Monday, February 21, 2011

UW Recruiting: Strang named USHL All-Star

The United States Hockey League has announced it's mid-season All-Stars and it features a future Badger. 2011 Wisconsin forward recruit Cody Strang has been honored by the league as one of the top forwards in the Eastern Conference.

Strang, a native of Madison, Wisconsin is in his second season in the USHL with the Youngstown Phantoms. Injured most of his rookie season, Strang has bounced back with the Phantoms this season to post a solid 13-18-31 line through 42 games this season. Strang's 31 points this season leave him second on the team in scoring.

According to the release: "The USHL's CCM All-Star Awards represent one of the most prestigious midseason honors a junior-age player in North America can receive," said USHL Commissioner Skip Prince. "These rising stars exemplify what's special about the USHL and USA Hockey's development model."

The former Wisconsin Mr. Hockey Award winner looks like he'll be a two way threat in a Badger sweater. Despite playing on an under .500 Youngstown squad, Strang has managed to be a plus/minus +18 this season. Normally I don't think much about the stat due to it's flaws, but the next highest plus/minus on Youngstown is a +6 and only six of the Phantoms players even own a positive plus/minus. Strang's +18 rating ranks him fifth in the USHL in the category.

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