NHL Central Scouting has released its final draft rankings for this summers NHL draft. Last summer, The University of Wisconsin had one of the most successful drafts for a college hockey program possibly ever. Wisconsin started off by having high octane forward Kyle Turris drafted #3 by the Phoenix Coyotes. (As you all know Kyle is now with the Coyotes) The next Wisconsin player off the board was Ryan McDonagh who went to the Montreal Canadians with the #12 pick. The Detroit Red Wings decided to get in on the Wisconsin band wagon and took defenseman Brendan Smith. Without further ado, here are the final draft rankings for players that are either with Wisconsin or are committed to Wisconsin.
23. Jake Gardiner-Defenseman-Minnetonka HS, Minnesota-2008 Recruit
34. Cody Goloubef-Defenseman-University Of Wisconisn-Current Freshman
38. Justin Schultz-Defenseman-West Side, BCHL-2009 Recruit
58. Derek Stepan-Forward-Shattuck St. Marys Prep-2008 Recruit
77. Patrick Wiercioch-Defenseman-Omaha, USHL-2009 Recruit
114. Tyler Barnes-Forward-Burnsville HS, Minnesota-2009 Recruit
173. Jordy Murray-Forward-Shattuck St. Marys Prep-2008 Recruit
199. Brock Montpetit-Forward-Waterloo, USHL-2009 Recruit
208. Nick Pryor-Defenseman-National Team Development Program-2009 Recruit
24. Aaron Crandall-Goaltender-Green Bay, USHL-2009 Recruit
One other name of mention is Chase Drake. Drake is a defenseman from Mosinee HS who played 10 games for Green Bay in the USHL after his high school season was over. Drake is an offensive defenseman who is going to need a season or 2 in the USHL to work on his play in the defensive zone. He could be a good 2010 recruit for Wisconsin if we can get him at a discount. Drake is ranked #136.
Two other names of note are Seth Soley and Nate Condon. Soley who is from Elk Mound is committed to Michigan Tech for 2008 and is ranked #87. Condon who is from Wausau is committed to Minnesota for 2009 and is ranked #78.