When Nicholas Kemp arrived in Sioux City, Iowa prior to this past season, he may have been one of the best unknown incoming players. Kemp played for his hometown Hermantown (MN) High School team, a program not exactly as well known as say Warroad or Centennial.
“Nick had a large learning curve jumping up from a small northern Minnesota high school to the USHL. The idea of preparing for 60 games and practicing every day was a little new to him and it took him some time to adjust,” said Sioux City head coach Dave Siciliano in an interview with Hockey’s Future. Kemp did make the adjustment and as a result the Musketeers reaped the rewards. Kemp finished tied for sixth on the team in scoring with 38 points (15 goals, 23 assists) in 59 appearances. He played for Team USHL in the 2005 USHL Prospects/All-Star game back in February.
Kemp attends the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
Sioux City head coach Dave Siciliano’s insights on Nicholas Kemp: “Nick is a player gifted with size and has excellent skills. He has a record of scoring. He’s also got good balance and excellent strength. He can carry the puck and protect it. He’s got a very good shot too. He has very good hands and can beat you one-on-one. One of things that we’ve tried to work with Nick on is driving to the net. I think that if he wants to move forward in the game, it’s an area that he’s going to have to perfect. Nick has tremendous defensive awareness and the offensive skill to finish as well. He was a centerman most of the time in high school and we had to move him over to the wing at times when we had injuries. He may be more of a centerman than a winger. The good thing is that having played wing this year, Nick’s got both positions now. He’s skilled enough where he can play on his off-wing as well as at center. He won’t have a problem playing either center or wing at UMD because he has developed that versatility. Nick’s skating is solid technically, but he needs to get another speed in there. He’s a strong, powerful skater but he hasn’t got that fourth gear to really rev it up to that breakaway level. Nick has a good shot but he needs to work on releasing it quicker and more often. He has come a long way in developing the physical side of his game. He started finishing his checks on a regular basis and he’ll get in there to fights pucks as well. Nick has begun to put all of his tools together but he’s not completely there yet.”