Monday, December 3, 2012

You Want Answers?!?!

It's been kind of quiet on the blog ... maybe too quiet ...

Well, we're just about two months into the season, and it seems like a good time for some Qs and As. That's right, the first and long overdue You Want Answers?!?! of the year

If you don't know the drill, here's how it goes: If you have a question about Minnesota State hockey, hockey in south-central Minnesota or anything else, really, put your question in the comment section of this blog post. Later in the week (Thursday, maybe Friday), I'll put up a post with the answers to your questions.

So, have at it. Ask away.


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!

Chris said...

I am not from them there parts but have a few questions and observations.

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?

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.

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 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?

Michael Cramer said...

Mosey - Done for the year, or just slowly working his way out of the doghouse?

Nation said...

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?

rlpeterson91784 said...

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.