@gopherstate What are three rule changes you would introduce to NCAA hockey?— Eric Vegoe (@evegoe) July 23, 2014
@gopherstate How serious is Minnesota about going to an NHL sized rink at Mariucci?— Tim King (@29TimKing) July 23, 2014
@gopherstate When will the next round of conference realignment happen, and who would it involve?— Andy Sorensen (@andy_sorensen) July 23, 2014
@gopherstate who would you rate higher as an NHL prospect, Hudson Fasching or JT Compher?— Chris Randall (@CDR_22) July 23, 2014
Right now Compher. They both are close enough to being in the same tier, which is a testament to Fasching's growth at Minnesota last season after slipping to the fourth round. What's more interesting is how much the duo, who played together in Ann Arbor for the US Development Program, have a lot in common.
Both were top-six forwards on Big Ten teams. Both played major roles on both ends of ice with Compher flourishing as a freshman center. Both were among the top freshmen scorers, finishing the B1G regular season first (Compher) and second (Fasching) in points. Both looked to be on Team USA's WJC squad last year (Compher missed the tournament due to an injury in training camp) and do so again this year.
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@gopherstate which Sophomore forward will have the biggest year?— Mike Wheeler (@mwwheeler33) July 23, 2014
Assuming this is a Minnesota-specific question, Fasching. Nothing against Kloos (who quietly had one of the better freshman seasons among a deep Gopher forward group), Cammarata and the like, but I have a feeling he takes another step forward.
If it's not Minnesota-specific, there are few sophomore forwards throughout the country who should be in that group along with Kloos and Fasching. Quinnipiac's Sam Anas was the top freshman goal scorer last season with 22. Compher led the Wolverines in points and is a leader on that team. Several sophomores like Jake Guentzel (Nebraska-Omaha), Austin Cangelosi (Boston College), Mike Vecchione (Union) and Nick Schilkey (Ohio State) will have opportunities to be the man up front. Vince Hinostroza (Notre Dame) missed a stretch with an injury, but looked great at times.
I can go on listing a dozen more sophomores in contention, but the point is that any player having the biggest year, both individually and on a team, is going to require being put in the right spot and developing there.
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Nathan Wells is a college hockey columnist for SB Nation. You can also follow him on Twitter -- Follow @gopherstate