Monday, September 22, 2014

Lincoln Stars Roster Mania

I'm going to post a quick article here to highlight all of the roster moves the Stars made today.

The first move made was the addition of defenseman Ryan Cook ('95) from the Cedar Rapids Roughriders.

 Per the USHL's Hockey Ops Twitter account, the Stars sent a 7th round pick in the 2015 USHL Phase II draft to Cedar Rapids for the rights to Cook.

Cook hails from Lancaster, NY (suburb of Buffalo) and adds some much need size to Lincoln's blueline, coming in at 6'3", 205 pounds.  Cook was originally a free agent addition by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders, meaning he was not previously drafted.

Last season for the Aberdeen Wings of the NAHL, Cook scored 13 points (2g, 11a) in 55 games played.  He also accumulated 48 penalty minutes.  In a total of five preseason games for the Roughriders this month, Cook had one assist and 16 penalty minutes.  As far as I can tell from looking online, Cook is uncommitted to a college.

The second roster move made was the trading of forward Quin Foreman ('96) to the Des Moines Buccaneers.  This particular trade was announced by Stars GM Jon Hull via Twitter, but it was not mentioned what Lincoln got in return for Foreman.  I assume it was a draft pick.

Foreman was originally selected by the Lincoln Stars in fifth round of the 2014 USHL Phase II draft.  In fact, Foreman was the first forward chosen by the Stars in that particular draft.  Quin has previously committed to play college hockey at Dartmouth University.

In five preseason games for the Stars this month, Foreman had 1 goal, zero penalty minutes, and two shots on goal.  Foreman will now join a Des Moines Bucs team that will play the Stars a total six times during the 2014-15 regular season.

The third move, made just a few minutes ago as I was typing up this article, was the addition of forward Joe Lappin ('94) from the Bloomington Thunder.  Stars GM Jon Hull again announced this trade via Twitter.  It was not noted what the Stars gave up for the rights to Lappin.

Last season, Lappin played for the South Shore Kings of the USPHL Premier.  In 45 games for the Kings, Lappin scored 44 points (27g, 17a) and accumulated 30 penalty minutes.  9 of his 27 goals were scored on the powerplay, and 9 of the 27 were game-winners.  Joe was the leading goal-scorer in the USPHL in 2013-14.

Joe was originally acquired by the expansion Bloomington Thunder in the fourth round of the 2014 USHL Phase II draft.  Joe hails from Geneva, IL and comes in at 6'1", 175 pounds.  Back in 2011-12, Lappin played for the Team Illinois U18 program, the same program that Stars GM Jon Hull used to be the head coach of.  I'm sure Joe Lappin was a player Jon Hull was very familiar with.

Looks like Lappin only played one preseason game with the Thunder and was held scoreless with one shot on goal.  Lappin becomes the second player born in 1994 on the current Stars roster.  The other overager is defenseman Connor Frantti.  Lappin is uncommitted.

As I've mentioned before, USHL teams have to cut down to 23 players on their main roster before Tuesday, September 23rd.  As I look at the Stars' roster, I believe they still need to cut/trade two more players.  I'm going to list the players below that I believe are on the team as of right now:

G - Cam Hackett
G - Peyton Jones
D - Connor Frantti
D - James LaDouce
D- Tony DeVito
D - Wyatt Kalynuk
D - Tye Ausmus
D - Ryan Jones
D - Cam Lee
D - Ryan Cook
F - Chris Klack
F - Dominick Sacco
F - Miguel Fidler
F - Max Humitz
F - August Von Ungern-Sternberg
F - Michael Gillespie
F - Ludvig Hoff
F - Angus Scott
F - Jared Bethune
F - Keegan Ward
F - Grant Jozefek
F - Biagio Lerario
F - Patrick Polino
F - Blake Christensen
F - Joe Lappin

That's 25 players by my count.  Two goaltenders, eight defensemen, and fifteen forwards.  I've been wrong plenty of times in the past, but I doubt the Stars will begin the regular season with 8 defensemen on the protected roster, especially when (D) Dylan Woolf comes off the 45-day injured reserve list in late October.

There is always the chance that the Stars could send one of the players above to their affiliate roster, but those player must be born in either 1996, 1997, or 1998.  So, we'll have to wait and see if any other roster moves are made this week.

Thanks for reading.  If any other roster moves are made, I'll try to get an article up as soon as I can.  I'm also going to try to post my annual "Predict the Captains" article this week as well.

Go Stars.

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