Beavers Add Bauman; And Other Recruiting Thoughts

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.


5 Responses

  1. Millsy

    If I understand it correctly, the general rule is that you cannot play a regular season Junior A game past your 21st birthday (I believe there is an actual cutoff date the NCAA uses though). So we can look at these possibilities.

    Michael Bitzer-G, 10/23/1993. 2014-15
    Jay Dickman-LW, 06/03/1993. 2014-15
    Gerry Fitzgerald-RW, 08/28/1993. 2014-15
    Myles Fitzgerald-RC, 08/28/1993. 2014-15
    Leo Fitzgerald-LC, 08/28/1993. 2014-15
    Brett Beauvais-D, 10/24/1994. 2014-15
    Corey Petrash-RW, 12/29/1994. 2014-15
    Kyle Bauman-F, 04/24/1993. 2014-15

    Dillon Eichstadt-LD, 02/07/1994. 2014-15 (maybe 2015-16 depending on the exact date looked at by the NCAA)

    Cole Bjugson-RD, 10/05/1995. 2014-15, 2015-16
    Mike Soucier-LC, 02/11/1995. 2014-15, 2015-16 (maybe 2016-17 depending on the exact date looked at by the NCAA)
    T.J. Roo-RC, 03/15/1994. 2014-15, 2015-16
    Jordan Heller-RW, 06/27/1994. 2014-15, 2015-16

    Justin Baudry-LD, 10/12/1996. 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17
    Ethan Somoza-F, 05/07/1996. 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17

    1. jackhitts

      This looks like it makes a little more sense. The more I was thinking about it s the crazier it seems that a kid like Somoza would be playing for BSU right away… seems like unless it’s an exceptional talent, kids don’t play in college right away at age 18. I’m guessing he could use another year or two in juniors.

      But anyway, I seemed to remember that Reid Mimmack ran into that problem two years ago (he was about to age out of juniors to had to come to BSU sooner than expected).

      Anyway, it will be interesting to see who’s actually on the roster when it’s released in the next few weeks… I wonder how soon we’ll see both Heller or Eichstadt (just because BSU hasn’t had any Bemidji kids on the roster for a while so it’s be nice to see them finally back here)

    2. jackhitts

      But anyway: You’re thinking the class will be more like 8 instead of 11? That would also make more sense.

  2. Millsy

    I am thinking 8, maybe 9. BSU only lost three seniors last year and they have six players slated to be seniors this year. Granted, we won’t know about any defections until the roster comes out.

  3. Millsy

    BSU has the 2014-15 Men’s Hockey Roster up on their website!

    Gone are the three seniors, Jeff Jubinville, Radoslav Illo and Matt Hartmann. Also not showing up on the roster from last year are D.J Jones, Danny Mattson and Brad Robbins.

    Showing up as the incoming freshmen class are Michael Bitzer, Kyle Bauman, Jordan Heller, Leo Fitzgerald, Gerry Fitzgerald, Myles Fitzgerald, Brett Beauvais and Jay Dickman.

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