Tuesday, September 8, 2009

09/10 Men's Previews: #8 Josh Turnbull


Position: Forward
Year in School: Junior
Shoots Right
Height: 5-11
Weight: 182
Hometown: Hayward, WI
Major: Undeclared
Previous Team: Waterloo (USHL) in 06/07

NHL Considerations: 5th round draft pick of LA in the 2007 NHL Draft.

08/09 Stats: 24 games, 4-2-6, -1, 26 PIM
07/08 Stats: 37 games, 4-7-11, +4, 44 PIM

09/10 Role: ???

08/09 Recap: Turnbull was a regular in the lineup during the first half of the season, but was a regular scratch during the second half of the season. While he scored a few goals, he wasn’t very effective while on the ice.

Biggest Strength: In the USHL, he was a goal scorer, really haven’t seen that yet at UW.

Biggest Weakness: The Friday Denver at Magness Arena last October featured three incredibly stupid penalties by Turnbull. Only one led to a PP goal by the Pioneers, but the repetition of bad decision making was obvious. Honestly, Turnbull is the ONLY returning Badger that hasn’t shown me anything yet as a fan that I can hold on to and get excited about.

09/10 Thoughts: I left his role above as a ? above because I don’t know what to think. I read reports that Eaves is considering him for the top scoring lines, but then I compare that to his play in his first two seasons, and based solely on that and the depth at forward this year, Turnbull should be lucky to see the ice. I know that isn’t a glowing endorsement for a blog that follows the Badgers, but I also think its an honest assessment and totally fair based on past results. No doubt I would be happy if Turnbull took the WCHA by storm this season and lived up to the offensive billing from the USHL, but until I see some positives, I can only scratch my beard and ponder what he “might” do for the Badgers this season.

Prediction: 10 games, 2-2-4*
*All predictions for regular season only

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