Incoming Gophers hockey freshmen big on talent but short on size

  • Article by: RACHEL BLOUNT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: April 23, 2013 - 11:17 AM

Justin Kloos and Taylor Cammarata tore up the USHL this year.

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april24Apr. 22, 1311:31 PM

I'm really looking forward to seeing these guys play. I'm a bit curious about how the Gophers are going to fit all of these players on the team? There are the players mentioned, plus Lettieri, Nanne, and a few others I've seen. Should be interesting. Also, the caption is wrong on the picture. It says "Kloos" was the leading scorer.

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lars471Apr. 23, 13 1:23 AM

I don't think Nanne & Lettieri will join this year & it will help to have Holl & Paranteau move back to D rather than play forward on the 4th line. We need Ambroz, Condon & Warning to step up BIGTIME!!!!

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kenlsanApr. 23, 13 9:12 AM

Hopefully they will not "play down" to the Big 10 level, keeping in mind that national champion should still be their ultimate goal!

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puckluck77Apr. 23, 1311:00 AM

The Gophers have verbal commitments from Defensemen, Ryan Collins and Jack Glover, one of those 2 may be the other D coming in for 2013-14. Forwards, Connor Reilly, and Christian Horn, should make on impact next season. The last time the Gophers had a 90+ point USHL guy coming in, his name was Thomas Vanek...

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jennakApr. 23, 1312:03 PM

The Gophers are not in the WCHA anymore so with the big, slower Big Ten schools, this little, fast guys should do fine ... if they can overcome the Lucia factor.

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wcharuledApr. 23, 1312:21 PM

i have seen these kids play very skilled, and tey are small but they are hockey players, with great vision. I heard the other D is Vannelli but he hasnt signed yet thats a huge step coming out of high school not a very phyical kid, But Brodzinski lead the USHL in Goals and was 5th in points for D men and just found out hes a cousin of Former Gopher Nate Schmidt and he plays with an Edge that we need. A litte bird with very good insite told me.

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puckluck77Apr. 23, 13 1:45 PM

my oops on Ryan Collins and Jack Glover, they will be turning 17 this May, so they are not old enough yet.. so it probably will be the 19yo Tommy Vannelli. 6'2 170. He is a great skater, and should adapt quickly... He did get 11 games under his belt with the USNDT. The roster candidates for 2013-14 may be: on Defense, Bischoff, Brodzinski, Holl, Marshall, Parenteau, M. Reilly, Skjei, Vannelli. At Forward, Ambroz, Boyd, Cammarata, Condon, Fasching, Guertler, Horn, Isackson, Kloos, Larson, Michaelson, Rau, C. Reilly, R. Reilly, Serratore, Warning. Cornerstone Goalie, Adam Wilcox. I'm curious to see if they pair the Reilly's together, and if they reunite AJ Michaelson with former Apple Valley teammate Hudson Fasching.. Hoping the Gophers grab AP, Avery Peterson from Grand Rapids. Hes got size and skill, Jr year a team MVP, 27 Goals, and 35 Assists.

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JR2010Apr. 23, 1310:04 PM

puckluck. Good post. Only question is, didnt Larson transfer? Also Conner Reily is a very good player who will be a top six forward. Fasching adds size and skill. This team will be VERY good next year. 5 good Defenseman back as well. As was said above, cornerstone is Wilcox. GO GOPHERS!

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puckluck77Apr. 24, 1310:07 AM

I see the news report now that he did indeed leave the program. Jared Larson was still on the last roster posting on gophersports. That was what I was deriving my list from. I will update my excel spreadsheet.. 4 Goalies still listed on the roster. I dont think they will have 4 for next season. Fasching at 6.3 215 will bring his game at power forward.. Saw him play for AV at the tourney when he was in 8th grade.. Lots of options for forwards on the Gophers roster, they should have 4 good lines to roll..

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Gary17Apr. 24, 1312:38 PM

So the Gophers look to be reloading nicely. Only question now is how they'll figure out to punch us all in the gut again next year.

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