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Chuck Schwartz
10-06-2010, 11:22 PM
Wisconsin is out of the running for Joey Fiala. He's down to Western Michigan, Ohio State, and Miami.

bucky15
10-07-2010, 05:05 AM
At what point does Ohio State have more kids from Wisconsin than the Badgers do? Oz really wants to keep the recruiting base that he has established in the state.

I think it is a great sign of the quality of hockey being played in the state when Wisconsin born players are playing other places. The quantity of D1 recruits from the state has increased a lot in the last 5-10 years. Hopefully, this trend continues.

Timothy A
10-07-2010, 12:30 PM
Wisconsin is out of the running for Joey Fiala. He's down to Western Michigan, Ohio State, and Miami.

Is this a bad thing or not? UW will lose Johnson to graduation, and could lose Gardiner, Schultz and possibly Rammer early.

That leaves for 2011, Drake, Faust, Little, Simonelli, Springer with McCabe and Hekseth coming in.

How does Fiala stack up against guys like Drake, Faust, McCabe and Hekseth?

MaizeRage
10-07-2010, 01:20 PM
Is this a bad thing or not?

With no inside knowledge, I'd say Western still being on the list, and Wisconsin not gives you a pretty good indication of how UW felt.

Timothy A
10-07-2010, 04:02 PM
With no inside knowledge, I'd say Western still being on the list, and Wisconsin not gives you a pretty good indication of how UW felt.

I know how UW feels, but I'm curious what the UW recruiting "experts" think. I realize he's not a blue chippah, because DU, UND and UW aren't still recruiting him, but is he better than the ones on my list below.

Chuck Schwartz
10-11-2010, 01:39 PM
Is this a bad thing or not? UW will lose Johnson to graduation, and could lose Gardiner, Schultz and possibly Rammer early.

That leaves for 2011, Drake, Faust, Little, Simonelli, Springer with McCabe and Hekseth coming in.

How does Fiala stack up against guys like Drake, Faust, McCabe and Hekseth?

I would take every defenseman we have on our team/already committed with the exception of Drake over Fiala. And I like Fiala.

I've mentioned I would like Fiala, but he's looking at playing college hockey in 2011. Best we could offer him is a 2012 spot with the option of coming in 2011 if we lose Rammer, Schultz, and Gards. And I don't think he's willing to wait around for that.

Ps...I think the only reason western is on the list is his connection with Blashil. Blashil drafted him in the USHL futures draft when he was at Indiana so they have had a relationship for a while. It was only natural that when Blashil went to Western he would recruit Fiala.

Chuck Schwartz
10-12-2010, 12:03 PM
Fiala to Western Michigan.

Timothy A
10-12-2010, 12:12 PM
I would take every defenseman we have on our team/already committed with the exception of Drake over Fiala. And I like Fiala.



So you really like the guys already lined up. Thank you for your insight.

Chuck Schwartz
10-26-2010, 03:45 PM
Wisconsin Recruiting: Zach Stepan Keeping Options Open http://tinyurl.com/2ae8gjw (http://tinyurl.com/2ae8gjw)

I'm trying a new feature on the blog this year where we interview a potential recruit every few weeks. We led off with an interview of Verona, Wisconsin native Joey Fiala.

Next up in the series is Zach Stepan, cousin of former Badger and current New York Ranger, Derek. Zach is a 1994 born forward who plays for the Shattuck Prep team. He's considered one of the most elite 1994 born players uncommitted in the country.

Chuck Schwartz: You were given the opportunity this summer to go overseas with Team USA and you guys won a gold medal. Can you talk a little about what it was like to represent your country and play with some of the other elite players from around the United States?

Zach Stepan: The opportunity I was given over the summer is one that I will never forget! It was by far the best experience I have ever gotten not only on the hockey side of it, but on the touring side of it because we got to go to a couple different cities and walk around. It was a lot of fun. Also playing with the players I did get to play with made it all worth while because I knew after our first couple of practices that we were going to be a very talented team in all aspects of the game of hockey.

Chuck Schwartz: Your cousin, Derek made the move from Hastings high school to Shattuck St. Marys and you too have chosen to play your prep hockey at Shattuck. How has your experience been so far and do you anticipate playing your senior season there or moving on to the USHL where I believe Waterloo holds your rights?

Zach Stepan: Shattuck St. Mary's is an unbelievable school and I personally love the experience I get at this school. The hockey as well has been an amazing experience to play with some players that I have. I really do not know what I will do next year, all I can say is that I love this school and I love being here.

Chuck Schwartz: Its widely known that you missed a large chunk of last season due to the h1n1, and then mononucleosis and pneumonia. How nice is it to be back and (I’m assuming) healthy and primed for a big season with the Shattuck Prep team?

Zach Stepan: To be honest it is the most amazing feeling to be healthy again after going through that. That was the worst possible thing that could happen to a hockey player during the season other than hockey ending circumstances. It all happened so fast and it was so horrid to have h1n1 and than right after having mono and pneumonia at the same time. I felt like I would never get my legs back after those illnesses. Now to be back and playing good hockey is a great feeling that hopefully does not go away.

Chuck Schwartz: By the nature of your last name and the success of your cousin (who is doing awesome in the NHL by the way), I would surprised if there wasn’t an added pressure for you to live up to expectations. How are you handling the pressure of the Stepan name?

Zach Stepan: There actually is no pressure with the last name that I have. A lot of people think there is and I can see where they are coming from. I look at it as cool because I get to tell people how much fun it was when we were younger that I played street hockey with him in my driveway and taught him a few things that probably helped him haha. But I looked at it as we are two different people fighting for the same dream and no matter how hard it is to play in the NHL, all I am worried about is making it, not to one up the accomplishments he has acquired.

Chuck Schwartz: By my count, over forty 1994 born hockey players have committed to colleges so far, do you feel pressure to get your commitment out of the way and when do you see yourself making a decision?

Zach Stepan: I do not feel pressure at all to get my commitment out of the way, I want to pick the right school and I know it will hit me when I see the right school, that that is the school I will want to go to.

Chuck Schwartz: In an interview over the summer you mentioned you had interest in Denver, Boston College, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Have you narrowed your list at all and who is on it at this point?

Zach Stepan: That was just a couple I would be interested in. I am pretty much open for anything at this point because there are so many great schools out there that I do not want to keep my mind stuck on just a couple unless I really know deep down those are truly possible places I would like to attend.

solovsfett
10-26-2010, 10:23 PM
I wonder how far we should read into the keeping the options open deal...I'm really hoping he can play w/Mcguire and Woods

Chuck Schwartz
10-26-2010, 11:22 PM
I wonder how far we should read into the keeping the options open deal...I'm really hoping he can play w/Mcguire and Woods

Yeah I mean I'm a bit surprised we haven't locked him up already but if I were putting odds on it, we would still be the favorites.

bucky15
10-27-2010, 01:46 AM
Thanks Chuck, keep them coming!

UWisco
11-07-2010, 05:30 PM
What's up not much news in the recruiting world for the Badgers lately.

solovsfett
11-07-2010, 05:53 PM
fwiw - I didn't see Gary Schuchuk on the bench for the saturday tech game. where he might have been potentially recruiting is anyone's guess. I'm hoping he cements that Canadian pipeline while Butters can help w/Minnesota. best of all worlds right there.

"From SASKATOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOON, Saskatchewan"!

UWisco
11-07-2010, 06:39 PM
Shuchuck is in the press box or whatever you call it for the games. Gives better view of what's going on.

Timothy A
11-07-2010, 06:49 PM
So it looks like Eaves sure made a mistake on Crandall, at least at this point. UW is still in a very tight spot next year in goal. Rumpel will be great, but you need more than goalie on the roster.

Chuck Schwartz
11-07-2010, 07:55 PM
So it looks like Eaves sure made a mistake on Crandall, at least at this point. UW is still in a very tight spot next year in goal. Rumpel will be great, but you need more than goalie on the roster.

In terms of letting him walk? I'm not so sure.

On a different note, the fall signing period is this week. Will be interesting to see who signs LOI's this week. McCabe, since he is accellerating to come here next year might not be eligible to sign yet. I would assume Woods, Lapic, Hesketh, and Strang will sign this week, the rest in the spring.

UWisco
11-07-2010, 09:20 PM
I can see Rumpel signing this week.

GoBucky
11-07-2010, 10:04 PM
Sending letters to 7
http://host.madison.com/sports/college/hockey/article_b34c50b8-eae4-11df-922e-001cc4c002e0.html
The forwards: Winger Brendan Woods with Muskegon of the U.S. Hockey League (3 goals, 2 assists, 5 points, minus-1 in nine games this season); winger Tyler Lapic with Chicago of the USHL (1-4-5, plus-3, eight games); winger Matt Paape with Sioux City of the USHL (1-0-1, plus-4, 11 games); and center Cody Strang with Youngstown of the USHL (2-3-5, plus-2, 12 games).

The defensemen: Troy Hesketh with Chicago of the USHL (0-0-0, minus-5, 12 games); and Jake McCabe with the U.S. National Team Developmental Program (0-0-0, minus-1, one game due to injury).

The goaltender: Joel Rumpel with Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League (8-4, 2.67 goals against average, 90.5 save ratio, one shutout).

Chuck Schwartz
11-07-2010, 10:24 PM
I can see Rumpel signing this week.

yeah I meant to include him, my bad.