Friday, July 12, 2013

A commitment ... and other notes

Minnesota State received a verbal commitment from Totino-Grace junior Jason Krych on Wednesday. Krych announced the commitment on Twitter:

Krych, '97 defenseman who is also a future Tri-City Storm (USHL) player, had 27 points, including seven goals, in 29 games last season for a Totino-Grace team that went 21-7-1.

Numbers game
The 2013-14 roster has been posted on the MSU website. So what will this year's rookies be wearing?

3-Blake Thompson (transfer from Minnesota will be eligible after the first semester ends).
5-Carter Foguth
6-Casey Nelson
11-Sean Flanagan
16-Jordan Nelson
17-Michael Huntebrinker
25-Zach Stepan
34-Cole Huggins

Going camping
A few MSU players are attending NHL rookie/prospect camps this summer. Trying to track down as many as I can.

Eriah Hayes (now graduated), Max Gaede and Zach Palmquist are at San Jose's camp.

Dylan Margonari will be attending Winnipeg Jets camp.

Zach Stepan is attending Nashville Predators camp, and Teddy Blueger is scheduled to attend Pittsburgh Penguins camp.

Recently drafted Stephon Williams was not listed on New York Islanders camp roster.

Looking ahead
As for potential future NHL players yet to come to Mankato, Eden Prairie defenseman and MSU commit Hunter Warner was listed on the NHL Central Scouting Service's Future's List. He is one of 11 Minnesota high school players (nine non-Shattuck) on the watch list.

Looking for a trainer
MSU hockey athletic trainer Sean Donley emailed me this week and said he has accepted a position at Summit Ortho in Woodbury. Donley has been with the Mavericks since 2007. So it looks like MSU is in the market for a new trainer.

Going off the grid
Finally, I'll be off on a real vacation for about a week. I'm talking off the grid. No blog. No Twitter (gasp!). Will I survive?

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