Ryan over at the Unofficial USHL Blog has a spreadsheet that lists every team's roster.
Players to Watch
Cedar Rapids: Matt Donovan (Denver University), Paul Phillips (Denver University), Greg Burke (University of New Hampshire)
Notes: I am interested to see if Mac Bennett will be called up at some point. He's a Michigan recruit for the 2010 season.
Chicago: I talked about their roster here.
Des Moines: Brett Bruneteau (North Dakota), Ryan Walters (Minnesota), Nick Pryor (Wisconsin), Aaron Crandall (Wisconsin),
Notes: J.P. Parise the father of Zach Parise takes over as the head coach after building the Shattuck St. Mary's program into a powerhouse. I like to see how much time Yasin Cisse receives with the Buccaneers. If not the Moncton Wildcats of the QMJHL will be making a big push for him to sign with them.
Fargo: Mike Lee (St. Cloud State University), Nathan Condon (Minnesota), and Johnnie Searfoss (Maine).
Notes: The Force got a tough break this summer when their top signee Garrett Clarke bolted to the Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL. Colton St. Claire will most likely be with the National Team Development Program Under 17 Team this season and the WHL trying to recruit him.
Green Bay: Michael Forney and Reid Ellingson
Notes: Both player played in college last year. If they can get Zach Budish and Anders Lee into the line up, that should them offensively.
Indiana: Brett Bennett, Brent Gwidt (Nebraska-Omaha), Ian Ruel (Bowling Green) and Zach Golembiewski (Michigan State)
Notes: They have a lot of young players to watchout for. John Parker is highly regarded 16 year old, they have Stanislav Galiev a 16 year old Russian, and Ethan Werek a 17 year old from Ontario. Parker was drafted by the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL. Ranger fans think he will play one year with the Ice and then head to Kitchener.
Lincoln: Jared Festler (St. Cloud State), Travis Erstad (Wisconsin), and Kevin Murdock (Minnesota State)
Notes: This team has a lot of older players which should mean they are looking for a championship.
Omaha: Joey Diamond (Maine), Jake Hauswirth (Michigan Tech), Danny Kristo (North Dakota), and Steven Whitney (Boston College).
Notes: The Lancers are another deep team. Louis LeBlanc another highly touted player from Quebec is on the Affiliated list which I thought he would be in the USHL this year. I am wandering if he's heading to the QMJHL.
Sioux City: Justin Daniels (Northeastern), Drew Daniels (Northeastern), Mitch Bruijsten, Brodie Reid (Northeastern)
Notes: Sioux City is another team that has a lot of 18+ year olds.
Sioux Falls: Luke Greiner (Harvard), Marc Rodriguez (Bowling Green), and Eric Hartzell
Tri-City: I talked about their roster here.
Waterloo: Nick Larson (Notre Dame), Lee Moffie (Michigan), Craig Smith (Wisconsin), and Derek Arnold (Maine)
Notes: There will be a lot of new faces on the Blackhawks but they will bring talent. This team should be very competitive.
That's My Take
(Nathan also is a writer for MVN.com. He's the writer for the Asylum which covers the Lewiston Maineiacs of the QMJHL. He's also a regular contributor to the NHL Source also at MVN.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org)
January 27 practice notes
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