Thoughts on the New NHL Hawks

With UND’s season ending multiple players have signed NHL deals over the past week and a half. Here are some thoughts about what each player brings to their new squad.

Brock Boeser-Vancouver Canucks

Canucks fans, do you like having a consistent sniper on the wing who can score more than 30 goals a season and out skate the other team? If so Brock Boeser could one day soon be the answer to the eternal, ‘who plays with the Sedins’ ?, conundrum. The Minnesota native had wrist surgery and missed the World Juniors. When he was out, UND’s scoring fell off as its more physical players instantly faced tougher match ups. When Brock is on he can score goals at a blistering pace. He also has the capacity to be a consistent defensively responsible forward depending on how he is used. If you have a tough goal-scoring winger that can back check,well, ask any Capitals fan about how rare it is to have a player like that on your team.

Tucker Poolman-Winnipeg Jets

The East Grand Forks native is recovering from multiple shoulder injuries. When healthy he will be the Jets’ fifth or sixth defenseman next season. Tucker Poolman has a booming point shot and knows how to not get caught trying to do too much. Pairing Poolman with an offensive minded left shot defenseman would give the Jets the best of both worlds. They would get a reliable defender who can score when needed, which would allow another one of their defenseman to take more chances. This could benefit someone like Josh Morrissey who , so far, has not come close to matching his WHL output.

Tyson Jost-Colorado Avalanche

Tyson Jost leaving is the biggest blow to UND. He is a complete player who has broken Connor McDavid’s scoring record in the U-18 World Championship. Tyson is a dominant two-way forward that will be at the core of Colorado’s rebuild. In his brief time at UND, Jost has routinely scored highlight-reel goals and made strong plays defensively. The new Avalanche forward can produce a point per game as well as be a future Selke trophy candidate if he continues to play his strong defensive game. Jost had an integral part getting Canada to the semifinals in the U18 World Championships in April, a key role in getting UND back to the NCAA tournament, and will be asked to do the same thing for the Avalanche as he develops.

Three thoughts on the Opening game against Manitoba

Three thoughts from the men’s hockey game.

 

  • Cam Johnson, looked great. Seems solid in the crease and doesn’t seem to have a whole lot of rust to shake off before season opener on Friday against Canisius. Tomek seemed a little out of place and stiff on Saturday, but he hasn’t had much game play in the last two years. Hrynkiw looked smooth and didn’t seem to have a whole lot of issues following the puck, even with a mess of players crowding the lane. I am interested in seeing who will most likely will spend more time dressing as the backup

 

  • The lines have been on everyone’s mind since the end of the year when Caggiula announced that he would not be returning this season. First line looked good with Gersich, Jost and Boeser, but I think that Poganski and Janatuinen will soon be spending time playing with Boeser on the same line. 2nd line Janatuinen, Gardner and Poganski looked good together, they flowed well and didn’t seem to have issues finding each other. Hoff, Simonson and Wilkie will most likely stay together on the third.  On the fourth line Olson, Bowen and Yon are most likely staying together unless one makes a dramatic change or injuries occur.

 

  •          The Fighting Hawks looked solid in general. They seemed slow for most of the first period, maybe it is just first game jitters? I mean the Fighting Hawks have a lot of pressure on them coming off of winning a national championship and a lot of critics saying that the team is not as solid after losing most of the upper-class men to professional contracts. The leadership team (Ausmus, Poolman, Boeser and Poganski) have some things to overcome but I think they are just the group of men to lead the team on to another playoff run.

SeasonReview/Look Ahead-Brock Boeser

Burnsville,MN native Brock Boeser came to UND as a highly touted recruit with  a shot that moved like lighting and when true, would send the fans to a thunderous applause.The Vancouver Canucks selected him in the first round with pick number 23 in last summer’s draft. The talented forward came to UND after deciding not to go to the University of Wisconsin. Brock was considered to be the star recruit of UND’s 11 freshman class coming into the 2015-2016 season.

Brock would not keep UND fans waiting long as the hype soon became reality as Boeser gave UND fans a taste of what to expect with a hat trick against Bemidji State in his first regular season home game at Ralph Englestad Arena this year. Throughout the year Boeser would always seem to be in the right place at the right time to notch a key goal. His shot is so quick. Brock ended the season with 60 points including 27 goals in 42 games.

Brock does a great job picking his locale in the net before he shoots the puck. He has a quicker release time than any college hockey player I have seen, and often knows just where to aim for each goal. Coming into this season, Boeser is an early favorite for the Hobey Baker Award,given to the best player in college hockey.

Most UND fans were shocked and happy that Brock chose to return for his second season. His return allows UND to potentially retain two thirds of the vaunted CBS line that lit up college defenseman and goalies on a weekly basis. With Tyson Jost coming to campus, UND has a potential to have a line with three first round draft picks  on it if Nick Schmaltz comes back for another season.

In the future, Boeser will not need much time at the AHL if any.We think Boeser is better than some of the forwards that the Canucks deployed on their third line this past season. We expect Boeser to command top power play minutes and be on the first line in Vancouver in two years at the max. Brock Boeser is a superstar and soon Canucks fans will see what Waterloo (USHL) and UND fans already know. He can change the game in an instant and his mere presence on the ice will make your entire team better.

Grade: 10/10

Link:http://www.uscho.com/stats/player/mid,25309/brock-boeser/