Friday, September 5, 2008

A few Friday morning links

  • These alumni links come courtesy of uwbadgers.com. Somehow I missed them when they were first posted -- I suppose because uwbadgers.com posted them just before it posted Bill Howard's resignation.

    Here's a really nice video about Brian Rafalski's day with the Cup. Looks like Brian and his family had a really nice day. Nice to see Brian wearing a UW shirt during the fireworks.

    Here's a video about what Dany Heatley did this summer.
  • Continuing with HF's Top 20 Prospects, Fall 2008 -- Chris Hickey is the #15 prospect for the Minnesota Wild.
    15. Chris Hickey, C, 19
    7th round, 192nd overall, 2006

    When the Wild picked Hickey, they knew they were getting a great athlete. He played in Minnesota state championship games his senior year of high school in football, hockey and baseball. He has a good frame to work with, listed at 6'1 and 185 pounds, and his work ethic is superb. However, as he discovered when he jumped from the high school ranks to Tri-City of the USHL, it only gets tougher from here on out. After scoring at a better than a goal a game clip in high school, Hickey tallied 15 goals and 16 assists in 55 games in his first USHL season. He will be skating this year with the perennial WCHA powerhouse Wisconsin Badgers where he will continue his development. The Wild will certainly have some eyes in the stands when the Badgers come to town to play the Gophers. If he can improve his game and develop the strength to play at the pro level, we could be hearing more from Hickey on the pro circuit in a few years.
  • Gandalf has been previewing all 10 WCHA teams. He previously previewed UAA, and I'd expect a Tech preview shortly. Looks like a couple of other blogs are doing previews as well. This is the WCHA will begin previewing teams next week. Donald at UAA Hockey Fan Blog also has brief previews. Donald has CC running away with the top finish, Wisconsin finishing anywhere between #3 and #7, and UAA finishing no lower than #8 and possibly as high as #4. Interesting.
  • The Third Man In has updated it's Blackhawks Depth Chart. For what it's worth, Adam Burish and Jake Dowell are listed as the #4 and #5 centers, and Jack Skille is listed as the #3 RW. You can see all 3 Badgers at the Hawks Red and White Event in Rockford on Sunday, September 21.