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Rau4SkiUMah wrote:

streakygopher wrote:

No incoming freshmen D this year?

This might be the deepest Gopher blueline I can remember…maybe not the best individual players, but they are going to be good on defense for all three pairings.

Lacombe, Johnson and Faber all super talented and I’d take them against anyone in the country. Koster also really talented and probably at times a little overshadowed by the other three but I was very pleasantly surprised with how well he handled the transition to the college game last year. Brinkman and Staudacher may not be quite as offensively talented as the first four I mentioned but they are as reliable as they come and they aren’t afraid to throw the body and get in the dirty areas. Finally rounded out by Fish who is big and nasty and plays with his heart on his sleeve and Denman who, I know hasn’t had a ton of playing time, but from listening to the coaches and other players it sounds like no one works harder. I would have possibly liked to have gone out and gotten another defenseman or two but it’s hard to complain with a D corps like that.

The Gophers D core…this coming season…is about as close as you can get to tUMD core from 18-19 that featured future HB winner Perunovich. paired with 6’5” 220lb bruiser Wolff, and 20-21 regular NHL shift Anderson, paired with 20-21 taxi squad NHL Samberg, & current bonus year seniors Roehl & Anderson. That 🐶 group also included 3 World Juniors D…same as the Gopher D core had in 20-21. So it’s unquestionably Frozen Four or bust for the Gophers in 21-22!