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October 2011

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2011-12 hockey preview tough year. He didn���t get to play as many games as he probably would have liked, but I think he took advantage of his practices. ���Already early on here, as far as conditioning, how he looks and his presence, you can tell that he���s ready to make an impact. Last year was a year he took some positives out of it and also there were some frustrations, and I know he���s looking forward to starting from scratch.��� Honors & Awards: None. Draft Status: Free Agent. Year 2010-11 Career GP 18 18 Career Stats GA 0 2 0 2 P 2 2 +/+12 +12 F ��� Derek DeBlois 5-10 ��� 179 Narragansett, R.I. Assistant coach Billy Powers: ���We were a senior-laden team a year ago and opportunity was not great, but Derek showed flashes ��� good tenacity, really, really good hockey sense. Derek knew that this was a huge spring and summer because strength was an issue, and he���s come back, he looks great, so now hopefully it will translate. He���s a kid that, based on role changing and opportunity changing, we could see a take huge jump from a year ago.��� Honors & Awards: None. Draft Status: Free Agent. Year 2010-11 Career Career Stats GP GA 27 1 5 27 1 5 P 6 6 G ��� Adam Janecyk +/+8 +8 6-0 ��� 185 Ada, Mich. Assistant coach Josh Blackburn: ���He���s an awesome kid that improved a lot last year. He got better over the summer, too. It will be easier for him this year, getting more reps in practice and seeing more shots. The kid works his tail off. He���s very capable, and if we need him, he���ll be ready to play. ���He���s not as athletic as Hunwick, but few goalies are. He���s more of a technically sound goalie.��� Honors & Awards: Earned the University of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement award in 2010-11. Draft Status: Free Agent. Year 2010-11 Career Career Stats GP W-L-T GAA 1 0-0-0 0.00 1 0-0-0 0.00 Save Pct. 1.000 1.000 D ��� Jon Merrill 6-3 ��� 209 Brighton, Mich. Assistant coach Billy Powers: ���Arguably, he was our top defenseman a year ago as a freshman, and he���s just an elite all-around defenseman. Really, Jonny does not possess any weaknesses. Even though he���ll only be a sophomore, he will clearly be, along with Pateryn, our leader on the blue line.��� Honors & Awards: Named to the All-U.S. College Hockey Online second team, Inside College Hockey AllFreshman team, NCAA All-Frozen Four team, All-CCHA second team and CCHA All-Rookie team, and was a finalist for CCHA Best Offensive Defenseman, Best Defensive Defenseman and Rookie of the Year awards ��� Was a member of the Team USA squad that won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Junior Championship ��� Won a gold medal with Team USA at the IIHF World Under-18 Championship in 2008-09. Draft Status: A second-round selection (No. 38 overall) of the New Jersey Devils in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Year 2010-11 Career GP 42 42 Career Stats GA 7 18 7 18 P 25 25 F ��� Luke Moffatt +/+11 +11 6-0 ��� 194 Paradise Valley, Ariz. Assistant coach Brian Wiseman: ���He���s a sophomore here this year, and we���re looking for him to make some strides from his freshman year.��� Honors & Awards: Received the University of Michigan Athletic Academic Achievement award in 2010-11 ��� Won a gold medal with Team USA at the 2010 IIHF World Under-18 Championship. Draft Status: A seventh-round selection (No. 197 overall) of the Colo- rado Avalanche in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. Year 2010-11 Career GP 36 36 Career Stats GA 5 8 5 8 P 13 13 +/+7 +7 ������ Freshmen D ��� Mike Chiasson 5-11 ��� 195 Henderson, Nev. Assistant coach Billy Powers: ���Mike is a kid who played three years of junior hockey in the U.S. Hockey League with a top program in Omaha. He���s a reliable, smart, heady defenseman that has offensive attributes to go along with the fact that he has been known as a shutdown defenseman, a guy in the U.S Hockey League who was always playing against the other team���s top lines, and has always been a plus player. We���ll look for him to add steady minutes.��� Honors & Awards: Skated with the Omaha Lancers from 2008-11 ��� Appeared in 122 career games, with seven goals and 20 assists totaling 27 points, and a plus/minus of plus-23. Draft Status: Free Agent. F ��� Phil Di Giuseppe 6-1 ��� 200 Maple, Ont. Assistant coach Brian Wiseman: ���He comes in as a highly regarded Canadian junior player. I think you���ll see a high-level skill set from Phil and someone who will look to be a contributor right from day one.��� Honors & Awards: Skated with the Villanova Knights from 2009-11 ��� He scored 47 goals and added 83 assists totaling 130 points in 121 career games. Draft Status: Draft Eligible. G ��� Luke Dwyer Plymouth, Mich. Assistant coach Josh Blackburn: ���I���m pretty impressed. He���s stepping into the role of our No. 3 goalie out of nowhere. Meeting him, and from what I���ve heard, he���s an unbelievable kid that is willing to work his butt off. ���I don���t know how much October 2011��� ������ the wolverine��� 63

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