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.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Big day for the Lincoln Stars at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

The 2012 NHL Entry Draft wrapped up today, and it was a big one for a number of current, former, and future members of the Lincoln Stars.  I'll post the particulars below.

Click here to see the results of all of the NHL draft picks made today.  Click here to view a list of all of the USHL players selected today.

 It would have been nice to see a few other Stars players names on that list, but I guess that will have to wait until next year.  Regardless, a great showing by the Lincoln Stars at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

4th round (97th overall):  Anaheim Ducks - Kevin Roy
5th round (140th overall): Detroit Red Wings - Mike McKee
6th round (152nd): Edmonton Oilers - John McCarron (now at Cornell University)
6th round (181st): Los Angeles Kings - Paul LaDue
7th round (188th): Minnesota Wild - Louis Nanne (2012 USHL entry draft pick)

It will be interesting to see where Kevin Roy ends up playing hockey next season.  He has a verbal commitment to Brown University, but that could change.  If the Ducks' management thinks he'd be better off playing major junior hockey next season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL), they may suggest that.  The Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL courted Kevin Roy last December....will they do it again?  There has also been a lot of rumors floating around that Kevin might walk away from the verbal commitment to Brown and could play college hockey somewhere else.  The reigning USHL Player of the Year has a number of options.

All signs point to Mike McKee playing again for the Stars next season, but that also might change.  He has committed to play college hockey for Western Michigan University in either 2012 or 2013.  Mike was at Lincoln's tryout camp a few weeks ago, which would indicate to me that WMU doesn't want McKee until 2013.  However, McKee is a draft pick of the Ontario Hockey League's (OHL) Ottawa 67's, so he could forfeit his college eligibility and play major junior hockey as well next season.  In my opinion, Mike is ready to make that step up and doesn't need another season in the USHL.  As much as I'd love to see him in a Stars uniform this fall, his size and skill level are above the competition he'd see in the USHL next season.

Edit:  Click here to read an article that was recently posted by Red Wings online magazine.  Good stuff.  The article seems to imply that Mike will be attending WMU this fall.  We'll have to wait and see how that plays out.  Another article here from Rob Benneian of detroitsportsnation.com about McKee.

John McCarron played 2+ seasons in Lincoln from 2008-2011.  John will be a sophomore next season at Cornell University.  "Big Mac" certainly has the size (6'2", 225 pounds) and skill to play at the next level.  Hopefully we'll see him in an Oilers uniform someday.

Paul LaDue will be back in Lincoln for the 2012-13 season before heading to the University of North Dakota in the fall of 2013.  How awesome is it to be drafted by the reigning Stanley Cup champions!  Kevin Roy in Anaheim and Paul LaDue in Los Angeles.  Maybe they could rent a beach house together once they get to the big show?  Sounds like a reality TV show I wouldn't want to miss. :)

Lastly, Stars prospect and Minnesota native Louie Nanne was drafted by his hometown Minnesota Wild.  Louis is the grandson of Minnesota hockey legend Lou Nanne, so I'm sure this Wild draft pick is a familiar name for Minnesota fans.  Louis has yet to make a decision on where he will play hockey next season.  From what I've been told, he will not return to Edina High School (MN) to finish his senior season for the Hornets.  Instead, he will play for either the Penticton Vees of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL) or the Lincoln Stars.  Louis looked great at Lincoln's tryout camp a few weeks ago, and in my opinion he'd be a great asset to the team if he were to decide on the Stars.  Nanne's cousin is current Stars forward Vinni Lettieri, and both have committed to play hockey for the University of Minnesota.

Edit:  According to this article, Louie will play hockey next season for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL.  The BCHL is an offense-first type of league, so he'll be able to pad his offensive stats a lot more on a stacked Vees team than he would in a league like the USHL that is more defensive oriented.

Go Stars!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Lincoln Stars in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft

I thought I'd post a quick article and highlight some of the current Lincoln Stars players, and draft picks, who could be selected in the upcoming 2012 NHL Entry Draft held in Pittsburgh, PA.

The first round of the 2012 NHL draft will be held this Friday (tomorrow) evening, starting at 6pm CST.  It will be broadcast on the NBC Sports Network.  Rounds 2-7 of the draft will be held on Saturday, starting at 9am CST.  The second day of the draft will be broadcast on the NHL Network.  Click here to read more about the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.


Of course the big name that all Stars fans will all be watching for this weekend will be Kevin Roy.  Roy shattered just about every offensive record the Stars had last season, including many USHL Tier 1 league records.  From what I've read online, most pundits believe that Roy could be selected anywhere from the 3rd to the 5th round.  You just never know.  He could go earlier than the 3rd round, or he could go later than the 5th also.  It's hard to pinpoint which round he will be drafted in as certain teams might be more inclined to pick him over others.

Click here and here to read more about Kevin and his road to the NHL draft this weekend.  Roy still has a verbal commitment to Brown University, but there's been a lot of talk in hockey circles as of late that other colleges may try to lure Roy away from Brown.  Also, there is talk that whichever NHL drafts Kevin might end up pushing him to go the major junior route and play in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).  The Quebec Remparts of the QMJHL unsuccessfully tried to lure Kevin away from the Lincoln Stars over the holiday break in 2011.  Click here to read more about that.  Roy has a lot of options as of right now, and in my opinion, where he plays hockey next season depends a lot on which NHL team drafts him this weekend.

Since we are talking about Kevin, here's a quick story I posted on the blog's Twitter and Facebook pages.  Earlier this week, the USHL announced it was sending gloves worn by Roy to the Hockey Hall of Fame, which is located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Specifically, the gloves that will be on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame will be the ones that Kevin was wearing when he scored his 50th goal, and his 100th point.  Click more to read about that.

Back to the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, there could be a few other familiar names that end up getting selected this weekend.  Those include current Stars Zach Aston-Reese, Mike McKee, and draft pick Louie Nanne.  All three were listed on the NHL's Central Scouting List at least once this past season, so each player has a shot at being drafted.

Tune in this weekend to the NBC Sports Network and the NHL Network to follow the draft live as it happens.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Kevin Roy named to Team Canada for CAN-RUS Challenge

Courtesy of BA Photos
Just a quick article about some news that just broke on Twitter.  Former Stars forward Kevin Roy was named today to Team Canada's roster for the 2012 Canada-Russia Challenge which will be held in August of 2012.

Click here to read more about the challenge and the announced roster by Team Canada today.

Click here to view the Team Canada roster, which contains the best players born in 1993 and 1994.



The four-game event will be held in Russia, and in Canada.  The first two games will be held in Yaroslavl, Russia.  The final two games of the challenge will be held in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.  Click here to view the schedule.

Congratulations to Kevin!  What an honor to represent you country!  The players picked for this roster are considered the best of the best, so I'm sure Kevin is super excited about being selected by Team Canada.  Kick some Russian ass, Kevin!

Yeti's All-B³ Tryout Camp Team - Goal Stats From Camp

One last article about the 2012 Lincoln Stars tryout camp....I promise.  I'm sure some of you are already sick of all the camp updates and are ready to drop the puck already.  I'm right there with you.  September can't come soon enough.

I thought I'd highlight some of the non-returning players who impressed me the most at camp and start an annual B³ tryout camp team.  Hopefully I'll get to do this again next year.  Nothing against our returning veteran players, because ALL of them looked great at camp.  The vets are definitely the top of the food chain, so to speak.  I just thought it might be nice to highlight some of the players who the fans might not know a lot about.

All-B³ Team
Forward: Michael Neville
Forward: David Parrottino
Forward: Jake Wood
Defense: Austin Yano
Defense: Justin Woods
Goalie: Michael Bitzer

Honorable mention: Michael Bunn (F), Ross Olsson (F), Louie Nanne, (F), Max Humitz (F), Parker Reno (D), Daniel Willett (D).

There's a good chance you'll see most, if not all of the players mentioned above in a Lincoln Stars uniform at some point next season.

Also, here's a list of the top goal-scorers from camp.  A total of 56 different players scored at least one goal at camp, which is an amazingly high number considering there were 119 total players who participated.  I'm only going to post the players who scored two or more goals.  Thanks to BellTolls for putting this list together:

David Parrottino - 4
Michael Bunn - 3
Denver Pierce - 3
Anthony Uglem - 3
Garrett Brossart - 2
Ty Comrie - 2
Charles Guevremont - 2
Austin Heakins - 2
Max Humitz - 2
Jake Larson - 2
Vinni Lettieri - 2
Aidan Muir - 2
Tyler Nanne - 2
Ross Olsson - 2
Dominik Shine - 2
CJ Smith - 2
Joshua Smith - 2
Colin Staub - 2
Brent Wold - 2
Zach Zech - 2

Congrats to Logan Smith!

Per the Lincoln Stars' Twitter account, defenseman Logan Smith has committed to play his collegiate hockey at the College of the Holy Cross, which is located in Worcester, Massachusetts.  The tweet indicated that Logan would begin at Holy Cross for the 2013-14 season.  Click here to read the tweet.

Originally from Littleton, CO, Smith is a 6'4", 205 pound defenseman born in 1992.  Logan racked up 12 points (3g, 9a) in 37 games last season for the Lincoln Stars.  Smith was also +8 and had 8 penalty minutes.  Logan started the 2012-13 season as a forward, but was later converted to defense and thrived on the blueline for the Stars

Congratulations to Logan!  Well deserved.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Photos from the 2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp

Sorry for the delay getting these up.  I was debating how I wanted to post these on the blog.  By no means am I a photographer.  In fact, I'm pretty horrible.  So I apologize in advance for the quality of the photos.

There are a total of 128 photos that I took last week at Rider Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis.

I decided to upload them all to Flickr instead of posting a bunch of crappy photos in one blog article.  Click the link below to check them out.

Click here to see photos from the 2012 Lincoln Stars tryout camp.

If there are any specific photos you'd like for your personal use, just send me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.  Thanks.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

2012 Tryout Camp Review and other notes

First of all, I want to thank the Lincoln Stars organization for a very successful camp, and for making me feel welcome.  Special thanks to Stars President Jim Pflug and Associate Head Coach Jimmy McGroarty for providing me with roster sheets for the main camp and the all-star games.  Just like last year, I thought the 2012 camp was run extremely well and I heard from a number of player parents there who said the same thing.  Just about every player parent I talked to at tryouts stated that they thought it was a great idea to hold the camp at Ridder Arena, and the facilities there on campus were top-notch. 

I know most of the fans in Lincoln wish the camp was still held in Omaha, but I'm convinced that hosting the tryouts in Minneapolis has attracted a number of players who might not have reported to Omaha.  Like last season, I talked to a few parents this past weekend who stated exactly that.  They brought their son to Minneapolis because it was easier to fly/drive into.  Also, there's no doubt that the players are exposed to more college and pro scouts in Minnesota than they would be in Omaha.  So I really hope the Stars organization continues to host this camp in Minneapolis.  It's a winner, without a doubt.

In the next few days I'm going to post a link to a bunch of pictures I took during the camp.  I'm also planning on putting together a B³ camp all-star team of drafted, and free-agent players.  All of our returning vets played very well at camp, so I thought I'd highlight some of the top incoming players who the fans might not be familiar with.

So what's next?  Well, the Lincoln Stars (and every other USHL team) have until July 1st to firm up their 25-player protected roster and send it in to the league.  The Stars will have a 25-player protected list, and also a list of up to 14 players on their affiliate list.  To understand it a little better, click here to view the protected roster the Stars released after the 2011 camp last year.  I believe any player protected on the affiliate list has to have been previously drafted by the Stars (i.e., no free agents).  As you can see from the link above, the Stars protected a group of 25 players, along with 14 players on their affiliate list in July of 2011.

I believe the 14-player affiliate list next season will consist of six players born in 1996, six players born in 1995, and two players born in 1994.  Players on the affiliate list can be brought up during the regular season by the Stars at any time.

While some other USHL teams will release their protected roster before the 7/1 deadline, I doubt we'll see anything released from the Stars until late June, or early July.  Some teams, like Dubuque, will post their protected roster before the 7/1 deadline.  I've already heard of a few players who made the Lincoln roster (via Twitter), but until the Stars put out an official release, I won't be posting any rumors here.  As soon as the Stars make it official I will post it here.  Like every year, I'll also post my predictions on which players I think make the roster.  I'll do that before the 7/1 deadline.

The Stars will take those 25 protected players, along with some of the affiliate players, to the USHL Fall Classic tournament which is held in Sioux City, Iowa from September 19th-22nd.  After the Fall Classic, the Stars will have to cut down to 23 players and those players will be on the roster on opening night of the 2012-13 USHL regular season.  So between now and early October there could still be a lot of roster-shuffling done.

Speaking of early July, sometime that month the USHL should release the 2012-13 regular season schedule.  It's always interesting to look over the new schedule when that's released.  Also in July, the USHL will release the game schedule for the 2012 Fall Classic tournament in Sioux City.

If I missed anything, please leave a blog comment or send me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.

Monday, June 11, 2012

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: All-Star Game (Second)

Team Blue celebrates the 3-1 win
The 2012 Lincoln Stars tryout camp concluded with the second all-star game held yesterday at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.  Click here to see the roster sheet from this game.  A total of six players who participated in the first all-star game were asked to play in the second all-star game.  Those players were:  (G) Sean Healy, (D) Michael Prapavessis, (F) Tyler Nanne, (F) Ryan Norman, (D) William Scherer and (F) Craig Skudalski.  Healy, who was on Team Blue, did not play in this game.  Just my guess, but I bet the Stars invited him to the second game to act as an emergency backup if either Jackson Teichroeb or Michael Bitzer couldn't finish.

Final:  Team Blue 3, Team White 1
This game was played over three periods, 15 minutes each.  Both teams played to a scoreless 0-0 tie after the first period.  In the second period, Team White got on the scoreboard first when forward Brad Hawkinson scored on Blue goaltender Michael Bitzer.  Hawkinson collected a rebound in the slot and while falling, jammed the puck past Bitzer.  I was told later that Zach Aston-Reese, who was right there with Hawkinson, may have also got a stick on the puck before it went into the net.  Regardless, White took an early 1-0 lead.

Team Blue got on the scoreboard later in the second period when forward Vinni Lettieri scored on a 2-on-1 thanks to a nice assist from forward Jake Wood.  Team Blue added another goal in the second period to take a 2-1 lead when forward Garrett Brossart scored on a goal-mouth scramble.  At the second intermission, Team Blue hung on to a 2-1 lead over Team White.

Both teams exchanged scoring chances in the third, but both Bitzer and Teichroeb stood tall.  In the last minute of the game, Team White pulled goaltender Jackson Teichroeb for the extra attacker to hopefully tie the game.  However, it was forward Jake Wood who scored an empty-net goal to seal the victory for Team Blue.

Michael Bitzer gave up just one goal during the game, and Jackson Teichroeb gave up just two goals.  I will say that Blue definitely had more scoring opportunities in this game compared to White, and Teichroeb had to make a lot more saves compared to Bitzer.  Some of the saves Teichroeb made were highlight reel stops.

My MVP of Team Blue goes to forward Jake Wood who finished with one goal and one assist.  Wood was one of the top three non-veteran players at camp in my opinion.  He is a bit on the small side (5'8", 170 pounds), but he plays like he's 6'4", 200 pounds.  Great hands, good speed, and he throws his body around with abandon.  My MVP of Team White goes to goaltender Jackson Teichroeb who played very, very well.  Without Teichroeb in net, Team Blue could have easily scored 5 or 6 goals.  In my opinion, Teichroeb was the best goaltender at camp in terms of consistency.  He never had a bad game.

That's it for the camp recaps!  I'm hoping to post a few more article related to the camp in the next couple of days. First off, I want to post a quick review of the camp tomorrow.  I also took a number of pictures (I'm definitely not a photographer) during the camp that I want to share with everyone also.  Also, I'm thinking of posting some goal stats and a B³ first-team from camp and a honorable mention team.

Thanks to all who followed the blog this past weekend.  I really appreciate the support.  Special thanks to BellTolls for helping out back in Lincoln by posting all of the Twitter updates and the rosters.  Without his help, I would have had to work a lot harder.

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: All-Star Game (First)

Getting caught up with the all-star game recaps today, so bear with me as I get them posted.  The first camp all-star game featured some of the younger drafted players by the Stars, and also a number of non-drafted "free agents" who impressed the coaches during the prior camp scrimmages.

This game consisted of two, 30 minute halves.  Click here to view the roster sheet from the first all-star game.  Each squad (Blue and White) had two goaltenders, six defensemen, and eleven forwards.


Final:  Team White 4, Team Blue 3 (Shootout)
Both teams came out strong and played to a 2-2 tie at the end of the first half of the all-star game.  Scoring for Team White in the first half was forwards Denver Pierce and Ryan Norman.  Pierce's goal came on a Blue giveaway in front of the net and Pierce took advantage and buried the puck past Blue goaltender Robert Goor.  Ryan Norman's goal came after a scramble for the puck in the slot.  Norman was able to collect the puck and fire a wrister high stick side past Goor.

The two goals from Team Blue came from forwards Zach Zech and Anthony Uglem.  Zech was in the right place at the right time after a point shot from a Blue defender bounced off the back wall behind the White net.  The puck bounced to Zech was had an open net to shoot on past White goaltender Sean Healy.  Anthony Uglem's goal was a nice individual effort in which he skated into the White zone on an odd-man rush and fired the puck high stick side past Goor.

In the second half of this all-star game, both teams scored one goal a piece.  White's goal came after a very nice pass from forward Aidan Muir found a wide open Joshua Smith in the slot who wristed the puck high glove side past Blue goaltender Jake Ireland.  Blue's second half goal was scored by forward Joey Molinaro who jammed the puck past White goaltender Michael Santaguida during a goal-mouth scramble.

After the all-star game ended in regulation with a 3-3 tie, it went directly into a shootout.  Team White scored twice in the shootout while Team Blue only scored once.  Scoring for Team White in the shootout was Jack Suter and Mitchell Snyder.  The lone Blue shootout goal was scored by Zach Zech.  Video of the shootout is now below.

White goaltender Sean Healy started the first half of the all-star game and gave up two goals in regulation.  White netminder Michael Santaguida started the second half of the game and gave up one goal in regulation, and two goals in the shootout.  Blue goaltender Robert Goor started the first half of the all-star game and gave up two goals in regulation.  Blue netminder Jake Ireland started the second half of the game and gave up one regulation goal, and one shootout goal.

I'm going to give some love to two defensemen for my MVP's of each squad.  My Team White MVP goes to Parker Reno who really impressed me during this game, and during most of the camp.  He's only a '95, but he plays so cool, calm, and collected.  My MVP of Team Blue goes to d-man Derek O'Flynn.  I thought O'Flynn was one of the best players on the ice during this game.  He's big, physical, and solid in his own end. I was very surprised that Reno and O'Flynn weren't in the lineup for the second all-star game.  I thought both were very deserving.

Edit:  Here's video I took of the entire shootout.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: All-Star Game (Second)

Team Blue defeated Team White in the second All-Star Game at the 2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp. Scoring goals for Team Blue were Vinni Lettieri, Garrett Brossart and Jake Wood (empty net). Scoring for Team White was Brad Hawkinson. Michael Bitzer played the entire game for Team Blue and allowed one goal. Jackson Teichroeb played the entire game for Team White and allowed two goals.

That concludes the 2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp. Yeti will now embark on the seven-hour drive home and probably won't get to the all-star game recaps until Monday. Make sure to check back on Monday for a complete recap and as always, thanks for following along all weekend.

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: All-Star Game (First)

In the first All-Star game at Ridder Arena (comprising mostly the younger standouts at camp), Team White defeated Team Blue in a shootout, 4-3. Scoring goals for Team White in regulation were Denver Pierce, Ryan Norman and Joshua Smith. Scoring goals for Team Blue were Zach Zech, Joey Molinaro and Anthony Uglem.

Six players from the first All-Star game were called into the second All-Star game. They were (G) Sean Healy, (D) Michael Prapavessis, (F) Tyler Nanne, (F) Ryan Norman, (D) William Scherer and (F) Craig Skudalski.

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: Day Three (Evening)

Can you overdose on live hockey?  I have certainly tried this weekend.  I'm pretty tired right now but I'm going to power through this recap and try to get a decent night's sleep afterwards.  The tryout camp will conclude Sunday morning with two all-star games.  If the two games are like last year, the first scrimmage will be some of the younger players at camp, and also some of the undrafted players who have impressed the coaches.  The second all-star game will include most if not all of the returning vets, a lot of the draft picks, and "free agents" who the coaches feel have a good shot at making the team.  I'm really looking forward to that.

As soon as I have the all-star rosters I am going to email them to BT who will put them on the blog, so keep an eye out for those sometime after 10:00am CST on Sunday.  I will not be able to post a recap article of the two all-star games until I get back to Lincoln late Sunday evening.

Scrimmage #13:  Team Red (1-3) vs. Team Black (1-3)
In the battle of 1-3 teams, it was Team Red winning this one by a score of 4-1 over Team Black.  Scoring for Red was Max Humitz (breakaway goal set up nicely by Michael Neville), Zack Pittman, and CJ Smith (two goals).  The only goal for Team Black was scored by Dominik Shine (nice wrister).  Red improved to 2-3 while Black fell to 1-4.

Red goaltender Jackson Teichroeb started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  Red netminder Jake Ireland started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Black goaltender Cam Johnson started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up four goals.  Black netminder Jordan Severo started the second half and did not give up any goals.  There was one fight in this scrimmage which happened right after the opening faceoff.  Red defenseman Zack Pittman earned a decision over Charlie Donlin.

Players from Team Red who stood out in my opinion were Michael Neville (at least two assists), Max Humitz, Aidan Muir, Brandon Kearney, Zack Pittman, Travis Maxwell, and Parker Reno.  Players from Team Black who impressed me were Tommy Schutt, Dominik Shine, Jordan Severo, David Parrottino, and Garrett Skrbich.  My MVP of Team Red goes to forward Michael Neville.  Love, love watching this kid play.  In my opinion, he's been the best non-drafted player at camp.  He has a great all-around game.  My MVP of Team Black goes to goaltender Jordan Severo.  Severo didn't have a great start to the camp, but turned it around and has not given up a goal in Black's last three games.  Props to him.

Scrimmage #14:  Team Royal (3-1) vs. Team Yellow (3-1)
The top two teams knocked heads to see which squad would end the camp with the best record, and it was Team Yellow who beat Team Royal by a surprising score of 5-1.  I thought this game would be a lot closer than it turned out.  Scoring for Yellow was Anthony Uglem (two goals), Brent Wold (two goals), and Ty Comrie.  The lone goal for Team Royal was scored by Kirby Kinslow.  Yellow improved to 4-1 while Royal slipped to 3-2.

Yellow goaltender Brandon Wildung started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  Yellow netminder Sean Healy started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Royal goaltender Tim Shaughnessy started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up four goals.  Royal netminder Michael Santaguida started the second half and gave up one goal.  There were no fights during this scrimmage.

Players from Team Yellow who impressed me were Anthony Uglem, Brent Wold (one of his two goals was a highlight reel), Ty Comrie (nice snipe on his goal), Charles Guevremont, Jake Wood, Austin Yano, and Paul LaDue.  Players from Team Royal who stood out to mere were Chase Matson, Justin Woods, and Michael Santaguida.  My MVP for Team Yellow goes to Brent Wold who had the two goals and had a number of other offensive opportunities.  My MVP of Team Royal goes to defenseman Justin Woods who continues to have a solid camp.

Sending good vibes to Yellow forward Michael Bunn who was injured late in this scrimmage after a collision with Royal defenseman Justin Woods behind the Royal net.  It was a clean check, but Bunn injured his left leg and was not able to put any weight on it as he left the ice.  Bunn has been one of the better players I've seen in the past couple of days, and would get my vote as the fastest player at camp.

Scrimmage #15:  Team Columbia (2-2) vs. Team White (2-2)
The last scrimmage of the camp before the two all-star games tomorrow saw Team White win their third in a row with a 2-0 shutout win over Team Columbia.  Scoring for White was Cole McCaig and Cody Wickline. White improved to 3-2 while Columbia fell to 2-3.

White goaltender Joey Staely started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  White netminder Chris Funkey started the second half and also did not surrender any goals.  Columbia goaltender Robert Goor started the first half of the scrimmage and did not give up any goals.  Columbia netminder Michael Bitzer started the second half and gave up two goals.  There were no fights during this scrimmage.

Players from Team White who impressed me were Carl Hesler, Colin Staub, Bob Kinne, Johno May, Cody Wickline, and the goaltending duo of Staely and Funkey.  Players from Team Columbia who stood out in my opinion were Vincent Muto, Ryan Collins, Jack Suter, and Robert Goor.  My MVP of Team White goes to goaltenders Joey Staely and Chris Funkey.  White gave up 11 goals in their first two scrimmages, but in their last three scrimmages (all wins) they gave up only two goals.  Quite the turnaround for Team White, and a big part is due to the play of Staely and Funkey.  My MVP from Team Columbia goes to Vincent Muto who plays a quiet, but steady game on the blueline.

Whew!  That's it for tonight.  Thanks for reading.  Back at it tomorrow morning for the two camp all-star games.  Thanks for reading.  -Yeti (Tim)

Saturday, June 9, 2012

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: Day Three (Morning)

It's a beautiful day here in Minneapolis for Day Three of the Lincoln Stars 2012 tryout camp.  A bit warm, but not a cloud in the sky.  The morning session started at 9:00am and ran until after 1:00pm.  The scrimmages have gotten progressively more low-scoring.  Part of that is because the goaltenders are playing much better as of late than the first day.  Also, I think most of the players have found their groove and are playing better as a team.  Everyone is much more aware defensively.  The low scoring scrimmages doesn't mean that there aren't a lot of skilled forwards here.  It's just a lot harder to score goals as the camp goes along.

Scrimmage #10:  Team Yellow (2-1) vs. Team Red (1-2)
Yellow continued their strong play in this cam with a tightly-contested 2-1 victory over Team Red.  Yellow improved to 3-1 while Red fell to 1-3.  The scoreboard stated that Yellow won by a score of 3-1, but I'm almost positive it was incorrect.  I only saw Yellow score two goals.  Scoring for Yellow was Luke Johnson (powerplay goal), and Charles Guevremont.  The only goal scored by Red came from Ian Scheid.

Yellow goaltender Sean Healy started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  Yellow netminder Brandon Wildung started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Red goaltender Jake Ireland started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up one goal.  Red netminder Jackson Teichroeb started the second half and also surrendered one goal.  There were no fights in this scrimmage.

Players from Team Yellow who impressed me were the goaltending duo of Healy and Wildung, Jake Wood, Ben Masella, Luke Johnson, Ross Olsson, Austin Yano (nice assist on Johnson's PP goal), and Tyler Coulter.  Players from Team Red who stood out to me were Zack Pittman, Zach Aston-Reese, Travis Maxwell, Michael Neville (always finishes his checks), Mike McKee, Daniel Willett, and Ian Scheid.  My MVP of Team Yellow goes to the goaltending tandem of Healy and Wildung who both played extremely well.  My MVP of Red goes to Zach Aston-Reese who makes everything look easy.  He's gotten bigger, yet moves so smooth with or without the puck.

Thinking back on this scrimmage, I don't believe I saw Red defenseman Parker Reno play in this game.  Daniel Willett of Red is wearing #19, not #3 as indicated on the roster.  There is a defenseman for Team Red who is wearing #3, but I do not know who it is.

Scrimmage #11:  Team Royal (2-1) vs. Team Columbia (2-1)
In the battle of 2-1 teams, it was Team Royal who recorded the first shutout of the 2012 camp with a 1-0 win over Team Columbia.  Royal improved to 3-1 while Columbia is now 2-2.  The only goal scored in this game came from Royal forward Jake Larson.  Larson skated in alone on Columbia goaltender Michael Bitzer and appeared to shoot five-hole past Bitzer into the net.  Larson showed good speed on the play.

Royal goaltender Michael Santaguida started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  Royal netminder Tim Shaughnessy started the second half and also pitched a shutout.  Columbia goaltender Michael Bitzer started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up the only goal of the scrimmage.  Columbia netminder Robert Goor started the second half and did not give up any goals.  There were no fights in this scrimmage.

Players from Team Royal who stood out in my opinion were Jake Larson, Justin Woods (reminds me of Dax Lauwers-strong, physical, and solid in the d-zone), Jack Walker, goaltenders Santaguida and Shaughnessy, Jake Clifford, and Louie Nanne.  Players from Team Columbia who impressed me were Will Suter, Ethan Price, William Scherer, Brad Hawkinson, and goaltenders Michael Bitzer and Robert Goor.  I'm going to give some love to the goaltenders and name them all MVP's.  Santaguida, Shaughnessy, Bitzer, and Goor all played very well.  Each of them deserve the attention and props.

Scrimmage #12:  Team White (1-2) vs. Team Black (1-2)
In another low-scoring affair, Team White won their second-straight scrimmage with a 3-1 victory over Team Black.  Team White improved to 2-2 while Black fell to 1-3.  Scoring for White was Jake Horton, Colin Staub, and Zach Frye (empty net goal).  The lone Black goal was scored by David Parrottino (penalty shot).

White goaltender Chris Funkey started the first half of the scrimmage and did not give up any goals.  White netminder Joey Staely started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Black goaltender Jordan Severo started the first half of the scrimmage and did not give up any goals.  Black netminder Cam Johnson started the second half and gave up two goals.

There were two fights in this scrimmage, and White forward Mitchell Snyder was involved in both.  First, Snyder dropped the mitts with Black defenseman Dylan Durham.  In my opinion, Snyder got the decision.  In the second fight, Snyder lost a decision to Black defenseman/forward Dominik Shine.

Players from Team White who stood out in my opinion were Colin Staub, Jake Horton, Mike Preston, Levi Wunder, Chris Funkey, and Joey Staely.  Players from Team Black who impressed me were Tommy Schutt, Dominik Shine, Jordan Severo, David Parrottino, Derek O'Flynn, and Garrett Skrbich.  My MVP from Team White defenseman Mike Preston who had good size and plays very well on both ends of the ice.  My MVP of Team Black goes to forward/defenseman Dominik Shine.  Shine has been at times the best player at camp.  I'm not sure why, but he has been playing some at defense along with his normal forward position.

That's it for the morning session.  The evening session stars at 5:00pm and runs until 8:45pm.  Most of these scrimmages have been running late, so I doubt I'll get out of Ridder Arena until after 9:00pm.  I will post an evening recap article later tonight after I get back to my hotel room.  Thanks again for reading.  -Yeti (Tim)

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day Three (Morning)

Here are some quick updates from the scrimmages taking place in the morning session on day three of the Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Full recaps of each scrimmage will come later today. The Black and Blue Blog will be unable to provide quick updates during this evening's session, so be sure to follow Lincoln Stars Blog on Twitter for live updates from Yeti. As always, Yeti will have a full recap later tonight.

Scrimmage #10: Team Yellow 2, Team Red 1
Yellow (3-1) - (F) Luke Johnson, (F) Charles Guevremont
Red (1-3) - (D) Ian Scheid

Scrimmage #11: Team Royal 1, Team Columbia 0
Royal (3-1) - (F) Jake Larson
Columbia (2-2)

Scrimmage #12: Team White 3, Team Black 1
White (2-2) - (D) Jake Horton, (F) Colin Staub, (D) Zach Frye (empty net)
Black (1-3) - (F) David Parrottino

Friday, June 8, 2012

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: Day Two (Evening)

Back at it with another recap from the Lincoln Stars' 2012 tryout camp at Ridder Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota.  It was a full day of hockey, which is pretty much heaven for a hockey nerd like myself.  As I've stated previously, I've been really impressed with the amount of talented players on showcase here.  It is going to be unbelievably tough for the coaches to cut down to the 25-player protected roster on July 1st.  I don't envy them at all.  I can't imagine having to decide on the four players born in 1992 to protect.  All six of the returning vets born in '92 have played really well thus far.

Scrimmage #7:  Team Black (1-1) vs. Team Columbia (1-1)
Team Columbia took this scrimmage with an impressive 5-2 victory over Team Black.  Scoring for Columbia was Will Suter, Colin Larkin, Brooks Lewis (empty netter), and  Austin Heakins (two goals).  Scoring for Team Black was David Parrottino and Dominik Shine.  Columbia improved to 2-1 while Black fell to 1-2 through three scrimmages.

Columbia goaltender Robert Goor started the first half of the game and gave up two goals.  Columbia netminder Michael Bitzer started the second half and pitched a shutout (no goals against).  Black goaltender Cam Johnson started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up three goals.  Black netminder Jordan Severo started the second half and only surrendered one goal.  There was one fight which saw Columbia defenseman Logan Smith drop Black defenseman Charlie Donlin with two punches.

Players from Team Columbia who stood out to me were Brad Hawkinson, William Scherer, Logan Smith, Will Suter, Colin Larkin, and Michael Bitzer.  Players from Team Black who stood out were Gordie Helmuth, Bryan Yim, David Parrottino, Tommy Schutt, Dominik Shine, and Jordan Severo.  My MVP of Team Columbia goes to Austin Heakins who had two goals and seemed to be around the puck quite a bit.  My co-MVP's of Team Black go to Bryan Yim and David Parrottino.  Both come from the same Honeybaked U-18 team, and it's obvious they work well with one another on the ice.

Scrimmage #8:  Team Royal (1-1) vs. Team Red (1-1)
In a low-scoring goaltending battle, it was Team Royal beating Team Red by a score of 2-1.  Goal scorers for Team Royal were AJ Marcinek and Tyler Nanne.  The lone goal scorer for Team Red was Aidan Muir (very nice individual effort).  Team Royal improved to 2-1 while Team Red fell to 1-2.

Royal goaltender Tim Shaughnessy started the first half of the game and did not give any goals.  Royal netminder Michael Santaguida started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Red goaltender Jake Ireland started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up just one goal.  Red netminder Jackson Teichroeb started the second half and also gave up only one goal.  There was one fight which saw Royal defenseman Justin Woods and Red defenseman Travis Maxwell scrap to a draw.

Players from Team Royal who stood out in my opinion were the two goaltenders (Shaughnessy, Santaguida), Vinni Lettieri, Louie and Tyler Nanne, Max Coatta, Justin Woods, Jake Larson, and Chase Matson.  Players from Team Red who impressed me were the two goaltenders (Ireland, Teichroeb), Aidan Muir, Sam Plaquin, Michael Neville, Zach Aston-Reese, Eric Scheid, Ian Scheid, and Daniel Willett.  My MVP for Team Royal goes to the goaltending duo of Tim Shaughnessy and Michael Santaguida.  Both played very well and kept Team Royal right in the game.  My MVP of Team Red goes to forward Aidan Muir who had one goal and has played very well thus far as a non-drafted player.  He has stood out in just about every game I've watched of Team Red.

Scrimmage #9:  Team Yellow (2-0) vs. Team White (0-2)
Despite giving up 11 goals in their first two losses, Team White squeaked out a hard-earned 2-1 victory over previously undefeated Team Yellow.  Scoring for White was Denver Pierce and an unknown player who scored the game-winning goal with only 48 seconds remaining.  There was a goal-mouth scramble very late in the game in which White was able to jam the puck into the open net.  I did not see who scored it.  The lone scorer from Team Yellow was Michael Bunn who again displayed his incredible speed by skating around a White defenseman to score his third goal of the tryout camp.

White goaltender Joey Staely started the first half of the game and did not give up any goals.  White netminder Chris Funkey started the second half and gave up only one goal.  Yellow goaltender Brandon Wildung started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up just one goal.  Yellow netminder Sean Healy started the second half and also gave up only one goal.  There were no fights in this scrimmage.

Players from Team White who stood out to me were Cole McCraig, Mitchell Snyder, Matt Alexander, Carl Hesler, and the goaltending duo of Joey Staely and Chris Funkey.  Players from Team Yellow who impressed me were Jake Wood, Michael Bunn, Luke Johnson, Ross Olsson, Austin Yano, and Ben Masella.  My MVP from Team White goes to the goaltending tandem of Joey Staely and Chris Funkey who denied a ton of Yellow shots to keep White in the game.  My MVP of Team Yellow goes to defenseman Ben Masella.  Masella is another non-drafted player who has really impressed me with his play.  He's a stay-at-home defenseman who loves to play the body but very rarely puts himself out of position.

That's about it for Day Two.  Time to get some much needed sleep and do it all over again tomorrow morning.  Thanks again for reading.  -Yeti (Tim)

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day Two (Evening)

Here are some quick updates from the scrimmages taking place in the evening session on day two of the Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Full recaps of each scrimmage will come later tonight. Thanks for reading and feel free to chime in with questions or comments below.

Scrimmage #7: Team Columbia 5, Team Black 2
Columbia (2-1) - (F) Will Suter, (F) Colin Larkin, (F) Brooks Lewis, (F) Austin Heakins (2)
Black (1-2) - (F) David Parrottino, (D) Dominik Shine

Scrimmage #8: Team Royal 2, Team Red 1
Royal (2-1) - (F) AJ Marcinek, (F) Tyler Nanne
Red (1-2) - (F) Aidan Muir

Scrimmage #9: Team White 2, Team Yellow 1
White (1-2) - (F) Denver Pierce, Mystery Player (goal-mouth scramble, I did not see who scored)
Yellow (2-1) - (F) Michael Bunn

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: Day Two (Morning)

I thought I'd take advantage of the long lunch break today to post my thoughts of the three scrimmages held this morning at Ridder Arena. It's very early, but I have been very much impressed with the talent on the ice.

I don't envy the coaches at all when it comes to shortening this group down to two all-star games, and then down to a protected roster of 25 players in early July.


Scrimmage #4:  Team Columbia (1-0) vs. Team Yellow (1-0)
In the battle of undefeated squads, Team Yellow proved victorious with a 4-2 win over Team Columbia.  Scoring goals for Yellow was Ty Comrie, Charles Guevremont, Ross Olsson, and Keegan Ward (empty-netter).  Scoring for Columbia was Joshua Smith (appeared to be tipped in) and Garrett Brossart (nice individual effort).

Yellow goaltender Sean Healy started the first half of the game and gave up only one goal.  Yellow netminder Brandon Wildung started the second half and also gave up one goal.  Columbia goaltender Michael Bitzer started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up two goals.  Columbia netminder Robert Goor started the second half and also gave up two goals.  There were no fights in this scrimmage.

Players from Team Yellow who stood out to me were Jake Wood (had two assists, and may have had a goal I missed also), Michael Bunn, Ben Masella, Ty Comrie, Charles Guevremont, Austin Yano (nice assist on Comrie's goal), Ross Olsson, and Paul LaDue. Yellow forward (and Stars vet) Luke Johnson did not play in this scrimmage but should play tonight.  Players from Team Columbia who stood out in my opinion were Vincent Muto, Ethan Price, Brad Hawkinson, Austin Schick, Jack Suter and Will Suter.  My MVP of Team Yellow goes to Jake Wood who was the best forward on the ice.  Wood is very quick, has good hands, and isn't afraid to throw his body around.  My MVP of Columbia is shared between forward Brad Hawkinson and Jack Suter.  I thought both played very well and generated a lot of offensive opportunities for Columbia.

Scrimmage #5:  Team Black (0-1) vs. Team Royal (1-0)
Team Black got their first win of the camp with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Team Royal.  Scoring for Black was Derek O'Flynn (bomb slapshot from the blueline), and David Parrottino (two goals).  Scoring for Royal was Louie Nanne and Max Coatta.

Black goaltender Jordan Severo started the first half of the game and gave up two goals.  Black netminder Cam Johnson started the second half and pitched a shutout (no goals against).  Royal goaltender Michael Santaguida started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up two goals.  Royal netminder Tim Shaughnessy started the second half and gave up only one goal.  There was one fight which saw Black's Dan Sakalian earn a decision over Royal's Max Coatta.

Players from Team Black that impressed me were Derek O'Flynn, Dominik Shine, David Parrottino, Jacob Tinker, Bryan Yim, Zach Zech, and Cam Johnson.  Players from Team Royal that stood out in my opinion were Louie Nanne, Jake Larson, Ryan Norman, Max Coatta, and Justin Woods.  My MVP of Team Black goes to David Parrottino who scored two goals and was buzzing around the Royal net all game long.  I was really impressed with Parrottino's play this morning.  He could have easily had three or four goals.  My MVP of Team Royal goes to Louie Nanne who has a motor that just won't quit.  I absolutely love watching this kid play.  He reminds me of Will Suter in a way.  Both work non-stop, and their legs are always pumping.

Scrimmage #6:  Team White (0-1) vs. Team Red (0-1)
In the battle of winless squads, Team Red took their frustrations out on Team White by a score of 6-2.  Scoring for Red was Sam Plaquin (deflection in front of net), Aidan Muir, Sam Buck, Eric Scheid, Brandon Kearney (nice individual effort), and Daniel Willett (who was wearing #19 for Red).  Scoring for White was Colin Staub and Denver Pierce.

Red goaltender Jackson Teichroeb started the first half of the game and gave up only one goal.  Red netminder Jake Ireland started the second half and also gave up one goal.  White goaltender Chris Funkey started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up two goals.  White netminder Joey Staely started the second half and also gave up four goals.  There were no fights in this scrimmage.

Players from Team Red who stood out to me were Travis Maxwell, Michael Neville (love watching this kid play-strong with and without the puck), Parker Reno (nice assist on Muir's goal), Ian Scheid, Zach Aston-Reese, Eric Scheid (had a goal and at least one assist), and Sam Plaquin.  Players from Team White who stood out to me were Colin Staub, Bob Kinne, Franceso Coscia, and Jon Grebosky.  My MVP of Team Red goes to Parker Reno who had a very nice assist and played a very strong game.  My MVP of Team White goes to Bob Kinne, for the second straight game.  White has had some issues scoring goals, but it's not for lack of effort from Kinne.

The afternoon session begins at 3:00pm and will run until 6:45pm tonight.  I will post another blog article highlighting the afternoon session later tonight.  Thanks for reading.

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day Two (Morning)

Here are some quick updates from the scrimmages taking place on day two of the Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Full recaps of each scrimmage will come later today. Feel free to chime in with questions or comments below.

Scrimmage #4: Team Yellow 4, Team Columbia 2
Yellow (2-0) - (F) Ty Comrie, (F) Charles Guevremont, (F) Ross Olsson, (F) Keegan Ward
Columbia (1-1) - (F) Joshua Smith, (F) Garrett Brossart

Goalies
Yellow - Healy 1 GA; Wildung 1 GA 
Columbia - Bitzer 2 GA; Goor 1 GA

Scrimmage #5: Team Black 3, Team Royal 2
Black (1-1) - (D) Derek O'Flynn, (F) David Parrottino (2)
Royal (1-1) - (F) Louie Nanne, (F) Max Coatta

Goalies
Black - Severo 2 GA; Johnson 0 GA
Royal - Santaguida 2 GA; Shaughnessy 1 GA

Scrimmage #6: Team Red 6, Team White 2
Red (1-1) - (F) Sam Plaquin, (F) Aidan Muir, (F) Sam Buck, (F) Eric Scheid, (F) Brandon Kearney, (D) Daniel Willet
White (0-2) - (F) Colin Staub, (F) Denver Pierce

Goalies
Red - Teichroeb 1 GA; Ireland 1 GA
White - Funkey 2 GA; Staely 4 GA

Thursday, June 7, 2012

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp: Day One

Ridder Arena - Univ. of Minnesota
It's been a long day, and it's late, but I want to get a quick article up before I go to bed and get up early for day two of the tryout camp.  A total of 119 players are here, which is up from 105 players last year.  Thanks to BT for posting the rosters earlier today.  I used my iPod to take pictures of each roster sheet, so I hope they turned out ok and are easy enough to read.  Thanks also to BT for helping out by posting some of my twitter updates here on the blog as the scrimmages were being held.

Of the 30 players that I highlighted in this article, 26 of them are here, which is damn good, in my opinion.  Of the 6 players selected by the Stars in the most recent USHL Futures Draft, all are here.  Very, very good turnout by the draft picks.  As BT mentioned earlier tonight, the Stars' draft picks that did not report to camp are: Mike McCarron (2012 Entry/5th round), Brandon Morely (2012 Entry/17th round), Zach Pochiro (2012 Entry/19th round), Trevor Cope (2011 Entry/17th round) and Sean Malone (2011 Futures/4th round).

No big surprises there.  McCarron will play for Team USA U-18 next season, so there's no reason for him to be here.  Morely played the last two seasons in the BCHL, so maybe he decided the USHL isn't for him.  Pochiro recently signed a commitment to play in the WHL, while Cope signed to play in the BCHL.  I have been told that Sean Malone would have been here but recently came down with an illness that will keep him out of the entire camp.  So all in all, great turnout by all of the former draft picks of Lincoln.

As far as returning veterans from last season, the two big names that aren't on the camp roster are defenseman Brandon Carlson and Markus McCrea.  I can only assume that the Stars did not protect either player.  Both Carlson and McCrea were born in 1992, so they would count as an "overager" next season in the USHL.  Each USHL team can roster only four players born in 1992 next season.  This sort of thing happens every season.  Good kids find themselves on the outside looking in mainly due to the numbers game.  Good luck to both of those two in the future, wherever they end up.

Otherwise, every returning player I expected to be here is present at camp.  Those returning vets are: Jackson Teichroeb, Paul LaDue, Logan Smith, Mike McKee, Zach Frye, Dominik Shine, Luke Johnson, Zach Aston-Reese, Will Suter, Brad Hawkinson, Vinni Lettieri, Bob Kinne, Tommy Schutt, Jonathan Grebosky, and Eric Scheid.  Luke Johnson was not in attendance today, but I was told he will be here tomorrow.

Okay, on to the scrimmage recaps.  Before I start, I want to emphasize that I'm just a fan, and in all actuality, my opinions mean nothing in the grand scheme of things.  I observe, take notes, and that's about it.  I'm not a coach, I'm not a scout, and I'm not affiliated in any way with the Lincoln Stars.  I'm just a hockey nut who loves the game.

Scrimmage #1:  Team Royal vs. Team White
Team Royal won the first scrimmage of the 2012 tryout camp with a dominating 5-2 win over Team White.  Scoring goals for Team Royal was Jake Larson, Craig Skudalski, Vinni Lettieri, Tyler Nanne, and Johnathan Lekossiotis.  For the most part, I will only keep track of goal scorers, but in some situations I will note the primary assist if it was a good play.  Scoring goals for Team White was Matt Alexander and Bob Kinne.  Each scrimmage consists of two 25-minute halves (running clock).

Royal goaltender Tim Shaughnessy started the first half of the game and gave up only one goal.  Royal goaltender Michael Santaguida started the second half and also gave up only one goal.  White goaltender Joey Staely started the first half of the scrimmage and surrendered four goals.  White netminder Chris Funkey started the second half and gave up one goal.  There was one fight in the scrimmage which pitted Royal's Jake Clifford vs. White's Mitchell Snyder.  I called it a draw.

Players from Team Royal who stood out to me were Craig Skudalski, Vinni Lettieri, Philip Middleton, Justin Woods, Louie Nanne, Max Coatta, and Jack Walker.  To be honest, there were a lot of players on Royal who performed very well.  Players from Team White who stood out to me were Colin Staub, Bob Kinne, Mike Preston, Mitchell Snyder, Carl Hesler (nice assist on Alexander's goal) Johno May, and Zach Frye.  My MVP of Team Royal goes to forward Craig Skudalski, who had a goal and a number of other scoring opportunities.  For being 6'6", 215 pounds, I thought Skudalski moved very well.  My MVP of Team White goes to Bob Kinne who was easily White's best forward.

Scrimmage #2:  Team Columbia (light blue) vs. Team Red
Team Columbia won this scrimmage in a shootout by a score of 3-2.  Scoring for Columbia was Jack Suter (little brother of Stars forward Will Suter), Logan Smith, and Will Suter (shootout winner).  Scoring for Red was Michael Neville (very pretty goal), and Max Humitz (bad angle wrister-great shot).

Columbia goaltender Michael Bitzer started the first half of the game and gave up only one goal.  Columbia netminder Robert Goor started the second half and gave up just one goal.  Red goaltender Jackson Teichroeb started the first half and also gave up only one goal.  Red goaltender Jake Ireland started the second half of the scrimmage and surrendered one regulation goal, and one shootout goal.  All of the goaltenders in this particular scrimmage performed quite well.  There were no fights in this scrimmage.

Players from Team Columbia who stood out to me were Michael Bitzer, Will Suter, Ryan Collins, Logan Smith, and Brad Hawkinson.  Players from Team Red who stood out in my opinion were Michael Neville, Mike McKee, Max Humitz, Aidan Muir, Parker Reno, and Zach Aston-Reese.  My MVP from Columbia goes to Will Suter who scored the shootout winner and hustled every shift.  Will has an extra gear that many other players just don't seem to have.  My MVP from Red was hard to pick.  I considered McKee, Humitz, and Neville but in the end I went with Michael Neville who had a great open-ice hit in the first half of the game and added a goal later.  I really like what this kid brings to the table.

Scrimmage #3:  Team Black vs. Team Yellow
Team Yellow cruised to a 5-3 victory in this scrimmage over Team Black.  Scoring for Yellow was Tyler Coulter, Ross Olsson, Michael Bunn (two goals), and Cooper Rush (who happens to be 6'8", 230 pounds).  Scoring for Black was Dylan Durham, Zach Zech, and Bryan Yim.  Even with Luke Johnson missing from the lineup today, I thought Team Yellow was the best team I saw this evening.

Yellow goaltender Brandon Wildung started the first half of the game and gave up only one goal.  Yellow netminder Sean Healy started the second half and gave up two goals.  Black goaltender Cam Johnson started the first half of the scrimmage and gave up one goal.  Black netminder Jordan Severo started the second half and gave up four goals.  There was one fight in the scrimmage which pitted Yellow's Cooper Rush  vs. Black's Charlie Donlin.  I gave the nod to Donlin in the scrap.

Players from Team Yellow who stood out to me were Ben Masella (played with former Stars standout Kevin Roy at Deerfield Academy two seasons ago), Brent Wold (very nice assist on Coulter's goal), Austin Yano (undersized d-man, but very composed), Ross Olsson, Michael Bunn, and Paul LaDue.  Players from Team Black who stood out in my opinion were Charlie Donlin, Dominik Shine (who played defense the entire game), Derek O'Flynn, David Parrottino, and Dan Sakalian.  My MVP of Team Yellow goes to Michael Bunn who used his incredible speed to score two goals.  I was really impressed with Bunn's play in this scrimmage.  My MVP of Team Black goes to Charlie Donlin who played a smart, physical game on the blueline.  Donlin definitely has a nasty streak, but he has skills with the puck as well.

That's about it!  Time for me to get some sleep and start this all over again in the morning.  If you have any specific questions you'd like to ask, please email me at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com or leave a comment below.  Thanks for reading.  -Yeti (Tim)

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp - Day One

Here are some quick updates from the scrimmages taking place on day one of the Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp at Ridder Arena on the University of Minnesota campus. Full recaps of each scrimmage will come later tonight.

Scrimmage #1: Team Royal 5, Team White 2
Royal - (F) Jake Larson, 
(F) Craig Skudalski, (F) Vinni Lettieri, (F) Tyler Nanne, (F) Johnathan Lekossiotos
White - (D) Matt Alexander, (F) Bob Kinne

Goalies
Royal - Shaughnessy 1 GA; Santaguida 1 GA
White - Staely 4 GA; Funkey 1 GA

Scrimmage #2: Team Columbia 3, Team Red 2 (SO)
Columbia - (F) Jack Suter, (D) Logan Smith, (F) Will Suter (SO)
Red - (F) Michael Neville, (F) Max Humitz

Goalies
Columbia - Bitzer 1 GA; Goor 1 GA
Red - Teichroeb 1 GA; Ireland 1 GA

Scrimmage #3: Team Yellow 5, Team Black 3
Yellow - (F) Tyler Coulter, (F) Ross Olsson, (F) Michael Bunn (2), (D) Cooper Rush
Black - (D) Dylan Durham, (F) Zach Zech, (F) Bryan Yim

Goalies
Yellow - Wildung 1 GA; Healy 2 GA
Black - Johnson 1 GA; Severo 4 GA

2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp Rosters

Without further adieu, here are the 2012 Lincoln Stars Tryout Camp Rosters. Like last year, there are six teams. 119 kids are listed on the rosters. Last year, a couple rostered players didn't show and a couple showed up that weren't on the initial rosters, so take that number with a grain of salt.

Stars' draft picks that did not report to camp are: Mike McCarron (2012 Entry/5th round), Brandon Morely (2012 Entry/17th round), Zach Pochiro (2012 Entry/19th round), Trevor Cope (2011 Entry/17th round) and Sean Malone (2011 Futures/4th round). No real big surprises there.

16 players with previous experience playing for the Stars are at camp, including Eric Scheid, who played last season at Alaska-Anchorage. Jon Grebosky is also at camp after starting last year with Lincoln before winding up in the NAHL.

Dominik Shine is listed as a defenseman for some strange reason. Who really knows why. Obviously the coaches don't need to see him play forward.

Team Royal features all three of Lou Nanne's grandsons - Vinni Lettieri, Tyler Nanne and Louie Nanne. No doubt the Stars' coaches want to see if the three of them can work some magic at camp. Max Coatta, a high school teammate of Lettieri, is also on that team.

There are 7 overagers (players born in 1992) at camp, 6 of whom are veteran Stars (Jackson Teichroeb, Paul LaDue, Logan Smith, Eric Scheid, Bob Kinne, Will Suter). The other OA player is goalie Tim Shaughnessy of Minot (NAHL).

The youngest player at camp is Ty Comrie (August 8, 1997). Comrie, who plays for LA Selects Major Bantam, is a 5-10, 145-pound forward. He's 14 years old. Crazy. He's the half-brother of former NHL star Mike Comrie. There are a couple other '97 born players at camp as well.

Stay tuned to the blog later tonight. Full Day 1 recap coming after the scrimmages.


Team Royal/Team Red

 Team Columbia/Team Black

Team White/Team Yellow