Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Danny Kristo stays at UND for another year

So I guess we don’t have to worry too much about Danny Kristo not signing a contract for next season. Based on what we read he seems to love college hockey at UND and wants to graduate and have another shot at a national championship. This is fine, especially if he puts it all together and has a great season, it’s a good development opportunity for him, personally and athletically. We have a bit of an avalanche of prospects hitting Hamilton next fall, one fewer rookie may make it easier to absorb everyone.
The news that Darren Dietz will stay in Saskatoon to have a shot at the Memorial Cup, which his team will be hosting next spring, also contributes to a more manageable situation in terms of bodies and rookies for the Bulldogs. Mr. Dietz also has a great opportunity to play on a powerful team next season and be in a leadership role as they compete at the highest level.

(EDIT: It has been brought to my attention that Mr. Dietz is ineligible to play in the AHL next season, he is too young and has too few CHL seasons played, so he was always slated to remain at Saskatoon.  I will amend my projections accordingly.)
I had posted in March about how the farm team might look next season, we now are getting a slightly clearer picture. Once minor details such as the hire of the Canadiens' General Manager and the team’s management structure are announced, as well as the coaching staff’s identity and once we have determined our 2012 draft haul, we’ll revisit the issue. We may even know by then if the Bulldogs will be strengthened by veteran help at centre.

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