Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Jakiel Transfers

Former Indiana Ice and Lincoln Star, Steve Jakiel, has transferred from Michigan. Jakiel will enroll at Curry College, located in Massachusetts. This move comes about after the struggles Billy Sauer had in net last year, and Jakiel not given a chance. He only appeared in 3 games for the Wolverines last season. With Michigan bringing in a highly regarded freshman goalie in Bryan Hogan, Jakiel was slated to be the 3rd goalie, meaning next to no ice time. At Curry, he should be able to get much more ice time. It's too bad Michigan didn't work out for him, but it's also nice that there is another school who is there to scoop him up.




Side note, Omaha futures pick, Ben Hanowski, has committed to St. Cloud State.

6 comments:

blah blah blah said...

Uh, news break to Jakiel: What were you expecting?

Red runs his ship very simplified: Sauer is the #1. That means you, at most, as #2, get 5 games MAX (barring injury). If you want playing time, go to a team who may have a more open goaltending assignment. Not sure where in the CCHA that would be as I don't know much about the league, but UND rotates goaltenders. So does Minny, DU, MTU, MSUM....

Please. Happy he got a chance at Curry, but his hopes were up in the wrong areas. I just hope, for Michigan's sake, that Hogan's hopes aren't similarly up or Hogan will be one and gone with Michigan.

Anonymous said...

Hogan is a Jakial look a like, only smaller/weaker. Happy to be there though. Too bad you have to sit behind an average #1. Hogan like Jakial like Sauer is not the answer!!

stars fan said...

hogan is 10000000000000 times better than jakiel./ jakiel can't skate or move. he was terribel in ushl, and will not even be good at curry. hogan has a chance.

Anonymous said...

Hogan will probably see a game here or there, but I expect Sauer to continue being #1. Everyone only remembers Sauer's last game, yet the entire second half of the season up until then he had been getting nothing but praise. Funny how quick opinions can change.

As for Jakiel, yeah, he wasn't the answer at U-M, nor was he expected to be. In fact, despite Sauer giving up seven goals against North Dakota, Red still didn't pull him because he said he didn't have a capable backup to replace him with. That's about as straight forward as you can get regarding how he felt about Jakiel's ability.

Anonymous said...

Hogan > Jakiel. Hogan did have a disappointing year last year, but some of his struggles should be attributed to the fact that our defensemen were very sloppy, we led the league in shorthanded goals allowed because we were careless with the puck at the blue line. 2-3 breakaways a game weren't uncommon. Our defense was just downright bad.

Yeti said...

Agreed about Lincoln's defense last year...we were terrible. Langlais and Cohen were more concerned with scoring goals, than playing solid D. Hogan's save percentage suffered because of that. When he does get to start, he'll do fine at UM with a solid defense in front of him.