The bulldogs have a couple questions coming into this season.  One being, who in the world is going to find the back of the net?

Jack Connolly, who scored 20 goals last season, Travis Oleksuk, who scored 21 goals and J.T. Brown who buried 24 pucks were UMD’s top 3 scorers last season who together, combined for 160 points; they all left.  Making Caleb Herbert, who finished off the year with 14 goals, Mike Seidel with 17 and Joe Basaraba with 7 left.  Honestly, this is going to be a tough fill for the dogs.  It’s not realistic to say that someone will replace those three, especially Jack, although anything is possible right?

Austin Farley recorded 28 goals last season for the Fargo Force and posted 59 total points in 51 games.  He was 10th overall in the USHL for total points and 8th in goals.  It’s no secret that he found the back of the net last year in the United States Hockey League, but can he do it  at the collegiate level as well?  I believe so.  At 5’9” 170lbs he’s not going to be the biggest skater on the ice, but I expect him to be among the top scorers for the dogs this year.

Tony Cameranesi and Charlie Sampair could also be potential freshman candidates to be among some of the top scorers this year.  Tony put 18 goals in for the Waterloo Black Hawks of the USHL last season and Charlie scored 30 goals for the Hill-Murray Pioneers as a senior in high school last season.  Tony has a year of experience in the USHL under his belt and Charlie may sound like an iffy bet but at 6’1” 190lbs its not like he’s going to pushed around to much.

But enough about incoming recruits, we all know UMD has returning talent as well that will help put numbers on scoreboards all over the country.  You can’t exactly fall short of the frozen four (only to the team that one the national championship) with 3 talented players right?  Caleb Herbert is going to have a hell of year.  If it’s not obvious, it should be.  Plan on him sitting near the WCHA scoring top, you heard it here first.  Joe Basaraba will also have a fantastic season this year, along with the experience of senior Mike Seidel who scored 2 goals in the bulldogs losing game against Denver in the WCHA final five.

Add Jake Hendrickson to the list of players to have a good year as well.  As a senior this year, look for him to carry on from last year, specifically the Maine game where he put 2 goals in to propel Duluth to face off against Boston College.  He should be able to keep his numbers high this year along with the rest of the returning players listed above.

Senior forwards Dan DeLisle, Keegan Flaherty and Cody Danberg will use their experience to their advantage this year and also help add points.  These forwards, along with Tim Smith, Joe Basaraba and Max Tardy know what it takes to win the national championship, and I’m not saying they’re going to win it all, but that experience will benefit them and the rest of the team very much so this year.