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Stars Off-Season Primer Part I: Announcing Future Considerations

By Lincoln Stars Staff, 05/22/19, 12:45PM CDT


The Stars will bring 11 new players into the fold from past trades

Lincoln, NE-Throughout the 2018-19 hockey season and the early stages of the 2019 offseason, the Stars have made trades that have included a return of "future considerations." These "considerations" are players that were in the midst of their respective seasons and as such could not be announced until the conclusion of the 2018-19 USHL campaign. 

Now, as the Clark Cup rests in Sioux Falls, the Stars are excited to announce the full return they've received from the moves they've made this past season. 

Lincoln Receives Forwards Josh Groll, Christian Sarlo, Spencer Smith and Travis Treloar from the Chicago Steel:

Two trades with Chicago brought the Stars four new forwards. 

Travis Treloar is a left shot '01 from Stockholm, Sweden. In 59 regular season games this year, the Western Michigan commit scored 14 goals and 16 assists before adding another helper in the playoffs. Treloar notched the first goal of his 2018-19 season against the Stars back in the season opener on September 28th. Prior to January 26th, Treloar had 24 points in his first 32 games.

Christian Sarlo is a left-handed forward, born in 2001. The Lynbrook, NY native joins Treloar as the pair head to their third-consecutive team together. Both played for the North Jersey Avalanche in 2017-18 prior to joining the Steel this past season. With Chicago, Sarlo scored 12 goals and 25 points in 50 regular season games before adding two goals in the playoffs. Sarlo is committed to RPI.

Josh Groll, another 2001-born forward, heads to the Stars after scoring nine goals and nine assists in 53 games this year. The well-traveled Californian spent four games with the USNTDP U18's this year, as well as two games with the Omaha Lancers in 2017-18. This season, the left-handed shot had a penchant for the big goal, with three of his tallies serving as game-winners for Chicago. The San Diego native is committed to the University of Michigan.

Spencer Smith, a 2002-born, left-handed forward, comes to the Stars as a former affiliate of the Steel. Smith has the added benefit of experience with Stars affiliates and draft picks. The lefty was a teammate of Lincoln affiliate Declan McDonnell and Stars draft pick Ty Glover with the Buffalo Jr. Sabres in 2018-19. Smith notched 22 goals and 43 points in the OJHL this season. 

Lincoln Receives Jonny Meiers, Forward, from the Sioux Falls Stampede:

Two pieces elemental to the Sioux Falls Stampede Clark Cup run were defensemen Mason Klee and Logan Britt. The pair was traded to Sioux Falls at the end of February bringing the Stars defensemen Jaden Shields and Tony Follmer, plus affiliate Jonny Meiers. 

Meiers, a left-shot forward, hails from Eagan, Minnesota where the '02 plays high school hockey for the Eagan Wildcats. Wearing a letter for his school in the 18-19 season, the Colorado College commitment scored 20 goals and 32 assists in 27 games, averaging just under two points per contest.

Lincoln Receives Forwards Matt Miller and Carter Loney from Sioux City Musketeers:

In a trade that sent Stars veteran Devlin McCabe to Sioux City, the Stars received Josh Bohlin, Matt Miller, and affiliate forward Carter Loney. 

Miller is a '99 committed to nearby Nebraska-Omaha and enters 2019-20 with an impressive 135 games played in the USHL. Standing at 6-2 199, Miller used his large frame and high hockey IQ to post career-high point totals with the Musketeers this past season. In 57 games, the right-handed shot 15 goals and 13 assists. Miller has also logged 15 career games split between the USNTDP U17 and U18 programs. 

In 2018-19, Loney, an '02 from Winnipeg, split his time between Rink Hockey Academy Prep and the Steinbach Pistons of the MJHL. In 45 combined games, he scored 12 goals and 28 assists. The '02-born righty will attend the University of Minnesota-Duluth following the conclusion of his junior hockey career. 

Lincoln Receives Forwards Brad Morrissey and Brendan Poshak, Defenseman Ruben Rafkin from the Tri-City Storm:

In the trade that sent Shane Pinto to Tri-City, the Stars received Michael Colella, Brad Morrissey, Ruben Rafkin, and affiliate forward Brendan Poshak.

Morrissey, a right-handed forward from Tignish, Prince Edward Island, scored three goals and 12 points for the Storm this season. The '01 has earned a C-rating from Central Scouting twice and is committed to the University of Maine.

Rafkin posted two tallies and eight assists from the blue line, as the right-handed Finn broke into the USHL at just 16 years old. Rafkin, an '02, is committed to the University of Denver.

Forward Brendan Poshak lit up the stat sheet with Notre Dame Academy in the USHS-WI this past season. Over the course of 24 games, the right shot buried 19 goals and tacked on 16 assists. The '02 won't turn 17 until July and is committed to Northern Michigan University.

Lincoln Receives Forward Cole Vallese from the Muskegon Lumberjacks:

In the same trade that brought Brock Bremer and Hunter Skinner to Lincoln, the Stars added Lumberjacks affiliate Cole Vallese. An '02 from Rockville, Maryland, Vallese split his 2018-19 between Salisbury School and the Yale Jr. Bulldogs U16. With Salisbury, he recorded four goals and 16 points in 26 games. The left shot is committed to Providence College. 


Travis Treloar, F, via Chicago Steel
Christian Sarlo, F, via Chicago Steel
Josh Groll, F, via Chicago Steel
Brad Morrissey, F, via Tri-City Storm
Matthew Miller, F, via Sioux City Musketeers
Ruben Rafkin, D, via Tri-City Storm

Spencer Smith, F, via Chicago Steel
Cole Vallese, F, via Muskegon Lumberjacks
Carter Loney, F, via Sioux City Musketeers
Jonny Meiers, F, via Sioux Falls Stampede
Brendan Poshak, F, via Tri-City Storm

"I think these trades gave us a multitude of things," said Stars Head Coach Cody Chupp. "The return in these trades gave us quality depth and quality players. This is a group of players that not only played, and had success, in the league, but a list of great affiliate players we believe will compete for a spot on our roster. We are excited about this group and their talent level, the level of competition they're going to bring into camp and the type of people they are. We believe each of these players can help fuel our culture and continue to rebuild the identity and tradition Stars fans deserve. We are very eager to get all of our guys to Lincoln in June and we look forward to introducing new faces to our city, organization, and fans as we lay the foundation for the season ahead."

This incoming group of 11 players will join returning, drafted and invited players pushing to make an impact on the Stars coaching staff at Main Camp in June. Stars 2019 Main Camp will take place at the John Breslow Ice Center in Lincoln from June 11-16. Join the best fans in the USHL to welcome and root on the newest Stars this June in Lincoln! Admission is free and open to the public.

John Breslow Ice Hockey Center 
433 V St
Lincoln, NE