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Figuring Out Fairbanks' Roster

Looking at the University of Alaska roster is like trying is like trying to decipher the scorecard of a 12-inning National League baseball game. Names are crossed out, switched, added in. Who could have guessed that going through three coaches in three years would lead to such turmoil?

Danny Martin of the Daily News-Miner tried to wade through the mess.

The biggest news that wasn't already known is that Nathan Lawrence left the program for "financial reasons". Lawrence--along with Landon Novotney, who also left during the summer--was one of Alaska's most promising freshmen last season. The team also lost one of their top recruits in forward Jordan VanGilder, who will instead play another year of junior hockey and look for options elsewhere.

The article also confirms the pretty poorly kept secret that Simon Olsson and Jordie Benn weren't able to qualify academically to play NCAA hockey.

All in all, it looks like it is shaping up to be a very rough first year for new coach Dallas Ferguson.