There’s only one uncertain place with the Badgers’ 2021-22 roster except for one unexpected change, Granato said. Defender Shay Donovan entered the transfer portal in April but did not finalize his plans. It looks like a return to UW, where he has only played 12 games in two seasons, is not out of the question.
Based on this decision, the team could have 27 or 28 players. Nine or ten of them are defenders – an exaggerated number because Tyler Inamoto and Josh Ess have chosen to return for a fifth season.
Here’s how the list breaks down with college experience games:
Forwards (15): Max Johnson (143 at Bowling Green), Tarek Baker (137), Brock Caufield (99), Roman Ahcan (96), Jack Gorniak (96), Dominick Mersch (92), Owen Lindmark (63), Ryder Donovan (54) , Mathieu de St. Phalle (31), Sam Stange (29), Carson Bantle (19 at Michigan Tech), Caden Brown (freshman), Liam Malmquist (freshman), Brayden Morrison (student freshman), Zach Urdahl (entering freshman).
Defenders (10): Josh Ess (136), Tyler Inamoto (132), Mike Vorlicky (56), Jesper Peltonen (50), Anthony Kehrer (31), Luke LaMaster (14), Shay Donovan (12), Corson Ceulemans (freshman) , Daniel Laatsch (first year student), Jacob Martin (first year student).