Sioux Falls is coming off a Clark Cup championship season, and will need a big makeover if they want a chance to repeat.
This is the last of the 2008 previews.
Corey Tropp-One of the better players in the league.
Ryan Guentzel-Assist machine.
Zach Redmond-Defensive leader.
Dan Sexton-Great penalty killer.
Matt Lundin-Led team to Clark Cup.
Max Strang (1989) - Impressive 10-4 record, will be 3rd year guy.
Strang should be ready to take the reins of a USHL club now that it will be his third year. He came in and challenged Lundin and helped push him to be better. Expect Hartzell to bring in a capable goalie to compete with Strang.
Jeff Foss (1988) - Lots of talent, lone returner.
Sioux Falls will lack leadership and experience on defense come next season with just Foss returning.
Jake Hansen (1989) - This kid will be great.
Jake Drewiske (1987) - Doesn't seem to have a lot of offensive upside, but definitely a role player and a leader.
Robbie Vrolyk (1989) - Small, but fast.
Jordy Christian (1988) - Loads of talent, should produce more.
David Grun (1987) - Big kid, started to turn it on towards the end of the year.
Nick Dineen (1989) - Lots of ice time, could go to CC.
Drew Fisher (1987) - Finally broke out and put up points.
Sioux Falls has some of the better Minnesota High School talents in Hansen, Christian, and Grun. These guys should be atop the team in points. Dineen, if he stays, will also be near the top of the point leader list. Fisher took awhile to get going, but he took off last season and never looked back. Expect a big year from him. Drewiske could wear the C next season.
I don't know a whole lot about the players on their futures list, but I know that Scott Kishel, Aaron Ness, and Anthony Raiola have loads of talent. Eric Hartzell could step in and challenge Strang for the #1 goalie spot.
Overall Evaluation: C