Our question this week for The Rink Live beat reporters is: Of the new players expected to play for the team you cover, which has the potential to have the biggest impact next season?
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: Defenseman Jack Peart is going to arrive on campus as an 18-year-old, but he is likely to see a lot of ice time, including on special teams, as a freshman. The Mr. Hockey winner from Grand Rapids could be taken in the top two rounds of the NHL Draft.
Schlossman: Zach Driscoll, the senior graduate transfer from Bemidji State, will take a center-stage role for UND next season. The former Mike Richter Award finalist is the presumed No. 1 goalie for the Fighting Hawks.
Wellens: Early departures have left the Bulldogs thin at center over the years, and more could be coming if both Cates brothers leave. Miami fifth-year senior Casey Gilling will have a chance to make an impact at that position right away, as could incoming freshman Kyler Kleven of Moorhead.
Myers: The Gophers will be adding a quintet of forwards to the roster next season, including a pair of high-scorers from the Fargo Force in Tristan Broz and Aaron Huglen. But the player everyone has been talking about, going back to when he committed to the Gophers program at age 14, is USA Hockey NTDP forward Chaz Lucius, who turns 18 in May and is projected to be a first round NHL draft pick next summer.
Monteith: Defenseman Tony Follmer is expected to join Bemidji State in 2021-22 and could make an immediate impact on the team's defensive corps. A Missouri native, Follmer captained the USHL's Lincoln Stars this past season while playing a shutdown role on the blue line.
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