Sam said ...
First and foremost, I love this year’s squad. Perhaps the most talented
collection of players MSU has ever assembled.
1) Can we expect Coach Hastings to stick with Stephon Williams in goal the
rest of the way, barring a disaster? He’s clearly the most talented netminder
on the team, and one of the most talented in all of the WCHA.
2) Any word on how the imminent decline of the WCHA is affecting the
recruiting efforts of MSU? I’ve got to imagine sights are going to be shifted
to lesser-known commodities in the junior circuit, sadly.
3) Do you anticipate Teddy Blueger will be a one and done, or will we be
lucky enough to see him in a Mavs uniform for at least one more season?
4) Can you tell us anymore about the pro prospects of some of the other
talented Mavs? Hayes is obviously going to get something, but what about the
under-sized, yet gifted, duo of Leitner and Lafontaine? Are they destined for
the overseas ranks like a Jack Connolly?
Keep it going MSU! No surprise to me that you’re starting to click!
1) Whoa, there … I’m not ready to call Stephon Williams one of the most
talented goalies in the WCHA just yet, but his numbers are impressive right now, and
he’s been on a nice run. I’d sure expect Hastings to ride the guy while he’s hot.
I think Troy Jutting recruited the kid to be a No. 1 goalie, so we’ll if he’s
got that in him for the long haul.
2) I don’t know if it has or not. I think Hastings is approaching recruiting a little differently than the previous regime, and it looks (on paper, anyway) like he’s already landed
some decent recruits who would be good fits no matter what the WCHA looks like
in the next few years. Remember, even with the conference shakeup, only one
team has been added to college hockey (Penn State), yet the talent pool remains
3) I don’t think so. Blueger just turned 18 in August and still looks like
he’s getting his feet wet. He’s had a solid start, but he’s certainly not
dominating the game and looking like he’s ready to play for the Penguins next
year. MSU is being patient with him, and, based on their reputation, I’m
thinking Pittsburgh probably is, too.
4) Gotta love the way Hayes is playing right now, and I’m guessing scouts
are taking notice. As for the other guys, I think they look like very good
college hockey players, four-year guys (MSU hopes you can compare one or both
to Jack Connolly!) who may or may not get a shot after they’re done.
I am not from them there parts but have a few questions and
1. I have always been told that Minnesota is the U.S Mecca for hockey, why
is the Arena never full?
- What can be done to fill the seats?
- Can you give away more tickets to students?
- Is it possible for someone to critique the arena’s “DJ”? The music could be a
little fresher and have more energy. And could he stop playing “All By Myself”
when our guys go to the box?
2. Can someone tell the TV announcers to stop mentioning the words “shut
out” while the game is still going? Do they know nothing about jinxes?
Average attendance is up from last year, and I suspect that will
continue to rise over the second half of the season, especially with Minnesota,
Wisconsin and North Dakota coming to town. I do, however, think more can be
done to draw people in, and I think they’re working on that. Winning certainly
will help. As for student tickets, they give 1,100 free ones away for each game
and those usually get gobbled up. They also sell tickets to students at a
discounted rate; they could probably do a better job of promoting that deal.
As for your “shutout” jinx, did the announcers talk about it on Friday
night? Did Williams still get the shutout? Thought so. Jinx, schminx.
Nathan Tish said...
1. Regarding Teddy Blueger and the World Junior (U20) Championships: Every
year, the ‘best of the best’ represent at this tournament, which takes place
during four non-conference games following Christmas this season. What can we
expect to happen with Teddy Blueger, who probably ought to be representing
Latvia in those championships again this year? Will he be missing four games
with the Mavericks?
2. Similar to Sam’s question about Blueger: I am curious what we can expect
from him beyond this season... Expanding on that, is it possible he is mired on
the 3rd-line because he is not expected to stay around? If that’s
not the case, is it possible that being mired on the 3rd-line might
provoke him to seek a more prominent role elsewhere (Canadian major juniors)?
3. I suppose there is no question with this one, but since Chris mentioned
it in previous comment: I’ve gotta say, it really ticks me off that the DJ has
got this wrong over the past couple of home series’! Completely sucks the life
out of the players and fans alike when Mavericks are entering the penalty box
to “All By Myself”, which is obviously supposed to be played when the opposing
team earns a penalty. There are additional, similar incidents to this in recent
games as well... Good grief.
1) Read all about Teddy in today’s Free Press. Looks like he’ll miss the
UConn tournament and the Providence series.
2) Interesting take, “mired on the third line.” I hardly call what they’re
doing with Blueger as “mired.” He’s playing a regular shift with two wingers
who can score goals (McInnis and Grant), and he’s playing on the power play. As
I said earlier, he just turned 18 in August and he’s behind sophomores Leitner,
22, and LaFontaine, 20 as far as centers on the line chart. Last time I
checked, those guys are pretty good. I’d say Blueger’s in a good spot right
3) I think/hope they figure out that music stuff. The gameday production is
a pretty important part of the entertainment these days.
Ryan Johnson said...
Earlier this year against RPI, the teams switched ends for overtime. In
prior years this did not happen at Maverick home games. Is this a coaches
decision or league rule?
Ryan, that’s an NCAA rule that has been in place for two years now, and I
hate it, at least in the regular season when there’s just a 5-minute OT. I
swear, when the rule was put into place, someone in the know told me that that
would only be for the playoffs when they resurface the ice and play until
there’s a winner. I guess I was wrong. I really dislike the rule because too
many rinks are set up with the home team’s offensive zone in the horseshoe (opposite
the Zamboni doors) or where the student section sits (in the case of MSU, both
are true). That’s home-ice advantage and it should stay that way for those 5
Ryan Johnson said...
With this being the last year of the current WCHA setup, which of the
departing teams is most likely to make the trip to Mankato in future years.
They will probably play them all on the road in nonconference, but will a team
like Wisconsin ever come to Mankato after this year?
Ryan (again), I need to look into this more. I do know that Minnesota will
come to Mankato from time to time, and I’m guessing St. Cloud State and
Minnesota Duluth would do the same. I’m skeptical of Wisconsin going on the
road to many of the home rinks of its old WCHA rivals, but I suppose they could
invite MSU to play there (I’d like that!)
Michael Cramer said...
Mosey - Done for the year, or just slowly working his way out of the
He’s not done for the year, but it looks like he’s the seventh
defenseman right now (Corey Leivermann might be the eighth!). I thought Evan
played pretty well at Wisconsin when Josh Nelson sat out the second game of the
series with an upper-body injury, so I’m not sure he’s even “in the doghouse”
per se as much as he’s just the odd guy out at the moment. Hastings is adamant
that his defensemen defend, and that might be why the offensive-minded Mosey is
out right now. Palmquist is clearly the No. 1 power play defenseman, and Nelson
has grabbed that second-unit spot.
1) What league is MNSU recruiting in the most heavily right now? USHL, NAHL,
BCHL, MSHSL or others?
2) What type of player is Mike Hastings looking for at Minnesota State? What
type of player best fits his system?
1) Based on the recruits they have so far, it looks like the USHL and the
BCHL are big. High schools are important to follow and if you can get a gem
there and get him in a good junior spot, that’s a good thing. I’m sure they’ll
dabble in the NAHL, too, but Hastings is a longtime USHL guy (as is assistant
Todd Knott) and still has a lot of contacts there. I’m sure they’ll continue to hit that
2) Just from the conversations with him, I think he’s still looking for some
of the same kinds of players that MSU has always gone after — hard, fast
players that are difficult to play against. The Mavericks simply have to keep
playing that way. That being said, I think you’ll see a greater emphasis on the
back end and the hope to get higher quality defensemen. No easy task.
1. I’ve noticed that the Mavs have significantly fewer penalties recently
(thank goodness!), do you think this was due to Hastings stressing the
importance of keeping out of the box or because the teams we have played have
been less of a rivalry?
2. Will the students ever get the Buffalo Wild Wings chant right? It is
supposed to be “we want wings” not “we want bdubs.” (Just ask the SCSU fans) ;)
3. Do you foresee anyone leaving the team to go pro or due to the league
split? What are the rules on players moving between D1 teams?
4. I’ve asked it before, and I’ll ask it again, when will cowbell guy
retire? Maybe its because I sit across the rink from him, but it always seems
like he is a half-beat off of the music/cheer and it drives me bonkers.
1) The penalties have certainly dropped from early in the year, haven’t
they? One on Friday night. One on Saturday, at least until the two majors in
the third period! It’s definitely Hastings’ influence. He’s not tolerant of the
penalties like the previous coach too often was. Look, penalties are going to
happen, right? And if they stem from an aggressive play, fine. If they’re dumb,
selfish, lazy, out of control … well, that’s another story. And here’s the stat
of the year so far. In the Mavericks’ first eight games, Eriah Hayes had 2
goals and 2 assists and 19 PIM; in his last six he’s had 6 goals and 2 assists
and 2 PIM.
2) I don’t understand the question. … Although I’d say that B-Dubs has the
proper number of syllables, while wings doesn’t (unless you say wi-ings, and
that’s just silly).
3) The league split isn’t going to cause anyone to move. They’ve all known
this for a year and a half now. If they wanted out, I’m guessing they would
have done it already (and where would they have gone?). As for transferring,
you have to sit out one year if you change teams.
4) Cowbell Guy’s kinda starting to become Mankato’s version of the New York
Jets’ Fireman Ed, isn’t he?