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I think Clare and Merrill are gone. 

In order of most likely to leave after that:
Trouba
Guptill
Di Giuseppe
Nieves


Link: Offseason watch3/25 11:42 AM | IP: Logged
Good article Michael and has me hopeful this team is back on top next year. I really hope Trouba does a JMFJ and stays for 2 years. I think he's a  huge piece for this team next year.

3/25 12:18 PM | IP: Logged

Yea, nice article.

I feel bad for Merrill- he's not had much of a college carreer, but that's more due to injury and things beyond his control.  So on one hand, one more year would be good for him, but on the other, why risk another injury at this point?  I think we were lucky he came back this season, and got a look at what could have been if he got more ice time.  I wish you luck!!!

Clare.. not sure about him- sometimes he's played reasonably well.  But he's earned more non time than ice time with just what we see.  Oh, well.

So no mention of Rutledge...  interesting.

Again, I look back at the years following obvious problems- after JMFJ left, Porter got the team together and took us to the FF, and then after we almost lost it and barely made it in during 2010, we went to the championship game in 2011.  There's plenty of hope and optimism out there.
3/25 5:42 PM | IP: Logged
a couple I expected to be on the watch list, but you threw a couple in there I didn't expect to see until next year at the earliest.  Hopefully any that decide to leave will make it known by June rather than the end of August, but this off season certainly looks to be one of the more volatile in recent memory.
3/25 6:32 PM | IP: Logged

Does this mean Jared Rutledge is back?

Also, any chance Racine's play has forced Michigan to reconsider whether they spend another scholarship on a goalie now vs. later?  Most of the top goalies now have already committed (Dubuque's goalie is not listed as a top 35 goalie in NA in Central Scouting's midterm rankings).  To me, the question is will the goalie be an upgrade on Racine. 

The top uncommitted player on Central Scouting's list is former Hotchkiss (school of DeBlois and Bennett) forward Tyler Hill who is a 6'6" forward skating for Chicago in the USHL.  Guptil (if he returns) is the only real power forward with Lynch graduating.  I have no idea if Hill is a student or is interested in Michigan, but it would be great to complement Compher, Motte, Allen, Kile, and Cianfrone with a big forward instead of adding a goalie if he is not an upgrade over Racine (I am all for Brey, however, if he is a big upgrade)
3/26 8:21 AM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by BradyThomas:

Does this mean Jared Rutledge is back?

Also, any chance Racine's play has forced Michigan to reconsider whether they spend another scholarship on a goalie now vs. later?  Most of the top goalies now have already committed (Dubuque's goalie is not listed as a top 35 goalie in NA in Central Scouting's midterm rankings).  To me, the question is will the goalie be an upgrade on Racine. 

The top uncommitted player on Central Scouting's list is former Hotchkiss (school of DeBlois and Bennett) forward Tyler Hill who is a 6'6" forward skating for Chicago in the USHL.  Guptil (if he returns) is the only real power forward with Lynch graduating.  I have no idea if Hill is a student or is interested in Michigan, but it would be great to complement Compher, Motte, Allen, Kile, and Cianfrone with a big forward instead of adding a goalie if he is not an upgrade over Racine (I am all for Brey, however, if he is a big upgrade)

For goalies, much depends on how it plays out with Rutledge. If he goes to the USHL for this year, then they'd want to bring in another scholarship goalie (or at least partial). If he decides to stick around, they're going to have a hard time adding anyone because they'll be pretty cash strapped. 
3/26 1:15 PM | IP: Logged

Is there any reason to write off Rutledge? 

To be honest, the only reason I brought him us was that I think you brought up the idea of letting him go earlier this season.

While he's not performed on the ice all that well, I also don't think he's been given the right chance by the team in front of him.  It could very well be that they never will, but maybe he has skill that we've not seen.

We all thought once Hogan got the #1 moniker from Sauer, we'd be all set, only to find out that the team didn't exactly play well in front of him.  And once Hunwick was between the pipes, the style of game changed so much that the team ended up playing brilliantly most of the time he was in goal.

So assuming Rutledge does have skills, he may be as good as what we saw from Racine if the team gives him the same play.  Who knows?

Other than if there's an reason Rutledge will be going anywhere else.
3/26 1:56 PM | IP: Logged

Yah, I agree - I continue to be perplexed as to why his performance this year was so far below what his previous history (and the staff's judgment in scouting and recruiting him) indicated.  Like, did his eye problem just prior to the start of the season set him back much farther than we know.  That said, at age 18-19 maybe he was just not ready to handle the step-up in the level of competition, and it may be that a year in the USHL where he gets to play 30 games or more in goal for the season is what he needs to get back in the groove.
3/26 4:13 PM | IP: Logged
I'm thinking Guptill, PDG, and Nieves stay.  Trouba is a toss-up, I don't think any of us can predict that one.
3/27 11:45 AM | IP: Logged


Originally posted by alfadriver:

Is there any reason to write off Rutledge? 

Other than if there's an reason Rutledge will be going anywhere else.

Rutledge is still a candidate to play in the USHL next season. I'll have more on that in the weeks coming up. Season has just ended and it's too fresh. 
3/27 12:39 PM | IP: Logged

After I posted the question, I did see a few references to Rutledge playing in the USHL next season.

I do hope that people here are willing to give him more of a chance.  I know I did not give him a lot of kind words, but knowing that there are mental issues with a team and all...

Well, I think he deserves a chance with a positive attitude and a good team in front of him.  Until we give goalies that, it's so very hard to judge them.
3/27 1:00 PM | IP: Logged
So he could do USHL next year and then come back to Michigan if everyone agreed it was a good idea?
3/27 1:05 PM | IP: Logged

Yes, Rutledge can gain a year of experience and potentially return to school.

Not sure how much of his deficiency is mental vs. physical, but he is a small goalie and I was not impressed as he was beat very easily in many of the games.   Rutledge finished 3-6, with 3 wins against the challenged MSU offense.  All other games, allowed way too many goals vs. RIT, Miami, Ferris, 2x ND and @ MSU.
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