in the depth chart and only play 15-20 games at the NCAA level.

I'm not sure we'll know for sure if McKee will be back until later this summer.

Anonymous said...

Let's hope he does return for another season here. I know his team needs him and he'd be missed if he didn't come back. I do agree though, that he is more than ready to move on but I don't think another season in the USHL would hurt. Thank you for all the information you are providing!

Anonymous said...

I'm so excited for the talent we have returning from last year and after everything I've heard about some of the incoming players, I can't wait for the season to start. Can't wait for September and the Fall Classic. Hopefully we can have at least one exhibition game before the Classic and get some hockey a little sooner. Is it September yet???

Yeti said...

Good would be nice to have an exhibition game at the IceBox. It's been a few years since that has happened.

MacAttack said...

as long as the University is going to charge for events taking place on 'their' Innovation Campus, I don't expect to see an exhibition game at the Icebox. in 2010 when it was first announced that we would play Omaha at Tranquility Park in an exhibition, I was told in an email from the Stars president that the Lancers would play us here in 2011 in an exhibition game. didn't happen and I expect it was because the Stars would have had to charge for parking.