Schlossman: The only UND guys left playing are Oshie, Gersich, Marto
Once again, UND won’t have a Calder Cup champion this year.
While former UND players have been on several Stanley Cup-winning teams, it seems that the Calder has been more elusive.
In the last 14 years, only one player has won it: Derek Forbort with the Manchester Monarchs in 2015.
The last players remaining this year were Corban Knight (Lehigh Valley) and Luke Johnson (Rockford), but both of their teams were knocked out in the conference finals. Johnson had three goals in the last four games for Rockford.
That means the only UND guys left playing are T.J. Oshie and Shane Gersich with the Washington Capitals and Jake Marto with the Colorado Eagles.
The Capitals are down 1-0 in the Stanley Cup Final to Vegas. Oshie had two assists in Game 1. Gersich hasn’t been playing and will probably need an injury or a suspension to get back in.
Marto and Colorado are tied 1-1 with Florida. Marto had two goals in Colorado’s 4-3 loss in Game 2. The former UND and Central defenseman has five goals in the last seven playoff games.
The defending Kelly Cup champion Eagles are also coached by former UND defenseman Aaron Schneekloth.
Omaha finalized its coaching staff by hiring former Flames assistant coach Paul Jerrard.
Miami had a bit of an outside-the-box idea for its open assistant coaching position. The RedHawks looked at respected scouts instead of guys with coaching backgrounds. They interviewed Max Giese of the Winnipeg Jets and Kalle Larsson of the Dubuque Fighting Saints. Giese has been a part of building Winnipeg’s teams and Larsson has been a fast-riser in the USHL.
But a Winnipeg source told me that Giese has informed the Jets that he has decided to stay with the organization. And a USHL source told me that Larsson is expected to stay with Dubuque as well.
Word is that Sacred Heart associate coach Joel Beal has emerged as a front-runner now for the Miami job.
Now that Denver has made its head-coaching hire official with David Carle, the program will now look to solidify the rest of its coaching staff.
Carle may not have to look far for assistants. Tavis MacMillan is widely expected to become the associate head coach. MacMillan could have been a candidate for the head-coaching position, but didn’t pursue it. Carle told the Denver Post a while back that if he was named head coach, he would keep MacMillan as the top assistant.
Carle could go with ops guy Joe Howe as the second assistant.
The other name that could fit is former Denver captain Grant Arnold, who is now an assistant with the Green Bay Gamblers.
Vancouver general manager Jim Benning said that Brock Boeser is expected to be ready for training camp after missing the final month of the season with a back injury.
Apparently, Boeser also had been playing with a wrist injury once again. He had another operation on his wrist, but already has the cast off.
MSU-Mankato coach and Crookston native Mike Hastings has been named the head coach of the U.S. World Junior team.
That spot was opened up when Boston University’s David Quinn left for the New York Rangers. Hastings was previously scheduled to be an assistant coach for the team.
Minnesota Duluth’s Scott Sandelin has been added as an assistant coach.
The World Juniors will be held in Vancouver.
Former Thief River Falls standout Ethan Johnson, once committed to Omaha, has now committed to Mercyhurst.