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.

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Cloquet standout forward considering Colorado College

Karson Kuhlman, a high-scoring forward who isn’t above blocking the occasional shot, has scored 107 points in his first two seasons. Photo by Tim Kolehmainen

From Minnesota Hockey Hub …

Straight-shooter seems to sum up Karson Kuhlman pretty neatly, and we aren’t just talking about his scoring prowess on the ice.

The Cloquet/Esko/Carlton sniper is about as candid as they come, and he recently talked to the Minnesota Hockey Hub about topics ranging from his playing future (Minnesota-Duluth, Minnesota and Colorado College all have caught his attention) to his most embarrassing moment (being “pantsed” as a youth soccer player).

Kuhlman, who will be a junior for the Lumberjacks this season, already has 107 career points. According to Cloquet coach Dave Esse, himself a former Lumberjacks standout, Kuhlman is on a scoring pace that would have him surpass legendary former Cloquet players such Corey Millen, Jamie Langenbrunner and Derek Plante.

Click here for the rest of the article and the Q&A portion.