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What could Gophers hockey look like next season

A positive for Minnesota hockey fans is that the team doesn’t lose nearly as much compared to last offseason.



Following the 6-3 loss to Boston University here is a look at the Gophers’ roster for next season (outside of the transfer portal). With next season being the final year for players to use their COVID-year and players such as Jimmy Snuggerud still undecided about jumping to the professional level I tiered each category for guaranteed/questionable departures, returnees and additions.

Guaranteed Departures (Forward):
Jaxon Nelson (eligibility)
Bryce Brodzinski (eligibility)

Questionable Departures:
Gr. Mason Nevers (COVID year)
Jr. Jimmy Snuggerud (NHL)
So. Oliver Moore (NHL, should return)

Sr. Aaron Huglen
Sr. Rhett Pitlick
Jr. Charlie Strobel
Jr. Connor Kurth
Jr. Garrett Pinoniemi
Jr. Brody Lamb
Jr. John Mittelstadt
So. Jimmy Clark

Fr. Beckett Hendrickson – Dubuque USHL/USNTDP
Fr. Brodie Ziemer – Shattuck St. Mary’s/USNTDP
Fr. Erik Pahlsson – Sweden/Dubuque USHL
Fr. August Falloon – St. Cloud High/Tri-City USHL

Guaranteed Departures (Defense)

Questionable Departures:
Gr. Mike Koster (COVID year)
Gr. Carl Fish (COVID year)
Jr. Ryan Chesley (NHL, should return)
So. Sam Rinzel (NHL, should return)

Jr. Cal Thomas
Jr. Luke Mittelstadt
So. Max Rud

Fr. John Whipple – Shattuck St. Mary’s/USNTDP
Fr. Brady Yakesh – Benilde St. Margaret’s/Cowichan Valley BCHL
Fr. Leo Gruba – Hill Murray/Fargo USHL

Guaranteed Departures (Goalie):
Justen Close (eligibility)

Questionable Departures:

Jr. Zach Wiese
Jr. Matt Bryant
So. Nathan Airey
So. Axel Begley

Owen Bartoszkiewicz – NAHL Oklahoma/Youngstown USHL/UMN 2022-23 season