A reporter at the Chicago Blackhawks development camp asked the UND trio of draft picks — Nick Mattson, Nick Schmaltz and Luke Johnson — about Dave Hakstol, who is the new head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers.
They had some interesting things to say.
Mattson, our go-to guy for quotes the last four years, said:
“We definitely believe in him and think that he’s going to do a great job. Players respect him so much. And he holds everyone accountable; it doesn’t matter if you’re the best player or the worst player. You’re not going to get away with anything that’s going to hurt the team or the culture of the team. That may sound cliche, but there’s a reason why he had so much success at North Dakota every year, regardless of the players. He was able to instill his attitude in every team, and that’s why he was so consistent.”
Read everything else they had to say in this story here.
Speaking of the Blackhawks’ development camp, Chicago general manager Stan Bowman raved about the performance of Schmaltz.
Bowman told the Daily Herald: “Nick Schmaltz was very impressive all week. He showed us quite a bit. There’s a lot of excitement there about his future.”
I was also told by another insider that Schmaltz has had a terrific start to his summer and that he’s doing all the things he needs to be doing right now.
Schmaltz showed a lot of flashes of his high-end skill and his elite vision during his freshman year. If he can develop a more threatening goal-scoring presence and a higher level of consistency, he could be a very difficult player for opponents to defend.
Because Schmaltz is such an elite passer and Brock Boeser is described as a good finisher, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see those two on a line together to start the season.
Roseau held its hockey reunion this weekend — they do it every five years — and a bunch of big names returned for it. They play a hockey game featuring some of the school’s biggest names, including former UND players Erik Fabian, Jake Brandt, Bryan Lundbohm, David Lundbohm, Derrick Byfuglien and Trevor Hammer.
Others included Winnipeg Jets all-star Dustin Byfuglien, Washington Capitals defenseman Aaron Ness former Florida Panther Josh Olson as well as former/current D-I players Luke Erickson (BSU), Tyler Landman (Providence), David Klema (BU), Mike Klema (Yale), Brian McMillin (CC), Josh Erickson (Fairbanks), Andy Lundbohm (Army), Jason Fabian (Air Force) and Sarah Erickson (Minnesota).
Numerous Division III players and junior hockey players also competed. It’s remarkable how many players Roseau has produced and even better that they get all of them to come back and play a game for the town.