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Revised Projections on Incoming Freshmen

Connor MacPherson
2024 UNH Commit
Ryan MacPherson
2024 UNH Commit
Reid Conn
2024 UNH Commit

The 2023-24 UNH crew took steps within the path of returning to nationwide prominence. The Wildcats have been nationally ranked for 20-consecutive weeks reaching as excessive as #10 in late November. Their 20-15-1 file was the perfect since 2012-13 (20-12-7), the final time UNH performed within the NCAA Match. UNH’s 2.50 Objectives Towards Common was 14th finest within the nation.

One key measure lagged behind within the nationwide image – goal-scoring. UNH averaged 2.94 Objectives Per Sport which was thirty first in NCAA Division I. 5 UNH gamers scored 10 or extra objectives in 2023-24 – Ryan Conmy (14), Liam Devlin (13), Harrison Blaisdell (11), Cy LeClerc & Morgan Winters (10).

To be able to construct on this system’s progress in a significant means, returning UNH gamers might want to enhance their scoring output and new gamers identified for his or her offensive prowess will probably be wanted. There are two potential sources for brand new gamers to assist transfer UNH ahead. Incoming freshmen, the main focus of this text, is one. The second is gamers out there within the switch portal.

Potential Openings on 2024-25 Roster

UNH’s postseason has simply barely begun. Between now and opening day, the UNH roster will evolve. As of at the moment, Harrison Blaisdell is the one present UNH participant who will certainly not be on the 2024-25 roster. He completed his fifth season and is not eligible to play.

There are 6 seniors with one 12 months of eligibility remaining. Forwards Nick Cafarelli and Cam Gendron, defensemen Luke Reid and Nikolai Jenson and goalie Jeremy Forman have been freshmen in 2020-21. Due to the disruption attributable to COVID, gamers on that roster got one extra season of eligibility. Goalie Raphael Gaughn has used 3 eligibility years so has one left.

For the reason that bonus COVID 12 months of eligibility went into impact solely 3 UNH seniors have remained for his or her graduate 12 months. Ahead Eric MacAdams and goalie Mike Robinson returned in 2021-22. Ahead Harrison Blaisdell returned this season. 4 former UNH gamers used the additional 12 months of eligibilty to play at different faculties. Defenseman
Benton Maass (Minnesota State, 21-22) and forwards Jackson Pierson (Notre Dame, 22-23), Eric Esposito (Mercyhurst, 22-23) and Chase Stevenson (Merrimack, 23-24).

The switch portal opened up on the finish of this season for all graduating seniors with a 12 months of eligibility. To date, not one of the UNH seniors have entered the portal. The portal will probably be open for undergraduates from March 31 to Could 14.

Potential Choices for Present UNH Commits

All recruits and dedicated gamers born in 2003 who’re taking part in junior hockey this season won’t be eligible to proceed their junior profession in 2024-25. The UNH teaching employees have flexibility on this regard. Not one of the gamers at present dedicated to UNH have been born in 2003 so technically, UNH isn’t obliged to enroll any of them subsequent fall as a consequence of expiration of junior eligibility.

Realistically, UNH hockey may be very more likely to admit at the least a number of dedicated gamers who’re judged to be able to play Division I subsequent season and have probably the most potential to advance the crew’s success. A complete of 10 commits have signed a Nationwide Letter of Intent with UNH so new freshman gamers will most likely come from that pool.

Projections as of March 22, 2024

~ To spice up offensive manufacturing in 2024-25, I imagine Connor and Ryan MacPherson will enroll at UNH in Fall, 2024. The dual brothers are 4 star prospects in response to Impartial Zone (the identical as UNH’s present main scorer freshman Ryan Conmy).

Connor MacPherson (DOB: 3/2/2005), the 6’0″, 176 lbs, right-shot winger from Windsor, Ontario, is at present ranked 179th North American skater prospect for the 2024 NHL Draft by NHL Central Scouting. He is scored 11 objectives, together with 6 game-winners, and 31 help in 50 video games for the Penticton Vees within the British Columbia Hockey League.

Impartial Zone Scouting Report

BCHL Sport Report, December 19, 2023

“Tonight (Connor) MacPherson confirmed that he was in a position to get loads of high-quality probabilities as a result of he’s nice at carving out house within the slot and exhibits very fast fingers underneath strain. A few instances tonight he would make a transfer proper right into a shot. This might catch each the defender and goalie off steadiness somewhat bit he was fast along with his motion. One of many extra underrated elements of his sport tonight was how deep he got here again into his personal zone to contribute defensively.”

Ryan MacPherson (DOB: 3/2/2005), the 6’1″, 183 lbs, left-shot middle was drafted in Spherical 6 (172 General) by the Philadelphia Flyers within the 2023 NHL Draft. He is scored 16 objectives, together with 7 energy play and 1 short-handeded, and 22 assists in 50 video games for the Penticton Vees (BCHL).

Impartial Zone Scouting Report

BCHL Sport Report, December 19, 2023

“(Ryan) MacPherson had the quickest fingers on the ice typically however the play ended up dying within the nook. He passes up probabilities to take the puck to the web to make the spotlight reel move the again door. He made nice hockey performs tonight however may capitalize extra with an assault mentality quite than a fringe one. He was pure offense tonight his motor works more durable close to the goalie than it does coming again into his personal finish however when he does work he’s exhausting to get the puck from.”

~ I undertaking at the least one defenseman who’s signed a Nationwide Letter of Intent will probably be on the 2024-25 UNH roster. Once I interviewed Reid Conn in November, I requested him if he and the coaches had agreed on a goal date for enrollement. His reply was “I will probably be at UNH subsequent season”. Impartial Zone charges him a 3.75 star prospect.

Reid Conn (DOB: 2/2/2004), the 6’4″, 205 lbs, left-shot defenseman from Centennial, Colorado, is the one dedicated defenseman in his third season of junior hockey. He has scored 3 objectives and seven assists in 51 video games for the Chicago Metal in the US Hockey League. His +/- score is -11 and he is accrued 68 penalty minutes.

Impartial Zone Scouting Report

USHL Sport Report, October 25, 2023

“Conn was a pleasant shock on this sport as not lots of expectations. The larger right-shot defenseman confirmed good mobility and sufficient puck-handling abilities for his dimension. Within the 2nd interval he confirmed good hole management in 1v1 state of affairs along with his physique positioning and use of his persist with examine the opponent to negate the shot/move out of play. He was utilizing his dimension and power properly to be bodily in his personal zone when wanted. He scored the crew’s solely purpose within the third interval as he broke to the web receiving #12 Brisson move within the aspect slot for the purpose. Whereas Conn is a bit older for the league with the ’04 birthdate he was a gentle presence at each ends.”

Fantastic-tuning 2024-25 UNH Roster

There must be openings for the two incoming freshman forwards (Connor and Ryan MacPherson) and 1 defenseman (Reid Conn). Harrison Blaisdell’s roster slot would go to one of many forwards. Utilizing current seasons as a information, the 2nd ahead slot and 1st defenseman slot will most likely be created by graduating seniors not returning to UNH for a fifth season.

The long run plans of graduating forwards Nick Cafarelli and Cam Gendron and defensemen Luke Reid and Nikolai Jenson will develop into clear within the coming months. Hypothetically, if none of them return to play for UNH subsequent season, there’d be room on the 2024-25 roster for one addtional ahead and one extra defenseman. Would these positions go to UNH commits past the MacPhersons and Reid Conn? Would UNH obtain commitments from gamers within the switch portal? If a number of undergraduate UNH participant enters the switch portal, who would transfer into the opening? Keep tuned.

This season’s roster included 4 goalies: Jakob Hellsten, Tyler Muszelik, Jeremy Forman and Raphael Gaughn. Presently, 16-year-old Ryan Grout is the one goalie dedicated to UNH. Due to this fact, if any of the present goalies leaves this system, UNH would wish to discover a substitute both within the switch portal or by way of a brand new dedication.

2023-24 Statistics

Participant NZ Stars** Group League GP Objectives Asst Pts PIM +/-
2024 Commits
Reid Conn* 2/2/04 (D) 3.75 Chicago Metal USHL 51 3 6 9 68 -11
Connor MacPherson* 3/2/05 (F) 4.0 Penticton Vees BCHL 50 11 31 42 14
Ryan MacPherson* 3/2/05 (F) 4.0 Penticton Vees BCHL 50 16 22 38 10
2024 or ’25 Commit
Connor DeTurris 10/8/04 (F) 3.75 Nanaimo Clipper BCHL 39 14 23 37 8
Lars Petter Eckholm* 3/7/04 (F) 3.25 Cowichan Valley Capitals BCHL 42 6 7 13 8
Conner de Haro* 10/17/05 (D) 3.75 Youngstown Phantoms USHL 43 2 6 8 29 +21
Ryan Philbrick* 6/20/04 (D) 3.75 Salmon Arms Silverbacks BCHL 2 0 1 1 4
Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 30 2 5 7 14 +5
Josh Participant* 5/13/05 (D) 3.75 Inexperienced Bay Gamblers USHL 52 5 5 10 36 +3
2025 Commits
Sebastian Bradshaw 5/26/05 (F) 3.75 Coquitlam Specific BCHL 37 5 7 12 41
Brooks Bandits AJHL 3 0 1 1 8
Value Grimes* 1/28/06 (D) 3.5 Chicago Metal USHL 36 1 5 6 42 -5
Luca Primerano* 3/17/05 (F) 3.5 Prince George Spruce Kings BCHL 50 8 13 21 8
Jack Sadowski* 7/29/06 (F) 3.75 Kimball Union Academy NE Prep 37 41 50 91
Wildcats 19U NEFPHL 19U 17 11 15 26 0
Massachusetts District USA Selects 17 6 1 2 3 4
2025 or ’26 Commits
Kole Hyles 1/16/06 (F) 3.75 Cushing Academy NE Prep 32 14 9 23
Central Mass Peguins EHF 18U 23 8 10 18
New England District USA Selects 17 6 4 3 7 0
Niko Tournas 2/17/06 (F) 4.0 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 36 1 3 4 20 +1
New England District USA Selects 17 6 4 5 9 1
2026 Commits
Nikita Konevych 6/3/06 (D) NR Corpus Christi IceRays NAHL 16 0 4 4 42 -6
Austin Bruins NAHL 8 0 1 1 0 -4
George McCaffrey 1/2/07 (F) 3.5 Westminster Faculty NE Prep 23 4 7 11
MidFairfield Rangers 15U NE Pack 10 3 4 7 0
Group White USA Selects 16 5 3 1 4 0
Jayden Connors 2/26/07 (D) 3.75 St. Michaels Buzzers OJHL 46 2 21 23 36
Ryan Grout 8/15/07 (G) 4.0 Salmon Arms Silverbacks BCHL 14 10 3 1 2.18 .928
* = Signed Nationwide Letter of Intent
** = Impartial Zone 5-Star Ranking

The statistics for the commits, offered within the above desk, are categorized by the projected 12 months they are going to enroll in UNH. For instance, the “2024 Commits” are projected to start taking part in for UNH within the Fall of 2024. I’ve primarily based these projections on the next components:
~ Variety of UNH gamers leaving the crew on the finish of the earlier season and the place they performed.
~ Variety of incoming switch gamers and the place they play.
~ If a Nationwide Letter of Intent has been signed.
~ The 12 months the commit and UNH coaches initially focused for enrollment in UNH.
~ How outdated the commit could be upon admission.
~ Variety of years in junior hockey previous to admission.
~ The commit’s efficiency in current seasons in addition to accidents.
~ Anticipated date of highschool commencement.



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