The Rookie Class

Last offseason, the WCHA lost an amazing 17 underclassmen to the pros. Now that the regular season has come to an end in the pro ranks, it is interesting to look back on those players and see how their rookie seasons panned out. Some had fantastic seasons. Others, you have to think, probably wish they would have…
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Finley Aims To Progress

We’ve all seen how tough the WCHA can be on freshmen defensemen. Mike Commodore and Matt Greene were blue line regulars on Stanley Cup Finals teams last season and are representing their national teams at the World Championship this spring. When they were rookies at UND, both had their freshman moments. Erik Johnson was the first…
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Toews Makes Team Canada

UND sophomore Jonathan Toews has been added to Canada’s roster for the World Championship, Hockey Canada announced today. Toews is the only college player on Canada’s roster and one of two non-NHLers on the roster. He will suit up alongside former Sioux defenseman Mike Commodore. Canada fell to Finland in an exhibition 4-2 yesterday. Toews…
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Central Scouting Releases Final Rankings

The NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau released today its final rankings for the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Here is a list of WCHA players (I don’t think I missed any, but if I did, let me know): Top North American skaters 1. Kyle Turris, F, Wisconsin recruit11. Ryan McDonagh, D, Wisconsin recruit22. Mike Hoeffel, F, Minnesota recruit23.…
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Plays Of The Year

A week ago, I wrote about the top 10 storylines for the 2006-07 season in the print edition. Here are my top 10 plays of the year. They are not ranked in order of importance, otherwise Chris Porter’s game-winning goal in the West Regional would have been No. 1. Instead, it is not on the list.…
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