July 28, 2022 — 1:30 p.m. ETBy Matt Fusillo
With summer in full swing and a fresh season approaching in less than two months, the business of the offseason for the Maryland Terrapins is in full effect.
A whole batch of incoming players for next season are all getting their share of the spotlight as the team is in the process of posting a brief introduction for each new Terp on the team social media pages.
While the new players are getting their names out there, there are several key returning players heading into next season based on their performances from last season.
Through a combination of a few Maryland veterans and a collection of arriving freshmen/transfers, the team looks to be much more competitive entering the new season. Here are several important returning players to take note of:
The Terps don’t have to replace much this offseason. The only senior forward from last season that graduated was bottom-sixer Landon Nguyen.
It’s safe to say that Liam Eden will continue to be the first name on the lineup card each week. He was the ‘MVP’ of last season and finished the campaign with 34 points. Sporting the ‘C’ on his jersey, the graduate student will return for his final year of eligibility in the American Collegiate Hockey Association this upcoming season.
Eden found himself playing as the team’s top left wing the entire year. His linemate Tucker Healy earned himself the role of top center. Also finishing with 34 points, Eden and Healy found chemistry as they played big minutes for the Terps.
Along with Eden and Healy, Patryk Bieganowski and Andrew Muirhead are two forwards that can be key to the lineup moving forward. Both players had experience on the top unit last year with Bieganowski slotting in after Muirhead suffered an injury at Rowan in October.
Bieganowski and Muirhead will both be upperclassmen next season and they finished right behind Eden and Healy for team point totals for forwards. Bieganowski finished the year with 16 points while Muirhead was able to tack on four goals despite missing some time.
The bottom half of the lineup is a little less clear. With a plethora of new players coming in, Maryland faces some uncertainty as far as who will crack the roster to begin the season. This also means the D3 team is looking to make a jump in competitiveness this season.
The defense was solid last season. All four top blueliners were well-rounded and had chemistry to work with, but now the Terps face several holes.
Tyler McEvoy and Ryan Haight skated together as one of the two top pairings, but both graduated this past spring, along with utility defenseman Thomas Pedersen.
With McEvoy and Haight both gone, Daniel Tomashevsky and Hunter Airey are the names to watch as the team enters the new season. Both turned in excellent rookie campaigns and proved to be splendid partners down the stretch.
Tomashevsky and Airey finished second and third, respectively, in point totals for defensemen behind McEvoy.
To round out the defense, Ray McNamara is also coming off a strong rookie season. He returns with journeyman graduate student Pieper Holeman and senior utility-man Jetson Ku.
Despite losing three blueliners, the Terps have a deep class of incoming players. They should be able to replace their losses and bolster the depth of the D3 team.
Henri Pelletier and Aidan Jones made up the goaltending tandem this past season, with the former starting in two-thirds of the games.
There were plenty of moments throughout the season where the two looked sharp in net despite crushing games from Penn State and Delaware, especially considering the two netminders played with an entirely new team in front of them last season.
Both goalies were underclassmen last season, despite Pelletier being 21 years of age and playing two years of junior hockey for the Richmond Generals before occupying the crease for the Terps.
The team will be gaining two netminders for next season – one freshman and one graduate student – which should provide additional depth between the pipes.