I last posted exactly a month ago. I did not expect to go so long between posts but first I went to Florida to drink a lot of Cigar City Brewing attend a wedding and when I got back I just couldn’t find the time and/or motivation to write. But after some time to recover from the feverish rate of positing as the season ended and the subsequent coaching moves were made, I think I’m finally ready to start spending some time on UMass hockey again.
It’s the offseason so there isn’t a ton to catch up on, especially since the focus of Coach Carvel and his staff has likely been more on getting settled in Amherst than actual hockey stuff. But there were a few major developments since the last post.
Posted by rocks22 on May 19, 2016
High school and prep hockey is starting up in New England so that means recruits Brian Scoville and Colin Felix are in action with their teams soon after spending the fall playing short season juniors.
Posted by rocks22 on December 1, 2015
In last week’s post I reported that defenseman Justin Dixson signed his National Letter of Intent to play at the University of Massachusetts. I’ve also learned that defensemen Jake Massie and Cale Makar signed their NLIs during the early signing period which ended last week. The signings help assure that coach John Micheletto and his staff are set at the blueline for years to come.
Posted by rocks22 on November 24, 2015
Updates were sparse here as I spent the last few days out in the Mile High air of Colorado where the results of the CU-UMass football game were disappointing but the beer scene was not. So there’s a lot to catch up on. There are two pretty major stories to get to regarding Kevin Czepiel and Frank Vatrano.
Posted by rocks22 on September 14, 2015
In 24 days UMass will kick off their season with an exhibition game against the CIS’ Dalhousie Tigers. So it’s time to take a look at #24 on the roster, Dennis Kravchenko. Kravchenko is coming off a stellar freshman season for UMass and it was a given that he’d be a key to success for the team as a sophomore. But when Frank Vatrano and Brandon Montour decided to leave school early for the pros Kravchenko’s status changed from being an important part of the team to probably the most important component.
Posted by rocks22 on September 9, 2015
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.
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
Some UMass recruits are playing for a championship. Some are just starting their playoff run. And others are getting news on their potential pro career post-UMass. Let’s catch up on how the future Minutemen are doing.
Posted by rocks22 on April 8, 2015