Saturday, July 17, 2010

Another Way Too Early Look: Best Offense of the USHL

With USHL related news at a virtual stand still at this point in the offseason, I decided to start making some predictions for the new USHL season coming up. First off, I'll be predicting who will have the best offense in the USHL. By best offense, I mean the team that will have the most goals for this season. So without further ado, my pick for the best offense in the USHL...

The Des Moines Buccaneers are my pick for the most potent offense of the 2010-11. It's still early, but judging from the Bucs' 25-man roster, they will be the best scoring team in the upcoming season. Although they will be losing their best player in Connor Brickley, they will go ahead and fill that slot with two-way power forward Yasin Cisse, who before being injured at the beginning of the 2009-10 season, played in 18 games for the Bucs and picked up 19 points. In addition to Cisse, dynamic, playmaking forward TJ Tynan will be back with Des Moines to try and contend for the USHL scoring title for the second year in a row. Des Moines' powerplay will be very dangerous with Tynan out on the ice. Des Moines will also be bringing back Mitch Cain, who was not an integral piece to Des Moines' scoring ability last season, but hopes to become more involved offensively this season. Des Moines also added some very good talent to their roster during the 2010 USHL Entry Draft, adding Andrew Miller, a scoring forward who can also use his body to make some very physical plays on the ice. The Bucs drafted Gavin Tufte, who played Minnesota high school hockey last season, and has good size and scoring touch coming into the USHL this season. I would definitely expect with their returning players and new additions, the Buccaneers will be the most explosive offensive team in the USHL in the 2010-11 season.

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1 comment:

  1. The Defense is where the big improvement has been made. Coldwell and Doerring will anchor a few new guys with big talent mainly in Eathan Prow and Stoichevich. Plus both goal tenders are an improvement. I can't wait till October!


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