Last offseason was difficult for the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL. First, Peter Mueller, who had originally considered playing for the Muskies for a season before joining the University of Minnesota, decided to instead leave for the WHL. Second, 16 year old defenseman Brendan Smith was not allowed to play in the US because he was too young. The loss of these potential star players considerably hurt the Muskies chances last season, and they finished in last place in the USHL's West Division.
As bad as last offseason was, this offseason is turning out to be an even bigger disaster for the Muskies.
I had previously mentioned that Sam Gagner, the team's second leading scorer, who was poised to be one of the league's leading scorer's next season, left the team to play for London in the OHL.
After the loss of Gagner came reports that defenseman Frank Grzeszczak, who was one of the few 1989 born defenseman in the league last season, and had committed to Nebraska-Omaha for 2007, had decided to forgo another year in Sioux City and sign with Plymouth of the OHL.
Then today, it was reported that Matt White, a forward from the LA Jr. Kings who Sioux City drafted with the 3rd overall pick in the USHL draft this season, will play for Cushing Academy next season into of for the Muskies. White will likely end up playing at an Eastern school in college.
Those three players would have made up the core of the Sioux City team next season. Instead, it could be another miserable season for the Musketeers.