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Chuck Schwartz
02-01-2010, 12:27 PM
I missed this originally but Cody Strang was named the USHL Offensive Player of the Week.

From the USHL website: "Strang scored four goals over three games for the Phantoms. After scoring two goals through his first 20 games of the season, the first-year USHL forward more than doubled that total with a "natural hat trick", scoring three goals in succession during the second period of the 7-3 victory over Team USA on January 18th. The native of Madison, Wisconsin scored his three goals over a span of 4:55 which was the first hat trick in the inaugural season of the Phantoms. The 19-year-old then scored the first goal of the game in the 3-2 loss to Cedar Rapids on Saturday."

Chuck Schwartz
02-02-2010, 09:22 AM
First things first, I've updated the recruiting <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=p-RajuvpLDfEhh7uNaENNaw">statistics</a> spreadsheet, so you can check that out for all the latest statistics on our committed players and potential recruits.

Ok, so now that we have that out of the way I wanted to talk about some potential recruits for the Badgers. The first one is 1992 born forward <a href="http://www.pointstreak.com/stats/pro/playerpage.html?playerid=3212876&amp;seasonid=4429"><span style="font-weight: bold;">Garrett Allen</span></a> . I mentioned last week that Allen was a name that was really picking up steam in the recruiting circles.

Originally I thought that Allen would probably wait until later in the season/summer to make a commitment but recent rumblings have given me a feeling that he is going to make a decision sooner rather than later.

As far as I know, the schools in the running are Wisconsin, Colorado College and Denver. Those three schools have been in the race for a while now, so that's nothing new. The biggest surprise is that Hammy, a Minnesota hockey insider recently alerted me that the Gophers <span style="font-style: italic;">may</span> have jumped into the fray and made Allen an offer. I do not have official confirmation that Allen holds an offer from any of these schools, but I think it's safe to say that he holds offers from Minnesota, Wisconsin, and <span style="font-style: italic;">possibly</span> from CC and Denver.

So where does he end up? It's hard to say. Rumors are that he has strong family ties out in Colorado, so both DU and CC will be in play. Allen is from Wisconsin and while the Badgers don't land every instate kid they offer, they usually do pretty well for themselves. The wild card is definitely Minnesota entering the race late. Allen plays for the Fargo Force with Gopher recruits Nate Schmidt and Nate Condon. If your not familiar, Condon is another Wisconsin born forward (Wausau). I'm going to take a shot in the dark and say he ends up at Denver but that's a pretty wild guess.
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The second player I wanted to talk about was goaltending prospect <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.pointstreak.com/stats/pro/playerpage.html?playerid=2285496&amp;seasonid=4429">Troy Grosenick</a>. If your not familiar with Grosenick, he is in his second USHL season for the Cedar Rapids Rough Riders.

I've been getting a ton of recruiting questions over the past couple months regarding the goaltending situation of the future. For as long as I can remember the Badgers have run a goaltending system with a junior/freshman or a senior/sophomore. Transfer Brett Bennett threw a wrench into things since we now have two scholarship junior goaltenders.

A reader this week alerted me to Grosenick who I've grossly been overlooking as a Badger prospect, pun intended. (wow that was lame) Anyways, Grosenick isn't a world beater first round draft pick type of goalie but he could be a player that would fit into our situation.

First of all, he's from Brookfield. Being a Wisconsin native always helps obviously in the recruiting situation with the familiarity of the program and the bonus of having in-state tuition. Second of all, Grosenick ages out of junior hockey this season so he would have to come to Wisconsin next season. I know what your thinking, there is no way we roster three scholarship goalies next year, and you are right. But being an in-state kid, I can definitely see Grosenick taking a 3 for 4 scholarship deal. If your unfamiliar with that, it basically means that he will not receive a scholarship his first year (when we still have Bennett and Gudmandson), but will receive a full scholarship his last three seasons.

Personally i would rather see us bring in a player like Grosenick next season and an elite freshman goalie in 2011 than bring in two freshmen goalies in 2011. Like I said, Grosenick isn't a top of the line goaltender by any means but he's had two very productive seasons in the USHL. He currently has a career 2.63 GAA and a .903 save percentage in 57 career USHL games. He also possesses decent size at 6'0, 190 pounds.

There are a few other goaltenders out there that I would like to bring in next season as well but the problem is the scholarship issue. If I had my first choice we would bring in Green Bay (USHL) goaltender Steve Summerhays. The problem is that Summerhays is an Alaska native and probably isn't likely to pay out of state tuition for a full year at Wisconsin.
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Ok, I'll admit from the start that I don't know much about this kid but I heard about his name last week and I thought he deserved to be brought up. The kid in reference is Delano, Minnesota forward <a style="font-weight: bold;" href="http://www.mnhockeyhub.com/roster_player/show/168268">Tyler Heinonen</a>. Heinonen has recently been linked to the Wisconsin program and will be an interesting name to follow in the recruiting process.

At 6'1, 170 and averaging two goals a game, Heinonen brings a lot to the table. The problem is that it's tough to evaluate a kid like Heinonen playing at the level he plays. While Minnesota high school hockey is great, the lower Class A schools that his Delano Tigers play against simply aren't that good so it's tough to evaluate his statistics.

As a positive, Heinonen played pretty well in the Upper Midwest High School Elite league this past fall for Team Southwest which also housed future Badger Troy Hesketh from Minnetonka. Heinonen's 16 points in 23 games were very respectable. Also, I figured this was pointing out, Heinonen recently recorded four hat-tricks in a row. I don't care who you play against, four hat-tricks in a row is impressive.

Link to article (http://noalibisnoregrets.blogspot.com/2010/02/recruiting-stats-updated-potential.html)

Gurtholfin
02-02-2010, 10:07 AM
There are a few other goaltenders out there that I would like to bring in next season as well but the problem is the scholarship issue. If I had my first choice we would bring in Green Bay (USHL) goaltender Steve Summerhays. The problem is that Summerhays is an Alaska native and probably isn't likely to pay out of state tuition for a full year at Wisconsin.


If he's playing in Green Bay and being paid here and residing here, wouldn't he qualify for in state tuition? Not sure how this works.

When I moved up here in 89, I worked a year before I enrolled and was then granted in state tuition. Long time ago obviously and things may have changed.

Chuck Schwartz
02-02-2010, 10:18 AM
If he's playing in Green Bay and being paid here and residing here, wouldn't he qualify for in state tuition? Not sure how this works.

When I moved up here in 89, I worked a year before I enrolled and was then granted in state tuition. Long time ago obviously and things may have changed.

It's an interesting situation. I've had freinds do that to go to North Dakota but they actually became residents, drivers licenses, the whole shebang. I don't know if playing junior hockey here counts towards in-state tuition. He has played in GB for two years though.

VarsityWisconsin
02-02-2010, 03:14 PM
http://host.madison.com/sports/college/hockey/article_ec0a1b16-102d-11df-a537-001cc4c002e0.html


In its pursuit of a top-shelf goaltender to come in and play right away in 2011-12, the UW men's hockey team has its eye on a legacy of sorts.

Joel Rumpel, an 18-year-old standout with Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League, is scheduled to visit UW this weekend, according to his junior coach.

Vees coach Fred Harbinson said Tuesday that Rumpel will be accompanied by his uncle, Roy Schultz, and Ed Lebler, a volunteer assistant with Penticton.

Lebler's son, Brian, plays for Michigan, which will face the Badgers outdoors Saturday in the inaugural Camp Randall Hockey Classic at Camp Randall Stadium.

Long-time UW fans will remember Schultz as an All-American goaltender in 1980 -- he still holds the school career record for average saves per game at 31.9 -- and Lebler as a major contributor to the 1981 club that won the NCAA title.

Chuck Schwartz
02-02-2010, 03:14 PM
Edit: Just a second too late on this one...

aktick
02-02-2010, 03:34 PM
Rumpel rink, anybody? ;)

Chuck Schwartz
02-02-2010, 03:51 PM
Rumpel rink, anybody? ;)

Apparently I was beaten to the punch...

VarsityWisconsin
02-02-2010, 04:24 PM
Rumpel rink, anybody? ;)

The link is in my post.

bucky15
02-02-2010, 04:42 PM
http://host.madison.com/sports/college/hockey/article_ec0a1b16-102d-11df-a537-001cc4c002e0.html


Have to like his size 6 foot 3. That makes the goalies job a lot easier. He is only 175 lbs, but at the age of 18 he has time to grow into his body.

Gandalf the Red
02-02-2010, 06:07 PM
Nice stats too.

16-3, 1.85 GAA, 92.4 save %

Plays for a heck of a team there, they are 42-6-3 this season and feature two great forwards Denver Manderson (leads Mark Zengerle in the scoring column) and Beau Bennett who is headed to Denver next season.

Manderson appears uncommitted, not sure if he has WHL ties, but if not bring him along and give him a schollie for next season.

aktick
02-02-2010, 06:10 PM
Apparently I was beaten to the punch...


The link is in my post.

Oh you kids...MCR would've understood. ;)



"RUMBLE RINK"

"IS THIS NOT THE WINNING NET?" (POINTING)
(crowd) "YES, THIS IS THE WINNING NET!"

"IS THAT NOT THE LOSING NET?"
(crowd) "YES, THAT IS THE LOSING NET!"

"IS THAT NOT THE BIG SCOREBOARD?"
(crowd) "YES, THAT IS THE BIG SCOREBOARD!"

"IS THIS NOT THE RUMBLE RINK?"
(crowd) "YES, THIS IS THE RUMBLE RINK!"

"WINNING NET!"
(crowd) "WINNING NET!"

"LOSING NET!"
(crowd) "LOSING NET!"

"BIG SCOREBOARD!"
(crowd) "BIG SCOREBOARD!"

"RUMBLE RINK!"
(crowd) "RUMBLE RINK!"


"WHO'S A SIEVE"?
(Crowd yells goalies' name!)...then
"SIEVE, SIEVE, SIEVE, SIEVE, SIEVE......

Oh for the good old days of banners and beer. Rich.
:cool:

Chuck Schwartz
02-02-2010, 06:22 PM
Nice stats too.

16-3, 1.85 GAA, 92.4 save %

Plays for a heck of a team there, they are 42-6-3 this season and feature two great forwards Denver Manderson (leads Mark Zengerle in the scoring column) and Beau Bennett who is headed to Denver next season.

Manderson appears uncommitted, not sure if he has WHL ties, but if not bring him along and give him a schollie for next season.

Manderson already played major junior if I remember correctly.

Gandalf the Red
02-02-2010, 06:35 PM
Manderson already played major junior if I remember correctly.

Must have, because no one that good would be uncommitted to the NCAA route at this point (20 yrs old) if he wasn't connected to the CHL at some point.

Chuck Schwartz
02-02-2010, 06:44 PM
****....Garrett Allen to Denver. That ****es me off.

Chuck Schwartz
02-02-2010, 06:45 PM
Must have, because no one that good would be uncommitted to the NCAA route at this point (20 yrs old) if he wasn't connected to the CHL at some point.

He has played 21 games in the OHL.

MaizeRage
02-03-2010, 01:27 PM
Sounds like Rumpel will be a Badger if UW wants him:

http://collegehockey247.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=1047535

Timothy A
02-03-2010, 01:35 PM
Goalie Alert....from the WI St Journal.....Joel Rumpel (18 yrs old), from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, has emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the BCHL during his rookie season. He currently is 16-3 with a 1.86 goals against average and 92.4 save ratio.

Harbinson (his team's head coach), whose current club has more than a dozen NCAA Division I signees or commitments, said Rumpel has attracted "a ton'' of interest, but that he's focused primarily on UW because of its long history of producing big-time goaltenders. :D :D :D :D

He is visiting this weekend. This uncle is the famous Roy Schultz and his goalie coach is the almost as famous Ed Lebler, 2 former UW tenders. :D

Personally, I love tenders from Canada. :D The BCHL is an offensive league and this kid has great numbers. :D

At what point will Eaves make this kid an offer? Sooner than later? This weekend? Today?

Red Till I'm Dead!
02-03-2010, 01:56 PM
Goalie Alert....from the WI St Journal.....Joel Rumpel (18 yrs old), from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, has emerged as one of the top goaltenders in the BCHL during his rookie season. He currently is 16-3 with a 1.86 goals against average and 92.4 save ratio.

Harbinson (his team's head coach), whose current club has more than a dozen NCAA Division I signees or commitments, said Rumpel has attracted "a ton'' of interest, but that he's focused primarily on UW because of its long history of producing big-time goaltenders. :D :D :D :D

He is visiting this weekend. This uncle is the famous Roy Schultz and his goalie coach is the almost as famous Ed Lebler, 2 former UW tenders. :D

Personally, I love tenders from Canada. :D The BCHL is an offensive league and this kid has great numbers. :D

At what point will Eaves make this kid an offer? Sooner than later? This weekend? Today?

Crossing fingers..... anyone else want to join on that one? ;)

markwojo
02-03-2010, 02:03 PM
Looks like we have an emerging target that seems talented enough to start as a true frosh after Bennett & Guddy graduate. It would be nice to find an older kid perhaps willing to come in next season as a walk on for one season to get a year under their belt in Madison as a more mature compliment to a young kid like Rumpel.