Tuesday, April 30, 2013

B³ Prospect Watch - Part I

The 2012-13 season ended a little too soon for all of us, but it's time for me to look ahead to next season and the players that could make a difference in 2013-14.

The purpose of this particular blog article is to highlight a group of younger players the Stars have previously drafted and are protected on their affiliate list.

This is the first update of two that I will post during the next couple of months, leading up Lincoln's next tryout camp in June of 2013.

Although some of these names might not be familiar to most fans, the players listed here will most likely be playing for Lincoln sometime in the next season or two.  So get familiar with them, because you will see them soon at the IceBox.  In fact, some of the players mentioned below have already worn a Stars uniform.

If you have additional information about any of the players listed below that you would like me to add to the article, or if I have posted inaccurate info, please send me an email at lincolnstarshockey@gmail.com.

Fourteen of the fifteen players listed below were on Lincoln's protected roster which was released in July of 2012.  One player noted below, defenseman William Scherer, was added to Lincoln's protected roster this past fall.

This is kind of a long article, so make sure you click the "Read more" link below to check it out.

Michael Bunn ('94) - Forward - 5'11", 202 pounds - 2012 USHL Entry Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  Bunn burst upon the scene for the Stars this past season when he scored a hat trick in his first USHL game, and added another goal in his second USHL game.  However, after 10 games played for the Stars, Bunn went home to North Carolina in February to further rehab his knee which he hurt during Lincoln's 2012 tryout camp.  Bunn recently tweeted that he participated in a tryout camp for the Connecticut Oilers of the EJHL.  It remains to be seen if Bunn plays for the Stars next season, or not.  If he is not at Lincoln's tryout camp this June, then I'd have to guess that he will not be back.

Max Coatta ('94) - Forward - 5'10", 170 pounds - 2010 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  Max just completed his senior season at Minnetonka High School (MN) where he was the team captain and scored 59 points (28g, 31a) in 27 games played.  This past season, Max broke the all time record in career points (145) in Minnetonka school history.  Stars forward Tommy Schutt and Vinni Lettieri also played at Minnetonka and are former teammates of Coatta.  The Stars brought up Coatta for 8 games during the 2012-13 USHL season and he scored 4 assists.  Max has been at the last two tryout camps for Lincoln, and I have been told he will be at Lincoln's 2013 tryout camp this June.  In my opinion, Coatta is a slam dunk to make the Stars next season.  Small, shifty forward who is very skilled.  As far as I am aware, he has not committed to a college.  Max's nickname is "Moose," and his older brother Sam played two seasons (2009-11) with the Sioux Falls Stampede.

Charles Guevremont ('95) - Forward - 6'0", 172 pounds - 2012 USHL Entry Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  Guevremont decided to spurn the USHL and play major juniors last season in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).  Charles was at Lincoln's 2012 tryout camp, but afterwards signed with the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles of the QMJHL.  After playing 38 games with Cape Breton, Guevremont was traded to the Chicoutimi Saguenéens.  In 66 games in the QMJHL last season, Guevremont scored 13 points (6g, 7a).  Not exactly eye-popping numbers.  Because he decided to play major-junior hockey, I highly doubt we'll ever see Guevremont playing in a Stars uniform, let alone for any team in the USHL.

Gordie Helmuth ('96) - Forward - 5'11", 150 pounds - 2012 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  Helmuth just completed a season with the Little Caesar's U-18 squad where he scored 29 points (11g, 18a) in 30 games, along with 28 PIM's.   Gordie attended Lincoln's tryout camp last June.  Helmuth has options outside of the USHL, as he was drafted by the Soo Grehounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) last year.  Former Stars forward Brent Tate also came from the Detroit Little Caesars program.  From the description of Helmuth's play that I've read online, he sounds like he plays a very similar game to Tate's.  If Gordie is still interested in playing in the USHL, I assume we'll see him at Lincoln's tryout camp this June.

Max Humitz ('95) - Forward - 5'9", 150 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  I almost didn't include Max in this list because he's been in Lincoln the entire season.  However, he has spent the majority of the 2012-13 season on the Stars' affiliate list, despite going to school in Lincoln and practicing with the team.  In 18 games with the Stars, Max scored 2 points (both assists).  I assume Max is still interested in playing for the Stars, and hopefully will be at their tryout camp here in a few months.  I'm not sure the fans in Lincoln really got a chance to see Max at his best.  He looked very good at Lincoln's 2012 tryout camp, and was Lincoln's top scorer in the preseason.  He should be a big part of Lincoln's offense next season, if he does return.

Sean Malone ('95) - Forward - 5'11", 183 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  Malone played this past season for Team USA U-18 where he scored 13 points (5g, 8a) in 15 games against USHL competition.  Sean's story is a very interesting one.  After last season at Nichols School in Buffalo, NY, Malone burst upon the hockey scene after performing very well in a summer camp held by USA Hockey.  It was thought Malone would either finish his senior season at Nichols, or play for the Stars in 2012-13.  After the offseason camp, Team USA came calling and offered Sean a position on the U-18 squad, which if you are an inspiring young hockey player, you do not say no to.  Malone will attend Harvard University this fall, so unfortunately we will not see him play here in Lincoln.

Michael McCarron ('95) - Forward - 6'5", 228 pounds - 2012 USHL Entry Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  Like Malone, Michael played this past season for Team USA U-18 where he scored 10 points (5g, 5a) in 19 games against USHL competition.  He is is younger brother to former Stars forward John McCarron, who played for Lincoln from 2008-10.  Because of his combination of size and skill, Michael has a very bright future ahead of him.  Like Malone, he will likely be drafted by a NHL team this spring.  He is set to enroll at Western Michigan University this fall, but there is also talk of him bolting to major juniors (OHL) as well.  Very, very unlikely we'll ever see Michael in a Lincoln Stars uniform.

Tyler Nanne ('96) - Forward/Defenseman - 5'10", 175 pounds - 2012 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  Tyler just completed his junior season at Edina High School (MN) where his team won the MN Class AA state championship.  In 31 games for the Edina Hornets this past season, Tyler scored 23 points (10g, 13a).  The Stars brought Tyler up for two games in March this past season.  Tyler's older brother Louie is a former draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  Tyler Nanne is the grandson of Minnesota hockey legend Lou Nanne, and is the cousin of current Stars forward Vinni Lettieri.  One of Tyler's teammates at Edina HS is Parker Reno, who was a 2011 Futures Draft pick of the Lincoln Stars.  From what I've been told about Nanne, he can play both forward and defense.  If Vinni Lettieri comes back to Lincoln next season, and that's a big if, the chances of Tyler playing here as well are much greater.

Ryan Norman ('96) - Forward - 5'10", 185 pounds - 2012 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  Ryan just finished his sophomore season at the Shattuck St. Mary's, the highly regarded hockey prep school in Minnesota.  In 57 games for Shattuck's prep squad, Norman scored 68 points (27g, 41a).  He was the second youngest player on the prep team, and was the team's second leading scorer.  Ryan was Lincoln's first round pick in the 2012 Futures Draft last spring.  I'd be very, very surprised if Norman isn't playing for the Stars next season.  Ryan was drafted by the WHL Portland Winterhawks in the WHL's 2011 Bantam Draft, so there is a possibility he could decide to forgo his NCAA eligibility to play major juniors next season also.  He was at Lincoln's tryout camp last season, so I assume he'll be there this June as well.  Ryan's father Todd Norman was a draft pick of the NHL Edmonton Oilers and played college hockey at UND.  Scouting article here about Norman from the mnhockeyprospects.com website.

David Parrottino ('94) - Forward - 5'9", 160 pounds - 2011 USHL Entry Draft Pick 
2012-13 USHL stats; NAHL stats:  This is a name most Stars fans should be familiar with.  David had a great tryout camp with the Stars last June, where he was one of the top scorers.  Coming into this past season for Lincoln, David had shoulder surgery and didn't play his first USHL game until 11/9/12.  Parrottino happened to score his only USHL goal (and point) in that first game.  David ended up playing in 7 games for the Stars before he was sent to the Port Huron Fighting Falcons of the NAHL.  In 17 games for Port Huron, Parrottino scored 15 points (4g, 11a).  I like was this kid brings to the table, so I really hope to see him at Lincoln's tryout camp this June.  He suffered through the shoulder injury last season, but I think that he could contribute a lot to the Stars next season when he's 100% healthy.

Stuart Pomeroy ('95) - Defenseman - 6'2", 185 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2011-12 stats:  I was not to find any stats for Pomeroy for the 2012-13 season, which he spent at Culver Military Academy, which is where former Stars Michael Sdao, David Gerths, Cory Hibbeler, and Andrew Schmit played before coming to Lincoln.  Stuart was recently traded by the Lincoln Stars to the Sioux City Musketeers in the Riley Bourbonnais trade.  Pomeroy committed to Princeton University, where he will attend starting in the fall of 2014, after playing one season for the Musketeers.

Michael Prapavessis ('96) - Defenseman - 6'1", 170 pounds - 2012 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  Does the last name sound familiar?  Well, it should.  Michael is the younger brother of former Stars defenseman Matt Prapavessis.  Michael is from Oakville, Ontario, Canada and played for the Toronto Lakeshore Patriots of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) last season.  In 25 games for the Patriots, Michael scored 11 points (2g, 9a).  4 of his 11 points with the Patriots came on the powerplay, so I assume Michael plays a very similar style to his brother, who was an offensive-defenseman yet solid in his own end.  Michael was at Lincoln's tryout camp last June, so I hope to see him there again this June.

Parker Reno ('95) - Defenseman - 6'1", 195 pounds - 2011 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  As mentioned above, Parker played for the Edina Hornets (MN) high school team last season that won the state AA championship.  In 31 games for the Hornets as a senior, Reno scored 24 points (2g, 22a).  Like Tyler Nanne, the Stars brought Parker up to play two games in March.  Unfortunately for the Stars, it appears Parker will attend RPI this fall.  It's rare that a player goes straight from high school to college without playing at least one year of juniors, but everything I've been told indicates Parker will be doing just that.  He is a big, rangy, talented defenseman who would have been a key contributor for the Stars next season had he come here.  Best of luck to him at RPI.

William Scherer ('96) - Defenseman - 5'10", 187 pounds - Undrafted
2012-13 stats:  Scherer is the only player on Lincoln's protected/affiliate list that wasn't originally drafted by the Stars.  William was a free agent invite at Lincoln's tryout camp last June, and performed well enough to both camp all-star games.  In 40 games with the St. Louis AAA Blues this past season, William scored 17 points (3g, 14a).  Sherer is originally from St. Charles, MO, which happens to be the hometown of former Stars fan favorite, and current Chicago Blackhawk, Brandon Bollig.  I think William has a very good shot at making Lincoln's roster in 2013-14, assuming he's at Lincoln's tryout camp this June.

Jack Walker ('96) - Defenseman - 5'9", 170 pounds - 2012 USHL Futures Draft Pick
2012-13 stats:  When the Stars originally drafted Walker last spring, he was just finishing up his freshman season at Edina High School in Minnesota.  Walker was teammates with Stars draft picks Parker Reno and Tyler Nanne.  Unfortunately, this is yet another wasted draft pick as Walker decided to forgo his college hockey eligibility to play major juniors for the Victoria Royals of the Western Hockey League (WHL) this past season.  Jack's older brother Ben played for the Royals in 2011-12, and was most likely a big reason why Jack left Edina, MN to play in Victoria, BC this past season.  Walker was at Lincoln's tryout camp last June, but soon after signed a contract with the WHL Royals.  Another player that will likely never play in a Lincoln Stars uniform.

Well, that's about it.  More than you probably ever wanted to know about the players on Lincoln's protected/affiliate list.  I will post another prospect watch article right before Lincoln's tryout camp in early June, so keep an eye out for that.

A reminder, the two USHL drafts (Futures, Entry) are just around the corner on May 6th and 7th.  I will be posting an article just before the two drafts with more information.  In the meantime, click here to read a good article from the USHL website that discusses the difference between the two drafts.

The Stars will really need to draft very well coming up in early May as the cupboard is a bit bare right now.  Lincoln loses a LOT of scoring (and both goaltenders) from last year's squad.  Also, likely 7 of the 15 players noted above are moving in different directions and will not ever play for the Stars.

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