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FutureHawks: 2 transfers headed to Oxford

Two transfers are officially set to join Miami in 2019-20, and both forwards should make an immediate impact with the RedHawks.

Brett Murray logged 33 games in two seasons with Penn State before leaving the team to return to juniors, where he is 20-24-44 in 35 games with Youngstown. The Buffalo Sabres’ fourth-round pick will be eligible to play for Miami this fall.

Matthew Barry was leading Holy Cross in points at 4-7-11. The transfer will miss two semesters and join he RedHawks for the second half of 2019-20.

Also, defenseman Jack Clement has signed an NLI with Miami. The 6-feet-4 blueliner is 1-6-7 with USHL Des Moines.

According to Eliteprospects.com, also expected to join the team this fall are F Ryan Savage, son of former NHLer Brian Savage, Ds Alec Capstick, Uula Ruikka and Matt Kessel and G Benjamin Kraws.

Kraws is with USHL’s Sioux City and is the favorite to back up Larkin next season.

The RedHawks will need to replace Fs Josh Melnick, Ryan Siroky and Zach LaValle, Ds Grant Hutton and River Rymsha and G Jordan Uhelski.

F Jay Feiwell was the latest to commit to Miami this week. He has posted 10 goals and 18 assists for 28 points in 32 games with NAHL Shreveport.

BoB takes a look at Miami commits’ stats in juniors, high schools and other leagues:

COMMITS’ 2018-19 REGULAR SEASON STATS


Skaters

Player YOB Team League Pos GP G A Pts +/– PIM
Primo Self 2001 Selects Aca. U18 Midget F 39 19 31 50 44
John Waldron 2002 Chicago Fury U16 T1EHL U16 F 29 21 23 44 10
Brett Murray! 1998 Youngstown USHL F 34 20 24 44 0 27
Jay Feiwell 1999 Shreveport NAHL F 32 10 18 28 11 103
Alec Capstick 1999 Langley BCHL D 44 5 22 27 41
Dominick Rivelli 2003 Chicago Mission HPHL U15 F 20 9 11 20 36
Ryan Savage* 2000 Fargo USHL F 33 8 11 19 -14 18
Frankie Carogioello 2002 St. Andrew’s CISAA F 10 8 10 18 14
Ben Dexheimer 2002 Blake USHS D 17 2 10 12 10
Ben Schoen 2002 Youngstown USHL F 28 1 11 12 -9 12
Red Savage 2003 Compuware U16 HPHL U16 F 18 6 5 11 22
Trevor Peca 2000 Buffalo Jr. Sabres OJHL F 12 4 7 11 26
Matthew Barry@ 1997 Holy Cross NCAA D1 F 13 4 7 11 -14 10
Justin Engelkes 2000 Janesville NAHL F 19 5 6 11 0 39
Ty Gallagher 2003 Compuware U16 HPHL U16 D 18 2 9 11 10
Uula Ruikka 2000 Chicago USHL D 27 4 5 9 3 27
Matthew Kessel 2000 Sioux Falls USHL D 34 2 7 9 4 18
Valentino Passarelli 2000 Philadelphia NAHL F 30 5 2 7 -2 85
Kienan Draper 2002 L. Caesar’s U16 T1EHL U16 F 8 3 2 5 4
Nicholas Donato 2002 Chicago Miss. U16 HPHL U16 D 14 1 4 5 30
John Prokop 2001 Omaha USHL D 24 0 4 4 -6 2
Nick DeSantis 2002 Sioux Falls USHL F 3 1 0 1 -1 0
Anthony Vidrick 2001 Conn. Jr. Rangers NCDC F 1 0 0 0 0
Declan Ride 2003 Toronto Nat’ls Midget AAA GTMMHL D N/ A


Goalies

Player YOB Team League GP W L T GAA Sv% SHO
Ben Kraws 2000 Sioux City USHL 29 16 12 2.84 .898 1
Gibson Homer 2003 Fox Motors U16 T1EHL U16 9 2.30 .892

Last updated: 1-24-2019
* – signed NLI to play for Miami
! – transfer from Penn St., will join Miami in 2019-20.
@ – transfer from Holy Cross, will join Miami in Jan. 2020.

Scouting FutureHawks: Gordie Green

PLYMOUTH, Mich. – Gordie Green is in his second full season of USHL hockey with Dubuque, and he is expected to make Miami a better offensive team in 2016-17.

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At 5-feet-8, he fits the physical profile of some of the most successful points-producing RedHawks in previous years. He has signed a National Letter of Intent earlier this season, meaning he will most likely move to Oxford this summer.

Green has not produced points en masse since joining Dubuque, but he should still be able to make a significant contribution to next season’s Miami team. In 85 career games with the Fighting Saints, he has 13 goals and 21 assists for 44 points, including 13 points in 25 games in 2015-16.

The Michigan native turns 19 in February and did play a game with the U.S. Under-17 team in 2013-14.

As always when writing about FutureHawks, it’s understood that the below opinions are based on the performance in one game, which typically does not provide a completely accurate representation of the player’s abilities but normally gives a good idea of what a player brings on game night.

With that in mind, Blog Of Brotherhood visited the Team USA facility last weekend to watch Dubuque take on the U.S. National Development Under-18 Team and took a look at Green:

GORDIE GREEN

Height: 5-8. Weight: 179. DOB: 2/24/1997. From: Detroit, Mich.

Games: 23. Goals: 4. Assists: 9. Points: 13. Plus-minus: 3. PIM: 25.

GAME NIGHT: Green was on the second line as a right wing with the Smith brothers – Mitchell and Evan – both Yale commits and significant offensive threats. Team USA’s Griffin Luce, an impressive player at 6-feet-3 and 214 pounds, spent much of the night covering Green and did not make his life easy.

FIRST IMPRESSIONS: Green has substantial muscle mass for his size, filling out at 179 pounds despite being just 5-8. Like many fitting that size profile, he tries to elude defenders and set up scoring chances. He loves to forecheck and is a pest in the offensive zone as he tries to force opponents into turnovers and uncomfortable passes as they bring the puck up the ice. Green sets up in front of the net and tries to redirect shots and knock home rebounds from the slot, which is somewhat unusual for a small forward.

FIRST PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS: Fired a shot just wide after a Team USA turnover in its defensive zone…tape-to-tape pass in the offensive zone ultimately led to a scoring chance…hammered a player along the boards…on the power play, he won a battle along the end boards and connected on two passes to keep a threat alive…outskated a USA defenseman to avoid icing…stole the puck in the offensive zone but lost it…laid out a hit during a battle in front of the USA net.

SECOND PERIOD HIGHIGHTS: Earned an assist when linemate Mitchell Smith scored a bad-angle goal…great outlet pass from the defensive zone along the boards to get his team out of trouble…cleanly stole the puck in the defensive zone…logged a lot of power play time.

THIRD PERIOD HIGHLIGHTS: Excellent pass from behind his own net to spring Dubuque loose…grabbed a loose puck in traffic for a shot but missed the net…buggy-whipped a low shot that was blocked by a defenseman…turned it over in the defensive zone but USA did not generate a scoring chance.

FINAL GAME INFO: Green finished with an assist — his ninth of the season — a plus-1 rating for the Smith goal and four shots on goal.

FINAL THOUGHTS: Green’s passing ability is his most notable attribute, as he rarely misses a teammate’s stick and appears very confident in this aspect of his game, which will translate in the college game. As mentioned above, his forechecking is tenacious. Often defense is one of the last areas to develop for players in Green’s age group, and he is already ahead of the curve. While he held his own against bigger players, he didn’t thrive down low, which is probably a key reason his points total is not higher than 13. While Luce is bigger than most in the USHL, big, tough, physical forwards are what Green will face in the NCHC, so this was a good test for him. He almost seems miscast at right wing – he is more of a playmaker, as well as a solid defender, than a sniper or a net-crasher. But Dubuque is loaded up the middle, which is possibly why he’s playing on the right side. There’s also a lot to like about his compete level, his physicality and his hockey IQ – he is almost never out of position and always gets back on defense.

WHERE HE FITS IN AT MIAMI: Miami needs scoring, and Green certainly has a lot to offer in the offensive area, but the question that’s of immediate concern is: How often will he be able to put the puck in the net? He will be another guy that can move the puck on the power play and is responsible enough that he could be a fourth forward on one of the RedHawks’ units. Green may also play on the PK, although in this game Dubuque was only shorthanded once so the sample size was too small to evaluate. Again, just based on one game as well as his track record in the USHL, Green does not appear to be the next Carter Camper-Andy Miele-Austin Czarnik in terms of points, but he looks like he should generate more points than an Alex Gacek or an Alex Wideman. He is averaging a half point per game in 2015-16, which is a realistic expectation in Oxford and would put him in the 20-25 range. He seems to be an excellent fit for Miami coach Enrico Blasi’s system, which should help his transition in 2016-17. And Blasi expects all of his forwards to play defense, which Green will do, and that could earn him more ice time. He should be a solid addition in what looks to be a quality recruiting class.

GAME PHOTOS BY CATHY LACHMANN:

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