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Rem Pitlick to Gophers

Post by minnscout » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:40 am

Shattuck forward Rem Pitlick commits to Gophers

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Post by preferhockey » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:48 am

Is this another commitment that could be gone in 2 years.

Gophers need to find 4 year players to be successful. Simply look at the Frozen 4 teams this last season all older teams with experience.

It is the team not the players that win championships...

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Post by minnscout » Thu Aug 22, 2013 8:51 am

He is a 4 year player for sure. Size will keep him at the U for all 4 years.

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Post by MNHockeyFan » Thu Aug 22, 2013 9:33 am

minnscout wrote:He is a 4 year player for sure. Size will keep him at the U for all 4 years.
SSM has him listed as just 5'3" 130 lbs. Hopefully he's grown some since those measurements were taken!

http://ssmhockey.org/2012-13-stats-boys-u-16/

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Post by preferhockey » Thu Aug 22, 2013 10:22 am

So at 5'3" will he ever play college hockey, I would have doubts.

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Post by JDUBBS1280 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:20 pm

preferhockey wrote:So at 5'3" will he ever play college hockey, I would have doubts.
He has plenty of time to grow. He is listed as a 2017 commit. His dad is 6 feet, so there is potential for growth. And really, he only needs to grow 4-6 inches to be effective at the NCAA level with his skillset.

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Post by JDUBBS1280 » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:23 pm

preferhockey wrote:Is this another commitment that could be gone in 2 years.

Gophers need to find 4 year players to be successful. Simply look at the Frozen 4 teams this last season all older teams with experience.

It is the team not the players that win championships...
Rau, Cammarata, Guertler, Reilly brothers, Kloos, Pitlick, etc...

Lucia has shifted focus towards players who may not have the prototypical NHL size, but the skillset to excel at the NCAA level. All of these guys are 3-4 year NCAA players. All are highly skilled.

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Post by MNHockeyFan » Thu Aug 22, 2013 12:40 pm

JDUBBS1280 wrote:Lucia has shifted focus towards players who may not have the prototypical NHL size, but the skillset to excel at the NCAA level. All of these guys are 3-4 year NCAA players. All are highly skilled.
BC has had a fair amount of success following this formula. ;) Currently their best player is Johnny Gaudreau and he's 5'7". He'll be a junior this season. A few years back it was Nathan Gerbe who was all of 5'6". Yes, such "undersized" players like these are pretty rare, but it can be done and they do tend to stick around for at least three, if not all four years.

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Post by Tigers33 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:40 am

A few years back Lucia even made note that he wanted to follow the philosophy of boston college. That is to find all this skilled players around 5'7" to 5'9" knowing they won't jump ship to the NHL right away.

He is either on something or onto something.

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Post by Tenoverpar » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:26 am

All I know is that the Don is going have a pretty exciting team to watch the next few years...he's bringing in a complement of speedy little hard working players mixed with some big NHL bodies...it should be fun. I am personally looking forward to Rau and Cammaratta battling it out for the scoring lead this year. Anyone who doesn't think CAMM is coming in and going to put up big time points is wearing blinders. I got a feeling the spelling of the word MINNESOTA is going to happen at a record pace.

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Post by MrBoDangles » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:16 am

Fun player to watch!
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Post by mulefarm » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:18 pm

No matter what size of player you bring in, you still have to coach them and develop a team attitude. This is something Lucia has struggled with.

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Post by AMERICAN » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:17 pm

Congratutions to Rem in his decision! This is a great accomplishment that is experienced by very few. Good luck and look forward watching you!

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Post by JDUBBS1280 » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:04 pm

mulefarm wrote:No matter what size of player you bring in, you still have to coach them and develop a team attitude. This is something Lucia has struggled with.
He won back-to-back National Championships and has made a few other Frozen Fours.

I think coach Lucia has done a pretty dang good job. People act like winning titles is easy :roll:

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Post by mulefarm » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:37 pm

JDUBBS1280 wrote:
mulefarm wrote:No matter what size of player you bring in, you still have to coach them and develop a team attitude. This is something Lucia has struggled with.
He won back-to-back National Championships and has made a few other Frozen Fours.

I think coach Lucia has done a pretty dang good job. People act like winning titles is easy :roll:[/quote
Talking about the premier program in college hockey. I don't feel his teams have a team first attitude and it shows with the numerous NCAA loses to teams with a lot less talent!

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Post by hawkhockey » Sat Aug 24, 2013 3:42 am

preferhockey wrote:Is this another commitment that could be gone in 2 years.

Gophers need to find 4 year players to be successful. Simply look at the Frozen 4 teams this last season all older teams with experience.

It is the team not the players that win championships...
St. Cloud was not exactly an older team with experience. 3 seniors and a handful of juniors. Quite a few freshman and sophomores with large roles.

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Post by Slap Shot » Sun Aug 25, 2013 12:07 pm

mulefarm wrote:
JDUBBS1280 wrote:
mulefarm wrote:No matter what size of player you bring in, you still have to coach them and develop a team attitude. This is something Lucia has struggled with.
He won back-to-back National Championships and has made a few other Frozen Fours.

I think coach Lucia has done a pretty dang good job. People act like winning titles is easy :roll:[/quote
Talking about the premier program in college hockey. I don't feel his teams have a team first attitude and it shows with the numerous NCAA loses to teams with a lot less talent!
Among his NCAA losses include very talented teams from BC (2x), UMD and UND. Maybe they should have beat Yale, but you can't argue with the roll that squad was on. So we're left with one bad loss to HC. Yeah, numerous.

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Post by Tigers33 » Sun Aug 25, 2013 9:49 pm

Who ya want...Blais? How did they do last year?

I think the gophers will be fun to watch this year.

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Post by mulefarm » Mon Aug 26, 2013 6:20 am

Actually, the premier program in the country should be fun to watch every year! I really don't care who the coach is, just don't like watching individuals playing a team game.

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Post by Tigers33 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 7:40 am

And you would be the same person to complain if the gophers didn't get a guy like Jordan Schroeder or Kyle okposo who in my opinion have been two of the worst when it comes to stuff like that. Every goal either of them scored guys like you would be the first to complain that we didn't get them. Just like it is now...every Minnesotan that scores against the gophers I hear people say how come the gophers didn't get them.

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Post by mulefarm » Mon Aug 26, 2013 8:58 pm

Your opinion is what I said about individuals and not a team. The coach is responsible for seeing this doesn't happen, and from my observation this hasn't changed.

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Post by Tigers33 » Mon Aug 26, 2013 9:55 pm

They win the mcnaughton cup last year? Just curious...

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Post by mulefarm » Tue Aug 27, 2013 5:54 am

Actually they tied for the McNaughton cup. I guess you are happy with a league championship instead of a national championship. When they won their last two NCAA championship's they didn't win the WCHA. Seem to always start strong and tail off at the end of the season. Just curious to hear your view on this.

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Post by Tigers33 » Tue Aug 27, 2013 7:52 am

I am just saying you need to calm down. Of course a national championship is better, but it still says something to tie for the conf lead in a conference that is considered to be the strongest.

For those that really know hockey they understand that there is so much parity in college hockey right now. I wouldn't consider us the premier program in the country. One of the best sure, but not premier. Heck, mariucci just turned 20 years old. Look at the arenas others have to offer these days to their recruits. You think you are frustrated with the gophers...go ask a wolverine fan how they feel right now.

Hockey shows that any team has a chance to win on any given night. Last year people were ripping the gophers for losing to Yale in OT. Then they beat North Dakota really bad their next game. And yes North Dakota would be one of the top ten "premier" programs in the country too.

I think the next coach at the u of m will be guentzel in about 2-4 years.

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Rem Pitlick to the Gophers

Post by hockeyoldtimer » Tue Aug 27, 2013 9:28 am

Rem is a great player and will be a force with the Gophers and beyond.
Congratulations to him and his family! Well deserved.

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