We had our season wrap-up press conference yesterday at Ralph Engelstad Arena. Coach Dave Hakstol said he’s had time to reflect a little bit on the season and he gave his thoughts. They will be relayed in a story in Sunday’s paper.
As we all know, there are several non-seniors who will face tough decisions in the next month or so. Should they stay or should they sign a pro contract? Hakstol said that it will be important for them to take the emotion from Thursday’s game out of their decision process.
I doubt if there’s any specific timetable for these decisions.
The players are taking a couple of weeks off to get away from the rink, relax and re-charge the batteries. Then, in late April, they will be back in the gym getting ready for the 2011-12 season.
Speaking of the 2011-12 season, the composite WCHA schedule has been posted around the interweb, but I can fill in a few blanks. The schedule has not been finalized yet. I know that they are still working on confirming a new opponent for the Winnipeg game. Omaha backed out due to a scheduling conflict. Word is that an ECAC team is most likely for that game.
Here’s what I’ve got for now (keep in mind, this is tentative and not finalized):
Oct. 7-8 — ICE BREAKER; Oct. 14-15 — MAINE; Oct. 21-22 — @Wisconsin; Oct. 28-29 — ST. CLOUD
Nov. 4-5 — @Minn; Nov. 18-19 — @Bemidji; Nov. 25-26 — COLO. COLLEGE
Dec. 2-3 — @Anchorage; Dec. 9-10 — OMAHA; Dec. 16-17 — FERRIS; Dec. 30-31 — HARVARD
Jan. 7 — Tentative Winnipeg game; Jan. 13-14 — MINN; Jan. 20-21 — @St. Cloud; Jan. 27-28 — WISCONSIN
Feb. 10-11 — @Duluth; Feb. 17-18 — MICH. TECH; Feb. 24-25 — @Denver
March 2-3 — MINN STATE-MANKATO
Pat Miller has an interesting analysis on the UND-Michigan game.
For us in Grand Forks, it would be wonderful to cut travel time in half to see NHL games.
Earlier in the week, I posted the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau’s rankings. Andy Baggot of the Wisconsin State Journal posted Red Line Report’s rankings, which have Rocco Grimaldi, J.T. Miller and Dillon Simpson considerably higher.
RLR has Grimaldi going No. 10 overall, Miller No. 11 and Simpson No. 69. It also has Colten St. Clair a lot lower. Read those rankings here.
Speaking of prospects, this area has two very good defensemen coming up. East Grand Forks sophomore Gage Ausmus and Devils Lake freshman Keaton Thompson both have accepted invites to the NTDP. They will join the U.S. Under-17 team next year.
Former UND defenseman Corey Fienhage has joined the Portland Pirates for the AHL playoffs. Fienhage left UND after two years to go to Kamloops in the WHL. He saw significantly more playing time there.
Former Sioux captain Ryan Duncan led Salzburg to a second straight Austrian league championship. He had two assists in Salzburg’s 3-2 win over Klagenfurt in Game 7 of the championship final.
Duncan, who also was on last year’s championship team, finished the season with 53 points in 49 games.
David Lundbohm will play in the Swedish Elite League.
Baggot discusses UND’s consistency in this article.