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Heights, weights change little from last season

Posted by: Roman Augustoviz under Gophers roster moves Updated: August 9, 2010 - 11:55 PM

A look at the Gophers' 2010-11 roster by heights/weights:

Returning players who gained most weight

Up 10 pounds

F Patrick White, 6-1, 200 ... Hopefully it's all muscle

Up 9 pounds

F Jake Hansen, 6-2, 191 ... Has frame to add even more

F Jay Barriball, 5-9, 179 ... Sat out most of last season after knee surgery. Lots of rehab.

Up 8 pounds

F Mike Hoeffel, 6-2, 205 ... Gotta be more physical, could be force around net

Up 7 pounds

D Kevin Wehrs, 5-9, 182 ... Needs to step up his senior year

D Aaron Ness, 5-10, 177 ... Showed a few flashes of his offensive skills at end of last season

F Nico Sacchetti, 6-0, 193 ... Could have breakout year as junior

Up 6 pounds

F Joe Miller, 5-11, 201 ... Has played little first two seasons

Up 4 pounds

D Cade Fairchild, 5-11, 190 ... With Nick Leddy gone, Fairchild has to have big year as senior

G Jake Kremer, 6-1, 194 ... Nobody sees Jake. He is the practice goalie who toils in obscurity

Up 2 pounds

F Nick Larson, 6-1, 188 ... Junior has talent, maybe this will be his year

Up 1 pound ... hardly worth listing, a big meal can add a pound

F Taylor Marson, 6-0, 186 ... Can he stay injury-free this season?

F Zach Budish, 6-3, 221 ... Still looks like a linebacker

G Kent Patterson, 6-1, 193 ... Will he push Alex Kangas for starting job in nets?

Down 5 pounds

F Jacob Cepis, 5-8, 170 ... Size might still be exaggerated, feisty for little guy

Down 3 pounds

D Seth Helgeson, 6-5, 217 ... Needs to throw weight around more as sophomore


Gophers have six players who weigh 200 pounds or more and nine players who are 6-2 or taller.

AGE WHEN SEASON OPENS (months rounded off)

Jay Barriball, 23 years, 4 months ... got extra season for medical hardship

Alex Kangas, 23 yrs., 4 mo. ... still remember him as freshman when he stood on head in playoffs

Joe Miller, 23 yrs., 1 mo. ... plays with energy

Jacob Cepis, 22 yrs, 10 mo. ... Papa Chirp is not oldest player on team

Kevin Wehrs, 22 yrs., 6 mo. ... one season left to impress

 Jake Kremer, 22 yrs., 5 mo. ... stuck in practice role as third goalie

Taylor Matson, 22 yrs., 1 mo. ... will ankle surgery last season cost him speed?

Patrick White, 21 yrs., 9 mo. ... first round draft pick has yet to play like one

Nick Larson, 21 yrs., 9 mo. ... sat out first year in college with back issues

Cade Fairchild, 21 yrs., 9 mo. ... had all-america hype before junior year, not this season

Mike Hoeffel, 21 yrs., 6 mo. ... soft-spoken, needs to carry big stick

Jake Parenteau, 21 yrs., 4 mo. ... recruited frosh walk-on

Tom Serratore, 21 yrs., 3 mo. ... recruited frosh walk-on, son of Air Force coach

Nico Sacchetti, 21 yrs., 2 mo. ... goal-scorer's time to produce

Jake Hansen, 21 yrs., 2 mo. ... showed flashes as sophomore

Jared Larson, 21 yrs., 1 mo. ... recruited fosh walk-on

Kent Patterson, 21 yrs., 1 mo. ... second fiddle to Kangas in nets for two seasons

Key stat: 17 of the Gophers players, including three incoming freshmen -- Parenteau, Serratore and Larson -- will be 21 when season starts. This is an old team.

Aaron Ness, 20 yrs., 5 mo. ... promise turns to results this season?

Nate Condon, 20 yrs., 4 mo. ... frosh from Wisconsin via Fargo of USHL

Seth Helgeson, 20 yrs. ... Seth's 20th B-Day will be on the day the Gophers open, Oct. 8.

Erik Haula, 19 yrs., 6 mo. ... Flying Finn, probably will get first shot at centering top line

Zach Budish, 19 yrs., 5 mo. ... Size to scare you

Nate Schmidt, 19 yrs., 3 mo. ... D-man with rocket for shot, could help on power play

Mark Alt, 18 yrs., 11 mo. ... turns 19 on Oct. 18 ... big D-man

Justin Holl, 18 yrs., 9 mo. ... late addition to team after Nick Leddy turned pro, scholar in classroom

Max Gardiner, 18 yrs., 5 mo. ... teammate of Holl's at Minnetonka

Nick Bjugstad, 18 yrs., 3 mo. ... impressed at USA Hockey's nat'l jr. evaluation camp

Average age of Gophers: 20 years, 11 months, 2 weeks 







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