Thursday, June 25, 2009

Badgers @ the NHL Draft

With the NHL draft coming up this weekend, there have been various articles about Badgers at the NHL draft.
  • discusses three Badgers who may be drafted this year: sophomore forward Jordy Murray, incoming freshman defenseman John Ramage, and incoming freshman forward Craig Smith. Two other incoming freshman have already been drafted (defenseman Justin Schultz and goaltender Brett Bennett). In addition, the Badgers have 9 other players who have already been drafted (Geoffrion, Hickey, McDonagh, B. Smith, Turnbull, Gardiner, Gouloubef, Stepan, and P. Johnson).
  • Andy Baggot talks specifically about Craig Smith's potential in this year's draft. He additionally mentions Murray, C. Smith, 2010-11 recruit Tyler Lapic, and 2011-12 recruit Troy Hesketh. Baggot also has a post comprised of various Badger/WCHA-related NHL draft items.
  • If you're interested in other WCHA players who might be drafted, take a look at the WCHA's official release regarding this year's draft.
  • This last item isn't really draft-related, but I figure I might as well post it here. takes a look at the Badgers' top-5 NHL scorers: Chris Chelios, Gary Suter, Scott Mellanby, Brian Mullen, and Dany Heatley.
No Badgers are expected to go in the 1st round this year, but I'm all right with that. I'm sure that Gandalf/Chuck/EoDS will keep all of us informed on Badger draft selections this weekend. (It's always fun to volunteer others to do all the work for you, isn't it? Thanks, boys!)