May 8, 2006

2006-2007 Roster Updated

Here's an updated look at next year's Big Red roster: Cornell loses 6 players due to graduation and one to early departure. Those graduating will be Cam and Chris Abbott, Louis Chabot, Jon Gleed, Matt Moulson, and Dan Pegoraro; while David McKee, of course, is the one who has left Ithaca early. As a group that's 4 forwards, one defensiveman, and two goalies.

Assuming everyone on the roster returns, next year shapes up like this:

Seniors: 6 (6 in 2005-2006)
F - Byron Bitz
F - Mitch Carefoot
F - Mark McCutcheon
D - Dan Glover
D - Ryan O'Byrne
D - Evan Salmela

Juniors: 6 (7 in 2005-2006)
F - Chris Fontas
F - Raymond Sawada
F - Topher Scott
D - Doug Krantz
D - Sasha Pokulok
G - Troy Davenport

Sophomores: 8 (4 in 2005-2006)
F - Evan Barlow
F - Matt Connors
F - Michael Kennedy
F - Ryan Kindret
F - Tyler Mugford
D - Taylor Davenport
D - Jared Seminoff
G - Dan DiLeo

Freshmen: 8 (8 in 2005-2006)
F - Blake Gallagher
F - Colin Greening
F - Justin Milo
F - Tony Romano
F - Joe Scali
D - Brendon Nash
D - Justin Krueger
G - Ben Scrivens

As it stands, that's 28 players scheduled to be on campus in the fall. That compares to 25 players on the roster this past year, though it was expected to have been 26 before Shane Hynes' surprisingly late decision to turn pro. By position, the breakdown is 16 forwards (14 this past year), 9 defensivemen (8 this past year), and 3 goalies (3 this past year).

Currently there are two known committments for 2007-2008: Joe and Mike Devin. With the forward-heavy composition of the last two classes this next class figures to be light on frontliners. It would be a surprise if more than one or two players join Joe Devin in the forward class. Most likely the focus of this year's recruiting efforts will be defensivemen. With three players entering their senior year, and the potential of losing one player early, four blueliners are probably on the staff's wishlist. With a class that could be as small as 5 players, and with two already lined up, it'll be interesting to see how quickly the upcoming class fills out.

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