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03-29-2012, 09:34 PM
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Originally Posted by gleanerguy View Post
Stamler to ECHL Colorado Eagles. Big loss.
Big loss, but not a surprise - he's really smart and an Academic All-Canadian. Certainly opening more spots for Shurtron, Kidd and Wright to step-in for more top minutes.

I thought things were going to be tough for UNB after 2009 with the exit of David Bowman, Justin Dacosta, Jimmy Cuddihy, Kevin Henderson and Rob Pearce, but looking back - we had Stamler, Harty, Friesen, Gallant and Harty (you have to count him twice because he's a forward and D). So, the talk about having 7 rookies (Todd, Shutron, Kidd, Procyshen, Layton, Fillier and Culligan) was a bit overblown because the core D were already there and they went on to win 27 games.

Then in 2010/11 I thought, well that must be it, but everyone returned and they added Desnoyers on D and MacNeil upfront. So, it shouldn't have been a surprise that they won Gold given the experience and core they had.

This year they were lucky to get Baily back, I can't image what would have happened had he not been playing - I don't see them winning 20 games. Now we move on with the biggest lose of top players since 2004/05 (Lindsay, Burgoyne, Young, Watson, Stonier, both Hegberg's and Dombkiewicz). They haven't replaced Tremblay and now Baily - I know Chris is great as well as MacNeil, but we'll need Weibe/Wudrick/Carrol/Nesbitt/Jordan/Houde/Campbell all to step-up to fill the offense void and equally talented rookies to step in on D.

As a long time fan (1985) I've seen some really bad hockey (1987/87 - UNB was 3-22-1), so anything that is a record of 500 and in the playoffs is a success and I'll be happy any way you slice it My son, can't relate and thinks we're doomed, history is lost on the youth.

ps. the GFA/GAA in 1987/88 was 3 to 7 - can you image - giving up an average of 7 goals every night!!

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