|(above) Landon Smith could of provided some much needed depth at forward this season, but NCAA scholarship limits, mean that he'll arrive at DU over the summer|
The first problem is that most, if not all of the forwards on the list, are still in high school. Its possible that Landon Smith [5'10 181 lbs] may have already graduated from high school since he turned 19 years-old as of Oct. 18th.
But that brings us to the bigger issue. Every major hockey program playing D-1 ice hockey is limited to just 18 scholarships. Its possible to cut scholies into smaller amounts such as quarter, halves or three-quarters, but the total may never exceed 18. With three goalies on the roster, DU likely has less wiggleroom than usual. And its likely that three goalies on scholarship explains why DU is so thin at forward in the first place.
Could DU use a player like Landon Smith this season? No doubt, but with DU Tuition and Housing running around $15,000 per quarter and likely no scholarships available this year, it makes a roster move extremely unlikely.
2013 Recruiting Class Updated StatsD Matt Van Voorhis (Sioux Falls, USHL) - 23 games, 3 goals, 9 assistsF Brad Hawkinson (Lincoln Stars, USHL) - 18 games, 5 goals, 2 assistsF Landon Smith (Chicago, USHL) - 22 games, 9 goals, 4 assistsF Connor Chatham (Omaha, USHL) - 24 games, 8 goals, 7 assistsF Ray Pigozzi (Chicago, USHL) - 19 games, 6 goals, 11 assistsD Will Butcher (U.S. Under-18) - 22 games, 4 goals, 7 assistsF Cody DePourcq (Penticton, BCHL) - 30 games, 4 goal, 7 assistsF Trevor Moore (Tri-Cities, USHL) 24 games, 11 goals, 12 assistsD Gage Ausmus (U.S. Under-18) 22 games, 4 assists2014 Recruiting Class Updated StatsF Tyler Pham (Indiana Ice, USHL) - 24 games, 2 goals, 9 assistsF Jared Fiegl (U.S. Under-17) 21 games, 4 goals, 6 assistsF Garrett Gamez (Tri-Cities, USHL) 19 games, 4 goals, 3 assists2015 Recruiting Class Updated StatsF Dylan Gambrell (Dubuque, USHL) 20 games, 3 goal, 8 assists