CC commit keeps ‘getting better and better’

Colorado College 2013 commit Jaccob Slavin of Erie, Colo, has made big strides in a short time with the USHL’s Chicago Steel, which is coached by Colorado Springs’ Scott McConnell.

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Better and better.

That is how Chicago Steel head coach Scott McConnell describes defenseman Jaccob Slavin’s game.

The 6’1, 175 lbs. defenseman that averaged a point every two games in his first full season in the USHL went overlooked before joining the junior ranks. He wasn’t even listed by NHL’s Central Scouting before joining the Steel and last year the Carolina Hurricanes drafted him in the fourth round, 120th overall.

“When [Carolina] drafted him, they saw a kid that for some reason is always around the puck,” says Chicago head coach Scott McConnell, “and kept getting better and better. I think they got a steal. Jaccob’s ceiling is untouchable.”

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Meet the CC freshmen: Cody Bradley, Hunter Fejes

Cody Bradley, the program’s first Florida native. knows a lot of hard work is ahead of him during his college career.

“The biggest adjustment is getting used to the tempo of college hockey,” he said. “As a freshman you just keep your head down and work hard and contribute however you can.”

His father, former NHL standout Brian Bradley, who played 14 years before retiring in 1998 with 503 career points (182 goals, 321 assists), two All-Star selections and seven assists for Canada in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games,  and Cody knew he needed to move on to ready for NCAA hockey.

“Youth hockey in Florida is good up to a point then you need to leave for the north and play juniors,” said the 5-foot-10, center who picked up some valuable experience this summer at the Tampa Bay prospects camp.

Rookie Hunter Fejes, a sixth round draft pick of the Phoenix Coyotes, did his best to make sure he would be ready to contribute as a freshman this season.

He spent the summer working out with fellow Anchorage natives Joey Crabb, Scott Gomez and Tim Wallace, all NHL regulars.

“Crabb showed me the ropes and told me what to expect and look out for,” Fejes said. “He was a great help.”

The center will likely be one of the freshmen getting the chance to contribute right away. He was identified by NHL bloggers as the top Coyotes’ NCAA prospect to watch this season.

The former Shattuck St. Mary’s leading scorer (38 goals) was second in points (78) in 55 games en route to leading the Sabres to their second USA Hockey Tier I Under-18 national championship in a row. They went 50-5-2 in 2011-12. The Sabres also won the national title his junior year.

“I will just work hard and work to earn everything,” he said. “I won’t get anything without earning it first. Hopefully I can contribute right away.”

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.

Thursday reading: Schmaltz, Connolly, WCHA, CCHA, AHA

Incoming UND freshman Jordan Schmaltz will be approached again and again by the Windsor Spitfires this summer to join them.

Hobey Baker winner Jack Connolly is up for an ESPY.

The WCHA had 13 players drafted last weekend.

The CCHA had 16 selected. Here is the 2012-13 Atlantic Hockey Association composite schedule.

Monday reading: LaLeggia, Schultz, APR scores, WMU, Mankato

This graphic shows the increased number of former collegians playing in the NHL.    Courtesy College Hockey, Inc.

About 60 future NHL Draft hopefuls were shown how going to college often leads to the NHL.

Let the Justin Schultz free agency derby begin. Pittsburgh looks ready to make a run at former UND star Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter.

DU’s Joey LaLeggia proves it never hurts to have friends in high places. His friendship with Ryan Nugent-Hopkins led the Oilers to selecting the 5-foot-8 defenseman in the fifth round Saturday. This could be a real nice pick for Edmonton who may have found a good two-way deal player.

Here are the Division I hockey APRs with Brown, Boston University, Dartmouth, New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Princeton and St. Lawrence all receiving perfect scores. CC was tied for 16th with RPI with a 994, well above the 982 average which was second in NCAA behind only men’s gymnastics.

The scores, which are based on eligibility and retention of scholarship players, include data from the 2007-08, 2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11 academic years.

Here is a feature on a Western Michigan signee who the Red Wings hope develop into a physical player under Andy Murray’s tutelage. Michael McKee racked up 237 penalty minutes in 59 games last season.

Here is a look at MSU-Mankato coaches’ salaries.

Sunday reading: Future Tigers, CC outreach, Schultz, NHL Draft

Incoming Tigers defenseman Russell Finch, pictured, submitted his bio information earlier this week and it ends up he is the first Wyoming native (Casper) recruited by CC as well as the first from Maryland (where family now lives). There were no Division I players from Wyoming last season and he will likely be the only one this coming season.

With Jaccob Slavin (2013-14 signee) and incoming wing Hunter Fejes‘ selection in the NHL Draft, the Tigers will have four drafted players on the 2012-13 roster (sophomores Aaron Harstad and Peter Stoykewych and senior Scott Winkler) and at least four on the 2013-14 roster (pending 2013 draft, early departures, of course). That is the most since the 2008-09 season — Richard Bachman, Kris Fredheim, Scott McCulloch, Chad Rau and Bill Sweatt. Of those five, only McCulloch, now retired, never made the NHL.

Here is a good feature on how last year’s Tigers took a long-term interest in a Woodland Park child battling cancer.

Tweet by TSN’s Bob McKenzie: “Justin Schultz becomes UFA at midnight Sun night. Will meet with agent(s) in Toronto on Tuesday. Will field offers Wed.”

On Friday, Jordan Schmaltz became the 10th UND player or signee in 10 years to be selected in the first round of the NHL Draft. The second day was not as busy for North Dakota. Here are some notes.

Future NCHC foes Minnesota-Duluth had a second-day selection as did St. Cloud State with Judd Peterson of Duluth Marshall going in the seventh round (204th overall). Three UNO Mavs also heard their names called. Here is a roundup of other college-connected draft picks and a complete list of collegians taken in rounds 2-7.

Robert Morris has benefited greatly from Sidney Crosby’s arrival in Pittsburgh. Penn State’s start-up cannot hurt either when it comes to college hockey getting more local media attention.

The Post’s Adrian Dater remembers the old Dartmouth arena. Give it a click. It’s a great read.

The top BC assistant and a successful USHL coach are likely leading candidates for the open UMass head coaching job.

UPDATED: Incoming wing still excited by early-morning phone call

Here is an updated version of an earlier blog post about the CC signee’s draft selection:

Like most teenagers, Hunter Fejes was not too awake early Saturday morning.

Since he was home in Anchorage, the second day of the 2012 NHL Draft started at 6 a.m. He missed the start and had only been awake for a short time when a phone call perked him up mighty quick.

His adviser called to let him know the Phoenix Coyotes selected him 178th overall with the 27th pick of the sixth round.

The sudden whirlwind of phone calls and well wishes that followed still had Fejes buzzing a couple hours later.

“I just felt really happy,” he said. “I got really excited and then I started trying to figure out what to do.”

That would be to pack his bags. He is headed to the Coyotes development camp in Glendale, Ariz. on Monday. There the Coyotes can look him over again and make their recommendations on improving his game while playing for the Tigers. He confirmed that he plans to play for CC this fall.

The incoming freshman left wing was rated No. 91 among North American skaters by NHL Central Scouting, garnered plenty of attention after he led Shattuck-St. Mary’s with 38 goals and finished second with 78 points in 55 appearances.

That performance made him attractive to the Coyotes organization, which reached the 2012 Western Conference finals. A chance to play in sunny Arizona is appealing to the Anchorage native, who has spent his high school years in Minnesota. His family maintains a vacation home there.

“I could get used to that weather,” he said.