Monday, September 1, 2008

Player Preview: #1 Scott Gudmandson

Happy September! Over the next 30 days, I will be previewing each and every Badger who will suit up and take the ice this coming season. Thankfully the roster has been updated, so each day in September will correspond to the players #, w/ the exception of Shane Connelly.

Today we start w/ goalie Scott Gudmandson.

Vitals:

Year in School: Sophomore
Catches Left
Height: 5-10
Weight: 179
Hometown: Sherwood Park, Alberta
Previous Team: Salmon Arm Silverbacks (BCHL) in 06/07

07/08 Stats: 6 games, 1-1-2, 2.63 GAA, 0.880 Save %
06/07 Stats: 24 games, 15-8-0, 2.84 GAA, 0.912 Save %

08/09 Role: Backup Goalie

Thoughts: Entering his sophomore season, Scott returns as the backup to Shane Connelly. Scott's playing time was limited last season, as he was new to Bill Howard's "system", and Connelly did a more than adequate job in net. Scott's role should expand this year as the coaching staff will prepare him to take over the reigns in goal in 09/10. One big question mark hanging over the entire Wisconsin program and especially the goaltenders is the sudden departure of Bill Howard as volunteer assistant coach. Howard did mention several times on the radio last season that Scott was making great progress in learning the system. Still, compared to Connelly, Scott only has one year of this legendary tutelage. Overall, Scott is a talented net minder, and should have little problem progressing this season regardless.

Bill Howard's departure still doesn't change my mind that Scott is going to be an outstanding backstop during his upperclassmen seasons. Wisconsin might have another All-American on their hands in the future.

Prediction: 8 games, 4-3-1, 2.52 GAA