They know that in order to get players ready for the USPHL Premier, some seasoning might be required in the USPHL Elite, especially for young, up-and-coming players.
The Generals have loaded their Elite roster with a range of mostly 1999-through 2001-born players. These athletes are set to hit the ice in September.
Up front, in the ’99 forwards include Dylan Brink, Kyle Dooley, Brandan Meyer, Caden Buttke, Donald Morgan, Alex Nigro, Zach Snyder and Ian Hoffman.
General manager R.C. Lyke sees Brink, Mayer and Morgan as each possessing a great shot and able to lead the offense. The speed brought in by Dooley, Buttke, Nigro and Hoffman will be a boost to the team. The two-way play of Snyder and Buttke will also be a strong asset.
Among the 2000s are strong playmakers Stephan Owens and Adam Krofchalk, power forward Joseph Sabatino (6-feet-4-inches, 215 pounds) and Zach Householder, whose hockey IQ is just one strength. “Big and strong” Chase Rosenberg (6-3, 175) is the sole ’01 forward.
Additionally, ’98 Nick Smith (6-2, 230) will be a physical force up front.
On defense, the ’99’s feature the sizeable Antti Palosaari (6-3, 205). Two-way defensemen Noah Janofsky and Austin Morar will patrol the blue line. The latter will bring his shot to the power play. Will Grupp is a physical, puck-moving ’00 defenseman. Fellow ’00 Brennan Luckanish is of the swift, puck-moving brand of “D.”
In goal, two ’99’s (Luc Fox and Patrick Egdorf) join ’00 Ian Donselaar to form an impressive crease trio.
Fox is an “extremely quick, athletic goalie that is composed and competes on pucks and challenges shooters.” Patrick’s size (6-2, 185) is matched by great compsure, athleticism and rebound control.
“Ian is a big, strong and technically solid goalie that challenges shooters and controls rebounds well,” added Lyke.
Looking over the entire 2016-17 season, from July to July and the games in between, there were six NCAA Division 1 commitments for Richmond Generals program alumni. Add to that 12 Division 3 commits and 14 ACHA Division 1 and 2 commitments. That gave the program 32 college commitments overall.
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