Team: Lincoln Stars
2015-16 Record: 33-24-3
Top Forward: Tanner Laczynski (63 points, 24 goals)
Top Defenseman: Trevor Hamilton (35 points, 11 goals)
Top Goaltender: Peyton Jones (19-11-2-1, 2.34 GAA, .922 SV%)
Power Play: 18.9% (7th in USHL)
Penalty Kill: 83.1% (9th in USHL)
It was quite the turnaround for the Stars in 2015-16, as they finished with their best season in three years. Lincoln finished the season with the second best record in the Western Conference, but lost in a decisive game five in Clark Cup Playoffs.
The Stars aren’t hiding anything this year: there is unfinished business to take care of.
Lincoln’s offense will rely heavily on forward Mike Gillespie, who can reach 100 career points and 100 career USHL games this season. Goaltender Cayden Primeau is already off to a great start this season after helping Team USA win silver at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament. Returning forward Dominick Mersch was named to NHL Central Scouting Future List earlier this summer, and will look to step up as a leader in the locker room heading into his second year in Lincoln.
The Stars wasted no time in the offseason to find an influx of youth, signing defenseman Christian Krygier to a tender. Cole Krygier will join his twin brother this season and looks to make a transition from forward to defenseman in his rookie USHL season. Fans in Lincoln are excited to see the rough and tough style of play the twins are known for. The two defensemen will be joined by veteran Christian Evers and incoming Finnish product Eero Teräväinen on the blue line.
Third year head coach Chris Hartsburg is eager to get the new season started:
“We certainly had a large turnover in our roster and lost a good portion of our scoring, but we are excited about our new faces and the different elements they will bring to our team. A lot of speed up front and good size and mobility on our backend will be the earmarks of this team.”
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.