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kniven
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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by kniven » Fri May 15, 2020 5:05 pm

A two stallion race in 7AA. I think Grand Rapids obvious favorite but Andover very talented.
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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by grindiangrad-80 » Sat May 16, 2020 9:13 am

norcon wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:31 am
kniven wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Andover is going to rule 7AA again next winter with their depth. No team will have their quality depth top to bottom. It seems Duluth East will be all sophomores and a couple 8th graders with the talent. Rapids won’t be deep and no returning netminder. Elk has numbers and new rink next winter.
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I am wondering what changed from your post on April 4th to make GR the obvious favorite now?

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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by Bigcat99 » Sat May 16, 2020 12:14 pm

grindiangrad-80 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 9:13 am
norcon wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:31 am
kniven wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Andover is going to rule 7AA again next winter with their depth. No team will have their quality depth top to bottom. It seems Duluth East will be all sophomores and a couple 8th graders with the talent. Rapids won’t be deep and no returning netminder. Elk has numbers and new rink next winter.
😳😳😳😳


I am wondering what changed from your post on April 4th to make GR the obvious favorite now?
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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by Stang5280 » Sat May 16, 2020 12:38 pm

kniven wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Andover is going to rule 7AA again next winter with their depth. No team will have their quality depth top to bottom. It seems Duluth East will be all sophomores and a couple 8th graders with the talent. Rapids won’t be deep and no returning netminder. Elk has numbers and new rink next winter.
Not an accurate statement. ER’s numbers have been dwindling over the past several years. At the Bantam and PeeWee levels they have AA, B1, and two B2 teams, which pales in comparison to most of their metro peers. The Bantam AA teams have not been very good the last few seasons, either, so the high end talent is starting to dry up as well.

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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by Fightinghawklover » Sat May 16, 2020 1:30 pm

Stang5280 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 12:38 pm
kniven wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Andover is going to rule 7AA again next winter with their depth. No team will have their quality depth top to bottom. It seems Duluth East will be all sophomores and a couple 8th graders with the talent. Rapids won’t be deep and no returning netminder. Elk has numbers and new rink next winter.
Not an accurate statement. ER’s numbers have been dwindling over the past several years. At the Bantam and PeeWee levels they have AA, B1, and two B2 teams, which pales in comparison to most of their metro peers. The Bantam AA teams have not been very good the last few seasons, either, so the high end talent is starting to dry up as well.
Elks numbers haven't really changed over the years at the bantam level, they typically have four teams with an occasional year five but having five doesn't happen very often and hasn't the last 5-6 years. The difference is the talent level, in previous years the HS team would have more than a handful of talented players last year they had less than that. Moving forward they have don't have that many either but there are several kids who improved last season and if they continue to do so you never know what happens in a one and done scenario (sections playoff). They proved that last year by reaching the section finals. I do agree that Andover and GR are the top two teams in this section but it all depends on how each team is playing come playoff time. Hopefully we get to find out net season! Stay healthy everyone!!

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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by Stang5280 » Sat May 16, 2020 2:32 pm

Fightinghawklover wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 1:30 pm
Stang5280 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 12:38 pm
kniven wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Andover is going to rule 7AA again next winter with their depth. No team will have their quality depth top to bottom. It seems Duluth East will be all sophomores and a couple 8th graders with the talent. Rapids won’t be deep and no returning netminder. Elk has numbers and new rink next winter.
Not an accurate statement. ER’s numbers have been dwindling over the past several years. At the Bantam and PeeWee levels they have AA, B1, and two B2 teams, which pales in comparison to most of their metro peers. The Bantam AA teams have not been very good the last few seasons, either, so the high end talent is starting to dry up as well.
Elks numbers haven't really changed over the years at the bantam level, they typically have four teams with an occasional year five but having five doesn't happen very often and hasn't the last 5-6 years. The difference is the talent level, in previous years the HS team would have more than a handful of talented players last year they had less than that. Moving forward they have don't have that many either but there are several kids who improved last season and if they continue to do so you never know what happens in a one and done scenario (sections playoff). They proved that last year by reaching the section finals. I do agree that Andover and GR are the top two teams in this section but it all depends on how each team is playing come playoff time. Hopefully we get to find out net season! Stay healthy everyone!!
Good to hear that the recent numbers have been stable. I’m guessing that the decline I was told about was in comparison to the Elks’ heyday 10 to 20 years ago. If I recall correctly, there was talk on the board that ER only had about 40 players at high school tryouts last year. In any event, it’s tough to compete with juggernauts like Andover and Maple Grove without developing some high end talent, as you suggested. ER still has been able to do that, and hopefully for their sake they can keep it up.

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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by kniven » Sat May 16, 2020 3:26 pm

Bigcat99 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 12:14 pm
grindiangrad-80 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 9:13 am
norcon wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:31 am

😳😳😳😳


I am wondering what changed from your post on April 4th to make GR the obvious favorite now?
Knevin heard about the Finn goalie... dammit!
Finn goalie? 😮
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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by kniven » Sat May 16, 2020 3:30 pm

Stang5280 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 12:38 pm
kniven wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Andover is going to rule 7AA again next winter with their depth. No team will have their quality depth top to bottom. It seems Duluth East will be all sophomores and a couple 8th graders with the talent. Rapids won’t be deep and no returning netminder. Elk has numbers and new rink next winter.
Not an accurate statement. ER’s numbers have been dwindling over the past several years. At the Bantam and PeeWee levels they have AA, B1, and two B2 teams, which pales in comparison to most of their metro peers. The Bantam AA teams have not been very good the last few seasons, either, so the high end talent is starting to dry up as well.
😯. That’s too bad. You think they will eventually crawl out of it and return to being an annual power? It seems football has become the sport of choice in Elk River. Andover looks to have the talent and depth in its youth hockey on both the boys and girls end.
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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by norcon » Mon May 18, 2020 4:52 pm

grindiangrad-80 wrote:
Sat May 16, 2020 9:13 am
norcon wrote:
Thu Apr 09, 2020 7:31 am
kniven wrote:
Sat Apr 04, 2020 1:07 pm
Andover is going to rule 7AA again next winter with their depth. No team will have their quality depth top to bottom. It seems Duluth East will be all sophomores and a couple 8th graders with the talent. Rapids won’t be deep and no returning netminder. Elk has numbers and new rink next winter.
😳😳😳😳


I am wondering what changed from your post on April 4th to make GR the obvious favorite now?
I don’t know how Kniven comes up with these assertions. For one thing, Andover graduated 15 seniors. I imagine East and ER will be pretty solid. I’d like to see the Jacks in the mix, but I don’t see that happening. Rapids will have three solid forward lines and maybe the best defensive corps in the state, led by next seasons Mr. Hockey, Jack Peart. He’s coming back! Seven players in last falls elite league. Mostly underclassmen. Goaltending is a question mark, but there are some decent candidates. Just hope we have a season.

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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by kniven » Mon May 18, 2020 7:41 pm

This was suppose to be the last year of a talented bunch of pucksters for CEC. Langenbrunner left though last year and Galatz will or won’t be back. Solid goaltending, an elite defenseman, and a decent top line. The boys in purple will give it their all, though. Coach Walters and his staff will have their best year with the boys. Split with Duluth East and get a home playoff game 🤓👍
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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by norcon » Mon May 18, 2020 8:28 pm

kniven wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 7:41 pm
This was suppose to be the last year of a talented bunch of pucksters for CEC. Langenbrunner left though last year and Galatz will or won’t be back. Solid goaltending, an elite defenseman, and a decent top line. The boys in purple will give it their all, though. Coach Walters and his staff will have their best year with the boys. Split with Duluth East and get a home playoff game 🤓👍
I’ve always liked and respected the purple. Hope they stay relevant.

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Re: 7AA 2020-2021

Post by kniven » Thu May 21, 2020 2:54 pm

norcon wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 8:28 pm
kniven wrote:
Mon May 18, 2020 7:41 pm
This was suppose to be the last year of a talented bunch of pucksters for CEC. Langenbrunner left though last year and Galatz will or won’t be back. Solid goaltending, an elite defenseman, and a decent top line. The boys in purple will give it their all, though. Coach Walters and his staff will have their best year with the boys. Split with Duluth East and get a home playoff game 🤓👍
I’ve always liked and respected the purple. Hope they stay relevant.
Thanks, Norco :)
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