Friday, December 1, 2006

Futures Making an Impact

We are just over a quarter of the way done with the season, and already some futures are up and playing with the USHL team that drafted them. Let's take a look at each player that has stepped onto USHL ice this season.

Round 1:
Josh Robinson (G) Sioux City - Josh came to town almost immediately after he was drafted and was given a roster spot over Seth McNary. Robinson has played pretty well so far, but had a tendency to leave one side of the net wide open too often.

Round 2:
Josh Bemis (D) Chicago - Josh has played 3 games for the Steel so far, but hasn't posted any points. He has a +1 rating though, so having a + rating in Chicago is probably a good sign.

Round 3:
John Carlson (D) Indiana - John is a huge kid, measuring in at 6'2" 200 lbs. This kid isn't even 17 yet, so he will continue to grow. He has appeared in two games for the Ice, posting 0 points and 6 PIM to go along with a -2 rating. He should be able to be an asset for this team down the line once he matures a little more.

Round 4:
Justin Crew (F) Lincoln - Justin is making his debut tonight for Lincoln, so I can't comment much about him at this time.

Round 5:
Patrick Johnson (F) Lincoln - Patrick has to be the best future to have been called up so far this year. He has 6 points (4 G 2 A) in 7 games played for Lincoln, and he has added two more goals tonight. He has a nice scoring touch, though he is small, he still manages to be at the right place at the right time.

Round 7:
Mike Marcou (D) Waterloo - Mike has appeared in 5 games for the Black Hawks and has posted 0 points. He is -3 on the season, which could be seen as bad since Waterloo has the best defense so far this year.

Round 9:
Tyler Murovich (F) Chicago - Tyler played 2 games with the Steel last weekend and earned no points and came away with an even +/- rating. He should be a solid player in a year or two.

Joe Hartman (D) Sioux City - Joe played 1 game for Sioux City when they traveled to Ohio. He was brought in as an emergency defenseman, as Sioux City was short in that department. Not too high on him, don't see him being an impact player.

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