Sorry about the lack of posts the last few days. Hopefully I can make up for it with an update today.
Last time I spoke with Stars assistant coach Blair Atcheynum he was very pleased with the quality of players that coach Hasselberg had recruited. He was also happy with how those players had played. The North Stars ended up cutting fewer players than perhaps they expected. Basically it boils down to the fact that the players who were here didn’t deserve to go home. They had played will enough to stick around. That’s a nice problem to have for the coaches.
So this weekend is a big one for the North Stars and the players hoping to make the team. I just spoke with coach Hasselberg. He said the team has an idea of what the rosters will look like for the two games. But he did say it would depend on how the players play. If there are guys who need a longer look they will likely get it. Fatigue and injuries could come into play as well. Coach also said that even though Saturday is a home game the coaches would like to ice a roster that will excite the fans. But they have to do what’s best for the players and give them a chance to earn their spots. But I think at the end of the day that’s going to accomplish the same thing. Fans who come out Saturday night will be excited about the quality of the players that are in town.
Coach also said that the plan is to make some cuts Sunday. They want to give themselves and the players a chance to regroup before making what will be some very, very difficult decisions.
From what I have been told this year’s Melfort team is going to be a little bigger, a little stronger and a little faster. They may still be a year away from being a competitive team but they will win some more games this season than they did last season. But I haven’t seen them yet so it will be interesting to see what kind of recruits they’ve managed to bring in and what young players will step up and crack that lineup. Friday in Melfort and Saturday here at the Civic Center will be big games for both teams that will go a long way to figuring out who is on each team when the season starts.