MSU Mavericks Roster

Blake Thomspon

#3 Blake Thompson, Jr., D- Eden Prairie, Minn.: A transfer sophomore from the University of Minnesota where he had 0-2-2 in five games played in 2011-2012. Prior to that, a three year veteran of the USHL for the Waterloo Blackhawks. A big physical defenseman who got some time the second half of last season once that he became eligible after sitting out a year under NCAA transfer rules. Scored first collegiate goal earlier this season.

Nick Buchanan

#4 Nick Buchanan, Jr., D- Victoria, British Columbia: Played 3 seasons in the BCHL, including a 2012 RBC National Championship with the Penticton Vees with Maverick forward Bryce Gervais. Played in 24 games in 2012-2013, 7 in 2013-2014. A big stay at home defenseman who does his job and moves the puck well.

Carter Foguth
#5 Carter Foguth, So., D- Fenton, Mich.: Played three seasons with the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the USHL. A very physical defenseman who could be best described as a stay at home defenseman. Named alternate captain for his sophomore season.

Casey Nelson
#6 Casey Nelson, So. D- Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.: Younger brother of former Maverick captain Josh Nelson; also played three years in the NAHL before putting on a Maverick sweater. Shows a lot of poise for a young defenseman, pretty good with the puck and not afraid to jump up into the offense and contribute. Has been frequently on the power play this season, and contributed well offensively.

Zach Palmquist
#7 Zach Palmquist, Sr., D- South St. Paul, Minn.: Played two seasons for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL with Blake Thompson. Was also a 2009 Minnesota Mr. Hockey Candidate for South St. Paul High School. A defenseman who stands out most nights due to his smooth playing style and incredible offensive ability. Has had interest from NHL clubs and could someday add his name to the list of Mavericks to play in the NHL.
Max Gaede

#8 Max Gaede, Sr., F- Woodbury, Minn.: Played one season for the Sioux City Muskateers of the USHL before coming to Mankato. Drafted in 2010 by the San Jose Sharks in the 3rd round, 88th overall. A good checking forward with a gritty style of play.
Bryce Gervais

#9 Bryce Gervais, Jr., F-  Battleford Saskatchewan- Gervais came from the BCHL where he led the league in goals scored in 2011-2012 with 42 in the regular season. Played in all 41 games as a freshman, totalling 8-5-13. Very fast player with good hands and a knack for scoring. Has been used as one of the key penalty killers this season for the Mavs and been one of the top shot blockers on the team. Came on hot scoring 18 points over final 15 games in 2013-2014, and has carried that success into this season.
Zeb Knutsen

#10 Zeb Knutsen, Fr., F- Sioux Falls, South Dakota- Knutsen came from Sioux Falls in the USHL where he was a top scorer for the Stampede. First career goal as a Maverick was the overtime winner at Minnesota-Duluth. Skilled forward who should see his role increase over the next few years.
Sean Flanagan

#11 Sean Flanagan, So., D- Kindersley, Saskatchewan- Played three seasons in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before playing his final two years in the BCHL before coming to MSU. In his rookie season Flanagan tallied some highlight reel goals. Has shown he can chip in offensively from the blueline as well as play steady defensively. Was named to the WCHA All-Rookie team in 2014.

J.P. LaFontaine
#12 Jean-Paul LaFontaine, Sr., F- Oxford, Mich.: Played with Maverick D Brett Stern for the Green Bay Gamblers of the USHL in 2010-2011 after he graduated from Shattuck-St. Mary's. Has been one of the Mavericks' top scorers the last three seasons, and broke the 100 point barrier last year.

C.J. Franklin
#15 C.J. Franklin, Fr., F- Forest Lake, Minn.- Played two seasons for Sioux Falls in the USHL, where he led the team in goals during that time. Has been thrown on different lines throughout the season but been a solid contributer. Physical forward who is good in the corners and in front of the net.

Jordan Nelson
#16 Jordan Nelson, So., F- Williston, N.D.: Played one season with Alexandria of the NAHL before two with Fargo of the USHL. Won the North Dakota Mr. Hockey Award in 2010 as the best high school hockey player in North Dakota. A speedy forward who has been shuffled around the lineup but plays mostly as a 3rd/4th line player in his young career.

Mike Huntebrinker
#17 Mike Huntebrinker, So., F-  Chesterfield, Mo.: Hasn't seen much ice time early in his career but proved himself as a scorer in his two seasons with the Waterloo Blackhawks in the USHL. Has showed a great deal of speed in his appearances for the Mavericks and shows potential as a guy who could see some serious ice time down the road. Scored a big goal in the WCHA Final Five Championship game last season to put the Mavericks up 1-0 in an eventual 4-1 win.

Matt Leitner
#18 Matt Leitner, Sr., F- Los Alamitos, Ca.: Played three years in the USHL, averaging over a point per game in his final two. Had 47 points in 2012-2013 and was named a top three Hobey Hopeful to win the Hobey Baker Award as college hockey's top player. Also named the preseason WCHA Player of the Year in 2013. Broke the 100 point barrier for his career last season, and could lead the team in points for a fourth consecutive season. Should have interest from NHL teams when his career as a Maverick is over.

Brad McClure
#19 Brad McClure, Fr., F- Stratford, Ontario- McClure comes from Penticton of the BCHL, where he tallied 41 goals last season and 80 points in just 58 games. He has exceeded expectations early on in his rookie season, already tallying six goals and 11 points by Christmas.

Chase Grant
#21 Chase Grant, RS Sr., F- Oklahoma City, Ok.: Grant has scored some clutch goals in his career as a Maverick. He is a  captain this year and one of the most physical players on the MSU roster. Works well on a scoring line as well as a checking line due to his style of play. 

Jaden Schmeisser
#22 Jaden Schmeisser, Fr., D- Qualicum Beach, B.C.: Schmeisser is a big defenseman who has only seen time in a couple of games so far in his rookie season. Played parts of five seasons in the BCHL where he could be described as mostly a stay at home defenseman.

Teddy Blueger
#23 Teddy Blueger, Jr., F- Riga, Latvia: Blueger came in as a second round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Blueger has proved himself to be a great passer who can find a seam almost anywhere and thread the needle for a teammate. Also great in the faceoff circle when placed at the center position. Has gotten off to a great start this season, Including his first career hat-trick.

Brett Knowles
#24 Brett Knowles, Jr., F-  Vanderhoof, British Columbia: Scored the game winning goal in a 2-1 victory at Mariucci last season against the Gophers, while also totaling 5-9-14 as a rookie. A good penalty killer and a speedy forward who can be shuffled throughout the lineup and still be effective.Was sidelined early this season after offseason hip surgery. He returned and scored his first career hat-trick in his second weekend of action.

Zach Stepan
#25 Zach Stepan, So., F- Hasting, Minn.: Probably the most hype surrounding a recruit in some time when he came in as a freshman. Originally an Ohio State commit, Stepan de-committed and Hastings landed one of the top recruits in the nation. Stepan was the third leading scorer of the USHL in 2012-2013, behind only his linemates. He also played on the US World Junior team last winter. Drafted 112th overall in the 4th round of the 2012 NHL entry draft by the Nashville Predators. His cousin, Derek Stepan plays for the New York Rangers and will play for Team USA in Sochi, Russia for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Had 9g-12a-21pts as a rookie with MSU.

Dylan Margonari
#26 Dylan Margonari, Jr., F- Greensburg, Penn.: Had 10-9-19 as a freshman, and 8-9-17 last season. Has found himself among the top two lines regularly and has incredible speed. With a more well rounded game, his speed could give him a great shot at professional hockey someday. Recorded first career hat-trick this season

Brett Stern
#27 Brett Stern, Sr., D- Lino Lakes, Minn.: Stern is a captain this season. Not a big scorer, more of a stay at home defenseman who does a great job in his own zone controlling the puck and moving the play up the ice; plays with a lot of intensity. 

Aaron Neson
#29 Aaron Nelson, Fr., G- Bismarck, ND.: Nelson played three seasons with Bismarck of the NAHL. Comes in as the third goaltender for the Mavericks.

Cole Huggins

#34 Cole Huggins, So., G- Centennial, Co.: Huggins came in and was assumed to be the backup goalie to Stephon Williams, instead he took over the starting postion and won WCHA Goaltender of the Year in 2014. This season he has seemed to experience the sophomore slump Williams had last season, and has handed over the starting position back to Williams.

Stephon Williams
#35 Stephon Williams, Jr., G- Fairbanks, Alaska: Williams was WCHA Goaltender of the Year, WCHA Rookie of the Year, First-Team All WCHA, and WCHA All-Rookie team last year as a freshman. Pretty impressive resume. But for whatever reason, he was up and down this year while Huggins took over the majority of minutes between the pipes.However, this season he took back the starting position and has been great for MSU.


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