Random updates

UND freshman Nick Schmaltz made the cut at the World Junior evaluation camp and is staying in Lake Placid, N.Y., for the duration.

The final American roster played against Sweden on Wednesday night and wiped out the Swedes 7-1. Schmaltz had two assists in the game (one at even strength, one on the power play).

Based on the games I’ve watched, Schmaltz is more of a setup guy. Once he comes to UND, the staff will have to find a couple of linemates that have the ability to bury the puck because Schmaltz will create opportunities.

Freshman Austin Poganski did not make the final cut, which is not a surprise. Poganski was a late addition to the camp, and just attending it should be a very good experience for him.

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One of the camp’s attendees is making headlines as Sportsnet’s Jeff Marek tweeted earlier this week to look for Boston College recruit and first-round draft pick Sonny Milano to bail on the Eagles and go to the OHL. Milano disputed this to NHL.com.

The Eagles probably aren’t sitting comfortably right now, though. Milano is a former NTDP player and we’ve seen 14 committed NTDP players end up in the CHL since the summer of 2011.

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Two former UND players have inked pro contracts and will be added to the list — one guy who transferred in and one who transferred out.

Goalie Clarke Saunders signed a deal with the Colorado Eagles in the ECHL, while forward Mike Cichy signed with the Florida Everblades in the ECHL. Saunders played two years at Huntsville and two years at UND. Cichy played two years at UND and two years at Western Michigan.

Saunders is the second member of UND’s senior class to ink a pro deal, joining Dillon Simpson (Edmonton Oilers).

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Former Grand Forks Red River and Minnesota forward Ryan Potulny has signed with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL. Hartford is the top affiliate of the New York Rangers. Potulny spent the last three years with the Hershey Bears, the top affiliate of the Washington Capitals.

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One current UND women’s player and one recruit have been invited to the USA Hockey National Festival this month. There, they will try for spots on the U.S. roster for a series against Canada.

Sophomore defenseman Gracen Hirschy will try to make the USA U-22 team, while forward recruit Rebekah Kolstad will try to make the USA U-18 team.

That camp will begin Tuesday in Lake Placid. The series against Canada will begin Aug. 21 in Calgary.

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One-time UND recruit Danny Mattson has left the Bemidji State team and signed with Boras in the Swedish league. Mattson would have been a senior this season.

8 thoughts on “Random updates

  1. How awesome for Saunders! I really enjoyed watching him at UND and I’m glad another team has taken notice of what he can bring to the position.

    • Mr. Saunders was certainly among the best “2nd string” goalies in the country, and would have been a starter on at least half the college rosters. I imagine he’ll do better than expected in the pros….

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