Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Freshman Class officially Announced

Today, the class of 2016 was officially announced by Jack Parker. Anyone who follows the program closely at all probably already knew the 9 man recruit class, so I'll keep this post short and limit it to Parker's comments on each player 

Matt Grzelcyk: "We feel that Grzelcyk will be an impact player in every phase of the game for us. He'll get power-play time and he's a real smart defensive player on the initial rush, down low, killing penalties. He'll get a lot of ice time right off the bat. He's a guy who has a lot of poise and gives his teammates a lot of confidence."

Sam Kruker:  "Kurker is very talented and can play on the top two lines or the third and fourth lines. It doesn't matter where you put him, he'll produce points and give us a physical presence. We were originally going to take him next year, but he was playing so well we decided to take him now."

Matt Lane: "We're really excited to get Matt in the fold. He's a very talented, strong-skating left wing who really came on in the second half of the year for the Under-18 Team. He performed extremely well in the international tournaments and he's going to bring strength, speed and a pretty good scoring touch to the forward group."

Mike Moran: "Moran's a hard-nosed, big, strong skater. He's going to give us depth on the wing. He could establish himself pretty early as filling a void that we have, and that's size and physical play."

Wesley Myron: "Myron's a big, strong center iceman who can play the wing as well. He's a good puck handler and a good point producer. He should fit in on the power play and be on our top three lines for sure."

Ahti Oksanen: "We were very fortunate to get a player of Ahti's caliber so late in the game. He is a very skilled defenseman who should step right in and develop into a very good player in our league. He will fill the gap left behind by Adam Clendening's early departure."

Danny O'Regan: "Danny's another guy we thought would be coming in September of 2013, but he played extremely well in his senior year at St. Sebastian's. We've known about him for a while since he's Tommy's son. He's always been a very clever guy and a great player in his age group. He excelled in international competition for the Under-18 Team and there's a good possibility he'll be a first- or second-line center for us."

Sean Maguire: "Maguire's a big guy who fills a lot of the net and he's got a lot of talent. He had a real good junior career in Canada. We've known him for a couple of years and really like him. We knew we were coming to this point where we were losing two senior goalies and we were very fortunate to get him."

Matthew O'Connor: "Matt's another goalie with great size. He was the backstop of a pretty good USHL team, but he was the go-to guy for that team. He saw a lot of pucks. He had a real good career there, and despite an injury that kept him back a little bit, he emerged as one of the premier goalies in the league. We're confident that he and Maguire can give us a one-two punch right off the bat."

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