Thursday, February 18, 2010

Zengerle Named A 2010 Top 10 Recruit

Mark Zengerle, a 2010 forward recruit from the Badgers who should not be a secret to anyone around here, has been named as the 6th best recruit in the country for 2010 by the new Rivals.com website College Hockey 247.

Zengerle, originally from New York, has been playing his junior hockey with the Salmon Arm Silverbacks of the BCHL. Badger senior captain Ben Street, and goalie Scott Gudmandson also played for Salmon Arm and freshman Derek Lee spent time there before he was traded.

Here are the comments on College Hockey 247 that his head coach in Salmon Arm Matt Hughes had about him, "His vision on the ice, I haven't seen too many guys at this level that see the ice like he does and then can distribute the puck like he can. He's more of a passer than a shooter right now and probably will be in college, at least at first. Mark is a guy that along with his talent, has a great work ethic, and he can come in right away and play some valuable minutes for Wisconsin. He should see time on the power play right away. Few guys slow the game down as much as he does. But he does need to get bigger and stronger."

The 5'11, 178 pound forward had a ridiculously good season last year recording 93 points in 54 games for the Silverbacks. He's taken it to the next level this season and is currently leading the league in scoring with 114 points through 57 games.

I talked with Mark last night and he was very excited as you could imagine. "Considering how many people are moving on to college next year, I am very happy about that (referencing being recognized for the list). It's quite an honor for me."

Knowing that Coach Eaves demands nothing but the best from his players, Mark has really focused this season on improving in other areas than on the score sheet. "The season has gone really well this year. From a statistical standpoint things have gone really good, but I've also improved in other aspects of the game which I think is going to help me the most. I think I've become more responsible in all areas of the ice and take pride in doing the little things more than I did in the past."

I hope coach Eaves is smiling if he's reading that quote.

The regular season is wrapping up in the BCHL and Mark is starting to focus on the playoff stretch run. "Playoffs are coming up soon for our team and hopefully we can gear up and win. From a personal stand point this year has been a success, but I'd love to win with the team."


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