View From Section U: Line ‘em Up

With the coming season’s roster now released, I figure it’s time to start guessing at some possible lines.  Here’s my best shot.

Syner  Gracel  Hobbs
Pereira  LaRue  Sheary
Olczyk  Carzo  Power
Tegeler  Czepiel  Guzzo

Bench:  Filiou, Auvenshine, Kiley, DeAngelo

Shea  Marcou
Allen  Phillips
Yevenko  Hanley

Bench:  Raiola,  Busillo, Rowe


Bench:  Boyle, Mastalerz, Moore

There you have it.  I think it’s important to keep the wings of Syner-Hobbs and Pereira-Sheary together from last season.  The centers for those lines changed quite a bit during the season, but I really think Branden Gracel fits well with the two senior captains.  From the little information out there, it does appear that LaRue played some center in juniors, so it sounds like he’ll have the talent to make it on the second line.  Obviously if he’s more of a wing Rocco Carzo, who really needs to bounceback from a disappointing season, would center Pereira and Sheary.  I see Olczyk as our shutdown defensive forward while Troy Power will continue to give some good two way minutes.  “Holyoke” had a very solid season last year and I see him playing every night.  Andrew Tegeler seems like a similar player to Power and could see regular minutes.  If LaRue isn’t able to play center, the lines could look like this:

Syner Gracel Hobbs
Pereira Carzo Sheary
LaRue Czepiel Power
Tegeler Filiou Olczyk

On defense I think it’s a good bet we’ll see Colin Shea, Mike Marcou, Conor Allen, Adam Phillips, and Joel Hanley in there every night.  I think the sixth spot will be rotated depending on the needs of the game.  If the team needs offense it’ll be Darren Rowe.  If the team is looking for a little muscle it’ll be Oleg Yevenko of Mike Busillo.  If Toot is just looking for a solid all around defenseman it’ll be Anthony Raiola who ended last season playing very well.

In net I’m defaulting to the upperclassman, just like Toot did when I asked him about the goaltending situation last week.  But after a couple weeks of practice, it could be anyone’s crease.

One of the FTT readers asked on the Fear The Triangle Facebook page if I have any information on the exhibition game.  I don’t.  Nothing is listed on the official schedule and a check of the schedules of the CIS (Canadian university) teams we usually play shows they’re already taking on other schools during the first weekend of October.  Who, when, or if UMass is playing an exhibition is a mystery to me but I’ll do some digging at tomorrow’s football game at Holy Cross.

Brock Hines, John Hennessy, and Adam Frenier will be broadcasting games on the UMass Radio Network again this season.  I’m actually a little surprised that Brock didn’t try to parlay last year’s honor as Hockey East’s Concannon Media Award winner into a Versus NHL gig, but it’ll be good to have him back.

Brett Watson is mentioned in this “Where are they now?” piece on his father, a former Flyer.  Brett is now working for JP Morgan.

Here’s the Collegian’s coverage of the Fenway announcement.

The Sporting News has one of the better college vs major junior pieces I’ve read.