With 21 forwards in camp there will certainly be competition for the Tauros 13 or 14 forward spots. Today we will take a look at the first 10 forwards in camp (by jersey number) that will look to break camp and head to Blaine for the NAHL Showcase starting September 15th.
Just four forwards from last season’s playoff roster remain: Christian “Bubba” Kadolph, Logan Anderson, Ike Keller, and Trevor Stachowiak. Anderson led the group of returners with 18 points on seven goals and 11 assists. Overall, the Tauros put up 150 goals in 56 games last season, the average was skewed (as was just about everyone else’s) by the dominant Aberdeen Wings team that lost just four games last year. The Tauros averaged just 1.42 goals/game against Aberdeen but posted a respectable 3.02 average against everyone else.
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23 – Ike Keller: 6’1” 153 lbs. 2003
Played 45 games for the Tauros as a young rookie posting two goals and three assists. He still has three seasons of junior eligibility remaining. Keller played important minutes despite his youth taking shifts on the penalty kill including scoring a shorthanded goal.
Scout’s Take: Has a good motor and plays a solid two-way game.
24 – Jack McDonald: 6’0” 173 lbs. 2003
Posted 33 points (10 goals and 23 assists) for Nichols School in New York. McDonald continues the Tauros focus on responsible two-way players. Making the jump from east coast prep to his first junior season.
Scout’s Take: Good size and compete level, blocks shots effectively and finds his way to the net.
25 – Dean Schwenninger: 5’9” 165 lbs. 2001
Making the jump from Europe Schwenninger was the Tauros’ sixth round draft pick this summer. Has international experience playing for Switzerland’s 16U, 17U, and 18U teams. The Tauros staff hopes he can adjust to the North American game quickly like recent imports Didrik Henbrant and Wilmar Skoog.
Scout’s Take: A skilled Center who tracks the puck well and is able to find the soft areas offensively.
26 – Dylan Clark: 5’9” 160 lbs. 2001
While new to the NAHL Clark has more junior experience than most in camp. He has played 122 games in the AJHL with the Calgary Canucks where he’s scored 32 goals and added 40 assists. Clark posted almost a point per game in the Covid-shortened AJHL season.
Scout’s Take: Going into his fourth junior hockey season Clark is an experienced hard competing two-way center.
27 – Huston Karpman: 5’11” 199 lbs. 2001
A two-year NAHL veteran acquired via trade with North Iowa Karpman will no doubt be familiar to Tauro fans from his days as an Aberdeen Wing during the 2019-20 season when he posted 26 points in 40 games. Last season Karpman started the year with the Fargo Force before joining the Amarillo Bulls who have now moved to North Iowa. Prior to junior hockey the California native played four seasons for Shattuck St. Mary’s.
Scout’s Take: A veteran forward who plays the a heavy game with an edge. Drives the net well and has good hockey sense. Highly competitive and a good motor.
28 – Braydon Beahm: 6’3” 191 lbs. 2004
The second youngest player in camp Beahm played last season for the Green Bay Gamblers 16U team. He also played for Team Kelly in the USA Hockey Selects 17s Tournament posting two goals in four games. A high skill player with big size despite his age.
Scout’s Take: Has a large frame and generates offensively with his ability to protect the puck. Sees the ice well and has a quick release.
74 – Colby Joseph: 5’11” 185 lbs. 2002
Another Canadian import Joseph played 10 games in the BCHL last season scoring one goal. Prior to that the Elkhorn, Manitoba, native posted 71 points in 48 games in his final 18U season.
Scout’s Take: Has a good compete level and is good below the dots offensively.
77 – Jazz Krivtsov: 6’0” 182: 2001
A former teammate of Kwapick, Karpman, and Nesburg’s at Shattuck St. Mary’s, Krivtsov played last season in the NCDC with the Connecticut Jr. Rangers where he posted two goals and five assists in 22 games.
Scout’s Take: Has a good first three steps and has a nose for the net; likes to generate off of the forecheck.
81 – Treveor Stachowiak: 6’2” 188 lbs. 2003
A returning Tauro entering his second season in Minot “Stax” had seven assists in 47 games last season. While still looking for his first regular season goal as a Tauro he did score twice in the preseason against Aberdeen last year.
Scout’s Take: Good size and compete level, plays a good two-way style.
83 – Nick Mountain: 6’0” 173 lbs. 2002
Making the jump to junior from Hill-Murray H.S. in Minnesota, the same school that produced Tauro Alum Ryan Petersen. Mountain posted seven goals and 10 assists last season. He also played in the Minnesota Elite League for Team MAP South posting two goals and two assists in 19 games.
Scout’s Take: A hard nosed winger with a good feel around the net.
94 – Caden Triggs: 6’0” 196 lbs. 2001
A player with a year of junior experience Triggs started with the Twin City Thunder in the NCDC before moving to the Steinbach Pistons in the MJHL. He continues a long line of Moorhead High Spuds coming to the Magic City following the likes of Cole O’Connell and Kyler Kleven.
Scout’s Take: A strong winger who plays a north-south style of game. Has a high compete level and higher character.