“They look ready to go,” said sophomore Peter Maric. ‘They are also very focused.”
“Focus is a good word to describe them,” Tigers coach Scott Owens said. “It shows at the study table, in class, the weight room, locker room an on the ice. They are very mature and focused. (Jaccob) Slavin played a lot junior hockey games and he really looks like a veteran out there. People will be impressed with him.”
The defenseman hopes to have a large role, as most expected for the 2012 Carolina draft pick.
‘I will help the team however I can,” Slavin said. “I am hoping to play a significant role but I know I will have to earn my ice time and watch and learn from the older guys.”
Goalie Tyler Marble could become the starter while another turning heads is 6-foot-1 forward Christian Heil, who has good size and shown considerable skill in practice.
Forwards Luc Gerdes, Matt Hansen, Alex Roos and Sam Rothstein have all shown flashes in practices so far. None look out of place on a smooth-skating team.
Zach Aman will miss the next two weeks while recovering from knee surgery.
“The talent is good and they are picking things up quickly,” Owens said. “They are happy to be in college; a couple waited two to three years to get here.”
Chances are Tigers fans will be happy they are in Colorado Springs as well.
“They bring a lot of speed and quickness and energy,” Maric said. “It’s a very good class.”