Thursday, July 3, 2014

Predicting the Stars' 30-player protected roster and affiliate list

I've done this the past four 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 7/9/14 to submit their protected roster to the league.  

Teams also will submit an 18-player affiliate roster, which consists of two players born in 1996, six players born in 1997, and ten players born in 1998.  Players protected on the affiliate roster can only be former draft picks of that particular team, and not undrafted "free agents."

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.

30-player protected roster:
G - Hunter Shepard
G - Peyton Jones
D - Connor Frantti (Overager)
D - Luke Shiplo (Import)
D - Tristan Rostagno
D - Tye Ausmus
D - Anthony Wyse
D - Dylan Woolf
D - Cameron Lee
D - Wyatt Kalynuk (Import)
D - James LaDouce
D - Tony DeVito
F - Dominick Sacco
F - Max Humitz
F - Keegan Ward
F - Biagio Lerario
F - Blake Christensen
F - Ludvig Hoff (Import)
F - Jared Bethune
F - Angus Scott
F - Miguel Fidler
F - August Von Ungern-Sternberg
F - Troy Terry
F - Chris Klack (Import)
F - Quin Foreman
F - Michael Gillespie
F - Colton Fletcher
F - Casey Dornbach
F - Dylan Malmquist
F - Evan Johnson

18-player affiliate list:
D - Ryan Jones ('96)
F - Nathan Dingmann ('96)
D - Austin Cho ('97 - Import)
D - Luke Jaycox ('97)
D - Tyler Jutting ('97)
F - Josh Bell ('97)
F - Cade Gleekel ('97)

F - Grant Loven ('97)
G - Tommy Nappier ('98)
D - AJ DiCesare ('98)
D - Liam Schioler ('98 - Import)
F - Jack Badini ('98)
F - Sam Field ('98)
F - Ethen Frank ('98)
F - Jacob Harris ('98 - Import)
F - Dominick Mersch ('98)
F - Ethan Stahlhuth ('98)
F - Kyle Weller ('98)

Because the affiliate list is age specific, and can contain only draft picks, a lot of USHL teams will fill that specific roster up with players they know will make the team next season so they can protect more players (and free agents) on the main 30-player roster.  Players on the affiliate roster can be brought up to play for the Stars at any point during the regular season.

As we've seen in seasons past, the Stars will likely bring players from both the main 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 on the main roster, and that group will start the 2014-15 regular season.  A lot can happen to the roster between the 7/9 deadline and opening night of the regular season.  This is just a very small step towards that final cut of 23.

Another reminder, each USHL team can only roster four "overagers."  For this upcoming 2014-15 season, any player born in 1994 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, if a foreign born player participates in at least 3 years of organized hockey in the United States, he is no longer considered an "import" in the eyes of the USHL.  Defenseman Cameron Lee falls into this category.

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  Thanks for reading.

Go Stars.


Derek Dougherty said...

Very informative! I learned a few things about how everything works. I seen a few returning players on your prediction, what was the final head count on returning players on your roster? Love the blogs, you do an outstanding job. Go stars!

MacAttack said...

only 9 returning players from the end of the season plus 3 who played in a few games near the end from ast year's affiliate list. only 1 overager on the roster which is a major change from past years. this could be a fun team to watch grow

Anonymous said...

Really looking forward to the youth movement this year and watching this team grow....I believe ludvig will be the glue that holds this team a gabe landeskog from the avalanche....go stars!!!!

imadragon said...

Hey Yeti, just wanted to mention that I noticed that there are only 17 names on your list of 18.

Yeti said...


Thank you very much for the heads up! That was a big brain fart on my part.

I was missing '97 (F) Cade Gleekel, whom I just added to the list.

Thanks again.

Anonymous said...

gazzillo did make the 30 man for madison.