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15 FRESHMAN CLASSES
not an exceptionally large class, just exceptionally talented.
The Sioux bring in five players, and more than one coach
said “they went five-for-five.”
Impact players: Travis Zajac, Rastlislav Spirko, Kyle Radke,
Philippe Lamoreaux, Rylan Kaip
anybody’s going to be gun-shy about bringing in a
17-year-old freshman, it would be the Eagles after the Adam
Pineault experience, but they have a gifted offensive talent
in Dan Bertram. Bringing in undisputed No. 1 goaltending
recruit Cory Schneider this season boosts this class.
Impact players: Cory Schneider, Dan Bertram, Mike Brennan,
Todd Perry, Brian O’Hanley
should rename the mascot Gol-D Gopher, what with impact
blueliners Alex Goligoski, Nate Hagemo and Derek Peltier
now in the fold. But forwards Chucko and Howe aren't bad
either. Maybe Goal-D Gopher?
Impact players: Alex Goligoski, Nate Hagemo, Kris Chucko,
Mike Howe, Derek Peltier
love that Chris Bourque has no holes in his game, and regardless
of his name, he never takes a shift off. He’s got
a solid supporting cast as well.
Impact players: Chris Bourque, Dan McGoff, Peter MacArthur,
Boomer Ewing, Karson Gillespie
Bryan Lerg at the 11th hour gave this class a big lift.
But they’re solid throughout, with several players
– most notably Peder Skinner – who just missed
being listed on INCH’s positional rankings.
Impact players: Bryan Lerg, Peder Skinner, Jim McKenzie,
Jeff Dunne, Dan Vukovic
coaches said several Badger recruits weren’t as good
last year as they had been in the past. This class could
be even better if they recapture some magic in Madison …
or use the previous sentence as motivation.
Impact players: Kyle Klubertanz, Joe Pavelski, Matt Auffrey,
said last year that the Wildcats had a “typical UNH
class” – talented players, but no superstars.
These guys, again, will fit right in.
Impact players: Craig Switzer, Matt Fornataro, Kevin Regan,
Brad Flaishans, Mike Radja
say forward Paul Stasny is one-dimensional. After scoring
77 points in 56 games in the USHL last season, we say that's
one hell of a dimension.
Impact players: Paul Stastny, Peter Mannino, Geoff Paukovich
NHL circles, Shawn Weller is the guy Ottawa traded Radek
Bonk to draft. In Potsdam, he'll headline a talented trio
of freshman forwards that also features Nick Dodge and Steve
Impact players: Shawn Weller, Nick Dodge, Steve Zalewski,
bet some of the Black Bears’ less-heralded recruits
turn into stars? Even now, opposing coaches are impressed
with this group. Alfond fans will love Rob Bellamy’s
Impact players: Bret Tyler, Billy Ryan, Rob Bellamy
let the size of their recruiting class fool you: even though
the Buckeyes have 11 freshmen, the quantity contains plenty
of quality led by forward Tom Fritsche and defenseman Johann
Impact players: Tom Fritsche, Johann Kroll, Kyle Hood
about range: the Big Green's top recruits come from Alberta,
the BCHL, and the Minnesota High School league.
Impact players: Nick Johnson, J.T. Wyman, David Jones
no room for error when you only have two scholarships to
give, and the Wolverines got two good ones. There’s
even more on the way in a very special class arriving next
Impact players: Kevin Porter, Chad Kolarik
panelists raved about freshman forward Jonathan Matsumoto
and defenseman Michael Hodgson. Add this class to last year's
group spearheaded by Jonathan Sigalet and James Unger, and
the Falcons have the look of a program on the rise.
Impact players: Jonathan Matsumoto, Michael Hodgson
classes like last year – which featured Matt Christie,
Marty Guerin and Brandon Crawford-West – and this
group, the RedHawks are almost dispelling the theory that
Oxford's best talent is its coed population. Almost.
Impact players: Nathan Davis, Nino Musitelli, Mitch Ganzak