Thursday, December 18, 2008

Odds and Ends

Steve Kampfer is coming back. From the sounds of it, there's a good chance that he's going to play in the GLI. It'll be interesting to see how they handle the glut of defensemen. I seem to remember reading earlier in the week, maybe at The Wolverine, that Red said he wouldn't dress seven defensemen and that Kampfer's not just going to step in and play like he hasn't missed any time.

They could slide Summers back up front and have him available to move back to defense if Kampfer struggles--or if they need him on the PK or something. I like that option because it gets the best 18 skaters on the ice, though it's awful tough to move the guy who has been your best defenseman to this point.

Having Kampfer back will no doubt be a boost to the team. Even if his on-ice performance isn't up to last year's standards (or his first weekend's standards) right away, having him back out there should thrill everyone on the team. Not to mention the benefit that possibly having Summers at forward could provide. We're not that far away up front. Michigan has scored plenty of goals with Hogan in net, they just need the consistency. Another high-quality forward would help with that.

State lost to the NTDP (again). If they get swept at the GLI, that will be two full months without a victory.

Speaking of the NTDP, after a fairly slow start, Luke Moffatt now leads the U-17s in goals with 11. The other stats haven't been updated in a couple games, but Jacob Fallon is fourth in scoring and second in assists. Jack Campbell has also rebounded from a slow start. He has an 8-3-0 record with a 2.16/.902, which I believe are very, very solid stats for a goalie on the U-17s.

MHNet had a pu-pu platter of good stuff, mostly about ex-Wolverines.

I think this is a $ link, but The Wolverine had some good stuff as well, about Summers growing into a leadership role. There was also a nice tidbit about how the hockey team spent a lot of time ringing bells at Briarwood for the Salvation Army.


Eric J. Burton said...

I have been waiting for your analysis of the GLI games. :)
Christmas break is over. :)

Merry Christmas and happy new year.

Anonymous said...

Heh. As long as you don't make bold "dirty" predictions.