Waterloo is coming off a hard fought loss in the championship game to Sioux Falls. They did beat Des Moines in a thriller the night before, but couldn't pull it off two nights in a row. P.K. O'Handley will have a good core to build around, most namely goalie Matt DiGirolamo.
Joshua Turnbull-One of the best players on the team.
James Marcou-Led team in scoring with 72 points.
Kyle Reeds-Became a go to goal scorer.
Matt Arhontas-Team leader.
Ryan Cramer-Impressive rookie season.
Matt DiGirolamo (1988) - One of the top goalies in the league.
DiGirolamo should be atop the goalie leaders again next season. Last season, he had to split time with Ryan Rondeau, but he should head into the new season as the team's go to guy.
Jon Madden (1987) - Not very offensive, but effective.
Pasko Skarica (1987) - Solid year, but he's still pretty slow.
Blake Kessel (1989) - One of the team's best defensemen.
Mike Marcou (1989) - If he's anything like his brother, watch out.
Madden and Kessel will anchor the blue line for the Hawks. Skarica can come back, but was not protected. Waterloo will need plenty of help on the blue line come next season with the losses of Brett Barta, Vincent LoVerde, and John Lee.
Paul Weisgarber (1988) - Decent first year, had a huge goal against Cedar Rapids to close out the regular season.
Tim Gilbert (1987) - Not protected, but a gritty type player and a possible 3rd year guy.
Craig Smith (1989) - Seemed to become more physical as the season went on.
Brett Olson (1987) - Had a big year, really excelled in the playoffs.
Billy Maday (1988) - Bothered by injuries, should be ready for a full year of USHL hockey.
Keegan Meuer (1989) - Limited production in limited ice time.
Jan-Mikael Juutilainen (1988) - Time to show why he was an NHL draft pick.
Waterloo returns some excellent talent up front. Maday will compete for the team's points lead, while Smith and Weisgarber should double their output. Waterloo will need guys like Meuer and Juutilainen to mature and put up a few more points next season. Olson and Gilbert can be leaders for this team.
Waterloo boasts some of the best talents in their futures list. Leading the way are forwards Brock Montpetit, Mike Fink, and Andrew Hamburg, along with defenseman Chris Student. Eric Ringel had an excellent year in the NAHL, and he could be a wild card of making the Hawks out of camp.
Overall Evaluation: B-