Monday, January 19, 2009

Recruit Update: BCHL

I'm going to take the recruit updates in pieces, since there is a lot of information to cover, and since we haven't really touched this since the Holidays I want to be thorough. I'm going to start in the British Colombia Hockey League.

Mark Zengerle has definately earned the nickname 1st Star this season. In his first season in the BCHL he has burst onto the scene and based on his stats keeps pilling them up week by week.

Since Christmas 1st Star has played in 10 games amassing 4-10-14 w/ 4 PIM and two PP goals. His best efforts were on 1/10 where Mark was named 1st Star (big surprise) notching a goal and three assists, and this past sunday w/ a goal and two assists. As reported last week he also had a playmaker during the BCHL All-Star game.

On the season, Mark stat's are outstanding. In 42 games, he is 28-52-80, 8 PP goals w/ 14 PIM. That ranks him 2nd in pts, 7th in goals, 1st in assists and pts/game w/ 1.9. He turns 20 in May, and Wisconsin might need to find room on their roster next season.

Mark's Salmon Arm Silverbacks are in 1st place in the Interior Conference w/ 73 points, and are a lock to make the playoffs. They are the highest scoring team in the BCHL.

Justin Schultz had a busy 2008. He had a great rookie season in the BCHL w/ the Westside Warriors, committed to Wisconsin, and was drafted in the 2nd round by the Anahiem Ducks.

This season hasn't been much different for the offensive defensemen. Since New Year's, Justin has only played in 3 games out of 7; I'm guessing he was injuried but could find no confirmation on Westside's site. In those three games he was 1-1-2 w/ his lone goal on the PP. He did suit up for the BCHL All-Star game last week though.

On the season, Justin has played in 36 games totaling 13-25-38, w/ 7 PP goals and 25 PIM. He is third overall in defensemen scoring. Last season, Justin played in 57 games w/ 9-31-40, 5 PP goals and 28 PIM. Due to his draft status and apparent abilities, a lot will be expected of Justin next season.

His Westside team appears safely in the playoffs w/ 58 pts which is good for 4th in the conference standings (top 6 advance from each conference).

Last but certainly not least is Derek Lee, a forward w/ the Victoria Grizzles. He was traded before the season began from Salmon Arm. At the time I remember Derek was pretty excited because Victoria is hosting the Royal Bank Cup, Canada's Junior A Championship. By hosting, Victoria automatically makes the field, though they appear worthy w/ out the autobid, sitting in first in the Coastal Conference w/ 66 points.

Derek has been a regular in the Grizzles' lineup all season. Since Christmas, he has played 8 games w/ 1-2-3 and 2 PIM. On the season, in 46 games he is 9-30-39 w/ 2 PP goals and 26 PIM. Last season stats: 52 games, 21-56-77 w/ 11 PP goals and 35 PIM. Compared to last season his production is way down, but for some reason I'm not remotely worried. Chuck's comment in my previous post is spot on, he'll be a difference maker at Wisconsin. Overall he is tied for 19th in the BCHL in assists.
The playoffs for the BCHL are fast approaching. Most teams have 10 to 12 games left and its nice to see that all three Badger recruits will be extending their seasons.