Thursday reading: UNO, CC, UND, Duluth, Hockey East, Mankato

Incoming Nebraska Omaha freshman goalie Anthony Stolarz, a 2012 second round draft pick of the Flyers, pictured, may be the key to the Mavericks’ success this coming season. Here is some more background on how far the NAHL standout has come.

NHL Central Scouting announced its preliminary 2013 draft watch list and CC 2013/14 defenseman commit Gustav Oloffson of the Colorado Thunderbirds and 2014 defenseman Teemu Kivilhalme were both rated. Kivilhalme is considered as a C-level prospect while Oloffson is  B-level.

Peter Stoykewych’s younger brother Paul was rated as was Jake Guentzel.

Former Merrimack commit and BCHL standout Wade Murphy visited North Dakota on Monday and soon committed.

The Karson Kuhlman commit continues a trend of northern Minnesota talent heading to Minnesota-Duluth.

As usual, there are plenty of impact freshmen joining Hockey East this coming season.

Former MSU-Mankato captain David Backes and North Dakota standout Jonathan Toews are featured in the NHLPA video concerning the lockout.

Ticket sales have been slow for Penn State’s first season of Division I hockey so far. A few wins will change that quickly.

Union received their 2011-12 ECAC championship rings.

UPDATED: CC signee Slavin happy to become a Carolina fan

Here is a rewrite of an earlier blog post with quotes from the player:

Jaccob Slavin, a 2013 defenseman signee for Colorado College, is now very much a Carolina Hurricanes fan.

The Erie, Colo. native was chosen in the fourth round by Carolina as the 120th pick overall. Slavin will play for the USHL’s Chicago Steel for another season and plans to come to CC in 2013.

He learned of it while watching the draft unfold on his computer. He had not talked to the Carolina organization personally but his adviser had an inkling the Hurricanes were interested. It is a good fit for the 6-foot-2, 170-pound offensive defenseman.

“There will be a lot of opportunities there for sure,” the former lifelong Buffalo Sabres fan said. “I am a Carolina fan for sure now.”

Slavin will head to Carolina’s development camp this summer. There they will look him over firsthand and make recommendations on how to improve his game for the pro level.

He plans to focus on improving his skating, backwards and forwards, while looking to assume a larger leadership role on the Steel as an assistant captain for the second year.

Slavin, an alumnus of the Denver-area Colorado Thunderbirds club program, played his first full season with Chicago this past season, recording 30 points (3g,27a) in 60 games and a plus-6 rating. That was a huge step up compared to the one point (1g) and minus-15 in 17 games the season before.