Michigan - Michigan State: Open Thread

Michigan - Michigan State: Open Thread

Submitted by Sac Fly on January 24th, 2014 at 5:41 PM

Michigan heads to Munn looking to sweep Michigan State. The game is on BTN.

 

Forwards

Nieves-Copp-Di Giuseppe

Guptill-Compher-DeBlois

Motte-Hyman-Moffatt

Shuart-Lynch-Selman

 

Defense

Downing-Bennett

Clare-Sinelli

De Jong-Serville

 

Goalies

Nagelvoort

Racine

 

Audio

Michigan - Michigan State: Open Thread

Michigan - Michigan State: Open Thread

Submitted by Sac Fly on January 23rd, 2014 at 6:07 PM

Michigan heads into a must win game at Joe Louis to take on Michigan State. The game is on FSD.

 

Forwards

Guptill-Compher-DeBlois

Nieves-Copp-Di Giuseppe

Motte-Hyman-Moffatt

Kile-Lynch-Allen

 

Defense

Downing-Bennett

Clare-Sinelli

De Jong-Serville

 

Goalies

Nagelvoort

Racine

 

Audio

Boo Nieves features in NY Times article on NCAA vs CHL

Boo Nieves features in NY Times article on NCAA vs CHL

Submitted by gwkrlghl on December 20th, 2013 at 8:13 AM

Our own Boo Nieves features heavily in a NY Times article from yesterday about the choices American skaters have to make between staying eligible for NCAA hockey vs choosing to go the CHL/OHL route, often by the age of 14 or 15.

There's some typical NCAA-hating by the OHL sources but I think the NCAA actually comes out looking better. There's specific reference to how OHL players play in front of half full arenas while Boo and Michigan get to play in front of a packed out Yost and student section.

Remember kids, just say no to the O

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Goal-by-Goal Analysis: Northern Michigan at Michigan 3/8/13

Goal-by-Goal Analysis: Northern Michigan at Michigan 3/8/13

Submitted by Adam Schnepp on March 12th, 2013 at 11:20 PM

 

A cursory glance doesn't reveal many similarities between Michigan basketball and Michigan hockey these days. After all, one team took the court this weekend with a share of the B1G title on the line and fans that lined up something like 22 hours before tip-off. The other team took the ice this weekend with no title on the line and not even a live televised feed of their games. 

Take a closer look, though, and some broad similarities appear. Basketball and hockey are both games of runs. It's just the way the game goes when there are no pre-established offensive and defensive turns. You hit and you'll get hit back. You exert pressure and that pressure will eventually be exerted on you. Michigan basketball ended on the wrong side of a run, suffering a knockout punch that was one part bad luck and two parts missed opportunity. Michgan hockey, on the other hand, survived the inevitable pressure Northern Michign exerted after Michigan took a 3-0 lead.  

A 3-0 first period lead wasn't something the Wolverines could rest on. Too many times this season they've taken an early lead only to be swept away by the undertow of another team's run, late goals and late pressure that were too much to overcome. With their postseason hanging in the balance Michigan responded on Friday, doing what was sufficient and holding serve in the third period to weather the storm and in the process made that dim glimmer of hope we hold that Michigan can extend its NCAA tournament streak to 23 consecutive seasons a little brighter.

1st Period

06:39 Northern 0 Michigan 1: PPG Jon Merrill (2) from Boo Nieves (20) & Phil Di Giuseppe (17)
Merill starts the rush and moves the puck to PDG, who carries the puck down low. Northern is in a basic box on the PK and they move down to compensate for PDG. Norther does do a good job of taking away the pass to the slot, but the vulnerability they open is at the point. By all moving below the dots in the faceoff circle they make it easy for PDG to wheel up the boards and pass it back to Merrill.
Merrill waits for Boo to cycle up and passes it to him above the faceoff circle. It's really Boo that makes this play possible, as he skates to his left and draws the attention of three Northern defenders, two of which move left with him.
Merrill moves laterally back to his right and Boo dishes to him because he has a wiiiiiiiiide open shooting lane. The shot takes bounce off of a Northern player in front of the net to get in, but it finds the back of the net nonetheless.
 
15:11 Northern 0 Michigan 2: PPG Kevin Lynch (8) from A.J. Treais (13) & Alex Guptill (16) 
Treais has the puck at the point and moves it into the corner to Guptill. Guptill carries up and back down the boards before cutting towards the slot. This draws two defenders and opens up a pass to Copp in the corner.
Guptill's decision to skate into the slot means that the defender who should be covering the point has to collapse on net and cover him, even if only for a second. That same defender has to double back and can't get to the point in time to stop a slapshot from Treais, who just got the puck back on a pass from Copp.
Treais' slapshot is stopped but a huge rebound is kicked out directly to Lynch. He's unchecked and snaps a shot past the goaltender, who can't do much about it since he's already hit the ice. 
 
18:30 Northern 0 Michigan 3: SH Kevin Lynch (9)
Michigan loses a board battle but it ends up benefitting the Wolverines as the Northern player throws a cross-ice pass to no one. Northern's point man tries to come and chop at the puck to keep it in the zone but Szuma gets to it first and pokes it out of the Michigan zone.
Northern regroups and gathers the puck in front of their bench, but two players run into each other as one goes off for a line change. Lynch sees the opportunity and charges hard, stealing the puck and creating a breakaway.
Y'ALL JUST GOT TREY BURKE'D
Lynch fakes the shot and Northern's goalie takes the bait. He then glides through the crease and flicks the puck into the twine abyss available over the goaltender's left pad.
 
2nd Period
 
04:57 Northern 1 Michigan 3: Kory Kaunisto (5) from Wade Epp (4) & Jake Johnson (2)
Northern wins an offensive zone draw but Trouba is the first to the puck. He tries to pass behind the net to what momentarily looks like an open man, but he gets hit as he's passing and ends up turning the puck over. I don't fault him for the play Trouba tried to make, as passing behind the net seemed like a better play than blindly passing behind himself.
No Michigan players have skated much since the faceoff. With four defenders around the net and no one covering the point (the closest M player is circled in blue) Northern moves it back to the blueline for what should be a wide open shot.
The puck gets tipped and is redirected past Racine. There's really not much he can do to stop this one.
 
16:00 Northern 2 Michigan 3: Darren Nowick (6) from Stephan Vigier (14) & Ryan Daugherty (11)
Northern starts their breakout and carry the puck with speed through the neutral zone. As the puck carrier cuts towards the middle of the ice Bennett picks him up, though there are two circle players that could have done so. Bennett should have continued skating backwards in order to cover the front of the net but didn't.
The guy cutting towards the middle passes to the wing, who rips a shot through the Michigan defense.
Racine makes the initial save but gives up a rebound and pays dearly. The guy circled is the one that was able to slip in behind the defense because of Bennett's blown coverage, and he tucks the puck in to narrow Michigan's lead to one.
 
3rd Period
 
No scoring

I'll try to get a GBGA of Saturday's game up....sometime. Not sure when, but I'm working on it. Look forward to more pictures, more laughs, and most importantly moooooooooore goals.

(Burke photo cred: Julian Gonzalez, Detroit Free Press)

CCHA All-Rookie Team Announced

CCHA All-Rookie Team Announced

Submitted by Sac Fly on March 11th, 2013 at 2:58 PM

 

 

 

The CCHA has announced the All-Rookie team for 2012-2013

Name Position Team
Riley Barber Forward Miami
Mario Lucia Forward Notre Dame
Tyler Morley Forward Alaska
Jacob Trouba Defense Michigan
Matthew Caito Defense Miami
Kenney Morrison Defense Western Michigan
Ryan McKay Goalie MIami

Honorable Mention

Name Position Team
Boo Nieves Forward Michigan
Matt DeBlouw Forward Michigan State
Colton Parayko Defense Alaska
Craig Dalrymple Defense Ohio State
Jake Hildebrand Goalie Michigan State
John Keeney Goalie Alaska

Congratulations to both Wolverines who made the list.

Michigan Hockey: Incoming Recruits

Michigan Hockey: Incoming Recruits

Submitted by Sac Fly on March 25th, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Michigan Hockey: 2012 Recuits

Forwards

 

Name Position Current Team Height Weight Shoots
Boo Nieves Right Wing Indiana Ice 6'3 185 Left

Our top forward prospect in the 2012 class is Cristoval "Boo" Nieves and he is a guy to get excited about.

If we were going by a star system for recruiting, which hockey does not use, he would be a borderline 5* prospect. Scouts love his balance of size, speed and playmaking ability enough to call him Top-30 prospect in the upcoming NHL entry draft. The only knock against him was his decision to play his senior year at Kent Prep instead of at a higher level, although he will be joining the Indiana Ice as his high school season has concluded.

He has the ability to make an impact right away for Michigan no matter which line he plays on. Whether it is taking the spot vacated by Luke Glendening or on a lower line, he will be able to provide scoring that was not there. It's just a matter of how fast he adjusts to the speed and talent at this level that decides how much of an impact he has.

 

Name Current Team Height Weight
Daniel Milne St. Mike's Buzzers 5'11 175

Daniel comes into the 2012 season as quite an unknown, as you can see the chart is much smaller for him because I could not find any specifics out about him.

One thing is certian though, this kid can play. He played Junior A hockey for the powerhouse St. Michael Buzzers finishing with a 16-31-47 line. The Owen Sound Attack thought highly enough of him to trade up and take him in the third round of the OHL draft, despite him only being 17 years old.

Because of my inability to find film or relevant information regarding position, I can not say what role he will have in the 2013 season. I do feel like he can be a huge sleeper like Phil Di Giuseppe was for us last season, and like I said with Nieves any scoring done on the fourth line is an improvement for Michigan.

 

Name Position Current Team Height Weight Shoots
Justin Selman Right Wing Souix Falls 6'1 187 Left

Our third forward recruit in the 2012 class comes to us from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.  Not a huge prospect in terms of the scouts buzz, but he is listed as a prospect who can sneak into the draft in the late rounds.

As a player who is known more for his physical play,  Justin will most likely start on the 4th line and work his way up. He is the perfect candidate for the Vaughn/Lebler breakout player of the year down the road, as a big bodied forward who plays on the checking line until having a 20-30 point senior season.

 

Defense

Name Position Current Team Height Weight Shoots
Jacob Trouba Defense NTDP/USA U20 6'2 194 Right

All Hail the gem of our recruting class. He started his season with the NTDP before moving up to the U20 team.

Jacob Trouba is expected to be drafted very early in the upcoming NHL entry draft. Just from looking around at various mock drafts he looks to fit in around the 8-11 range, which means nothing because it is an internet mock draft but still gives us an idea what kind of player we have. 

As of this point we do not know the role Jacob will play for the Wolverines yet, that is because we do not know the status of Jon Merrill and Lee Moffie. If they stay the pairs could look like this; Merrill-Moffie, Bennett-Trouba, Clare-Serville, with Chiasson and Carrick picking up extra minutes at the end. If they do not stay Trouba becomes a necessity and is first pair the second he gets on the ice.

Either way most people have him as a one-and-done prospect and I don't see anything that would challenge that statement. He has great offensive ability, great speed and is a physical player with outstanding vision.

He will be our highest drafted defensmen since Jack Johnson and it was a miracle we got him for a second season, so much that Carolina traded him because he wouldn't come up. That was a very uncommon situation so don't expect it to happen again.

Name Positon Current Team Height Weight Shoots
Connor Carrick Defense NTDP 5'10 183 Right

Here is another player Wolverines fans should get excited about, because he is about as underrated as you can be. Carrick is a shutdown defenseman who is praised for his hockey I.Q. He will be drafted, but it remains to be seen where.

A smart blueliner with great puck skills and good size, Connor will anchor the Wolverines defense in the future. With a large group of D-Men coming back this season he will have to earn his playing time, which I think he can do. Look for him to get minutes on the third pair to start out, before working his way up later in his career. 

Goalies

Name Position Current Team Height Weight Stick
Jared Rutledge Goalie NTDP 5'11 170 Right

Jared comes into the 2012 season as the presumed starter. He is a very good goalie but scouts looked at him as a developmental prospect, not a goalie you want to throw into the fire from day 1.

With that being said Josh Blackburn is an excellent coach who developed Sauer, Hogan and Hunwick, so if anybody can get Jared playing at a high level fast it's Josh. It doesn't hurt that he could have one of the deepest bluelines in the NCAA next year in front of him.

Expect a battle for the top spot between Jared, Janny, Dwyer, and newest goalie Steven Racine.

 

Name Position Current Team Height Weight Stick
Steven Racine Goalie Georgetown Raiders 6'0 180 Right

Steven is the darkhorse in the Great Goalie Competition of 2012. After a few rough seasons in the USHL he really hit his stride playing for Georgetown (OJHL), going 15-0 last year and posting a GAA of 1.66 and a SV% .938. He is a little older than Rutledge coming in at 21.

It's no secret Red loves big goalies and Racine fits the mold. I really believe he is going to make a big push for the starting spot, If not we have a good solid netminder to build around for future teams.

 

NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

Submitted by MGoAndy on January 11th, 2012 at 10:30 AM

So the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings have been released. They live here. Ranked commits for 2012 are below, including draft-eligible freshman Phil Di Giuseppe.

North American Skaters

9. Jacob Trouba

28. Phil Di Giuseppe

31. Cristoval "Boo" Nieves

157. Connor Carrick

175. Justin Selman

North American Goalies

37. Jared Rutledge

 

Very excited about Trouba and Nieves. A bit disappointing to see Rutledge as the last goalie ranked, but we'll be happy to have him. Expected to step in right away and play over Janecyk.

3 M hockey players/recruits projected to the 2012 1st Rd

3 M hockey players/recruits projected to the 2012 1st Rd

Submitted by lhglrkwg on October 31st, 2011 at 10:16 PM

The title pretty much says it all. NHL.com released 3 different 2012 mock drafts today. Jacob Trouba and Boo Nieves are both projected in there but Phil Di Giuseppe is also listed as high as #11 overall (!) which is just astounding to me. I thought he was a bit of an under-the-radar guy. 

Adam Kimelman's:
Trouba, 1st rd #8
Nieves, #26

Steve Hoffner's:
Trouba, #5
Nieves, #19
PDG, #28

Mike Morreale's:
Trouba, #10 (to the Red Wings, if only)
PDG, #11
Nieves, #28

I can't say for sure, but that probably gives us solidly 3 of the top 10-15 kids in all of college hockey per NHL standards at least

Also, former commit Matia Marcatuoni shows up in two of the drafts at #18 and #20

H/T: michiganhockey.net

EDIT: While I'm talking hockey, I thought it would be humorous to point out that the state of michigan has 7 D1 teams...and MSU is the only one not ranked in USCHO's top 20 right now. #HALOL