With the 2020-21 season still months out, it’s time to take a look at teams from all over the State of Hockey and examine what happened this past season and what’s ahead. The next team we’re breaking down is Chanhassen.
How last season went
Chanhassen did not have a season to remember, as they struggled to get any sort of consistency throughout the season, especially on the offensive end. The Storm scored one goal or less in 14 games and were shutout six times, making it hard to win most games despite the score usually remaining close. Chanhassen ended the regular season with a record of 7-18, finishing last in the Metro West Conference.
Entering playoffs, the Storm had a steep hill to climb to get out of Section 2AA, which features the likes of Eden Prarie, Prior Lake, and Chaska. Chanhassen faced the #3 seed Minnetonka and despite a solid effort defensively, saw their scoring drought continue and ended the season with a 0-3 loss to the Skippers.
Who’s gone and who’s back
Chanhassen is going to look a lot different next year, as they are graduating 11 seniors from the 2019-2020 team. No one will be missed more than, the Storm’s starting goalie for the past three seasons. Weyandt, who was voted the team’s MVP, played in 25 games this season and posted a 3.90 GAA and .907 SV%. Other big departures include Defenseman Jack Willis (9G, 14A) and forward Tyler Davidson (11G,7A), who led the team in points.
The good news for the storm is they will have back key contributorsand . Nicholson (5G, 11A) was voted the most improved player on the team and Gerebi has the highest +/- for returning defensemen.
What to expect next season
Chanhassen hasn’t had a winning season since 2015 and is losing arguably their best scorer, defender, and netminder. The Storm has a big hill to climb if they want to be competitive in Section 2AA again, but they especially need to improve on the offensive end of the ice. If they can get a big season fromand fill the hole of in net, they might have a shot at turning things around.