TROY The thought of Jacob Laliberte skating into the offensive zone with the puck at Houston Field House brings chills to Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute hockey fans.
More important, Appert says, is Higgs' "willingness to score goals in the tough areas. He's young and has a lot to work on but he has a knack of getting points in front of the net."
"Patrick has succeeded in developing his game quickly," Appert said of the Hamilton, Ont native. "He's exceeded our expectations. He's an extremely intelligent player with a very good stick both offensively and defensively who will be able to overcome his youth and inexperience. He'll eventually be a real high end impact for us."
As his points accumulation has increased 65 goals, 54 assists in 62 games for Cornwall of the Central Hockey League it's said Laliberte has actually regressed as an all around hockey player. Lee or Jordan Watts whomever, Laliberte would certainly improve RPI's offensive production if only.
Guy Quinn had been targeted to be among the freshmen defenseman this coming fall and 17 year old tall lanky defenseman Patrick Koudys (6 4, 188) was slated to come in 2011 12.
"He's a real good puck mover who plays at a real high level of competitiveness," Appert said. "He's a very experienced rookie."
Bailen (5 9, 190) was "one of the best rookie defensemen in the CCHA," during his freshman season at Bowling Green Appert noted. He was also among the top scorers among USHL defensemen last season with 14 goals, 31 assists.
Rogic "is a complete two way player and a dynamic skater," Appert said. Under Armour Shoes Yellow
Appert hopes to add a late defenseman, Bo Dolan (5 10, 179) of St. Paul, Minn., who is about to commit to RPI.
Insiders say the high scoring center simply hasn't matured as a hockey player, hasn't displayed the discipline necessary to succeed beyond the junior hockey level.
Dolan is a 5 11, 185 pound St. Paul, Minn. native is a solid two way defenseman whom Appert says is "a real nasty, physical competitor who's a real good skater and who'll Under Armour White Shoes Women be a good second power play unit guy. He adds real good depth to our 'D' corps."
Rensselaer head coach Seth Appert declines to comment on Laliberte and his future or his problems except to concur that Appert isn't confident Laliberte will choose to come to RPI in September, 2011, either.
Tinordi (6 0, 200) "is a big, strong power forward with a good shot, good hands," Appert said. "He'll help us."
Appert switched the two, saying Quinn will benefit from another year in juniors, while Koudys has the skill and temperament to overcome his youth.
Little used senior to be winger Kevin Beauregard (6 4, 190), who won a faceoff that led to the winning goal at Boston University last season, will switch to the blue line and be the eighth defenseman.
Without those factors, Laliberte would likely be unsuccessful at RPI or any college sources say.
RPI freshmen class does not include Laliberte
transfer Greg Burgdoerfer, twin brother of graduated defensemen Eric Burgdoerfer, and sophomore defenseman Nick Bailen, a transfer from Bowling Green.
RPI represents his clearest path to pro hockey and ultimately the NHL; if he would realize and acknowledge that things will not come nearly as easy for him in the pros (or college hockey) as they did in juniors; if he would make the commitment to improve his defensive play.
The Engineers welcome back three defensemen; captain John Kennedy, Jeff Foss and Mike Bergin.
Where Laliberte plays hockey next season is up to him. Appert has indicated he doesn't think about that much. Same for September, 2011.
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Those fans would do themselves a favor to get those thoughts out of their minds. The chances the flashy, highly skilled Laliberte will even pull on an RPI jersey are become razor blade thin and he certainly won't next season; he's not among the RPI program's incoming class.
Freshman class finalized: Four new defensemen, four new forwards, make up RPI's first year group for 2010 11. Included are sophomore right winger and Air Force Academy Under Armour Kilchis Womens
"He's extremely fast and has the ability to create offense but also, he's a hard nosed player who can be a good penalty killer."
If Laliberte figures he can score nearly two points per game in mid level juniors again this season, then hope for an invite to an NHL training camp in 16 months, he'll likely be making a mistake. If he commits to his future, improves his approach to the game and his play in the neutral and defensive zones, play this season at a higher level of juniors. Appert would like to sit down and chat; but only if.
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