Incoming Freshmen Breakdown

College hockey is loved in Minnesota and we all want to know the new faces that are joining our teams in the 2017-18 season. I have put together a breakdown of incoming freshman for all five college hockey teams in the beloved State of Hockey. This year there will be a combined 40 incoming freshmen between the five teams. I will break down each team’s class and give you highlights about each team incoming class. The season is just around the corner, hope you enjoy!


1280px-minnesota_golden_gophers_hockey_logo-svgMinnesota Gophers (7)

Nate Knoepke – Defenseman 6’ 3” 200lbs Hometown: Farmington, MN Last Team: USTNDP (USHL) Stats: 89GP 5G 18A

Brannon McManus – Forward 5’ 10” 180lbs Hometown: Newport Beach, CA Last Team: Chicago (USHL) Stats: 53GP 18G 20A

Casey Mittelstadt – Forward 6’ 0” 200lbs Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN Last Team: Eden Prairie (HS)/Green Bay (USHL) Stats: HS – 25GP 21G 43A USHL – 24GP 13G 17A

Cullen Munson – Forward 5’ 11” 180lbs Hometown: Edina, MN Last Team: Janesville (NAHL) Stats: 56GP 20G 35A

Scott Reedy – Forward 6’ 1” 205lbs Hometown: Prior Lake, MN Last Team: USTNDP Stats: 81GP 20G 35A

Sam Rossini – Defenseman 6’ 3” 200lbs Hometown: Burnsville, MN Last Team: Penticton (BCHL) Stats: 1GP (Torn ACL)

*Mat Robson – Goalie 6’ 2” 190lbs Hometown: Toronto, CAN Last Team: Penticton (BCHL) Stats: 49GP 1.94 GAA .930 SV%

*Mat Robson will join the team in the second semester.

Gophers are bringing in a nice recruiting class but this class is obviously highlighted by Mr. Hockey and first round draft pick, Casey Mittelstadt. Who knows how long he is going to stay there but he will have a huge impact right away for Minnesota. Also, don’t sleep on Nate Knoepke and Scott Reedy who played for USA National Development Program. Both guys are coming back home to their home state and can not wait to wear the maroon and gold.


35ce5f4451d7204b11d856a18f020e54Minnesota State Mavericks (8)

Connor Mackey – Defensemen 6’ 3” 190lbs Hometown: Barrington, IL Last Team: Green Bay (USHL) Stats: 60GP 6G 41A

Jack McNeeley – Defenseman 6’ 3” 185lbs Hometown: Lakeville, MN Last Team: Tri-City (USHL) Stats: 45GP 1G 11A

Jake Jaremko – Forward 6’ 0” 180lbs Hometown: Nowthen, MN Last Team: Chicago (USHL) Stats: 59GP 17G 29A

Jared Spooner – Forward 6’ 0” 185lbs Hometown: Bismark, ND Last Team: Green Bay (USHL) Stats: 56GP 19G 27A

Reggie Lutz – Forward 5’ 10” 175lbs Hometown: Elk River, MN Last Team: Chicago (USHL) Stats: 58GP 24G 23A

Walker Duehr – Forward 6’ 3” 205lbs Hometown: Sioux Falls, SD Last Team: Bloomington (USHL) Stats: 58GP 15G 19A

Dallas Gerads – Forward 5’ 9” 185lbs Hometown: Blaine, MN Last Team: Dubuque (USHL) Stats: 54GP 10G 29A

Riese Zmolek – Defenseman 6’ 1” 205lbs Hometown: Rochester, MN Last Team: Cedar Rapids (USHL) Stats: 45GP 4G 12A

Minnesota State is in-line to have another great year. In my opinion, their freshman class is highlighted by two former teammates at Elk River high school, Jake Jaremko, and Reggie Lutz. Both were apart of the USHL Clark Cup Champions Chicago Steel. Helping improve the blue line will be USHL Defenseman of the Year Connor Mackey, who had an impressive 47 points for the Green Bay Gamblers.


4054_bemidji_state__beavers_-alternate-2004Bemidji State Beavers (8)

Brendan Harris – Forward 5’ 9” 160lbs Hometown: Henderson, NV Last Team: Wenatchee (BCHL) Stats: 57GP 23G 75A

Ethan Somoza – Forward 5’ 11” 180lbs Hometown: Simi Valley, CA Last Team: Bloomington (USHL) Stats: 56GP 14G 18A

Charlie Combs – Forward 5’ 8” 190lbs Hometown: St. Louis, MO Last Team: Wenatchee (BCHL) Stats: 58GP 51G 33A

Aaron Miller – Forward 5’ 9” 170lbs Hometown: Superior, WI Last Team: MN Wilderness (NAHL) Stats: 44GP 15G 25A

Brad Johnson – Defenseman 5’ 9” 175lbs Hometown: Chesterfield, MO Last Team: Fargo (USHL) Stats: 60GP 9A

Tyler Vold – Defenseman 5’ 10” 170lbs Hometown: Andover, MN Last Team: MN Wilderness (NAHL) Stats: 59GP 6G 30A

Connor Brown-Maloski – Forward 6’ 1” 195lbs Hometown: Kamloops, BC, CAN Last Team: Trail (BCHL) Stats: 53GP 15G 39A

Henry Johnson – Goalie 6’ 1” 175lbs Hometown: Minneapolis, MN Last Team: Brockville (CCHL) Stats: 46GP 2.54 GAA .929 SV%

The Beavers will bring in eight freshmen this fall. Two guys that will jump out right away are Brendan Harris and Charlie Combs, who were teammates in Wenatchee and combined for 182 points in the BCHL. Ethan Somoza, from California, is junior hockey veteran and will likely have an impact in the Beavers’ lineup right away.

umdlogo6Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs (10)

Mikey Anderson – Defenseman 6’ 0” 200lbs Hometown: Roseville, MN Last Team: Waterloo (USHL) Stats: 54GP 5G 29A

Dylan Samberg – Defenseman 6’ 4” 215lbs Hometown: Hermantown, MN Last Team: Hermantown (HS) Stats: 25GP 10G 18A

Louie Roehl – Defenseman 5’10 180lbs Hometown: Eden Prairie, MN Last Team: MN Wilderness (NAHL) Stats: 57GP 4G 30A

Scott Perunovich – Defensemen 5’ 10 170lbs Hometown: Hibbing, MN Last Team: Cedar Rapids (USHL) Stats: 56GP 6G 15A

Koby Bender – Forward 6’ 1” 200lbs Hometown: Cloquet, MN Last Team: Muskegon (USHL) Stats: 55GP 6G 16A

Kobe Roth – Forward 5’ 8” 175lbs Hometown: Warroad, MN Last Team: Des Moines (USHL) Stats: 42GP 12G 19A

Justin Richards – Forward 5’ 10” 195lbs Hometown: Columbus, OH Last Team: Lincoln (USHL) Stats: 59GP 10G 20A

Matt Anderson – Defenseman 5’ 10” 205lbs Hometown: Shakopee, MN Last Team: Holy Family (HS)/ Green Bay (USHL) Stats: HS – 20GP 5G 21A USHL – 16GP 3A

Nick Swaney – Forward 5’ 11” 180lbs Hometown: Lakeville, MN Last Team: Waterloo (USHL) Stats: 47GP 26G 25A

Ben Patt – Goalie 5’ 10” 175lbs Hometown: Brampton, ONT, CAN Last Team: Notre Dame (SJHL) Stats: 18GP 2.39 GAA .925 SV%

The Duluth will have the largest freshman class of the five Minnesota school. They will bring in 10 new Bulldogs to the group that lost in the National Championship last year. The Dawgs defensemen will be filled with freshmen, likely to dress six or more the first game of the year. Mikey Anderson and Dylan Samberg, who both drafted into the NHL this summer, will have control the back for the Bulldogs if they want to be National Championship contenders again.


stcSt. Cloud State Huskies (7)

Luke Jaycox – Defenseman 6’ 3” 190lbs Hometown: Warroad, MN Last Team: Lincoln (USHL) Stats: 59GP 1G 16A

Tyler Anderson – Defenseman 6’ 2” 200lbs Hometown: Winnipeg, MAN, CAN Last Team: Steinbach (MJHL) Stats: 53GP 12G 37A

Will Hammer – Forward 6’ 2” 210lbs Hometown: St. Cloud, MN Last Team: MN Magicians (NAHL) Stats: 60GP 18G 23A

Easton Brodzinski – Forward 6’ 1” 195lbs Hometown: Blaine, MN Last Team: Green Bay (USHL) Stats: 53GP 23G 14A

Blake Lizotte – Forward 5’ 9” 170 Hometown: Lindstrom, MN Last Team: Fargo (USHL) Stats: 56GP 23G 14A

Kevin Fitzgerald – Forward 6’ 0” 175lbs Hometown: Oak Brook, IL Last Team: Aberdeen (NAHL) Stats: 60GP 22G 37A

David Hrenak – Goalie 6’ 2” 188lbs Hometown: Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia Last Team: Green Bay (USHL) Stats: 33GP 2.24 GAA .923 SV%

The Huskies will bring in seven new freshmen but will look to two former USHL players to have an immediate impact on the team. Another Brodzinski boy is in town, this time it’s Easton. Like his brother, Easton loves to put the puck in the net. 23 goals in the USHL last year, I expect to get a couple this season for the Huskies. Another player I am excited about is Blake Lizotte, who was the captain for the Fargo Force last year. He is a quick and shifty player and will excite Huskies fans with his play.


NHL Draft Picks:

Casey Mittelstadt 1st Round 8th Overall Buffalo Sabres (UMN)

Dylan Samberg 2nd Round 43rd Overall Winnipeg Jets (UMD)

Scott Reedy 4th Round 102nd Overall San Jose Sharks (UMN)

Mikey Anderson 4th Round 103rd Overall LA Kings (UMD)

Nick Swaney 7th Round 209th Overall Minnesota Wild (UMD)


What leagues are they from?

USHL – 23

NAHL – 6

BCHL – 5

MN-HS – 3

CCHL – 1

SJHL – 1

MJHL – 1


Where are they from?

Minnesota – 24

Canada – 4

Illinois – 2

Missouri – 2

California – 2

North Dakota – 1

South Dakota – 1

Wisconsin – 1

Nevada – 1

Ohio – 1

Slovakia – 1





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