NHLDraft: Nagelvoort drafted by Oilers

NHLDraft: Nagelvoort drafted by Oilers

Submitted by BeileinBuddy on June 28th, 2014 at 12:01 PM

Zach Nagelvoort taken #111 overall (21st pick of 4th round) by the Edmonton Oilers.

Congrats Zach and good luck down the road. You'll need it in Edmonton in 3 years unless all their #1 or #2 picks finally pan out. 

Is he at risk of being plucked early by the OIL?

Michigan - Penn State: Open Thread

Michigan - Penn State: Open Thread

Submitted by Sac Fly on March 20th, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Michigan opens the Big Ten Tournament with Penn State, in a must win game for the 5th week in a row. Winner plays Wisconsin tomorrow. The game is on BTN.

 

Forwards

Guptill-Compher-DeBlois

Motte-Copp-Hyman

Di Giuseppe-Nieves-Moffatt

Kile-Lynch-Allen

 

Defense

Downing-Bennett

Clare-Lohan

Serville-Sinelli

 

Goalies

Nagelvoort

Racine

 

Audio

So You've Decided to Watch Some Hockey: A Michigan Primer

So You've Decided to Watch Some Hockey: A Michigan Primer

Submitted by Adam Schnepp on March 19th, 2014 at 11:47 PM

YES DO MORE THINGS THAT MAKE PEOPLE STAND UP IN FRONT OF YOUUUUU

So you’ve turned your calendar to March and watched some snow melt (finally), and your mind has naturally turned to brackets and the anxiety that goes hand-in-hand with single elimination contests. If you’ve thought about single elimination games that involve ice and rubber spheres instead of hardwood and rubber spheres then we’re on the same page.

At 3pm on Thursday Michigan plays Penn State, the lowest seeded team in the Big Ten Tournament and the team that has given Michigan more problems than first-ranked (in the nation) Minnesota. If Michigan wins, there’s a 96% chance they make the NCAA Tournament. If they lose, that drops to 40-50%. Pretty straightforward and terrifying.

If this is the first hockey game you’ve watched or just the first one you’ve watched this season then this guide’s for you. Think of this as a time investment. If you read it and Michigan wins on Thursday then you’re all set for the NCAA Tournament! If you read it and they don’t win then you must be some sort of human jinx, please don’t watch the basketball team.

Who to watch on offense:

#17 JT Compher, C, FR/#18 Andrew Copp, C, SO

I couldn’t split these two up and put one in the category below because they jointly set the tempo for Michigan. Both are going to forecheck hard enough to create offense, though they can create off the cycle as well. Both of these guys have the mindset of a third-line center with the hands and hockey IQ of a first-liner.

And if those guys aren’t on the ice?

#27 Alex Guptill, LW, JR

Put the puck on his stick and he’s a potential NHLer. Take the puck away from him and, uh, results may vary. He was a healthy scratch once this year essentially because he was putting in zero effort on the defensive end, but he’s since rebounded. He’s not going to win any awards for “best defensive forward,” but he has an incredible ability to move with the puck in tight spaces and keep it away from defenders.

Who to watch on defense:

#37 Mac Bennett, D, SR

This isn’t supposed to be a slight to the other defensemen but actually yeah, it’s kind of a slight to the other defensemen; Bennett is the only one that doesn’t make me nervous when he’s on the ice. He’s a senior, but more important is that he’s made strides in terms of playing a simpler, more balanced game. He’s a calming influence on a very, very young d-corps who knows when to rush the puck and how not to turn it over in the defensive zone as much as the other defensemen.

And if he isn’t on the ice?

#22 Andrew Sinelli, D, JR

He used to be a forward but the transition may be the best thing that’s ever happened to him during his time at Michigan. Sinelli will need to continue to work on little things like gap control, but he’s got the skating ability to hang with most anyone. He’s been really impressive since switching positions mid-season.

What about that guy who lets people use composite materials to throw pieces of rubber at him?

#35 Zach Nagelvoort, G, FR

Since Compher came in with considerable hype I’d say Nagelvoort is the real surprise contributor this season. He wasn’t supposed to be playing this season, but an injury to starter Steve Racine pushed him into the lineup and he hasn’t relinquished that spot since. Nagelvoort likes to handle the puck near his net and has a very good glove hand. His positioning is very good and he stays square to shooters. Hard to ask for more than that from a freshman.

What about the team, the team, the team?

Offense:

Coin flip. Averaging 3.12 goals/game is good enough for 20th in the nation, but which offense shows up is anyone’s guess. They can hang six on anyone in the nation or they can score one, and they’ve done both against great and terrible competition respectively.

Defense:

Coin flip. They’re giving up 2.56 goals/game, which again places them 20th in the nation. Some nights they look unstoppable (see last Saturday’s game against Minnesota) and some nights they look beyond confused (see the entire Great Lakes Invitational).

Power play:

Michigan has scored on 26 of their 129 opportunities (20.16%). This places them 17th in the nation, with the caveat being that every team ahead of them has had more power play chances. They’ve looked better in recent weeks as Luke Moffat has emerged as a legitimate special teams scoring threat. Eight of his 13 goals have come on the power play, so watch for #9 when Michigan has the man advantage.

Penalty kill:

While it’s not the worst in the nation, it’s the team’s weak spot when considering that they’re ranked somewhere around 20th in the nation in all other team scoring categories. Michigan has killed 105 of 129 penalties (81.4%), which ties them for 35th nationally with American International, which is a school that I did not know existed until I just wrote it down.

Tl;dr. What do I really need to know?

Michigan has to beat Penn State if they want to make the NCAA Tournament and start The Streak™ over. We don’t know which version of Michigan will show up; it will either be the team that can beat anyone in the nation or it will be the team that gifted Penn State two of its three B1G wins. 

Michigan - Minnesota: Senior Night Thread

Michigan - Minnesota: Senior Night Thread

Submitted by Sac Fly on March 15th, 2014 at 6:29 PM

Last chance for the Wolverines at-large chances, facing #1 Minnesota on senior night. The game in on BTN.

Seniors in bold.

 

Forwards

Guptill-Compher-DeBlois

Motte-Copp-Hyman

Di Giuseppe-Nieves-Moffatt

Kile-Lynch-Allen

 

Defense

Downing-Bennett

Clare-Lohan

Serville-Sinelli

 

Goalies

Nagelvoort

Racine

Janecyk

 

Audio

Michigan - Ohio State: Open Thread

Michigan - Ohio State: Open Thread

Submitted by Sac Fly on February 28th, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Another must win game tonight at Yost. Matt Tomkins in net for Ohio State for the first time since January 24th. The game is on BTN.

 

Forwards

Guptill-Compher-DeBlois

Motte-Copp-Hyman

Di Giuseppe-Nieves-Moffatt

Kile-Lynch-Allen

 

Defense

Downing-Serville

Clare-Lohan

De Jong-Sinelli

 

Goalies

Nagelvoort

Racine

 

Audio

Michigan - Penn State: Open Thread

Michigan - Penn State: Open Thread

Submitted by Sac Fly on February 21st, 2014 at 5:49 PM

Michigan returns to Yost for two must win games against Penn State. The Nittany Lions will be without two of their best defensemen, Nate Jensen and Luke Juha. The game is on BTN.

 

Forwards

Guptill-Compher-DeBlois

Motte-Copp-Hyman

Di Giuseppe-Nieves-Moffatt

Shuart-Selman-Kile

 

Defense

Bennett-Serville

Clare-Lohan

De Jong-Chiasson

 

Goalies

Nagelvoort

Racine

Dwyer

 

Audio

Michigan - Wisconsin: Open Thread

Michigan - Wisconsin: Open Thread

Submitted by Sac Fly on February 1st, 2014 at 5:42 PM

Michigan takes on the Badgers at Yost looking for a home sweep. Nic Kerdiles is not expected to play for Wisconsin. The game is on NBCSN

 

Forwards

Nieves-Copp-Di Giuseppe

Guptill-Compher-DeBlois

Motte-Hyman-Moffatt

Kile-Lynch-Selman

 

Defense

Downing-Bennett

Clare-Sinelli

De Jong-Serville

 

Goalies

Nagelvoort

Racine

 

Audio

Michigan - Wisconsin: Open Thread

Michigan - Wisconsin: Open Thread

Submitted by Sac Fly on January 31st, 2014 at 5:37 PM

Michigan returns home for the first time since December 11th. Wisconsin will be without Nic Kerdiles and Tyler Barnes. The game is on BTN.

 

Forwards

Guptill-Compher-DeBlois

Nieves-Copp-Di Giuseppe

Motte-Hyman-Moffatt

Shuart-Lynch-Selman

 

Defense

Downing-Bennett

Clare-Sinelli

De Jong-Serville

 

Goalies

Nagelvoort

Racine

 

Audio

Michigan - Michigan Tech: Open Thread

Michigan - Michigan Tech: Open Thread

Submitted by Sac Fly on November 2nd, 2013 at 5:59 PM

One hour until puck drop, let's get some hockey conversation going to take our minds off the football game.  Michigan goes for the sweep tonight against Michigan Tech, with a few changes to the lineup.

 

Forwards

Di Giuseppe-Copp-DeBlois

Guptill-Nieves-Moffatt

Motte-Compher-Hyman

Selman-Lynch-Sinelli

 

Defense

Downing-Bennett

Clare-Chiasson

De Jong-Serville

 

Goalies

Nagelvort

Racine

Janecyk

 

Audio