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Gandalf the Red
02-08-2010, 06:15 PM
I still think bringing in an older kid next year like Summerhays or Grosenick is the right move.

Summerhays isn't a bad goalie, pretty good for the Gamblers when I've seen him.

Chuck Schwartz
02-09-2010, 12:23 AM
Baggotts blog update (http://host.madison.com/sports/college/hockey/article_397351ee-1531-11df-9caf-001cc4c002e0.html). Once again fails to give credit where credit is due. How hard would it be to mention that collegehockey247.com broke the story this afternoon you no good hack of a sports writer?

MadCityRich
02-09-2010, 09:20 AM
Good news regarding Rumpel. Maybe we can get some remarks from the hockey media, or are they waiting for Chuck to comment then use his words!;)

Well at least "he" stole comments from ch247 and not you, Chuck. :rolleyes:

markwojo
02-09-2010, 10:00 AM
I know it is fun to pick on Baggott...but I fail to see where he "stole" comments when he has direct quotes from the kids coach and obviously had a phone conversation with him &/or the player regarding the commitment. It was hardly a shocker that the kid committed and basically everyone in Badger nation knew the kid was coming for the Camp Randall Classic and likely to leave a verbal commit. Because CH247 did a story does not preclude other media outlets from coming to the same end result independently. Do you really thing Baggott only decided to call the kids coach when he saw the internet report of his commit or might he have had that phone call on his Monday morning schedule?

sweatpants
02-09-2010, 10:10 AM
I know it is fun to pick on Baggott...but I fail to see where he "stole" comments when he has direct quotes from the kids coach and obviously had a phone conversation with him &/or the player regarding the commitment. It was hardly a shocker that the kid committed and basically everyone in Badger nation knew the kid was coming for the Camp Randall Classic and likely to leave a verbal commit. Because CH247 did a story does not preclude other media outlets from coming to the same end result independently. Do you really thing Baggott only decided to call the kids coach when he saw the internet report of his commit or might he have had that phone call on his Monday morning schedule?

I agree with markwojo. The guy has made more UW recruiting leads than all these "insiders" combined. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

MadCityRich
02-09-2010, 11:47 AM
I agree with markwojo. The guy has made more UW recruiting leads than all these "insiders" combined. I'll give him the benefit of the doubt on this one.

Should have selected my words more carefully...just having fun.

VarsityWisconsin
02-09-2010, 11:56 AM
We're already getting Elliott comparisons.


Harbinson said multiple NHL teams have scouted Rumpel and requested game video of his work.
"He's athletic and covers a lot of the net,'' Harbinson said of Rumpel. "He reminds me of Elliott that way.''
On another UW recruiting front, the latest issue of Red Line Report includes a first look at the top prospects for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Ranked 56th is Mike Mersch, a winger with the U.S. national under-18 team who has signed with the Badgers for 2010-11.
In its rankings for the 2010 draft, RLR, an independent international scouting service, has UW freshman defenseman John Ramage listed 198th. He was 227th in the January rankings.

Timothy A
02-09-2010, 01:37 PM
I like his height, 6-3. He's 5" taller than Goody. (Bennett for the record is 6-2). Height isn't everything, but the only spot Goody seems to get beat is up high. I like the fact he'll be an older kid; more seasoned and mature, when he gets here. My only silly worry is that the BCHL scorers get to him at some point and his confidence gets dented a tad over the next year and a half. Hopefully 1st Star Z takes it easy on him.

When he gets here, UW will still be loaded offensively, so there shoudn't be too much pressure from that point.

I am fully confident Sanger will have a great impact on the kid.

I wonder if Bennett didn't come here, would Rumpel have come next year?

Pucky-Bucky Backer
02-09-2010, 02:21 PM
I know it is fun to pick on Baggott...

I went to a Blue Line luncheon years ago and Professor Mike Leckrone was the guest speaker. He said that Andy Baggot "couldn't ad lib a fart at a bean pot party."

Chuck Schwartz
02-09-2010, 03:31 PM
I know it is fun to pick on Baggott...but I fail to see where he "stole" comments when he has direct quotes from the kids coach and obviously had a phone conversation with him &/or the player regarding the commitment. It was hardly a shocker that the kid committed and basically everyone in Badger nation knew the kid was coming for the Camp Randall Classic and likely to leave a verbal commit. Because CH247 did a story does not preclude other media outlets from coming to the same end result independently. Do you really thing Baggott only decided to call the kids coach when he saw the internet report of his commit or might he have had that phone call on his Monday morning schedule?

You make good points, but Baggots article came out like 8 hours after collegehockey247's this afternoon. I don't have a problem with the content it's that he consistently writes articles like he's the first one to write them, when the only reason he writes some articles is because he read about the information somewhere else first, and NEVER gives that person credit.

markwojo
02-09-2010, 03:59 PM
You make good points, but Baggots article came out like 8 hours after collegehockey247's this afternoon. I don't have a problem with the content it's that he consistently writes articles like he's the first one to write them, when the only reason he writes some articles is because he read about the information somewhere else first, and NEVER gives that person credit.

And 247's story on him visiting came out the day after Baggott posted it on 2/2. There is zero chance Baggot reports on Rumpel visiting two times, and don't make a phone call to follow up on Monday after the visitor is back home. The fact that 247 also made a call does not make the two events improbable to occur on their own.

I know Baggot's history of poaching without giving credit, however that is a real tough sell in this case when as far as I can tell, he was the first to link Rumpel to UW as a possibility.

Chuck Schwartz
02-09-2010, 04:31 PM
And 247's story on him visiting came out the day after Baggott posted it on 2/2. There is zero chance Baggot reports on Rumpel visiting two times, and don't make a phone call to follow up on Monday after the visitor is back home. The fact that 247 also made a call does not make the two events improbable to occur on their own.

I know Baggot's history of poaching without giving credit, however that is a real tough sell in this case when as far as I can tell, he was the first to link Rumpel to UW as a possibility.

Yeah, your are right.

Chuck Schwartz
02-11-2010, 12:19 AM
Badgers land (http://host.madison.com/sports/college/hockey/article_0dd99d1a-16c4-11df-bbc5-001cc4c03286.html) elite forward from California Nick Kerdiles. Interview up on Sixty Minutes sometime tonight hopefully.

Chuck Schwartz
02-11-2010, 12:30 AM
I got a chance to talk (http://noalibisnoregrets.blogspot.com/2010/02/badgers-go-west-lane-elite-california.html) to Kirdles tonight and here were his initial comments:

"I'm absolutely speechless and still in shock and I don't think it has set in yet. It is such a great academically and athletically strong school. Its track record proves it with six National Championships. I love the facility that they play in! The Kohl Center is second to none and is just absolutely amazing. I can not wait to play in it! The atmosphere is amazing there at the Kohl Center and everyone loves the badgers in the community which is awesome!!!

Most importantly i really like the coaches. They are very approachable and I felt comfortable around them. I felt welcomed and they are such nice people. They all have strong backgrounds and I had a chance to talk with some of the boys and go out to eat with them and hang out at the dorms and they just told me so many great things about them. Its honestly a first class University."

Chuck Schwartz
02-11-2010, 12:46 AM
Chuck Schwartz: You were at the Camp Randall game last weekend. What was that experience like?

Nick Kerdiles: All I can say is breath taking. It was such an amazing experience. Only so many people in the world will ever get to experience what I was fortunate to see. The crowd was loud and very positive, the weather was nice and cold for a California guy like me but i loved it, and the game couldn't have turned out better with the big win for The BADGERS!

Chuck Schwartz: How long have you been considering Wisconsin and what made you decide on them?

Nick Kerdiles: Wisconsin has always been high on my list because of the instant interest they showed me right off the bat. They were the first to send me a questionnaire and also really wanted me to talk to them as much as I could. I have always loved wisconsin and they have a great track record, and I believe they are the best University for hockey to develop and get better and I have a great chance to win a National Championship with them!

Chuck Schwartz: What other schools were you looking at?

Nick Kerdiles: The University of Michigan showed me a lot of interested and also offered me and Denver was talking to me closely and a little of North Dakota.

Chuck Schwartz: Wisconsin has a very elite class shaping up for 2012 with Jordan Schmaltz and Corbin McGuire already committed, do you know those players and are you excited to play with them?

Nick Kerdiles: I do not know them. I am extremely excited for opportunity that lies ahead of me and I will do anything to win a national championship and develop for hopefully one day the NHL.

Chuck Schwartz: 2012 is still a long ways away. Is there any chance of you playing in the WHL or are you dead set on the college route?

Nick Kerdiles: I am dead set on the college route. I get good grades and I can use that to my advantage by getting my college paid for and also having more time to develop both as a man and by a hockey player.

Chuck Schwartz: Wisconsin is a long ways away from California, how did they get into the picture as a future destination?

Nick Kerdiles: Wisconsin is a great hockey school so I would fly across the world if it meant that I would be putting on the Badgers uniform. I laid out the pros and cons of Wisconsin and all I could come up with was the pros, no cons which is a great sign.

Chuck Schwartz: I see you listed at 150 pounds. Is that accurate and where do you see your size/weight when you come to Madison?

Nick Kerdiles: That is false. I am Currently at 6 foot 1 and 1/2 and i weigh 184 pounds. Going to the NTDP will give me a huge advantage because of how strong the program is. They have great trainers and Coaches and I will be playing against older guys in the USHL and the following year on the 18U team against colleges too. I do not have an exact estimate for you but i trust the NTDP staff of putting on the right weight that I need to put on.

Chuck Schwartz: Can you give us an indication on your style of play?

Nick Kerdiles: I'm a big strong play maker who will play gritty and fight for loose pucks. I have speed and I excel in puck-protection. I like being the difference maker in games by putting up points and helping my team win.

Red Till I'm Dead!
02-11-2010, 07:22 AM
WOW :D
This kid sounds awesome!! He sounds like he really wants to win a title and an education and not leave right away for the NHL. He should be awesome for the UW!!

Hey Chuck, what is this kid's stats like?
Reading his answers gets me excited to see him play in red and white!!

badgerhawk
02-11-2010, 08:35 AM
WOW :D
This kid sounds awesome!! He sounds like he really wants to win a title and an education and not leave right away for the NHL. He should be awesome for the UW!!

Hey Chuck, what is this kid's stats like?
Reading his answers gets me excited to see him play in red and white!!
Here you go.

http://www.pointstreak.com/players/players-team-roster.html?teamid=200826&seasonid=4364

markwojo
02-11-2010, 10:04 AM
Makes me wonder who else the staff had in for a visit last weekend?

VarsityWisconsin
02-11-2010, 10:43 AM
The CRHC is really paying dividends. Let's schedule another one of these events in 3 years.

Chuck Schwartz
02-11-2010, 02:38 PM
Makes me wonder who else the staff had in for a visit last weekend?

Sounds like the answer is who didn't hey have in last weekend.