Monday, March 30, 2009

Wisconsins best '92s, and '93s

Last weekend the Wisconsin Amateur Hockey Association (WAHA) held it's annual midget festival in Eau Claire to evaluate it's top players born in the years 1992 and 1993. From the festival, WAHA selected 7 defenseman, 11 forwards, and 1 goaltender from each birth year to participate in the Central District tryouts May 8-10 in Fond du Lac.

Central districts is the last step in the tryout process before players head to the national select festivals. This year, all national select festivals will take place in Rochester, New York. In the past, the select 15 and the select 17 festivals took place in St. Cloud, Minnesota. The Central District is made up of Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri, Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

Here is the list of players selected to represent Wisconsin at the Central District tryout. Players in bold and red were selected to last years USA National Select Festivals.


1992's
1993's
NamePosNamePos
Bishop, Chris
D
Bubacy, Nathan
D
Delgadillo, Jose
D
Bukowski, Brett
D
Dixon, Cody
D
Byrne, Paul
D
Greenwood, Gerrid
D
Fiala, Joseph
D
Harstad, Aaron
D
McCabe, Jake
D
Kirley, Nolan
D
Schmaltz, Jordan
D
McLaughlin, Shayne
D
Watson, Clifford
D
Allen, Garrett
F
Dau, Ryan
F
Belonger, Ryan
F
Drawbert, Hans
F
Cayemberg, Tyler
F
Koritzinsky, Todd
F
Eick, Christopher
F
Lee, Kyle
F
Leahy, Simon
F
Morbeck, Trevor
F
Maric, Peter
F
Novinska, Kody
F
McCormick, Max
F
Okeson, Trevor
F
Mershon, Dillon
F
Otto, Drew
F
Navin, Bradley
F
Racino, Alex
F
Nelson, Noah
F
Szopinski, Nick
F
Sherer, Daniel
F
Walls, Brandon
F
Kujava, Tony
G
Platz, Tyler
G


No surprises on this list. Everyone who made the national select festival from last year is back with the exception of Jake Dutter (Team Illinois midget minor). I think we'll see a lot of the same kids from Wisconsin getting selected to nationals again any way. It will be interesting to see what they do with Shayne McLaughlin. Last season he made nationals but did it as a forward. This season he's switched to defense.

Harstad, Kirley, and Belonger should be close to locks to make it for the 92's. McCabe, Schmaltz, Koritzinsky, and Morbeck are locks for the 93's. Other than that, anything can happen, you really never know. I've seen a player get left off the from the select 17 national festival and then get taken in the third round of the USHL draft a few weeks later. It's a really subjective process and they don't always take the best players unfortunately.