"What (Michigan coaches) told me is that they're focusing on point guards right now, but if anything opens up, they'll definitely come back on and recruit me as hard as they were," said Towns
Red himself said a couple years ago that he'll walk away when he feels he is getting in the way of the program succeeding. This team has been an utter mess since Mel Pearson left. 3 years without a tournament should give Red a hint that maybe it's time to hang it up, no?
Coaching candidates anyone? I know I keep seeing Mel Pearson's name brought up in threads.
Tied for 16 rpi, getting mighty close to must-win situations. BTN plus
The weekend is finally here!!! Hockey is back and some conference playoffs start tonight. I will keep you guys updated on a few games from across the country tonight.
|Visiting Team||Score||Time||Score||Home Team||TV|
|#11 Minnesota||4||Final||2||#37 Ohio State||ESPNU|
|#1 North Dakota||2||3rd||1||# 4 Miami||CBSSN|
|#15 Michigan||2||2nd||5||#27 Penn State||BTN+|
|#55 Wisconsin||0||2nd||2||#32 Michigan State|
|#33 Merrimack||2||2nd||0||#19 Northeastern|
|#42 Maine||1||2nd||1||#19 Vermont|
|#8 Denver||9:00 EST||#17 St. Cloud State||CBSSN|
I will update frequently before and after the Michigan game. During the Michigan game i will only update the Michigan score with the occasional update during Michigan commercial breaks.
C'mon boys grab the first one tonight!
I was perusing USCHO.com and noticed there is an article about Ohio State hockey, which got me thinking: why does Ohio State continue to sponsor hockey/why has the team not been dissolved? This might seem crazy, but here me out:
Ohio State does not draw very many fans to its games, and let's be real the fans do not care about hockey. Hockey is not engrained in the culture and there has been no effort for hockey to be important.
Ohio State has had hockey since 1963 and has made only ONE Frozen Four. Yes, ONE (1998.) Surely for a school of the size of Ohio State, it should be able to make more than ONE Frozen Four. For reference, other major D1 schools with hockey include Michigan and BC (24 Frozen Fours), BU and Minnesota (21 each), Wisconsin (12), MSU (11), and Harvard (12). Ohio State, from 1971-2013, won only ONE CCHA regular season title...in the first year (71-72)...which they shared with now defunct St. Louis. In that time period, St. Louis, Michigan, Michigan State, Miami, Bowling Green, Ferris State, Notre Dame (which also has been surprisingly bad until recently), and Northern Michigan all managed to win more than one CCHA title. Only Western Michigan had been in the CCHA for a similar amount of time and not win a CCHA title. OSU also only won TWO ever CCHA Playoffs, in 72 and 04. Again, in that time period, Michigan, MSU, Notre Dame, Lake Superior State, Bowling Green, St. Louis, and Northern Michigan managed to win the same (ND) or more titles. They have never won an NCAA title game, let alone appeared in one. In that time Michigan, MSU, Northern Michigan, Bowling Green, and Lake Superior State all won national titles while even Notre Dame, Miami, and Ferris State appeared in national title games.
Overall what I am getting at is OSU is bad at hockey. But my question is: why? Is it purely because nobody there cares about hockey. Even then, why do they keep it up? Surely it can't be profitable, is it just because they want to at least field the same team Michigan and MSU do? All the other Big Ten schools (excluding Penn State) have strong histories of hockey, but not OSU. Thoughts?
Larkin is currently the highest-drafted player in the NCAA, at least until next June. He really established himself as the third overall player on this list starting with a fantastic World Juniors Tournament, where he was the only US player that generated consistent offense. He carried that offensive production back to Michigan, scoring 24 points in 13 games since returning from the World Juniors. Larkin has always been known as a big, responsible, two-way center. But the scoring ability he's added to his game this season has really increased his value as a prospect.
The Wings are in no hurry to start the clock on Larkin. Over the next couple years they are going to have a lot of prospects graduating/running out of waiver exemption that they are going to need to figure out what to do with. Right now the timeline fits for Larkin to have his first legit shot at making the big club in the 17/18 season (when Pavel rides off into the sunset and Weiss will be in the last year of his deal… if he makes it that far without being traded or bought out).
I think he'll be back next season. Wings see him as a second line center(he could even become a number one) and would like to keep him at Michigan until they feel he's ready to play on the top line in Grand Rapids.
Werenski has been an impact player for the Wolverines despite being the youngest player in college hockey. He's stepped in immediately and shown he can be offensive force, helping run the Michigan power play. His defensive game still needs a bit of work, which is no surprise given his age. But there's little doubt that Werenski has all the physical tools to be an outstanding pro defenseman.
I hope Holland trades up in the draft and takes him. The team could use a d-man with legit 1st pairing potential and would be great for him staying at Michigan for a couple more years.
Article looking at the short time limit that players have to use their school scholarship money that they get from playing in the CHL. Often talked about here in relation to NCAA scholarships, so I thought people might be interested. I hope at the very least, the policies change so that these kids get some school paid for. If the extra pub this issue gets pushes a couple more kids to College hockey, so much the better.