Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Badger Men's Catch-up

Several items that have been accumulating over the past several days . . .
  • In a previous post, I lamented that nubeetle hadn't sent me a link to a Bernd Bruckler interview. I have since updated that post to include the link, but I thought I'd better post the link here as well for those who might've missed it. In the interview, Bruckler talks about going to the KHL and about what he's been working on this summer. (Thanks, nubeetle!)
  • Canada's Olympic Orientation Camp began yesterday. Dany Heatley is the Badgers' sole representative . Mirtle breaks down the camp roster into "locks", "contenders", "long shots", and "not going to happen"; he has Heatley as a "contender".
  • As pointed out by DPlaya, American Junior Hockey has been "introducing" players for USHL's Youngstown Phantoms, including future Badgers Cody Strang and Jefferson Dahl.
    Cody Strang
    Ht/Wt: 5-8/160
    DoB: 8/25/1990
    Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin
    Previous: Madison (Wisc.) Edgewood High School
    Acquired: Fifth-round selection in USHL Entry Draft
    Scoop: A tremendous athlete, Strang was honored as Wisconsin’s Mr. Hockey 2009 this spring. Was a sleeper in the draft due to his size, but smarts and agility make him an impact centerman. Likely to develop into top scorer, both in this league and when he gets to his hometown University of Wisconsin in the fall of 2011. Played on Edgewood’s state champion golf team.
    Coach Says: “Another dynamic player with skill to spare. Cody sticks his nose in all the battles and wins more than his share.”

    Jefferson Dahl (DOLL)
    Ht/Wt: 5-9/175
    DoB: 9/13/1989
    Hometown: Eau Claire, Wisconsin
    Previous: Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)
    Acquired: Selected in USHL Expansion Draft
    Scoop: Voted Mr. Hockey for the state of Wisconsin in 2008, Dahl netted 15 goals and 26 points for a good Green Bay team last year. Although smaller in stature, Jefferson is a skilled playmaker and a responsible two-way center. Acquiring Dahl was one of the highlights of the Phantoms’ expansion draft. A personable young man with a smile on his face, he has committed to the University of Wisconsin at Madison for next fall.
    Coach Says: “(Jefferson) is a dynamic two-way forward. He’ll provide a lot of energy and we’ll look to him for some big goals.”
  • Walby reports that the WEHL schedule opened this past weekend. WEHL offers "before and after" programs for both boys and girls in Wisconsin. Badger alum Gary Shuchuk oversees coaching and development and serves as Madison GM.