Wednesday, October 22, 2008

A few more Badger Men's notes

Hmmm, today Gandalf and I may have set a record for our blog in the most posts per day category. Nonetheless, I still have a few things that haven't yet made their way into a post, and so here they are now:
  • Todd Milewski has a recruiting update, indicating that future Badgers Jefferson Dahl, Craig Smith, Derek Lee, Justin Schultz, and Matt Paape are all averaging over a point per game. Todd's blog post also has a link to his recruits stats report.

  • Andy Baggot makes a case for the 1982-83 Badgers' National Championship Team being the most talented, most decorated team in Badger history. As you know, the 82-83 team is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its national title and will be recognized this weekend at the hockey and football games.

  • Milewski has an interesting article on how the hockey (and other sports) teams have adjusted to try to stay within budget despite skyrocketing transportation costs.

  • The transcript of Mike Eaves' Monday presser is finally available, for those of you who weren't inclined to watch the full video posted earlier.

  • Badger blueliners Ryan McDonagh and Brendan Smith get mention in HF's 2008 system audits of the Detroit Red Wings and the Montreal Canadiens.
    At the college level, both Smith and Rufenach will continue to pursue their development. Smith has been scouted as a potential top-four defenseman who has great skating ability and elite offensive skills.

    Heading this heady list is 2007 first-round selection Ryan McDonagh. Combining solid size, an impressive shot, superlative skating abilities, and a two-way game that's mature for his age, McDonagh projects to a top-two blueliner in the not-too-distant future. In his rookie season, McDonagh totalled 12 points in 40 games with the University of Wisconsin. This year, in addition to taking on a greater leadership role, McDonagh is playing at a point-per-game pace in the first four games of the season. He is also expected to play a key role on Team USA at this year's World Junior Championships after being passed over last season.