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Originally Posted by Wisko McBadgerton:
"Baggot says Hughes and Rockwood are centering the top two lines...
Timothy A --> Great hockey mind... Or Greatest hockey mind?!?"
"Show me a good loser, and I'll show you a loser." Vince Lombardi
"License to kill gophers by the government of the United Nations. Man; free to kill gophers at will. To kill, you must know your enemy, and in this case, my enemy is a varmint....and a varmint will never quit...ever. They're like Viet Cong...Varmint Cong, so you have to fall back on superior intelligence and superior firepower...and that's all she wrote. Au revoir, gopher." Carl Spackler 1980
Yeah something about that doesn't pass the smell test.
If we want to just pull names out of a hat, Josh Maniscalco off the NTDP U-18 decommitted from MN this last year and is a stud. And hey, suddenly Carson Vance is tied for 3rd in USHL D pts with 13 in 20... Or uncommitted 19 year old Finn, Veli-Matti Tiuraniemi is off to a good start with Dubuque.
I think G20's reach is pretty unlimited yet and ideally you'd like a top puck mover... but I guess the staff could also choose not to add with 4 D committed for the next year and still be ok. Maybe they'll just swing for the fences knowing they can strike out.
He has played all 27 U-18 games to date. I know he played in the CCM All American Prospects game at the end of September and I saw him against Wisconsin.
Two write-ups from SBN in October. I don't think the U was too bummed to let him go.
"Josh Maniscalco-Maniscalco hasnít been seeing much ice with the U18s so far this year, so he got some time down with the U17s who were short on D this weekend. Maniscalco really seems to have hit a plateau in his development. Heís pretty much the same player he was last year, which was pretty much the same player he was the year prior. Heís not terrible, and he should still be a nice college player for somebody down the road, but heís not looking like a top prospect any more."
"Josh Maniscalco- Maniscalco doesnít play as much as the other defenseman 5-on-5, though they use him quite a bit in penalty kill situations. It speaks to his defensive abilities, where heís a strong, physical presence, but he doesnít play an overly dynamic game."
And a note on Gildon, who seems to be trending back upwards.
"Max Gildon(Wisconsin)- A player with Gildonís raw physical tools should be a slam-dunk for the first round of the draft. But Iím not sure that he has the hockey sense to match it. His huge shot from the point is a big asset that Iíd like to see used more often. Heíll probably somewhere in the second round of the draft."
A lot of interesting recruiting information on tonight's Wisconsin Hockey Hour. Tony Granato was out on the road recruiting so Don Granato was on with Brian Posick. He explained how recruiting works and why so many younger kids are being "recruited" and committing at a young age. It sounded like these top recruits are visiting a couple schools they're interested in and meeting the coaches on campus and saying they're ready to commit. Don also stated that they have to start "recruiting and evaluating" kids at 12-13 years old. They find these top 10 kids at each age group by knowing their family advisors. Very interesting information about overall recuiting tonight...check it out on badgersportsnetwork.com.
I'd agree with this part:
"heís a strong, physical presence, but he doesnít play an overly dynamic game."
For next year the Badger's could probably use another puck mover, but the following year they have much more dynamic D coming in that they'd perhaps like to pair with a more defensive D. (Or maybe not, as Tony may want to just try to outscore everyone with all offensive type players, I don't know.)
I've seen this kid play a few times and my take is what he does, he does well. Keeps it simple, get it back, get it out, very tough in front of the net. Sort of like Tischke is playing the last few games, but doesn't have Tischke's explosive skates or top gear. (few guys do) But strong on his skates and a decent skater. He had no problem staying with a top skater like Hughes through the slot and muscling up on guys to deny the puck or get it back. Physical, good positioning, good instincts, calm, good awareness, finds the open guy and bodies up on him, makes the simple play and doesn't turn it over. Will be a good NCAA player.
Now having said that, he's still just a name I picked out of the air. Obviously G2O knows a lot about him and there's a lot of guys they could go after. There's also often more decommits and more guys who blossom as the year wears on.
Next Recruiting Grounds is up, covering the World Junior A Challenge which is coming up this Sunday. It's been a good tournament to recruit from and see what your already committed recruits have against good competition. Brendan Smith and Kyle Turris are just a couple Badgers that have participated...
@JeffCoxSports: Buffalo Sabres draft pick Philip Nyberg flipped commitment from Wisconsin to UConn. 6'4" '97 RD from Sweden w/ Madison Caps (USHL) this year
I know that we hear it a lot, a certain former football coach made his opinions well known, but is it actually an issue beyond 1-2 out of 100 potential student-athletes per sport?
Again, I'm not just being contradictory, I don't know what the statistics or history on this matter are. If anyone has more information I would be glad to hear it.
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