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ShaunS

Evansville's Protected Players for 2018-19

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http://evansvillethunderbolts.com/news/main-news/?article_id=323

 

•Robbie Hall (Defense) — The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Schaumberg, Ill. native, played 44 games with Evansville last season, earning 5 goals and 7 assists for 12 points.

 

•Brandon Lubin (Defense) — The 6-foot-1, 205-pound Commerce, Mich. native has been called up to the ECHL twice in two years.  Last season he played 46 games for Evansville, where he tallied 4 goals and 6 assists for 10 points.

 

•Justin MacDonald (Forward) — This fan favorite and playmaker is no stranger to the ECHL.  While he spent the first half of last season with Evansville (12 goals, 12 assists in 16 games), the 6-foot, 180-pound Newmarket, Ont. native played the rest of the season for both the Adirondack Thunder and the Fort Wayne Komets, where he earned 5 goals and 4 assists in 28 games.

 

•Nick D’Avolio (Center) — The 5-foot-11, 185-pound North Riverside, Ill. native had a standout season last year, tallying 11 goals and 24 assists for 35 points in 56 games.  D’Avolio ended the season tied with MacDonald for the team’s highest +/- with a +10.

 

•Tyler Vankleef (Forward) — Vankleef spent last year between the Thunderbolts and the ECHL — Wichita Thunder, Wheeling Nailers and Rapid City Rush.  The 6-foot, 180-pound Dundas, Ont. native played in 27 games for Evansville, earning 10 goals and 11 assists for 21 points.

 

•Hunter Stewart (Forward) — The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Calgary, Alta. native made a big impact for Evansville when he was picked up in the backend of the season.  He earned just as many points as games played (4 goals and 4 assists in 8 games).

 

•Mike Fazio (LW) — Coming straight out of the University of Wisconsin River Falls, the 6-foot, 185-pound Bartlett, Ill. native had a strong first year as a pro, tallying 5 goals and 10 assists for 15 points in 43 games.

 

•Dave Williams (Forward) — Evansville’s leading scorer in 2016-17 returned to rack up 21 goals and 32 assists for 53 points in 56 games.

 

•Carter Shinkaruk (Forward) — The 5-foot-10, 185-pound Langley, BC native was another late addition to Evansville’s roster last season.  However, the third-year pro was able to earn 4 goals and 3 assists in only 10 games.

 

•John Scorcia (Center) — The second-year pro had a strong first season but an even stronger sequel with Evansville.  The 5-foot-9, 185-pound Hudson, Fla. native tallied 17 goals and 34 assists for 51 points in 56 games.

 

•Frank Schumacher (Defense) — The 6-foot-1, 195-pound Brighton, Mich. native has played in the ECHL three times in the last three seasons.  Last season in Evansville, Schumacher earned 5 goals and 15 assists in 41 games.

 

•Ian Sylves (Goalie) — Sylves joined the team at the end of last season, where he went 3-1-1.

 

•Chase Nieuwendyk (Defense) — The 6-foot, 180-pound Georgetown, Ont. native had a standout season on the ice last year, tallying 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 53 games.

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If you're keeping track that means these guys are not protected:

Bo Driscoll - improved play in later part of season but no surprise

Cory Melkert - the team captain has been a fixture for the last 2 seasons. He signed with "Bisons de Neuilly-sur-Marne" in France's FFHG D1. I don't think it's a particularly strong level of hockey, but I'm no intl expert.

Tyler Deresky - only spent 21 games with the team, but was very productive in the regular season (14 points in 18 games)

Shayne Morrissey - played for 3 teams last year, but had the most success with Evansville. In 15 games he had 4 goals and 7 assists.

Dylan Clarke - undoubtedly the best all-around player on the team, and one of the top performers in the league. Clarke had an eye-popping 52 points in 51 games. I suspect he may be hanging up his skates, which is unfortunate because he's still playing at such a high level. He had taken off the season before last and coached the EVV Jr Thunderbolts. I hope the Bolts bring him on as an assistant. 

Brendan Mitchell - the rookie D spent the whole year with the team, and to my eyes looked pretty good for his first year.

Mark Petaccio - a reliable scorer who put up 18g, 19a in his 52 games with EVV. Was left off the playoff roster, so this isn't a shocker. I'd like to speculate, but I'll refrain.

Nick Lazorko - was originally selected by Evansville in the expansion draft two years ago, but elected to play overseas instead. Ended up in EVV for about half the year, and actually had a pretty good scoring run (23 pts in 24 games). 

Last but not least, Ryan de Melo came in to help stopgap the bleeding after star goalie Tomas Sholl went up to dominate the ECHL. The well-traveled veteran had a respectable showing. He went 5-4-2 with a 2.79GAA and .915 SV%. Honestly, the guy gave them a chance to win, and that's what they lacked in the middle of the season. 

I'm not including guys who weren't on the team at the end of the year. The only ones I can think of who were particularly good players would've been Jackson Leef and Blake Thompson, both on ECHL callups. I presume the team figures they'll remain up in the ECHL.

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"The Untouchables"

 

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20 minutes ago, Marksmen3519 said:

I'm surprise Clarke and Lazorko are protected

They aren't- from @ShaunS's post above:

If you're keeping track that means these guys are not protected:

Dylan Clarke - undoubtedly the best all-around player on the team, and one of the top performers in the league. Clarke had an eye-popping 52 points in 51 games. I suspect he may be hanging up his skates, which is unfortunate because he's still playing at such a high level. He had taken off the season before last and coached the EVV Jr Thunderbolts. I hope the Bolts bring him on as an assistant.... 

Nick Lazorko - was originally selected by Evansville in the expansion draft two years ago, but elected to play overseas instead. Ended up in EVV for about half the year, and actually had a pretty good scoring run (23 pts in 24 games). 

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3 hours ago, PlannedObsolescence said:

They aren't- from @ShaunS's post above:

If you're keeping track that means these guys are not protected:

Dylan Clarke - undoubtedly the best all-around player on the team, and one of the top performers in the league. Clarke had an eye-popping 52 points in 51 games. I suspect he may be hanging up his skates, which is unfortunate because he's still playing at such a high level. He had taken off the season before last and coached the EVV Jr Thunderbolts. I hope the Bolts bring him on as an assistant.... 

Nick Lazorko - was originally selected by Evansville in the expansion draft two years ago, but elected to play overseas instead. Ended up in EVV for about half the year, and actually had a pretty good scoring run (23 pts in 24 games). 

I was at work.....simple autocorrect typo. Sorry grammar police.....

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6 hours ago, Marksmen3519 said:

I'm surprised Clarke and Lazorko aren't protected.

Lazorko is about to get married so who knows what's next for him.

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On 5/30/2018 at 11:52 AM, Marksmen3519 said:

I'm surprised Clarke and Lazorko aren't protected.

I'm fairly certain that Clarke is retiring again, but I didn't want to overstate my memory.

It does bring up a funny line from his "bio" off the team site.

https://imgur.com/mY5u7fX

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