Tuesday, April 03, 2007

The 2007 Recruiting Board

Here is my list of players that will, or might end up in the WCHA or CCHA for the 2007-2008 season.

I've tried to be as thorough as possible in creating this list, but given the difficult nature of maintaining a list like this, there are always going to beplayers missing that should be on this list. If you think I have missed a player that should be on here, or would like me to add/change comments about a player, please feel free to email me at westerncollegehockey@gmail.com

Committed Forwards

Kyle Turris- Burnaby(BCHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Small, energetic forward with very good offensive skills. His hands and vision are excellent. Good work ethic and attitude. Definitely an NHL-level talent. Played for 2006 Canada U18 team.

Casey Pierro-Zabotel-Merritt(BCHL)-Committed to Michigan Tech-Big forward with excellent scoring sense. Plays his position well. Drawn a lot of interest from NHL scouts. Vancouver Giants of WHL made strong push to sign him. Article.

Mike Hoeffel-NTDP U18 team-Committed to Minnesota-Good offensive skills, as well as the size to deliver big hits. Still developing as a player. Can fire a heavy snap shot. Very impressive at Select 16 Festival and in U17 international tournament. Potential 1st round NHL Draft pick. Injured his knee, and will miss a few months over the summer recovering.

Ben Winnett-Salmon Arm(BCHL)-Committed to Michigan-49 points in 60 games in his rookie BCHL season.

Pat White-Grand Rapids (MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota- A very good skater. Strong on his skates. Smart hockey player. Playing with US U18 team in summer of 2007. Potential 1st round draft pick in 2007 NHL Draft.

Tyler Johnson-Cloquet/Esko/Carleton HS(MN HS)-Very quick forward. Small, but incredibly strong. Has the ability to finish off plays. One of the top high school players in Minnesota. Broke his collarbone at Great 8 Festival.

Max Pacioretty-Omaha(USHL)-Committed to Michigan-A prototypical power forward type. He could make a big move up the NHL Draft rankings this year.

Jacob Cepis-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Committed to Bowling Green-One of the top players in the USHL. Small, but very fast and skilled

Corey Tropp-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Committed to Michigan State-MYV of USHL All-Star game.

Justin Fontaine-Bonnyville(AJHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth- Among the leagues leading scorers as a 17 year old rookie.

Aaron Palushaj-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Michigan- A good skater for a kid with his size. Has the ability to finish off plays.

Aaron Marvin-Warroad HS-Committed to St. Cloud State-Big forward that is an excellent skater with good hands. Good passer and good on face-offs.Drafted 89th in 2006 NHL Draft by Calgary.

Brad Malone-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Committed to North Dakota-Power forward. Potential 2nd round NHL draft pick. Cousin of Ryan Malone.Article.

Brett Bruneteau-Omaha(USHL)-Committed to North Dakota-Overshadowed while at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, but had a great performance at the Select 16 Festival and was named captain of the U17 team. Played for 2006 U18 team. Grandfather is in the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame.

Pat Maroon-Texarkana(NAHL)-Committed to Ferris State-Very big and physical. Excellent stickhandler.

Jan-Mikael Juutilainen-Waterloo(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Drafted by Chicago Blackhawks.

Evan Trupp-Penticton(BCHL)-Committed to North Dakota-Small, talented playmaking forward from Anchorage, Alaska.

Jesse Martin-Spruce Grove(AJHL)-Committed to Denver- Talented forward. Suffered a concussion as a result of a dirty hit and missed some time, but has recovered nicely. Drafted 197th by Atlanta in 2006 NHL Draft.

Matt Rust- NTDP U18 team-Committed to Michigan- Similar to Kane, but maybe a step below in terms of talent. Small, but crafty forward.

CJ Severyn- NTDP U18 team-Committed to Ohio State- Great hands, very smart player, needs to grow into his body.

Travis Oleksuk-(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Has a great shot. Can drive hard to the net, but sometimes plays too tentative and stays on the perimeter too much. Averaged about 1.5 points per game as a midget. Also a very good shortstop/pitcher. Top Canadian drafted in USHL Futures Draft. Father played for Duluth.

Brian Volpei-BCHL-Committed to St. Cloud State-Originally from Southern California. Second leading scorer on Shattuck team. Not particularly fast, but knows how to finish. Article.

Billy Maday-Waterloo(USHL)-Committed to Notre Dame-125 points in 74 games for Chicago Chill Midget Major. 2nd overall pick in USHL draft.

Justin Vaive- NTDP U18 team-Committed to Miami-Ohio Grinder, very good down low, some scouts feel he might be a boom or bust type player. Works incredibly hard.

Cody Danberg-Nanaimo(BCHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Coach Scott Sandelin described him as a player that doensn't do anything exceptional, but does everything very well.

Kyle Ostrow-Nanaimo(BCHL)-Committed to Denver- Very exciting player. Considered to be a real sniper.

Louie Caporusso-St. Mike's(OPJHL)-Committed to Michigan-Talented winger. Good stickhandler and playmaker. Could improve his agility. Sometimes doesn't bring his best effort.

Nick Larson-Hill-Murray(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-One of the best scorers in Minnesota HS hockey.

Carter Camper-Lincoln(USHL)-Committed to Miami of Ohio Hard worker, scrappy player who can put the puck in the net

Travis Novak-Omaha(USHL)-Committed to St. Cloud State-Played for Team Pacific U17 team in 2004. All-around player. Fast, good skills, and hard worker. Article.

John Kemp-Indiana(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha- Excellent hands and great on the powerplay. Kicked off of NTDP team as a 16 year old.

Tyler Bozak-Victoria(BCHL)-Committed to Denver-Second leading scorer in BCHL as a 20 year old this year.

Bennett Royer-Calgary(AJHL)-Committed to Michigan Tech-Average a point per game in first AJHL season. Named to AJHL All-rookie team.

Ben Ryan-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Notre Dame-Smaller forward. Does everything pretty well, but doesn’t really stand out. Not in the first tier of players in the class, but certainly in the second-tier.

Calle Ridderwall-Tri-City(USHL)-118 points in 76 games for Chicago Chill AAA.

John Albert- NTDP U18 team- Committed to Ohio State- Not flashy, but a smart player that is usually in the right place at the right time.

Tyler Gron-Spruce Grove(AJHL)-Committed to Northern Michigan-Attracted a lot of interest from the WHL, as well as NCAA.

Tom Wingels-Team Illinois-Committed to Miami of Ohio-More of a power forward that is strong with the puck and good in the corners.

Mike Dorr-Roseville High School(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-A talented player that is a solid finisher. Originally committed to Duluth, but opted not to sign, and wanted to wait for a better school.

Todd Rudasill-Alepan(NAHL)-Committed to Ohio State-Big forward with good scoring ability. One of the top prospects in the NAHL.

Patrick Schaefer-Omaha(USHL)-Committed to Ohio State

Carl Hagelin-Sweden-Committed to Michigan-Small forward. Averaged about a point per game in top Swedish U20 league.

Dustin Gazley- Sioux City(USHL)-Committed to Michigan State-Smart hockey player on both ends of the ice. Creative offensively and sound defensively. Also has good mobility and acceleration. Not very big, but is a pesky player.

Robin Bergman-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Committed to Notre Dame-Originally from Sweden. Averaging about a point per game in USHL.

Jared Brown-Lincoln(USHL)-Committed to Northern Michigan-Early leader in scoring in USHL.

Max Campbell-Strathroy(WOHL)-Committed to Western Michigan-On pace to break all the scoring records in the Western Ontario Jr. B this year.

Andy Sackrison-St. Louis Park HS(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota State-Minnesota Mr. Hockey Finalist. Excellent at finding open space in the offensive zone. Drafted 124th in the 2006 NHL Draft by St. Louis

Michael Connolly-Camrose(AJHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Hard worker, good with the puck, good skater.

Eric Kattelus-Indiana(USHL)-Committed to Michigan Tech- Originally from Houghton. Top 10 in scoring in NAHL. Drafted 7th overall by Indiana

Matt Ambroz-Tri-City(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Big forward with good scoring ability. Originally from New Prague, Minnesota.

Mike Louwerse-Blake School(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota State- Excellent stickhandler. Very dangerous on the powerplay. Good hockey sense. Has the ability to make plays without a lot of time and space.

Anthony Maiani- Sioux City(USHL)-Committed to Denver- Not a bad skater, but could work on speed a little, still the potential to be a first or second line college forward. Very hard worker. Brother Domenic plays for Ohio State.

Brennan Vargas-USNTDP U17-Committed to Bowling Green- Good size for a forward, with a lot of potential. Very good defensively. Son of former Badger and NHLer Ernie Vargas. Offered scholarships by New Hampshire, Bowling Green, and Minnesota State. Article.

Robert Skinner-Pentiction(BCHL)-Small player, but has racked up a ton of assists in the BCHL this season. Injured for beginning of 2006-2007 season.

Brett Hextall-Penticton(BCHL)-Committed to North Dakota-Son of Ron Hextall. Fiery player. Good scoring ability, and plays with a lot of edge.

Andy Miele-Chicago(USHL)-Committed to Miami-Short, stocky forward. Not a great skater, but good hands and dangerous around the net.

Nick Oslund-(USHL)-Big forward with soft hands. Good hitting ability. Drafted 191st by Detroit in 2006 NHL Draft.

Michael Fillinger-NAHL-Committed to Ferris State- Solid all-around hockey player. Good skater and good offensive skills.

David Grun-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalist at White Bear Lake. Big forward, with nice scoring ability.

Jordan Baker-Olds(AJHL)-Committed to Michigan Tech- Small player, but a good scorer.

Rich Purslow-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha- Small playmaking wing. Excelled on Des Moines third line this season. Brother of former St. Cloud State forward Chris Purslow.

Winston Daychief-Cowichan Valley(BCHL)-Committed to Alaska-Anchorage-Hard-working forward with very nice skills.

Drew Fisher-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Big forward with good scoring ability.

Zac MacVoy-Omaha(USHL)-Committed to Lake Superior-Big forward, good hands. Not the fastest skater. Played one season for Michigan and will re-enter college as a sophomore.

Brett Peterson-Indiana(USHL)- Committed to Minnesota State- Big, phsyical forward that skates well for his size. Good shot.Article.

Chris Rengert-Burnaby(BCHL)-Committed to Alaska-Anchorage-Small, tough forward.

Mario Lamoureux-Tri-Cities(USHL)-Committed to Northern Michigan-Big, grinding forward. Brother already plays for NMU.

Sean Dolan-Chicago(USHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Big power forward. Originally from St. Louis area.

Jeff Young-Drumheller(AJHL)-Committed to Alaska-One of the leading scorers for Drumheller this year.

Blake Martin-Sioux City(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Average a point per game with Sioux City in 2005. Small but very tenacious player.

Travis Paeth-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Western Michigan-Played for Traverse City in 2005-2006 and then moved on to USHL.

Brad McCabe-Alaska(NAHL)-Committed to Alaska-Anchorage-Alaska's leading scorer this year. Rated as "B" prospect by NHL's Central Scouting Bureau.

Nick Dineen-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Committed to Colorado College- Some questions about whether or not he has the skating ability to play at the college level, but he is a very gritty player with a lot of character.

Patrick Nagorsen-Traverse City(NAHL)-Committed to Western Michigan-Standout player in Michigan high school hockey. Played two seasons in NAHL.

Andrew Rowe-Sioux City(USHL)-Committed to Michigan State- Very good around the net.

Ryan Watson-Cambridge(MWJHL)-Committed to Western Michigan-Brother Cam plays for Western.

Trevor Nill-Compuware Midget-Committed to Michigan State-Big forward. Son of Detroit Red Wing executive Jim Nill.

Todd Pococke—Committed to Ferris State

Nick Kosinski-Marquette(NAHL)-Committed to Northern Michigan-Marquette-native

Committed Defensemen

Ryan McDonagh-Cretin-Derham Hall HS(MN HS)-Committed to Wisconsin- Underrated prospect with a lot of ability. Smart hockey player. Helped lead team to Class AA state title in Minnesota.

Cade Fairchild- NTDP U18 team-Committed to Minnesota- Can read the ice well and is able to find open players. Very good skater and playmaker. Makes excellent passes. Should be the number one defenseman on his team. Maybe needs to get a little bigger to deal with the physical aspect of the game.

Brendan Smith- St. Mike's (OPJHL)-Committed to Wisconsin- Drafted 7th overall in OHL draft, but did attend Sioux City's draft camp. Needs to add some weight, but very talented. Good offensive defenseman and a good skater. Also has shown very good character. If he decides to play college hockey, he should be a very good player.

Tristan Llewellyn- Indiana (USHL)- Committed to Michigan- Llewellyn was the youngest player in the USHL in 2004-2005 and acquitted himself quite well. He would have been the top defenseman drafted in the OHL draft if he wasn't going to college. He's a big, physical player with tremendous skating skills. Excellent passer.

Derrick Lapoint-Green Bay(USHL)-Committed to North Dakota- Big defenseman. Plays a solid, steady game. Still a little raw but has tremendous talent. Leading scorer in Green Bay. Will likely spend a year in the USHL before going to college. Brother is an equipment manager for North Dakota. Drafted 116th by Florida in 2006 NHL Draft.WCH Article.

Ian Cole- NTDP U17 team- Committed to Notre Dame- Solid all-around player. Some coaches had doubts about him earlier in his career, but a couple of great performances have pretty much done away with these.

Ted Ruth-US NTDP U18-Committed to Notre Dame-A lot of potential and improving his agility. Good speed. Originally from Illinois.

Jeff Petry-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Michigan State-Son of former Detroit Tiger Dan Petry. Big all-around defenseman. Steady defensively and is good at handling and passing the puck. Drafted 45th by Edmonton in 2006 NHL Draft. Won USHL All-Star Game Hardest Shot Competition.

Ben Youds-Shattuck-St. Mary's-Committed to Minnesota State-Mankato- Good offensive defenseman, likes to join rushes, but picks his spots well. Great at quarterbacking a powerplay.

John Lee-Moorhead HS(MN HS)-Committed to Denver-More hard-nosed and defensive-minded than his older brother, Brian.

Ben Blood-Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep-Committed to North Dakota-Originally from Wayzata, MN. Very steady player, that many feel is extremely underrated. Big defenseman, but good offensive skills. Can also be very physical.

Kevin Quick-Salisbury Prep(MA HS)-Committed to Michigan-All-around solid defenseman. Does everything pretty well. Good skater. Tampa Bay staff compares him to Dan Boyle. 11th best defenseman at 2005 Select 17 Festival.Drafted 78th by Tampa Bay in 2006 NHL Draft.

Cody Goloubef-Milton(OPJHL)--Committed to Wisconsin-Excellent offensive defenseman. Received interest from most every school in the NCAA. 50/50 between NCAA and OHL. Missed some time this year due to injury. Article

Shane Sims-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Ohio State- Small, but is a very gifted playmaker. Very good skating and stickhandling ability. Top defenseman in his OPJHL Division in 2005. Drafted 126th by New York Islanders in 2006 NHL Draft.

Corey Toy-Omaha(USHL)-Committed to Ohio State- Defensive defenseman. Fundamentally sound, stays in position. Plays the body well. Not a superstar, but a very good stay-at-home defenseman.

Deron Cousens-Penticton(BCHL)-Committed to Michigan Tech-Playmaking offensive defenseman. Rookie of the year in the OPJHL last season.

Kane Lafranchise-Spruce Grove(AJHL)-Committed to Alaska-Anchorage-Poised defenseman that can play in any situation. Good skater.

Vince Loverde-Waterloo(USHL)-Committed to Miami-Ohio- Solid overall player. Nothing fancy, but effective as a defender, and shows good character.

Alain Goulet-Aurora(OPJHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Big defensive defenseman with a huge slap shot.

Matt Bartkowski-Lincoln(USHL)-Committed to Ohio State-MVP of Chicago Showcase Tourney. Very strong.

Kevin Wehrs-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota- Offensive-minded defenseman. Good at moving the puck. Could work on playing in his own end. Named to USHL All-Star game. Chose to play for Minnesota in 2007, over SCSU, UMD, BU, and UNH for 2006. Could be asked to play for Minnesota in 2006. Played HS hockey in Minnesota for Wayzata HS.Article

Chad Langlais-Lincoln(USHL)-Solid, dependable defensive-defenseman. A little small, but also very strong.Article.

Evan Oberg-Camrose(AJHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Very fast skater, good on the powerplay. Suffered a shoulder injury and will miss some time.

Michael Phillippi-Indiana(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Good all around defenseman.

Scooter Vaughan-St. Louis(NAHL)-Committed to Michigan- solid defender, but not in the same class as other top defenseman in the class. Solid offensive defenseman, but can also play with edge.

Brandon Martell-Elk River HS(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-Listed as Player to Watch by NHL CSB. Has a lot of potential. Could be more consistent. Big slap shot. Good at blocking shots.

Kurt Davis-Green Bay(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota State-Offensive defenseman that is small, but battles very well.

Sam Zabkowicz-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Smaller offensive defenseman. Article.

Eric Olimb-Indiana(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Originally from Warroad, Minnesota and the nephew of hockey legend Larry Olimb.

Jeff Carlson-Southern Minnesota(NAHL)-Committed to Alaska-Anchorage-Good offensive-minded defenseman. Rumored to have had difficult qualifying academically for college.

A.J. Sturges-US NTDP U17-Committed to Michigan State-Defenseman from Wisconsin. Not as talented as his other teammates, but should benefit more than anyone from the NTDP's coaching. Brother plays for MSU

Quinn Waller-Aurora(OPJHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Experienced defenseman and a good leader.

Chris Reed-Ohio(USHL)-

Bryant Molle-Penticton(BCHL)-Committed to Alaska-Brother Dustin transferred to Alaska

Channing Boe-Siouxs Falls(USHL)-Commmitted to Minnesota State-Played for Bemidji High School. Solid all-around defenseman.

Committed Goalies

Alex Kangas-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Top goalie in USHL. Record-setting performance in Minnesota High School state tournament two years ago with Rochester Century HS. Drafted 135th by Atlanta in 2006 NHL Draft.Article

Reid Ellingson-Cloquet-Esko-Carleton(MN HS)- Committed to Northern Michigan- Good lateral movement, and a very consistent goalie

Brad Phillips-US NTDP U17-Committed to Notre Dame- Opinions on his play vary from great to average. Top goalie on U18 team. One of the top goalies in the 2007 NHL Draft.

Bryan Hogan-Lincoln(USHL)-Committed to Michigan-Impressive first season in USHL. Struggled Earned a lot of starting time. Helped lead Detroit Catholic Central to state championship

Austin Lee-Fargo-Moorhead(NAHL)-Committed to Minnesota State-Top Minnesota HS goalie in 2006. Playing well for F-M Jets

Richard Bachman-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Committed to Colorado College-Playing out east, but originally from Colorado. Chose CC over Harvard and Cornell. One of the better goalies on the East coast in 2005-2006. First overall pick in USHL draft. Drafted 120th in 2006 NHL Draft by Dallas. Struggled while with Chicago, but looked better for Cedar Rapids after being traded.Article.

Brian Mahoney-Wilson-Newmarket(OPJHL)-Committed to Lake Superior-NHL Draft Pick. Struggled with injuries two years ago.

Ian Keserich-Tri-City(USHL)-Committed to Northern Michigan-Played two years for Ohio State before going back to juniors. Will enter college as a junior.

Scott Gudmanson-Salmon Arm(BCHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-AJHL Rookie of the Year last year. Struggled in USHL then returned to Canada. Playing very well for Salmon Arm.

Marc Cheverie-Nanaimo(BCHL)-Committed to Denver-Tall goalie. MVP of SJHL with Notre Dame last year. Leading all BCHL goalies this season. Drafted 193rd in NHL Draft by Florida.

The 2008 Recruiting Board

Here is a list of the top college prospects for the class of 2008. The list is pretty short right now, but expect it to grow over the following months.

I've tried to be as thorough as possible in creating this list, but given the difficult nature of maintaining a list like this, there are always going to be players missing that should be on this list. If you think I have missed a player that should be on here, or would like me to add/change comments about a player, please feel free to email me at westerncollegehockey@gmail.com

Committed Forwards

Jordan Schroeder-NTDP U18-Committed to Minnesota- Very creative player. Exceptional stickhandler. Called up to U18 team in the middle of the season, and playedexceptionally well with U18 team. One of the top forwards for the US at the World U18 Championships.

Jason Gregoire-Lincoln(USHL)-Committed to North Dakota-Originally from Manitoba. Missed a lot of time due to injury, but has been extremely effective when healthy. Committed to Denver, then switched commitment to North Dakota.

David Toews-Shattuck St. Mary's-Committed to North Dakota- Similar style of play to his brother Jonathan, who plays for North Dakota, but more of a power forward down low.

Joe Colborne-Camrose(AJHL)-Committed to Denver-6'3" power forward with good scoring touch. Potential first round NHL draft pick.

Jack Connolly-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Small, but amazing playmaker. Excellent stickhandler and passer.

Robbie Czarnik-NTDP U18-Committed to Michigan- Small scorer. Great vision and offensive instincts. Needs to work on defense and playing a more physical game. Compared to Mike Modano in terms of talent. Made improvements in terms of dealing with physical play. Rumors that he could head to the OHL.

Jared Festler-Lincoln(USHL)-Committed to St. Cloud-Second leading scorer in state of Minnesota last season. Impressive Select 17 performance. Good scoring touch, hard worker. Sees the ice incredibly well. Will probably play juniors after graduating high school. Leading scorer in 2006 Elite League.

Tyler Thompson-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota State-Having a great 2007 USHL season. Very hard worker.

Matt Thurber-Omaha(USHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Surprising omission from NTDP camp. One of the youngest players in the USHL in 2006. Strong with the puck. Originally from Wisconsin.

Nico Sacchetti- Omaha(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota- Very fast skater and a talented scorer.

Pat Gaul-NTDP U18-Committed to Notre Dame-Originally from Pittsburgh. Hard worker and extremely talented. Does all the little things very well.

Justin Jokinen-Cloquet(MN HS)-Big forward with excellent scoring ability. Likely 2008 NHL draft pick.

Jake Hansen-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Big forward with hard shot. Rated as a top three round draft choice by NHL CSB.

Mike Cichy-Tri-City(USHL)-Committed to North Dakota-Extremely talented forward with good scoring touch. Also could play in the QMJHL. Left NTDP.

Jordy Christian-Prince George(BCHL)-Committed to St.Cloud State- Good speed and good hockey sense.

Nate Dewhurst-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Denver-Led Three Nations Tournament in scoring in 2006. Smaller forward.

Taylor Matson-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota- A great stickhandler that is very dangerious in one-on-one situations. Could improve his finishing skills a bit. A bit underrated, but a very good hockey player. Will play a year in the USHL after graduating from high school.

Andrew Cherniwchan-Drayton Valley(AJHL)-Committed to Northern Michigan-Small forward, but extremely skilled. Scoring a lot of points for an '89 birthdate in Alberta.

Jake Youso-International Falls(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-Good goal scorer. Very smooth skater. Participated in the Select 15 Festival in 2005 and Select 16 Festival in 2006. Article

Seth Soley-Eau Claire(WI HS)-Committed to Michigan Tech-Big forward with good skills. One of the top scorers in 2007 Midwest Elite League.

Stepan Novotny-Shattuck-St. Mary's Prep-Committed to Denver-One of the top forwards on Shattuck's team this year. Big forward with good offensive ability.

Daultan Leveille-St. Catharines(GHJHL)-Committed to Michigan State-

Derek Stepan-Shattuck-St. Mary's-Committed to Wisconsin-Plays on a line with Wisconsin recruit Brock Montpetit and Jordy Murray. Talented forward. Could wait until 2009 to join the Badgers.

Zach Dalpe-Penticton(BCHL)-Committed to Ohio State-Described by USHR has a "dynamic, gritty playmaking pivot."

Andrew Conboy-Omaha(USHL)-Committed to Michigan State-Physical power forward. Drafted by Montreal Canadiens.

Taylor Stefishen-Langley(BCHL)-Committed to Ohio State-Great 06-07 season in BCHL as a '90 birthdate. Talented scorer.

David Wohlberg-NTDP U18-Committed to Michigan-Uses his size well. Good skater. Can be a solid finisher. Plays well on both ends of the ice. Good at face-offs. Not as offensively talented as others, but could be the best all-around player.

Drew LeBlanc-Chicago(USHL)-Committed to St. Cloud-Strong forward with exceptional hands. Could improve skating.

Joe Schiller-Green Bay(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota State-Good size, and decent hands. Excellent scoring ability. Could improve skating a bit. 3rd overall pick in USHL draft.

Justin Florek-NTDP U18-Committed to Northern Michigan- Potentially very good forward. Great size and great skills. Could improve his foot speed and skating. Shows flashes of brilliance, but not always consistent.

Brett Perlini-Ohio(USHL)-Committed to Michigan State-Big forward that is a good skater. Highly sought after by OHL.

Joey Miller-Lincoln(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Hard worker and good speed. Also a football star for Wayzata HS in Minnesota.

Brett Beebe-Anaheim Ducks AAA-Committed to Western Michigan-Played well at 2006 Select 16 Festival. Very good finishing ability.

Jordy Murray-Shattuck-St. Mary's-Committed to Wisconsin-Son of Andy Murray, and brother of former North Dakota star Brady Murray. Good shooter. Should be a good college hockey player.

Jordan VanGilder-Tri-City(USHL)-Committed to Alaska-Should be one of Tri-City's top forwards in 2007-2008.

Craig Smith-Waterloo(USHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Big power forward. Originally from Madison.

Chris Hickey-Tri-City(USHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Likes to grind in corners, also good scoring ability.

Andrew Hamburg-St. Louis(NAHL)-Committed to Colorado College-Talented forward. Big, but is good with the puck. Could add more strength.

Adam Henderson-Spruce Grove(AJHL)-Committed to Michigan State-Forward with good size. Very talented.

Alex Hudson-Tri-City(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Dangerous scorer. Almost went to Medicine Hat of the WHL.

Anthony Schooley-Waterloo(USHL)-Commited to Michigan Tech- Top forward prospect, natural goal scorer, great hands, excellent vision and anticipation.

Brock Montpetit-Shattuck St. Mary's-Committed to Wisconsin- Extremely talented. Article.

Trent Vogelhuber-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Miami-First round USHL draft pick.

Brent Gwidt-Indiana(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Tall forward. Originally from Wisconsin. Likes to shoot the puck. Drafted 157th in 2006 NHL Draft by Washington.

Travis Erstad-Lincoln(USHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Big forward with a very hard shot.

Lucas Isley-Bonnyville(AJHL)-Committed to Western Michigan-Excellent balance and very good skater.

Jake Skjodt-Indiana(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-

Jordan Willert-Tri-City(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Big power forward. Could improve skating.

August Aiken-Westside(BCHL)-Committed to Alaska-Anchorage-Small, skilled forward. Originally from California.

Greg Potacco-St. Mike's(OPJHL)-Committed to Bowling Green-One of the top scorers for the Buzzers in 07-08.

Ron Meyers-Victoria(BCHL)-Committed to Alaska-

Kevin Nugent-Taft Prep-Committed to Notre Dame-Son of former Notre Dame player.

Uncommitted Forwards

Nick Larson-Waterloo(USHL)-Highly-ranked prospect for 2008 NHL draft. Interest from many CCHA schools.

Troy Power-Tri-City(USHL)-Power forward that is very strong and has great hands. Helped team win Midget AAA championship. Drafted in WHL draft.

Joe Beaudette-Omaha(USHL)-Big forward with good skating and scoring ability.

Tyler Pistone-Nanaimo(BCHL)-

Ben Arnt-Omaha(USHL)-Pure goal scorer with an incredible shot.

Ryan Schnell- NTDP U18 team- Physical forward that can throw his body around. One of the best power forwards in the class. Interest from Wisconsin, Miami, and Brown. Article.

Josh Berge-Dallas Alliance-Small forward, but excellent hands and good along the boards.

Kyle Bonis-Indiana(USHL)-Visited some eastern schools.

Keegan Flaherty-Green Bay(USHL)-

Chris Dyer-Mahoning Valley(NAHL)- Not the most talented player, but does a lot of little things well to help make his team better. Member of US U17 in 2005.

Jarrod Mermis-Sioux City(USHL)-Small, but very shifty. Has a hard shot and great hands. Good vision and made plenty of plays happen while finishing checks.

Stephen Bozek-Chicago Mission-Very quick hands. Fast skater. All-tournament team at Chicago Chill Tournament.

Ben Nelson-Roseau HS(MN HS)-A lot of offensive talent.

Pat Rogan-BCHL- Smart player, good vision. Has good top speed, but doesn't have great acceleration. Struggled a bit recently.

Jake Johnson-Duluth Denfield(MN HS)-Hard worker and a very fast skater. Played on 2005 Team USA U17 team. Uncles played for Minnesota-Duluth.

Ryan Bohrer-Cretin-Derham Hall HS(MN HS)-Not as flashy but a very solid hockey player.

CJ Willms-Southern Minnesota(NAHL)-Hard worker.

Tom Serratore-Sioux City(USHL)-From Colorado. Frank Serratore's son. Good skater. All-around good player. Excellent stickhandler.

Erik Peterson-Alpena(NAHL)-One of the leading scorers in NAHL.

Kyle Bailey-Des Moines(USHL)-Originally from Anchorage. Good skater. Good scoring touch. Article.

Max Barron-St. Louis Jr. B-Peewee linemate of Phil McRae and Sean Logue.

Brandon Bahnemann-Alexandria(NAHL)-Big forward. Ranked 180th in North America by NHL Central Scouting in 2007.

Duncan McKellar-PF Chang Midget- Power forward with good scoring ability. Led Phoenix to Tier II 14 and under national championship in 2005. One of four players selected to attend IIHF development camp last summer. Coached by former Duluth Bulldog star Jim Johnson.

Max Mobley-North Iowa(NAHL)-Fast skater.

Mark Morikawa-Salmon Arm(BCHL)-Originally from California. Top scorer for Anaheim Jr. Ducks.

Alex Simonson-Grand Forks-Has a lot of potential.

Kelly Zajac-Salmon Arm(BCHL)-Brother of Travis and Darcy Zajac. Will likely also go to North Dakota if UND is interested.

Cory Thorson-Armstrong HS(MN HS)-

Mike Voran-Detroit Honeybaked Midget Major-Made it to the 2005 Select 15 Festival as a bit of a longshot, but was impressive at the camp. Taken unofficial visits to Michigan State and Ohio State. Also received interest from Ferris State, Quinnipiac, Michigan Tech, Notre Dame, and Miami.

Robby Phillipp-Fargo-Moorhead(NAHL)- Lanky forward that is an excellent skater and very hard worker.

Kellen Michalak-Traverse City Stars-

Justin Johnson-Eau Claire North HS-Stocky forward that isn't a great skater, but has very good hands and is good around the net. Received interest from Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. Would likely choose Wisconsin if offered a scholarship.
Committed Defenseman

Russell Anderson-Alpena(NAHL)-Big forward that can score goals.

Jerry Freismuth-Alexandria(NAHL)-

Ryan Misiak-Little Caesar's-Hard-checking power forward.

Ryan Santana-Green Bay(USHL)- Big center. Excellent skater, very fast. Good at faceoffs. Has to prove that he has recovered from knee injury before big schools seriously go after him.

Don Hallmark-Des Moines(USHL)- Hard-working character player.

Ben Miller-Texas(NAHL)- Caught the eye of many recruiters with an impressive performance at the Select 16 Festival in Rochester, NY. Talented player, but sometimes struggles with consistency.

Mike Colwill-North York(OPJHL)-Thick build. Good skater that always works hard. Plays with a lot of emotion and can sometimes get into trouble. OHL teams have backed off because he seems likely to go the college route.

Aaron Ness-Roseau HS (MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-Father played for North Dakota. Very talented defenseman. Smaller, but a good skater and good at controlling the puck. Very smart player. Plays with a physical edge

Nick Bailen-Indiana(USHL)-Committed to Bowling Green-All-around defenseman. Good at hitting people.

Will Weber-Chicago(USHL)-Committed to Miami-Big defenseman that is also a good skater. One of the top high school players in Michigan. 1st overall pick in USHL draft.

Sam Lofquist-US NTDP U17-Committed to Minnesota-Accelerating his studies to join Gophers in 2008. Very solid all-around player. Good shooter and a very hard worker.

Drew Olson-Brainerd HS-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Underrated player. Plays a tough physical style and has a big shot. Skates well for his size. Some problems with consistency.

Joe Gleason-Edina HS(MN HS)-Committed to North Dakota- Excellent skater, loves to jump into the play and make nice passes.

Brandan Burlon-St. Mike's(OPJHL)-Committed to Michigan-Does everything pretty well. A little smaller, but good at moving the puck.

Eric Ringel-Mahoning Valley(NAHL)-Committed to Notre Dame-Very poised with the puck. Good offensive talent. Underrated defensive prospect. Played well at 2006 Select 16 Festival.

David Carle-Shattuck-St. Mary's-Committed to Denver-Younger brother of Matt Carle. Not as talented as Matt, but a solid player.

Steve West-NTDP U17-Committed to Ohio State-Top defenseman at Select 15 Festival this past summer. Excellent shot from the point. Has the ability to jump into the play and help out offensively. Can play very physical as well.

Joey Marciano-NTDP U17-Committed to Colorado College-Originally from California. Could have been a top WHL prospect but chose the college route. Should be a solid Division 1 prospect. All-around solid defenseman.

Chris Wideman-St. Louis Jr. Blues-Committed to Miami-Ohio- Does everything pretty well.

Cameron Cooper-Tri-City(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota State-Small, mobile defenseman. Very smart player.

Greg Pateryn-Ohio(USHL)-Committed to Michigan-Captain at Brother Rice as a junior.

Chad Billins-Waterloo(USHL)-Committed to Ferris State-Smallish defenseman, but great at moving the puck. Good skater and makes smart decisions.

Patrick Wiercioch-Omaha Lancers(USHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Originally from British Columbia. Good skater and a smart defenseman.

Brady Lamb-Calgary Royals(AJHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Experience defenseman. Plays tough defensive game.

Olivier Lauridsen-Linkopings(Sweden)-Committed to St. Cloud-Very tall defenseman. Ranked for 2008 NHL draft.

Scott Enders-Lloydminster(AJHL)-Committed to Alaska-One of the top young defenseman in Alberta.

Kyle Ensign-Tri-City(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Second best defenseman in Wisconsin high school hockey last season behind Derrick Lapoint.

Baylor Dieter-Green Bay(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota State-Big defenseman. Originally from Twin Cities.

Matt Crandell-St. Cloud Cathedral High School(MN HS)-Committed to Michigan State-Makes good decisions with the puck. Very physical defenseman. Solid 4th or 5th defenseman at the college level.

Eric Springer-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Reliable, consistent defensive defenseman.

Tim Buttery-Chicago(USHL)-Committed to Michigan State-

Nick Condon-St. Louis(NAHL)-Smart, veteran defenseman.

Erik Spady-Salmon Arm(BCHL)-Committed to Northern Michigan-

Matt Tomassoni-Chicago Mission-Committed to Miami-Fast skater, and good at moving the puck.

Grant Scott-NTDP U18-Committed to Minnesota- Very big defensive defenseman. Good skater with a big shot, but not as skilled with the puck. Also attracted interest as a football and baseball prospect.

Peter Kavaya-Fairbanks(NAHL)-Committed to Western Michigan-Experience defenseman.

Uncommitted Defenseman

Ross Henry-Lincoln(USHL)-Plays consistent defense. Very strong.

Josh Gillis-Sherwood Park(AJHL)-Big, smooth-skating defensive defenseman.

Thomas Carr-Ft. Saskatchewan Traders(AJHL)-Good puck-moving defenseman.

Mac Watts-Ohio(USHL)-Steady Defenseman with great passing ability

Jordan Hennick-Burnaby Express(BCHL)-Power play specialist. Good at moving the puck. Big shot.

Alex Stuart-Sioux City(USHL)-Originally from St. Cloud suburb Sauk Rapids. Played at Shattuck-St. Mary's. Article

Doug Leaverton-Mahoning Valley(NAHL)- Improved a lot over the year. Could move to the forward position. Huge defenseman. Moves fairly well for his size.

Chris Franks-Burnsville HS-Good skater. Decent offensive defenseman.

Nolan Ryan-Columbus(USHL)-Big defenseman with decent offensive skills. Brother of Minnesota-Duluth recruit Chase Ryan.

Sam Carr-Fargo-Moorhead(NAHL)-Good skater. Very strong. Plays a solid game.

Chris Heineman-Traverse City Stars(NAHL)-Veteran NHL player. Not overly big, but plays consistent, solid defense.

Dan Weiss-Springfield(NAHL)-

Matt Morin-North Iowa(NAHL)-Experience, smaller defenseman.

Aaron Shiborowski-Benilde(MN HS)-Very agile, offensive defenseman.

Ashford McMaster-Victoria(BCHL)-One of the best available defenseman in the BCHL.

Tyler Pederson-Sioux City(USHL)- Big defender that likes to hit people. Could improve his skating a little bit.

Caleb Wolfgram-Topeka(NAHL)-Solid defenisve defenseman.

Toby Heaslip-Indiana(USHL)-EJHL Rookie of the Year. 4th overall pick in USHL draft. Father, Mark, played in the NHL. Originally from Florida. Excellent offensive-minded defenseman. Received interest from eastern schools. A little small for a defenseman. Struggled with Green Bay and Columbus, but looked better once he started playing with Indiana.

Chris Slavik-Elk River HS(MN HS)-Solid defenseman that should attract some D-I interest.

Ben Ammerman-Moorhead HS(MN HS)-Brother of St. Cloud's Jon Ammerman.

Committed Goalies

Brad Eidness-Okotoks(AJHL)-Committed to North Dakota-

Brady Hjelle-Waterloo(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-

Josh Robinson-Sioux City(USHL)-Committed to Michigan Tech-

Cody Reichard-Fairbanks(NAHL)-Committed to Miami

Nick Hopper-Lincoln(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Great statistics in NAHL.

Uncommitted Goalies

Kent Patterson-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-

Eric Hartzell-Dallas AAA-

Paul Musico-Anaheim Jr. Ducks-

Max Strang-Green Bay(USHL)- Tall goalie, but moves well laterally. Originally from Pennsylvania.

Alam Armour-Selkirk(MJHL)-Former WI HS goalie. Outstanding 07-08 season in MJHL.

Matt Hemmingway-Fargo Force-

Brandon Stephenson-Mahoning Valley(NAHL)-Spent some time with Alpena in NAHL. Playing well at midget major level. MVP of Miami Midget Tournament.

Jordan Tibbett-Mahoning Valley(NAHL)-Originally from Indianapolis.

The 2009 Recruiting Board

I've tried to be as thorough as possible in creating this list, but given the difficult nature of maintaining a list like this, there are always going to be players missing that should be on this list. If you think I have missed a player that should be on here, or would like me to add/change comments about a player, please feel free to email me at westerncollegehockey@gmail.com

Committed Forwards

Danny Mattson-Academy of Holy Angels-Committed to North Dakota-Very fast and good one-on-one. One of the top players in MN HS hockey.
Zach Budish-Edina(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-Big forward. Good along the boards. Father played football for Minnesota. One of the best 1991 birthdates in the country.

Kyle Palmieri-NTDP U18-Committed to Notre Dame-Small, slick playmaker.

Drew Shore-US NTDP U17-Committed to Denver-Talented scorer. Originally from Denver-area.

Chris Brown-NTDP U18-Big, power forward. Very physical. Excellent skater. From Dallas, but moved to Detroit to play hockey.

Dan Kristo-USA NTDP U18-Committed to North Dakota- Great skater. Led Eden Prairie HS in scoring as a freshmen. Leading scorer at 2006 Select 16 Festival.

Ben Hanowski-Little Falls High School(MN HS)- Committed to St. Cloud-Big forward that is good at controlling the puck. Excellent hands and finishing ability.

Tyler Pitlick-Centennial HS(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota State-Nephew of NHLer Lance Pitlick. One of the top '91 birthdates in Minnesota.

John O'Neill-Anoka(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Led Anoka in scoring as a sophomore. Played for 2006 USA U17 White team in Rochester, NY.

Nate Condon-Fargo Force(USHL)-Committed to Minnesota-Good skater and smart hockey player. One of the top scorers in 2007 Elite League.

Mike Fink-Hopkins(MN)HS-Committed to North Dakota-One of the top young players in Minnesota. Will either play for NTDP or Waterloo(USHL) next season.

Riley Sheahan-St. Catharines(Ont.)-Committed to Notre Dame-Slick, skilled center. Would have been a first round OHL pick if not for college interest.

Derek Lee-Salmon Arm(BCHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Smaller player. Top recruit from British Columbia.

Cody Murphy-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Committed to Miami-Very fast with good finishing ability and a nice shot.

Kevin Lynch-NTDP U17-Committed to Michigan-Turned down Plymouth of the OHL to play for NTDP. Dependable two-way player. Could end up in OHL.

Jordan Samuels-Thomas-Waterloo(USHL)-Committed to Bowling Green-

Mike Merrifield-St. Louis(NAHL)-Top rookie in NAHL in 2007-2008

Zach Golembiewski-Indiana Ice-Committed to Michigan State-

Nick Oliver-Fargo Force(USHL)-Committed to St. Cloud State-Big forward for his age. Excellent hands. Good goal scorer. Has a lot of potential. Recorded 4 assists at 2006 Select 15 Festival.

A.J. Treais-NTDP U17-Committed to Michigan-Top scorer on top bantam team in the MWEHL. A little small by very fast and an excellent stickhandler.

Adam Mueller-Roseville(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota State-Leading scorer at 2006 Select 17 Festival.

Joe Frazer-Brainerd HS(MN HS)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Smaller forward. Incredibly hard worker. Very tenacious. Should be an impact player at the college level. Top line forward for BHS as a sophomore.

Brad Smith-Belle Tire AAA-Committed to Ohio State-Leading scorer on Belle Tire team. Played well at Select 14 Festival and Select 15 Festival.Article.

Bryce Ravndalen-Warroad HS(MN HS)-Committed to St. Cloud-Small forward. Excellent playmaker.

Chris Stafne-Duluth Denfeld(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Very fast and a good stickhandler.

David Eddy-Woodbury(MN HS)-Committed to St. Cloud-

Eli Zuck-Shattuck-St. Mary's-Committed to Minnesota State-Small, playmaking forward.

Josh Birkholz-Blake(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-Played for 2007 U-17 Five Nations team.

Marc Rodriguez-Sioux Falls(USHL)-Committed to Bowling Green-Small, talented goal scorer.

Max Cook-Green Bay(USHL)-Committed to Miami-Ohio- Great playmaker. Very good with the puck.

Eric Alexander-Chicago(USHL)-Committed to Ferris State-Good size and very athletic.

Nick Oddo-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-Omaha-native.

Gustav Bengston-NW Regulators AAA-Committed to Alaska-Anchorage-Small player with excellent scoring ability. Originally from Sweden.

Max Tardy-Duluth East HS-Committed to Minnesota-Duluth-Good playmaker.

Kellan Lain-Oakville(OPJHL)-Committed to Lake Superior-

Fredrik Csisar-Team Illinois Midget Major-Committed to Nebraska-Omaha-One of the top junior players in Norway. Good skater. Could improve his strength.

Uncommitted Forwards

Jeremy Morin-NTDP U17-Amazing Select 14 Festival has made him one of the top US prospects for his age. Played well at 2006 '91 Prospects tourney. Natural goal scorer. Considered playing college hockey. Younger brother of Chad Morin and cousin of former Boston College defenseman JD Forrest. Expressed interest in Michigan, Minnesota, Denver, and some Eastern schools.

Anders Lee-Edina HS(MN HS)-One of the top players on the top Class A team in Minnesota. Very strong forward. Also an excellent football quarterback.

Jerry D'Amigo-NTDP U18-Choosing between RPI, Miami, and Notre Dame.

Sam Alfieri-Shattuck-St. Mary's-Big, all-around solid forward. Good skater and good puckhandler. Uses his size well. Originally from Buffalo, New York.

Isaac Kohls-Hill-Murray(MN HS)-Short, but is very strong. A good playmaker that is dangerous in the offensive zone. Originally from Forest Lake, Minnesota.

Tyler Brickler-Lincoln(USHL)-excellent Fall Classic leading the team in pre season plus/minus for a 91. Made select u-17 5 nations tourney.

Travis Belohrad-Peak to Peak(CO HS)-Made All-star game at Sioux Falls tryout camp.

David Valek-NTDP U17-Born in Utah, played in Czech Republic, before coming to Honeybaked. Big for his age, and considered to be very talented. Interested in Michigan.

Tyler Landman-Roseau HS(MN HS)-One of the top scorers at 2006 Select 16 Festival. Talented offensive player. Great passer. Gritty, hard worker.

Joe Tullis-Chicago Mission-Fast skater and a very hard shot.

Jared Rickord-USHL-Talented goal scorer.

Brad Robbins-Shattuck-Good skater, and an excellent set-up man.

Connor Gaarder-Edina HS-

Matt Tabrum-Pikes Peak AAA-Made final 40 of Tri-City camp. Good speed. Father was an assistant coach under Don Lucia at Colorado College.

Charlie Thauwald-Rochester Mayo-Brother of Colorado College's Scott Thauwald. Very talented young player. Big, power forward.

Kit Sitterley-Culver Academy-Originally from North Carolina. Article.

Daniel Ciampini-St. Mike's(OPJHL)-3rd round pick of Peterborough Petes. Choosing to keep NCAA options open.

Tom Malone-Maple Grove(MN HS)-Solid player with a lot of potential.

Josh Gross-Maple Grove(MN HS)-

Ben Persian-Orono HS(MN HS)-Already 6'4". Played at Select 15 Festival.

Joey Rehkamp-Breck School(MN HS)-4th leading scorer for Breck's team in 2005-2006. Small, but quick.

Sean Logue-Xaverian HS(MA)-Peewee teammate of Phil McRae and Max Barron. Father played football for Boston College.

Brent Olson-Duluth East HS(MN HS)-Very fast skater.

Jordan Miller-Belle Tire-Good all-around hockey player.

Evan Ohngren-Little Caesar's-Very strong, power forward. Likes to go in the corners and hit people.

Derek Bayagich-Little Caesar's-Smaller player, but fast in open ice.

Garrett Peterson-Team Illinois-

Chase Davis-Dallas Alliance AAA-Good prospect from Texas. Played at 2006 Select 15 Festival.

Committed Defenseman

Cam Fowler-NTDP U17-Committed to Notre Dame-Considered one of the best players in his age group in North America. Amazing skater his age and size. Very tall. Great anticipation. Does everything very well.

Nick Leddy-Eden Prairie HS(MN HS)-Committed to Minnesota-Very athletic, mobile defenseman.

Matt Donovan-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Committed to Denver-Originally from Oklahoma. First Dallas Stars player to be drafted in USHL first round. Excellent defensive defenseman.

William Wrenn-NTDP U17-Committed to Denver-Solid, dependable defenseman. Moves well for his size. Committed to NTDP. Originally from Anchorage.

Luke Witkowski-Team NXI Midget-Committed to Western Michigan-Excellent skater that is very good with the puck.

Seth Helgeson-Faribault HS(MN HS)-Big defenseman with a lot of potential. Likes to carry the puck up the ice. Huge slap shot. Invited to try out for NTDP U18 team in 2007.

Steve Spinnell-Team Illinois AAA-Committed to Miami-Ohio- Good combination of size and speed. Confident, poised player.

Paul Phillips-Cedar Rapids(USHL)-Committed to Denver-Originally from Chicago-area. Excellent hockey sense.

Corey Fienhage-Eastview(MN HS)-Committed to North Dakota-Big, physical defenseman.

Justin Schultz-Westside(BCHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Tall offensive-minded defenseman. Rated as mid-round NHL pick by NHL CSB.

Austin Handley-Des Moines(USHL)-Committed to Michigan State-Rated 7th best defenseman at 2005 Select 15 Festival. More defensive-minded defenseman.

Sam Calabrese-NTDP U18-Committed to Notre Dame-Played defense for TI, but could up being a forward. Excellent skater. Amazing accleration. Loves to jump into the rush. Similiar to J-M Liles.

Lee Moffie-Avon Old Farms-Committed to Michigan-

Danny Heath-PF Chang Midget Major-Committed to Minnesota State-Good skater with nice offensive instincts.

Mike Miller-Honeybaked Midget Major-Committed to Bowling Green-Good vision and doesn't make a lot of mistakes. Originally from California, but moved to Michigan to play with Honeybaked. Loves to make big hits. Could improve his skating a little.

Taylor Johnson-Green Bay(USHL)-Committed to St. Cloud-Originally from White Bear Lake. Small, but solid defenseman.

Ian Ruel-Victory Honda Midget-Committed to Bowling Green-Competes hard and can do just about anything well. Very physical. Originally from Ann Arbor

Uncommitted Defenseman

Nick Pryor-Des Moines(USHL)- Son of former NHLer Chris Pryor. Played well at Select 15 Festival, and was ranked as the second best defenseman in his age group.

Tyler Amburgey-NTDP U18-Huge defenseman. Nice shot from the point. Plays strong defense.

Michael Montrose-Waterloo(USHL)- played L.C. U-16 last year while playing in-your face defense and using his speed to bring up the puck. Hits very well.

John Ramage-NTDP U18- son of fromer NHL Rob Ramage. Hard hitter with a blistering slap shot. Excellent speed and not afraid to go in to the corners to retrieve the puck.

Richie Crowley-USNTDP-eastern defenseman with a great shot and knows when to step up and pinch. Good vision and great skating ability.

Ben Hughes-Chicago(USHL)- Good skating defenseman that is very smart and moves the puck well. Received interest from Wisconsin, Michigan, BC, UNH, Maine, and UMass-Amherst

Nick Jensen-Rogers HS(MN HS)-Good offensive defenseman. Excellent agility.

Keenan Kelly-Notre Dame Prep-American defenseman playing at Notre Dame Prep. Deciding between NCAA and Seattle of WHL. 6'1" 205 lbs.

Phillipp Samuelsson-PF Chang(Phoenix) Midget-Son of Ulf Samuelsson.

Ben Montgomery-Shattuck-St. Mary's-Originally from Minnesota.

Brendan Baker-Edina HS(MN HS)-Good skater and excellent checking ability.

Jared Maetche-St. Cloud Tech HS(MN HS)-Moved to defense. Good shot.

Izaak Berglund-Little Falls HS(MN HS)-Solid all-around defenseman with a heavy shot.

Patrick Borer-Benilde-St. Margaret's(MN HS)-Small defenseman that moves the puck well.

Joe Arbour-Duluth East(MN HS)-Big, physical defenseman. Could improve skating.

Committed Goalies

Michael Lee-Roseau(MN HS)-Committed to St. Cloud-Top goalie in the state of Minnesota.

Adam Murray-NTDP U17-Committed to Denver-Extremely athletic goalie. Played exceptionally for NTDP in 2007. Originally from Anchorage.

Aaron Crandall-Green Bay Gamblers(USHL)-Committed to Wisconsin-Played HS hockey for St. Thomas Academy.

Kevin Murdock-Lincoln Stars-Committed to Minnesota State-Originally from Florida. Played bantam hockey at Shattuck-St. Mary's.

Drew Palmisano-Omaha(USHL)-Committed to Michigan State-Played well for Omaha after being traded from Ohio.

Joe Rogers-Motor City(NAHL)-Committed to Notre Dame-Excellent quickness. Great work ethic.

Connor Knapp-Jr. Bruins-Committed to Miami-Big goalie.

Uncommitted Goalies

Eric Ferber-Bay State Breakers-Played well at 2006 Select 15 Festival. Four straight shutouts at Swift Current rookie camp.

Jeff Teglia-Chicago Mission-Very athletic goalie. Quick movements and can make acrobatic saves.

Justin Farrell-Shattuck-St. Mary's-One of the top goalies in his age group. Moved to Shattuck from New Jersey.

Tyler Bruggeman-Fargo Force(USHL)-Led Mankato West to 2008 State Tournament.

Kyle Washer-Detroit Honeybaked-3-time selection for US Select Festivals.

Corey Morbeck-Wisconsin AAA-Impressive performance at 2006 Select 15 Festival.

Trent Caspar-Eagan(MN HS)-Invited to Select 15 Festival. Stand-up goalie.