I caught the Miami-Ohio/Michigan game earlier tonight. So here's a (brief) observation on two Thrashers' NCAA prospects: Michigan center Milan Gajic and Miami-Ohio defenseman Brian Sipotz.
Milan Gajic - Had a very good game. He didn't score nor get any points tonight but that wasn't due to a lack of trying. He played very well on a line with T. J. Hensick and Andrew Ebbett (I believe they were his linemates) tonight. Gajic had one glorious chance to score due a Miami-Ohio defensive error but ended up having the puck ring off the post instead.
Brian Sipotz - There are BIG players in the NCAA and then there's Brian Sipotz. IMO, he's the BIGGEST current NCAA player whose an NHL prospect...and there aren't many (if any) players in all of the NCAA who are as big as this guy is. This guy is a freakin' house!!! The Miami-Ohio roster listing has him at 6'7" & 245lbs. IMO, the listing has him a little on the slim side. He looks more like about 255 maybe 260 (think of Zdeno Chara's height with Georges Laraque's weight at the beginning of the this season and you have an idea of what Brian Sipotz looks like). He's not particularly a great skater. He's ok, but on the slow side. He's very strong and tough move off the puck. Michigan has some big, strong forwards on their team and even those guys had a tough time getting around Sipotz. He's primarily a defensive defenseman.
Tobias Enström has also played a lot with former NHLer Hans Jonsson (Pittsburgh) this season wich gives him great experience for the future. The key for young defensemen to make impact is to have the right mentor as partner, and Enström have found someone who could teach him the NA game.
I caught the MSU/UNO game on Saturday and what an outing for Jimmy Slater. He was fabulous, notching 3 assists! Colton Fretter also played a good game. If you want to read further about what happened in the game and how it went, including Slater and Fretter's performances, please check out my Game Notes (2/21): Michigan State vs. Nebraska-Omaha over on the NCAA boards.