The Wolverine

June-July 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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BY MICHAEL SPATH H ere's the good news for Michigan hockey fans — among the nine recruits the Wolverines have signed in the 2016 class, not one is a Dylan Lar- kin or Kyle Connor-type that will be poised to play one season in Ann Ar- bor before leaving for the NHL. Now here's the bad news for Michi- gan hockey fans — the Maize and Blue have not signed one Larkin or Connor-type in this current class, when they'll likely need an elite of- fensive talent to compensate for the departures of Connor and juniors Ty- ler Motte and J.T. Compher, who com- bined for 83 goals in 2015-16. "It's a solid group," associate head coach Billy Powers said. "There is no first-round pick, but there are going to be guys playing in our top nine right away up front and playing well, and then our depth on defense continues to be a strength with three players BIG SKATES TO FILL Michigan's Nine-Man Class Will Be Given Chance To Play Important Roles Immediately Following Early Departures Incoming freshman goalie Jack LaFontaine is ranked as the No. 10 North American netminder by the NHL's Central Scouting Service. PHOTO COURTESY JANESVILLE JETS

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