Tuesday, July 14, 2009

USA Hockey Select 17 Recap

Been pretty busy so I haven't really had time to update you guys on the USA Hockey Select 17 Festival that took place over the past week. In case you weren't aware, Wisconsin sent C.J. Eick (Green Bay Jr. Gamblers), Aaron Harstad (Green Bay Gamblers, Colorado College Recruit), Jose Delgadillo (Milwaukee Jr. Admirals), and Garrett Allen (Team Illinois).

Here's a little bit about each player and how they fared at camp:

C.J. Eick: Eick is a solid player who played his junior season with the Green Bay Jr. Gamblers. Eick won't be heading back there this season as he's choosing between playing with Team Wisconsin, or the St. Louis Bandits in the NAHL. Eick played a couple of games in the USHL last season and should have been drafted this year. He's had contact from Wisconsin, Mercyhurst, and Air Force. Eick, who stands 5'10, 165 had 67 points in 50 games last season for the Jr. Gamblers. At camp, Eick recorded a goal and an assist through 5 games.

Aaron Harstad: Harstad is an outstanding defenseman from Stevens Point. Harstad played his Junior year for the Panthers of S.P.A.S.H as well as Team Wisconsin, and finished up the season playing 10 games with the Green Bay Gamblers who now hold his rights. He will play his senior season with the Gamblers. Harstad who stands 6'1, 165 has committed to Colorado College for the 2011 season. Harstad did not record a point while he was at camp, but he was invited to the "All Star Game."

Jose Delgadillo: Delgadillo is a defenseman from the Milwaukee area who has really blown up over the past season. Delgadillo, is a slick skater who has a ton of potential. He was drafted this spring in the NAHL draft by the expansion Janesville Jets. Delgadillo played last season with the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals minor program and is still deciding where he will play this upcoming season. Delgadillo recorded 3 assists while at camp. He lists Wisconsin, Miami of Ohio, and Maine as his top 3 college destinations.

Garrett Allen: Allen is an interesting prospect to me. I have yet to see him play but there could not be a wider variety of opinions on him. I've talked with people who have been pretty disappointed, while others have raved about him after watching him. He played last season for Team Illinois Midget Majors and recorded 31 points in 44 games. At camp he had 5 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. The 5'10, 155 lb forward is going to have to improve his overall consistency to play at the next level. Allen, like Harstad, was invited to the "All Star Game."