Michigan Hockey: Alex Guptill Leaves Hockey Team
Well… Alex Guptill (#27, 6’3, 183, Forward, 21 years old) also signed with his pro organization (Dallas) leaving before his senior season. Both Phil Di Giuseppe and Guptill had rocky careers at Michigan. Some think they did not develop, but that basically removes their own accountability. They both were floaters who showed up occasionally to showcase their talent.
I can’t say that either will make a big impact at the pro level, either AHL or NHL, due to their work ethic. They were more the problem than the solution at Michigan.
The Wolverines will be fine next season with an incoming class that features Dylan Larkin and Dexter Dancs, both forwards. They will not have the size or experience that PDG and Guptill leave behind, but they may be reachable and become two way players responsible for both ends of the ice.
Guptill had a career living off of playing Ohio State, but other than that, was a enigma with several off ice issues. PDG followed suit as far as his on ice habits. This may be a case where Berenson opened the door for them to leave more so than the opposite.
Either way, one of the two guys I pegged to leave has done so and with PDG also leaving, Michigan will again be young next season. As of now, though, they are deep at forward and still have to address serious blue line concerns. One other thing, just a coincidence, but both of the departures are Canadians. It is clear that both of them had their career goals first although it won’t last long if they continue the same habits at the next level.
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