Thursday, September 25, 2008

Men's Player Previews: #25 Chris Hickey

Vitals:

Position: Forward
Year in School: Freshman
Shoots Right
Height: 6-1
Weight: 202
Hometown: St. Paul, MN
Previous Team: Tri-City (USHL) last season

NHL Considerations: 7th round pick (2006) of the Minnesota Wild.

07/08 Stats: 55 games, 15-16-31, -24, 34 PIM
05/06 Stats: ? games, 37-26-63

08/09 Role: 4th line EV

07/08 Recap: Chris skated w/ the Tri-City Storm last season in the USHL after playing 4 years at Cretim-Durham Hall w/ Ryan McDonagh winning a state title in 2006. Chris had a pretty good season w/ the Storm as he adjusted to the USHL's higher level of play. If you recall, Chris was a late addition to the freshman class after issues arose w/ his draft rights. If Chris wouldn't have started school this fall, the Wild either would have had to sign him to a contract, or give up his draft rights.

08/09 Thoughts: I'm not really sure how much playing time Chris will get on the team this season, my prediction is pretty low, but he could easily surpass that. I don't think he is as ready for the WCHA as his fellow freshman forwards. He'll probably be fighting for playing time on the 4th line w/ a bunch of other guys. Overall, I'm pretty happy Chris has joined the team. He is a solid two way player who has the potential to be a top scorer for Wisconsin in the future.

Prediction: 14 games, 2-4-6

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