BSU made some more news today when it was announced that they’d landed yet another commitment for the 2014-15 season.
Kyle Bauman, a forward from Apopka, Fla., will become, by my count, the 11th recruit to join the Beavers for next season (at least, according to various recruiting websites and sources).
Bauman played his junior hockey for Wichita Falls of the NAHL, where he led the team in points (41) and goals (21). The 5-foot-9, 170-pound forward looks like a go-to scorer. The Beavers can never have enough of those.
Mostly though, I’m just curious about that previous number of 11: That’s 11 incoming freshmen.
In addition to Bauman, there are eight listed as forwards: the long-awaited Myles, Leo and Gerry Fitzgerald, Jordan Heller, TJ Roo, Jay Dickman, Ethan Somoza and Corey Petrash. There’s also defensman Brett Beauvais and goalie Michael Bitzer.
I’m taking all this data from College Hockey Inc., which does a pretty good job compiling every single college commitment from around the country (although there are some mistakes … like listing John Parker as class of 2014-15, and Jordan Heller as a defenseman. Also, Sam Rendle isn’t listed anywhere on the depth chart).
I’ll also note: Chris Heisenberg of “hockeyrecruits4u” also has a nice spreadsheet set up but his doesn’t have all 11 recruits listed as coming for 2014-15… he’s only got 8. So this isn’t a science as much as it is an art and without talking to each recruit individually it’s tough to know exactly when they’ll be coming.
Anyway, in itself, it’s not odd to have such a large incoming class: Last season there were 10 newcomers. But that big incoming class was also replacing 10 seniors.
This season there are just three seniors to replace from graduation. I’m sure there may be a few more departures as well (I haven’t seen the official roster yet for 2014-15 but there always are a few who transfer out).
I don’t think it’s a bad thing to have that many in the program. It’s just odd in college hockey to see that many come at once. Usually you see less redshirting in favor of recruits electing to remain in the juniors for another year if their incoming class is too big.
Obviously, since these rosters aren’t official it’s very likely that a handful of the new recruits will elect to do exactly that.
Either way, I’m interested to see just how these new recruits will make their mark on an improving Beaver hockey team this season.