The Wolverine

October 2016

The Wolverine: Covering University of Michigan Football and Sports

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64 THE WOLVERINE OCTOBER 2016 HOCKEY PREVIEW No. Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Elig. 1 Jack LaFontaine G 6-3 197 Fr. Has the athleticism and technical expertise to start right away. 2 Luke Martin D 6-2 201 Fr. Highly touted 17-year-old should see the ice sooner rather than later. 3 Joseph Cecconi D 6-2 205 So. Fifth-round draft pick will need to continue growth from sec- ond half of last season. 4 Cutler Martin D 6-0 211 Jr. Played some forward last year, but his physical presence and experience should keep him on D where U-M needs to improve. 5 Griffin Luce D 6-3 214 Fr. Will compete for minutes; grandfather Don, played with U-M head coach Red Berenson in Detroit for a season. 6 Sam Piazza D 5-11 196 Jr. Skilled player was among the most improved last year; needs to maintain development. 10 Will Lockwood F 5-11 172 Fr. Scout says transition to college should be smooth given his competitiveness and feel for the game. 11 Brendan Warren F 6-1 185 So. Could become an offensive threat after notching 17 points as a freshman third-liner. 12 James Sanchez F 6-1 184 Fr. Big body out of the USNTDP, will likely provide depth as a newcomer. 13 Jake Slaker F 5-10 184 Fr. Ditched the warm weather of Atlanta and San Diego to come to U-M; unlikely to play much this year. 14 Nick Pastujov F 6-0 202 Fr. Jury is still out due to shoulder surgery; drafted because of his size, strength and skating ability, but must show consistency. 15 Evan Allen F 5-11 196 Sr. A fourth-liner last season, coaches are counting on him to have his best season yet. 16 Alex Talcott F 5-11 190 Jr. Only played in two games last year; will battle in practice for a role. 17 Tony Calderone F 6-0 200 Jr. Could lead the team in goals if everything breaks right; proved his prowess in the USHL. 18 Adam Winborg F 6-2 200 Fr. U-M's first Swedish-born player since Carl Hagelin (2008-11) will provide depth. 19 Steven Merl F 6-4 207 Fr. Berenson likes what he's seen on and off the ice, but along with a few of the other incoming players he's unlikely to be a factor right away. 20 Cooper Marody F 6-0 178 So. Breakout candidate given his skill and increased role; knows how to play in his own end and can be a big-time playmaker on offense. 21 Nolan De Jong D 6-2 202 Sr. A good guess for the team captain, assumes defensive spotlight with early departures of Zach Werenski and Michael Downing. 22 Niko Porikos F/D 6-3 200 Jr. Entered program as walk-on, practiced his way into lineup last year and played well enough to stay for a stretch. 23 Alex Kile F 6-0 193 Sr. Best bet to lead the team in scoring, the undrafted veteran is determined to end his career with a flourish. 24 Kevin Lohan D 6-5 221 Sr. Staff is excited to see him back in game action after he missed all but two games last season. 25 Max Shuart F 6-1 192 Sr. A good fourth-line skater last year, he is expected to elevate his play in his final season. 26 Christian Meike D 6-0 172 Fr. Smart and alert, this quality teammate will have to figure out what's required to crack the lineup down the road. 27 Nicholas Boka D 6-1 200 So. Coaches expect a lot from him in year two, and the sixth-round draft pick seems poised to deliver. 30 Hayden Lavigne G 6-3 200 Fr. Berenson will give freshmen a chance in net, and Lavigne is no different. 31 Chad Catt G 5-10 190 So. May have a tough time seeing the ice but, if nothing else, pos- sesses a great goalie surname. 35 Zach Nagelvoort G 6-1 208 Sr. Can he finish his career on a high note? U-M certainly hopes so with its renewed emphasis on limiting opponents' goals. 39 Dexter Dancs F 6-2 205 Jr. Skillful and big, will compete for a top-six spot on left wing, a bigger role than he had last year. 2016-17 Michigan Ice Hockey Roster Sophomore Cooper Marody debuted with 24 points (10 goals and 14 assists) last year after being selected in the sixth round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Philadelphia Flyers. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL

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