Monday, April 27, 2009

Report Card: Sioux City Musketeers

Team Record: 24-30-6

Total Points: 54

Goal Leader: Stephane Da Costa - 31

Assist Leader: Stephane Da Costa - 36

Points Leader: Stephane Da Costa - 67

PIM Leader: Mike Keenan - 129

+/- Leader: Drew Daniels - +8

Wins Leader: Steve Thompson - 16

Sioux City had some promise in net coming into the season, but the veteran under-performed and the rookie couldn't match his tryout camp results. Thompson still played well and earned a scholarship, but couldn't keep his record above .500 on the season. Thompson was one of only four goalies to see over 1000 shots (1040) and he played in the least amount of games of those four. Adam Janecyk had a tremendous tryout camp, but he didn't appear to adapt to the USHL level as quickly as hoped. I feel Janecyk has a bright future in front of him at this level and beyond. The team never seemed like they got going, but never seemed to give up, either.

The Musketeer defense was the team's achilles heal this season. Mike Keenan was the Musketeers' anchor on the blue line and was on the ice for every situation. He was very solid in his own zone and was also able to contribute on the offensive side as well. Also a fixture on the blue line was projected NHL draft pick, Seth Helgeson. Helgeson has a laser from the point, but always seemed reluctant to use it. He is big and physical, so he will most likely get drafted before suiting up for Minnesota next fall.

The Musketeers offense was led by the import line of Stephane Da Costa, Stephan Vigier, and Mitch Bruijsten. Da Costa was one of the biggest threats on the ice and one of the better forwards this season. Da Costa was used in all situations and was successful wherever he was playing. He could stick handle around the defense to drive in or he could take a blast from the outside. Da Costa was extremely tough to defend. Another player I enjoyed watching this season was Austin Mattson. He was never the biggest guy on the ice, but threw his body around and would do all he could to get a puck. Clarkson recruit, Adam Pawlick, ended the season with 20 goals. He had a great shot and used it effectively.

Team Grade: D

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