Green Bay is coming off a dismal year and are looking to rebound with a brand new coach, who has yet to be named. The Gamblers have a solid possible returning duo in net, so they will need to focus on some scoring.
Taylor McReynolds-Good penalty killer, tough and physical.
Ryan Little-Scrappy defenseman, team leader.
Neil Conway (1988) - Conway posted respectable numbers for a poor team. Could be in for big year.
Aaron Crandall (1990) - Young, quality goalie.
If the next Gamblers coach puts some talent in front of these two, the Gamblers are going to be a force next season. Their goalies were their bright spot last year, but sadly, Conway and Crandall were unable to score goals. If given the right opportunities, these two could form one of the better goalie duos in the league.
Robert Shea (1990) - Rugged defenseman who turned into a viable option for the Gamblers.
Chase Drake (1989) - Only appeared in 10 games, no points and -5.
Chris Saracino (1989) - Not overly impressive when I saw him. Seemed to be a weak skater at Fall Classic.
Taylor Johnson (1989) - Very sound defenseman, should be their go to guy next season.
As of now, Shea is still listed as an 08 or 09 recruit for Bowling Green. I think Bowling Green, the Gamblers, and Shea would benefit if he spent another year in the USHL. Green Bay will need to add some defensemen as Shea appears to be the only sure thing of this group, though I was never able to see Drake play since he joined the team late. With the mention of Johnson coming back, and through some confirmation, it looks like the Gamblers' blue line just got a lot better. They will have a top notch guy like Taylor Johnson to build around and Robert Shea gives them a 2nd quality guy back there.
Jacob Johnstone (1990) - As a forward, had a disappointing year. 2 goals, 3 assists, -22.
Keegan Flaherty (1990) - Has potential, but wasn't able to put up many points last season.
Justin Filzen (1989) - Had a decent year, should come close to doubling that output.
C.J. Lee (1989) - Probably their best forward returns, should lead team in scoring.
Max Cook (1990) - Highly touted, should be a force next season.
Anthony Hayes (1989) - Good on the PK, not very flashy from what I saw.
Stephen Carew (1988) - Appears to be a good defensive forward, only a -8 on a bad Gamblers team.
Jacob Youso (1990) - Highly touted forward, could be a top player.
Though Green Bay could return some decent scorers, they really seemed to lack the ability to score goals last season. C.J. Lee will lead the offense and younger guys like Max Cook and Jacob Youso should be ready to step in and be relied on. Flaherty has a lot of potential, so hopefully he can tap into that and become a potent scorer. Anthony Hayes is the type of player who will help out his team however possible, making him a nice asset.
One thing Mark Mazzoleni always seemed to do well was draft young talent in the futures drafts and lure kids to Green Bay. He has set up the next coach with a few gems as well. Leading that group is defenseman Joey Gleason. He could end up going to North Dakota, but you can bet Green Bay will be doing everything in their power to convince him to venture over to Wisconsin. Another defenseman that could be a good one is John Ramage, son of former NHLer Rob Ramage. There are also two more stars from the Edina team that appear on Green Bay's futures list, though it's not too likely they will show up. Anders Lee and Zach Budish are the players, but at this point it seems slim that they will play in the USHL. Budish may go straight from Edina to the University of Minnesota, while Lee is a big football star and may not be willing to leave that behind. Jake Gardiner was also drafted, but he is slated to enroll at Wisconsin for next fall.
Overall Evaluation: C-