Team: Green Bay Gamblers
2015-2016 Record: 37-16-7
Top Forward: Sam Saliba (52 points, 29 goals)
Top Defenseman: Cam Lee (39 points, 6 goals)
Top Goaltender: Adam Huska (26-9-2, 1.82 GAA, .931 SV%)
Power Play: 16.9% (11th in USHL)
Penalty Kill: 84.9% (4th in USHL)
The Gamblers will look to build on the success of last season, a year in which they finished second in the USHL with 81 points and made the Clark Cup Playoffs for the ninth time in the last 11 seasons.
Expected returning players for Green Bay include Matt Berkovitz, Jason Dhooghe and Jared Spooner. Forward Joshua Dunne impressed NHL scouts enough last season to place himself on the NHL Central Scouting Future List, along with seven other teammates. Though young, any of those top tier prospects could make an impact including Casey Mittelstadt who is expected to begin and end his season in Green Bay.
The biggest question for the Gamblers heading into next season is who will replace 2016 USHL Goaltender of the Year Adam Huska. Huska, who moved up to the University of Connecticut, was a true talent in net to watch last season. Two netminders have emerged as the possible starting candidate including former Corpus Christi IceRays goaltender Dryden McKay and Russian prospect Maxim Zhukov, who was also listed on the NHL Central Scouting Future List.
Head coach Pat Mikesch, in his third season as the bench boss in Green Bay, shares his thoughts about his team for the upcoming season:
“Green Bay will have a strong core of returning forwards that will be relied on to play a fast and aggressive game.”
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.