On Day 2 of the Brad Berry era at UND, the chatter didn’t slow down about the developments that stunned Grand Forks on Monday morning.
I talked to UND’s big three goal-scoring forward recruits — Brock Boeser, Chris Wilkie and Shane Gersich. All of them indicated that they were surprised by the news, but relieved to hear Berry would be taking over the reins.
Boeser said the goal of winning a national championship this season doesn’t change. Read comments from those three in this story here.
There also was an interesting story about Dave Hakstol from CSN Philly.
Although some fans had the perception that Hakstol was extremely rigid in his systems, unwilling to ever make changes, the picture painted by captain Stephane Pattyn is completely the opposite. Read about that here.
I chatted with The Pipeline Show guys tonight about Hakstol and Berry. You can listen to that interview here.
I’ve covered quite a bit of the five guys who I thought had the best chances to turn pro this offseason, but those guys are far from the only ones who had to make decisions.
Sources say that the Winnipeg Jets would have been willing to sign Tucker Poolman and that Luke Johnson had an offer from the Chicago Blackhawks, though both will be back at UND.
Keaton Thompson also is believed to have an offer from the Anaheim Ducks on the table and Jordan Schmaltz has yet to make a decision on his future with the St. Louis Blues.
Once all of this shakes out, UND will finalize the incoming rookie class.
On another note, I’m told that Penticton stars Tyson Jost and Dante Fabbro are in the process of accelerating their education, which would open up the door for them to go NCAA route as soon as this fall.
It’s also very possible that they end up back in Penticton. The WHL is in play, too.
Staying in Penticton and putting up big numbers in their draft year could be beneficial to the 1998-born players, rather than trying to score as 17-year-olds in college.