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01-22-2013, 07:19 PM
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Hollywood3
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My thoughts

They should be better. Most people had them ranked ahead of Regina before the season.

They have 12 major junior grads and 12 junior A grads on the roster. That is (on paper) below that of the conference powers but not out of line with their history, nor that of many current OUA teams.

They lost their top 3 scorers from last season (Dustin Moore, Winston Day Chief, and Taylor Gal). The recruiting class was not exceptional, but not half bad either. Here are the announcements:
http://gohorns.ca/news/2012/6/6/MHOC...x?path=mhockey
http://gohorns.ca/news/2012/7/11/MHO...x?path=mhockey
http://gohorns.ca/news/2012/9/11/MHO...x?path=mhockey

New forward Chase Schaber has done well (8 goals and 10 assists in 19 games), leading the team in scoring. But he has missed the last 3 games with injury. The injury bug has hurt them. They have typically dressed only 16 players in recent games.

I saw them play in Manitoba after they had a bye week in November. They looked to be not quite as good as recent teams, but not significantly so. They played a feisty game, giving the appearance of a team compensating for limited skill with added grit. Here are my posts on their series with Manitoba:
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=153
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=154
http://hfboards.hockeysfuture.com/sh...&postcount=157

The H0rny Ones will be hosting the Bisons this coming weekend, so any recovery could wait another week from my POV.

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