Tuesday, June 11, 2013

2013 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 Vice President Steve Zoucha for providing me with roster sheets for the main camp.  

Just like the last few years, I thought the 2013 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 year, 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.

I'm planning on putting together a B³ camp all-star team of drafted, and free-agent players.  I'll post that in the next few days.  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 10th to firm up their 30-player protected roster and send it into the league.  On September 1st, that list of 30 players has to be cut down to 25.  At that time, the Stars will have a 25-player protected list, and also a list of up to 18 players on their affiliate list.  To understand it a little better, click here to view the protected roster the Stars released after the 2012 camp last year.  I believe any player protected on the affiliate list has to have been previously drafted by the Stars (i.e., no undrafted free agents).  Starting this season, the affiliate roster increased from 14 to 18 players.

I believe the 18-player affiliate list next season will consist of ten players born in 1997, six players born in 1996, and two players born in 1995.  Players on the affiliate list can be brought up during the regular season by the Stars at any time.

The Stars will take those 25 protected players, along with some of the affiliate players, to the "USHL Fall Classic West" tournament which will be held in Sioux City, Iowa on September 11th and 12th.  After the mini Fall Classic tourney, the Stars will have to cut down to 23 players and those players will be on the roster on opening night of the 2013-14 USHL regular season.  So the cuts are basically, 30-25-23.  Between now and early October there could still be a lot of roster-shuffling done.

While some other USHL teams will release their protected roster before the 7/10 deadline, I doubt we'll see anything released from the Stars until early July.  Some teams will post their protected roster before the 7/10 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 7/10 deadline.

Speaking of early July, sometime that month the USHL should release the 2013-14 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 2013 Fall Classic tournament in Sioux City.

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

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