Penn State males’s hockey is off to a sizzling get started with a 4-0 document that incorporates sweeps over Canisius and Mercyhurst.
To maximum fanatics that apply the group intently, this most likely comes as no wonder. After the heartbreaking finish to the group’s Big Ten Tournament run in Minnesota final season, the Nittany Lions simplest misplaced 3 avid gamers: Adam Pilewicz, Clayton Phillips, and Oskar Autio. Those are 3 nice avid gamers who left large footwear to fill, however that’s an excessively small quantity in comparison to earlier years. Now, Penn State is supplied with the intensity it must run the desk within the Big Ten.
This season, head trainer Guy Gadowsky is sporting a roster of 28 avid gamers, which is the most important roster he’s led in his profession. For reference, the Nittany Lions rostered simplest 24 avid gamers final 12 months. Gadowsky believes the group is far better off this season with regards to intensity and high quality than presently final season.
“We have 27 healthy players right now, and that’s well over the number that we had last year at our best,” he stated in his Monday press convention. “In terms of numbers [we have better depth], but we also feel that the quality of our players has improved in every position as well.”
Those 27 avid gamers exclude an excessively proficient Chase McLane, the Nashville Predators prospect who continues to be convalescing from his lower-body harm sustained final season. Once he’s wholesome and again at the ice, which appears to be very quickly, Penn State will probably be firing on all cylinders and bettering its intensity much more.
Junior defenseman Christian Berger additionally spoke about how Penn State’s returners have progressed from final season.
“A lot of guys have gotten older, more experienced — more confident, stronger, bigger,” he stated. “I think we’re just building off that, and we have a lot of experience together.”
Berger additionally went on to say that Penn State’s novices have helped the group upload an entire new layer of intensity that it didn’t have prior to. Ture Linden, who transferred from RPI final spring, recently leads the group in issues with 8 up to now this season by the use of two targets and 6 assists. Transfer Ashton Calder has additionally discovered the again of the online with 3 targets this season.
Even although the speculation of sporting a larger roster turns out like just a excellent factor for Gadowsky, it does provide its justifiable share of demanding situations. With a roster so large, it’s tough to get each and every participant within the lineup, which some avid gamers would possibly take the flawed means. For that reason why, Gadowsky stays wary that the bigger roster may be able to do extra hurt than excellent.
“It’s a concern,” he stated. “It absolutely is. I don’t think it’s one you can take lightly because it’s not a problem until it is. And if it is, it can be a really big one. I was a little unsure how to deal with it, and I’ve asked a lot of questions.”
As of at this time, it doesn’t appear to be an issue, as Gadowsky stated the avid gamers were dealing with it really well. He additionally spoke to every magnificence and requested their ideas, which he stated yielded certain effects.
“In every season, there’s peaks and valleys,” he stated. “I’m curious and concerned of what happens when things aren’t going so smoothly with that new dynamic for us.”