Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Brendan Woods Makes UW Commitment Official

Just over a week ago we talked about Chicago Steel forward Brendan Woods and his official visit to the University of Wisconsin. We knew that Wisconsin was looking for 1-2 more forwards for the 2011 season and figured that six foot two forward Brendan Woods would be a nice fit.

Obviously Brendan felt the same way and called Badger head coach Mike Eaves to make a verbal commitment to attend Wisconsin for the 2011-2012 season.

Woods father isn't your typical hockey dad. His name is Bob Woods and he's an assistant coach with the Washington Capitals. Yes, the NHL team. The elder Woods spent the previous five seasons with the Hershey Bears of the AHL, the last two as the head coach.

Brendan is currently in his first season in the USHL. He only has 4 points this season though 20 games but missed the first half of the year due to a dislocated knee cap. Not exactly an easy injury to come off of, especially as a rookie in the USHL.

Woods is also expected to be a decently high NHL draft pick this summer. The NHL Central Scouting service ranked Brendan as the #52 best skating prospect in North America for the upcoming draft. That means he is projected to be drafted probably anywhere from the second round to the fifth round.

Cornell, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Northeastern, and North Dakota were also in the mix according to CollegeHockey247.

Projected Wisconsin 2011 Recruiting Class

Forwards:
Tyler Lapic-Des Monies (USHL)
Brendan Woods-Chicago (USHL)
Matt Paape-Sioux City (USHL)
Gavin Hartzog-Bismark (NAHL)
Cody Strang-Youngstown (USHL)

Defense:
Troy Hesketh-Minnetonka (MN High School)
Jake McCabe-USA NTDP (U17)

Goalie:
Joel Rumpel-Penticton (BCHL)


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