Monday, January 11, 2010

Pitlick ranks high on scouting list

Minnesota State freshman forward Tyler Pitlick is ranked No. 21 on the NHL Central Scouting Service's mid-season rankings of North American forwards and defensemen. Pitlick ranks second on the Mavericks with seven goals and he also has 10 points. He is the second current college player on the list, which can be found here.

The rankings also include two future Mavericks: Centennial High School defenseman Brett Stern (a prep teammate of Pitlick's), who is No. 136, and Woodbury High School forward Max Gaede, who is No. 144.

The rankings do not necessarily predict draft order. While No. 21 would be a first-round pick, Central Scouting has separate lists for North American goalies, European goalies and European skaters. Tim Jackman remains MSU's highest-drafted player, taken No. 38 overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2001, following his freshman year. David Backes was selected No. 62 overall -- also a second-round pick -- by the St. Louis Blues in 2003, the summer before he arrived at MSU.

10 comments:

Nation said...

At least there is something to look forward to after last weekend.

BIGhkyfan said...

I don't see it.

Nor do I see the other team draft picks that outstanding when you watch them in games. There are players that appear better than them on this team.

The focus should be on building a team with the will to win at all costs. Rather than trying to predict where a draft pick may end up...

onceamaverick said...

Bighkfan is right. 5-10-1 doesn't cut it. Nor does 11-11-2 when you look at the teams Jutting has beaten. It starts at the top. And MSU gave he and Blue an extention. ...Please.....

onceamaverick said...

That UND series was a joke. We were beaten phyically (again) and we are lazy. We don't have a tough guy on the club. Wake up Coach Jutting. He sure can't coach. No one works. Not even the coach. Why do we continue to pay a guy like this? I have to believe everyone in the league has made changes at the top except for the "bottom half" of the league Mavs. MSU gives Jutting an extension!

MSUMaverickFan said...

I think you guys are missing the boat here. Shane's post is just highlighting some positives regarding the future of the Mavericks. There is a lot to look forward to.

3 future mavs are in the top 20 in scoring in the USHL, and 4 in the top 30.

Three others are also mentioned in this very prestigious central scouting ranking.

Credit the coaching staff for landing these diamonds in the rough.

As for the negativity, keep it to yourself. At the very least, try to be a bit more constructive in your criticism. The fault isn't just with leadership at the top, there are upperclassmen who need to step up as well. Players win games.

hockeyfan said...

We don't have a tough guy on the team. Check their Jr. stats. Elbrecht had over a hundred penalty minutes , most for roughing and fighting. Nobody is going to mess with Irwin or Stewart to name a few. College is a different game you can't hardly touch anyone without going to the box. Players like Stewart , Elbrecht, Irwin etc. would actually play even better with an edge. But do really want those three sitting two to ten a game with suspensions to boot? We are plenty tough. If you guys are going to be critical don't be ridiculus. We are going up against teams with far more draft picks and kids from programs like the USDP. Those kids want to go to Michigan, N.Dakota, Wisconsin etc.. We are overall competing with those teams with on paper would be players not as good. Could we do better in certain circumstances , YES. But again the coaches don't get beat , don't make bad saves, don't backcheck. They can't send kids to the minors and can't bench too many good players. You guys act like they have an infinite amount of players to choose from. All your doing is showing your hockey ignorance.

TEAMWORKER said...

Hold everything! The season is now. When the puck drops, the game is played. Not this prospect, that draft choice, etc. BUT NOW!

Of course Coaches coach and players play, yet ever since preseason, all we have heard about is "this veteran team". Well, these vets had better start leading as they only have 2 + months remaining and then we are looking at a younger and very qualified group to step-up. The Vets have been challenged all season, perhaps now it's time sit those Vet's in place of the Frosh/Soph guys?

I don't know other than watching this past weekend two games that were not up to what this team should be doing.

One of you mentioned about leadership. Since those who have been empowered to wear the C, A, A have played nearly every game, what leadership skills and direction have they provided their teammates?

This team has the horses, it just needs for them to be lead.

hockeyfan said...

I agree with the comments of the C,A and A. I would take the letters right off those guys and put it on young ones who are showing up. The problem is the upperclassmen will not respect a freshman who wears a letter. I also agree that if this continues then the coaches have no choice but to sit vets or cut their ice time (ie the powerplay, since it isn't working consistently) and lean more on the young guys. I quess I'm just tired of hearing the coach critics. Those individuals dislike the coach and will look for any excuse to bash them.

TEAMWORKER said...

Hockeyfan is spot on.

Give the young guys a chance on the pp as it's been broken for some time.

The PK also could use a little re-tooling as these young guys are the future and can certainly contribute sooner, rather than later.

In all fairness though, the coach has to make those moves.

onceamaverick said...

Hey...HockeyFan. Just looking back at your comments. Tough doesn't mean getting in fights! Don't quote Junior stats... all that is --is fighting. Tough means going to the corners, digging out the puck and not standing waiting to be feed the puck. It's also called grinders. Just watch when we play someone other than Tech...See how many pucks we dig out and how often we stay out of the corners. Hope you prove me wrong. This coach recuits his players to play his style of hockey. We don't have the grit it takes and that comes from the top.