Monday, January 10, 2011

Hesketh no longer coming to Wisconsin

Sources familiar to the situation have informed the Sixty Mintues blog that defenseman Troy Hesketh, originally slated to be a 2011 Wisconsin recruit is no longer in the plans for the Badgers.

Hesketh, who hails from Minnetonka, Minnesota has been traded twice so far in this USHL season. He was set to start the year with Fargo but they traded him to Chicago just days before the season opener. Last week Hesketh was moved to Sioux City.

According to people with knowledge of the situation, Hesketh will not be admitted to the University academically. It's rumored that he doesn't currently posses an ACT score high enough for enrollment at the University of Wisconsin.

To say that Hesketh's USHL career has been a rocky one is an understatement. The former Edmonton Oiler draft pick has not yet registered a point in 22 USHL games, is a -12 in the plus/minus category, and has 30 penalty minutes.

Many people got suspicious when Wisconsin did not sign Hesketh in the early signing period this fall. When rumors of his ACT score being low started getting out late last week I knew it was only a matter of time before Wisconsin looked in another direction. That direction we found out late last night was Benilde-St. Margaret's defenseman Patick Daly.

Hesketh's WHL rights are owned by the Edmonton Oil Kings and I've been told that he's considering going that route. Hesketh was traded to Sioux City of the USHL early last week but didn't play for the Musketeers last weekend. I have no word on if he reported to Sioux City or not.

I'll keep you updated if any new information comes to light.
Update: Andy Baggot is also hearing that Hesketh is out.

Update: Evans from the Daily Cardinal has an article up. He talked with someone close to the situation who talked about how Hesketh hasn't improved since his junior year of high school.

Update: Baggot has another piece out where he says he's hearing academics were an issue. Confirming what my sources said was the main issue.
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