May 24, 2008

2008-2009 Roster Update

The Big Red says goodbye to four student athletes (Chris Fontas, Doug Krantz, Raymond Sawada, and Topher Scott) and appears ready to welcome eight new members to the team. The incoming class features four forwards (Sean Collins, Locke Jillson, Jordan Kary, and Chris Moulson), three defensemen (Braden Birch, Keir Ross, and Sean Whitney), and one goalie (Michael Garman). The class features students from three states (Colorado, Massachusetts, and two from Texas) and three provinces (Alberta, Manitoba, and two from Ontario). The class also includes one student who's very familiar with Cornell: Chris Moulson, the brother of former Big Red captain, Matt Moulson.

Cornell's roster is currently comprised of 15 forwards, 10 defensemen, and 4 goalies. At 29, the roster is three players above the average size of recent classes (at least for this decade). Given the number of early departures and injuries the team has had to deal with the past few seasons, the staff will undoubtedly welcome the depth and competition this fall should bring.

Here's the breakdown by class and position:

Seniors: 7 (4 in 2007-2008)
F - Evan Barlow
F - Michael Kennedy (C)
F - Tyler Mugford (A)
D - Taylor Davenport
D - Jared Seminoff (A)
G - Troy Davenport
G - Dan DiLeo

Juniors: 6 (7 in 2007-2008)
F - Blake Gallagher
F - Colin Greening (C)
F - Joe Scali
D - Justin Krueger
D - Brendon Nash
G - Ben Scrivens

Sophomores: 8 (6 in 2007-2008)
F - Joe Devin
F - Patrick Kennedy
F - Riley Nash
F - Dan Nicholls
F - Tyler Roeszler
D - Jordan Berk
D - Mike Devin
D - Jacob Johnston

Freshmen: 8 (8 in 2007-2008)
F - Sean Collins
F - Locke Jillson
F - Jordan Kary
F - Chris Moulson
D - Braden Birch
D - Keir Ross
D - Sean Whitney
G - Michael Garman

On the horizon...

Targets (5-8): Fs: 3-5, Ds: 1-2, Gs: 1
  • F - Erik Axell
  • F - Kevin Cole (could defer to 2010)
  • F - Vince Mihalek
  • D - Nick D'Agostino
  • D - Jarred Seymour (could defer to 2010)

    For 2009 & 2010: The Big Red is in pretty good shape for next year's class at this point. Pending unknown changes to the roster, Cornell will lose three forwards, with two already lined up (assuming Kevin Cole defers another year, as expected). The remaining needs (at forward) depend on whether there are any early departures next season, so look for another 1-3 forwards to be added to this class -- of course, there's always room for some speedy snipers who can play both ways. On defense, Cornell will say goodbye to two students and, with Nick D'Agostino and Jarred Seymour already committed, the Big Red should be done recruiting the blueline. In the crease, Cornell will lose two goalies (and it will be Ben Scrivens' final season), so look for a goalie to be added to the class.

    To Chris Fontas, Doug Krantz, Ray Sawada, and Topher Scott...thank you for many wonderful evenings at the rink. Best wishes for much future success.
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