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Inside College Hockey | Recruiting Progress, Team Improvement Make the Road Easier for UMass
By Jeff Howe
.With sophomore Jon Quick in net in 2006-07, the Minutemen returned to prominence with their run to the NCAA tournament. But Quick, who Cahoon called “the most significant recruit [UMass] has ever gotten,” left early after receiving a maximum contract from the Los Angeles Kings, and Anderson’s class - the most successful group in UMass’ Division I history with Chris Capraro, Mark Matheson and Kevin Jarman - was out the door. The Minutemen finished eighth again last year and were again swept out of the playoffs.
By Cahoon’s admission, this year’s crop of freshman “could turn out to be” the best class he’s ever had. In terms of overall skill - even after they lost John Carlson, a 2008 first-round pick by the Washington Capitals to the Ontario Hockey League - Cahoon is probably right on the money,
but he’ll let the program’s success dictate where they stand after they leave. Casey Wellman
has been the gem of the freshmen so far, as he’s second on the team with 16 assists and 24 points. And then there’s Marcou
, who is second (behind Wilson) in Hockey East with 31 points. The play-making forward could have a similar impact in Amherst as Pock and Quick, but Cahoon sounds certain Marcou will be sticking around for at least one more season, which will give the coach an extra year - or two, as Marcou could certainly finish out his eligibility - to keep padding the deepest roster he’s ever built. With Marcou, Wellman, Justin Braun and the goaltending tandem of Paul Dainton and Dan Meyers, plus a few other upper-echelon players, Cahoon has a core intact to remain successful for a longer stretch of time. But it all starts up top.
“He’s certainly going to be one of the most elite players that have played here,” Cahoon said of Marcou, who needs to add about 20 pounds before he can think about turning pro. “He’s going to continue to develop, and he’ll be one of our most productive players ever if he keeps moving in a positive way forward, getting stronger, keeps getting puck touches, has a couple people around him that can finish plays, he’ll end up being maybe the best point producer we’ve ever had at the Division I level. That very well could take shape. He’s a special player. He sees the ice differently than everybody else.
“Hockey-wise, he’s on another planet.”
Cahoon’s most significant allies on the recruiting path are his results. Recruits who balance that knowledge with the intrigue of driving a program toward the right direction are taking shape. And more now than ever, they’re emerging from Cahoon’s own backyard.
“They know we’re in the mix,” Cahoon said. “We haven’t won a league championship yet. We haven’t been to the Frozen Four. There are still many levels of advancement that need to take shape for us to be the upper-echelon team that we want to be, but there’s no question that they understand this is a serious program. There is no doubt in anybody’s mind that we can beat anybody in college hockey. Now the question is can we become more consistent, can we sustain it, can we continue to develop athletically so we’re more threatening in every sense.”