Today was the first day of NHL free agency and a number of former Minutemen have new homes tonight. Perhaps the highlight of the day is the two-way deal that Conor Sheary signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins. The Penguins rewarded him for a strong rookie season in the AHL where he led the Wilkes-Barre Penguins in points for both the regular season and the playoffs. His contract this past season was a strictly minor league deal with Wilkes-Barre so the signing with the big club is a significant milestone for Sheary.
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Posted by rocks22 on July 1, 2015
Just wanted to pass along some news and links in the wake of yesterday’s NHL Draft and future Minutemen Jake Massie and Ivan Chukarov being taken by the Hurricanes and Sabres respectively.
Coach Micheletto was obviously happy to see two of his recruits taken in Sunrise.
Posted by rocks22 on June 28, 2015
As expected the Massachusetts hockey program came out of this year’s draft with two of their incoming recruits picked up by NHL teams, though not necessarily the two expected when I wrote my preview earlier this week. Defenseman Jake Massie was almost a lock to get drafted. So it wasn’t a huge shock to see him picked by the Carolina Hurricanes in the 6th round, 156th overall. It was a little surprising later on though when incoming freshman defenseman Ivan Chukarov was picked by the Buffalo Sabres to kick off the 7th round, 182nd overall, because he hadn’t been ranked by any of the scouting services.
Posted by rocks22 on June 27, 2015
The NHL Draft takes place this weekend in Sunrise, Florida and there’s a very good chance that at least one current UMass recruit will hear his name called. The first round takes place on Friday at 7pm (broadcast on NBC Sports), but any future Minuteman would likely be picked in rounds 2 through 7 which kick off Saturday at 10am (on NHL Network). Any recruit that gets picked this weekend will join senior Ben Gallacher (Florida, 4th round 2010) and incoming freshman William Lagesson (Edmonton, 4th round 2014) as draft picks associated with the UMass program.
Posted by rocks22 on June 25, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey program picked up a commitment tonight from 6’1”, 175lb defenseman Colin Felix. Felix is a ‘99 birth year so he’d likely arrive in Amherst in 2018, joining fellow defenseman Brian Scoville as the second commitment for that fall.
Posted by rocks22 on June 19, 2015
Here we are deep into the off-season. There hasn’t been much to report in the way of UMass hockey news. All seems to be quiet on Commonwealth Ave, though no doubt the staff is keeping busy with the constant recruiting responsibilities.
Posted by rocks22 on June 10, 2015
The hockey season has wrapped up for the Massachusetts hockey recruits, but they definitely finished strong as one future Minuteman won a major award these past couple weeks while another won a league championship.
I had previous passed along the news that Nic Renyard was nominated for CJHL Goaltender of the Year. Not only was Renyard named the Goaltender of the Year for all of the various Junior A leagues in all of Canada he ended up being named the RBC CJHL Player of the Year. The release celebrating his selection as the top Junior A player in all of Canada follows his windy, challenging road through juniors and eventually to the NCAA scholarship he desired. Previous winners of the RBC CJHL POTW? Guys like Mike Comrie, Kyle Turris, Dany Heatley, and Paul Kariya (he had a pretty good Hockey East career).
Posted by rocks22 on May 19, 2015
The USHL, the premier junior hockey league in the United States, held its draft the last two days and a few future Minutemen were selected. Yesterday was the Phase I draft for just 1999 birth years. Brian Scoville, due at UMass in 2018, was taken in the 7th Round (105th overall) by the Sioux Falls Stampede. In today’s Phase II draft for all draft eligible age groups a couple recruits were picked early by the Omaha Lancers. First was Nick Jenny (2017) was taken in the 1st round (11th overall) and then the Lancers took Jake Massie (2016) in the 2nd round (27th overall). Later in the draft Justin Dixson (2017) was taken by the Tri-City Storm in the 8th round (129th overall).
Now onto the regular updates, with news about Austin Plevy, Nic Renyard, Ivan Chukarov, Justin Dixson, and John Leonard.
Posted by rocks22 on May 5, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey program got its fourth commitment in recent weeks on Monday when forward Justin Dixson committed to the Minutemen for the fall of 2017.
Posted by rocks22 on April 22, 2015
The Massachusetts hockey team held its banquet this past Saturday where sophomore forward Steven Iacobellis was named captain for the 2015-16 season. I can’t speak for his leadership in the locker room, but there’s no double he has been impactful when he’s been on the ice. This past season the team was undefeated in games where he scored a goal. He missed a couple games due to injury and I felt his absence as a playmaker was very noticeable. I personally named him as my Underrated Player of the Year and I think Iacobellis has made a good case for this selection in his two years in the maroon and white.
Posted by rocks22 on April 20, 2015