Monday, May 31, 2010

Recruiting Update Part 2: Troy Hesketh

Sunday night I started making a post of recruiting notes that I've been getting together lately. As I was working on this, the post got very, very long so I decided to break it into posts for specific players. I've got 5 updates and I've programed the site to post an update every two hours on the hour.
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Another player that I've been getting some questions about is 2011 defense recruit Troy Hesketh out of Minnetonka (MN) high school and what his future holds. There have been skeptics who thought that with the departure of Coach Osiecki, Hesketh may look to the WHL, where the Edmonton Oil Kings own his rights.

Those skeptics also claim that Hesketh may be getting pressure by the Edmonton Oilers (not to be confused with the Oil Kings) who selected him in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in the third round.

Thanks to a tip from Guy Flaming, from The "Coming Down The Pipe Blog", we've learned that Hesketh was a no show this weekend at Oil Kings camp, putting to rest the rumors of him not holding his commitment to Wisconsin.

Hesketh will play with previously mentioned Corbin McGuire this winter with the Fargo Force of the USHL. Hesketh could have played with the Force last season but chose to go back to school at Minnetonka and try to win a state championship. Minnetonka lost in the state title game to Edina.

Hesketh who is a big (6'3, 186), mobile defenseman is slated to come to Madison along with NTDP defenseman and Eau Claire native Jake McCabe in 2011. The Badgers, who will be losing seniors Ryan McDonagh and Craig Johnson after this season, may still be looking to add a defenseman or two to the 2011 class. If the Badgers lose Jake Gardiner or Justin Schultz early to the pros, look for Eaves to move quickly on either Milwaukee native Jose Delgadillo, Verona native Joey Fiala, or both. Delgadillo is taking a visit to Madison this spring and Fiala has also been in contact with the UW staff.