This week's question for The Rink Live beat reporters is: Who has been the most improved player on the team you cover in the first two months?
Those reporters are Mick Hatten, Jess Myers, Austin Monteith, Brad Schlossman and Matt Wellens. Hatten covers St. Cloud State, Myers covers the University of Minnesota, Monteith covers Bemidji State, Schlossman covers the University of North Dakota and Wellens covers Minnesota Duluth.
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Hatten: There are several candidates among the Huskies, including Nick Perbix, Jami Krannila and Nolan Walker. I'll go with Zach Okabe, who has 12 points and is a plus-6 in 16 games after having 9 points and being a minus-6 in 30 games last season.
Monteith: There are a number of players to choose from, but I'll pick forward Brendan Harris. The senior has rebounded from an injury-shortened 2019-20 to lead Bemidji State in goals (6) and points (10).
Myers: The dramatic improvement actually started about this time last year for Gophers goalie Jack LaFontaine. After being a pretty average puck-stopper for the first half of his junior season, LaFontaine has emerged not only into the every-night goalie for the Gophers, but is one of the best in the nation.
Wellens: Zach Stejskal has grown by leaps and bounds since his one start in the NCHC Pod. Since the holiday break, the freshman goaltender has emerged as a strong compliment to Ryan Fanti as a co-No. 1.
Schlossman: Grant Mismash has already matched his career-high in goals with nine. Six of them have come in the third period as he has become a go-to player for UND.
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