Thursday, March 10, 2011

Recruiting: Zulinick vs Rumpel in BCHL Showdown

I've been severely lacking on recruiting posts lately so as some recruits are wrapping up their seasons and others are starting playoffs and things I thought I would give an update on everyone briefly.

Remember to check out the recruiting statistics website that I try to keep updated which can be found here or on the side bar of our site. I've also updated the potential recruits as well. If you know of anyone that should be added, feel free to send me an e-mail.

Patrick Daly (Benilde-St. Margarets high school)-2011 recruit: Daly's season was completed recently when his BSM squad was defeated by Wayzata in the section playoffs. Daly, who will be coming to Madison straight out of high school finished his senior season with 40 points. He is a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award which will be announced on Sunday.

Tim Davison (Notre Dame Academy high school/Team Wisconsin)-2012 or 2013 recruit: Davison recently wrapped up his high school season with NDA where they were ousted in the State semi-finals by Middleton. Davison finished the high school season with 47 points in 27 games for the Tritons. Davison's season is not over however. Tim will be back in action this weekend with Team Wisconsin as they play in the WAHA state tournament at Cap ice in Middleton.

Nic Kerdiles (USA NTDP U17 and U18)-2012 recruit: Kerdiles has had a phenomenal season with the NTDP and was promoted from the U17 team to the U18 team for a few weeks. Between the two clubs this season Kerdiles had 30 points in 47 games for the red, white, and blue. Kerdiles is hopeful that he will be invited to the U18 world championships in Germany this spring.

Joseph LaBate (Academy of Holy Angels high school)-2011 recruit: LaBate, who committed to Wisconsin over the weekend is an intriguing prospect. Considered a bit of a project, LaBate put up 66 points in 34 games between his high school club and the Upper Mid-West High School Elite League. LaBates season is over as his Holy Angels squad lost to Prior Lake in the Minnesota High School playoffs. LaBate is expected to be a second or third round NHL draft selection. Like Daly, LaBate is a Minnesota Mr. Hockey finalist.

Tyler Lapic (Chicago Steel, USHL)-2011 recruit: Lapic has had an up and down career in the USHL so far and has yet to find the consistency that you would like. Currently Lapic is stuck in a bad situation in Chicago with a bad team. Lapic brings size and skill to the table so once he's in Eaves system hopefully his game will evolve. Lapic has 15 points this season for the Steel.

Jake McCabe (USA NTDP U18)-2011 recruit: The Eau Claire native has had an impressive season for the U18 squad and has started to gain national recognition. His play for Team USA this season has garnered attention among NHL scouts and he's considered a mid-round pick for the 2012 NHL Draft. McCabe, who will be expected to contribute immediately for the Badgers next season has 15 points in 34 games from the blueline for Team USA. McCabe will be a top 4 defenseman when the USA U18's go to Germany for the U18 World Championships.

Corbin McGuire (Fargo Force, USHL/Springfield Pics, EJHL)-2012 recruit: Consider this a lost season for McGuire. The young 1993 born forward who is only a junior in high school made the move to the USHL this season and struggled with the transition before suffering a concussion that forced him on the 45 day IR. Upon his return he was loaned to Springfield of the EJHL where he could be closer to home. Expect a bounce back season for McGuire in 2011.

Brad Navin (Waupaca high school/Team Wisconsin)-2012 or 2013 recruit: Navin was on pace to virtually unanimously win the Wisconsin Mr. Hockey award before a sprained MCL forced Navin to the sidelines. The 6'2 forward put up a ridiculous 52 points in 14 high school games this season with Waupaca before he was injured. Like Davison, Navin is joining Team Wisconsin for the spring season. No word yet on if Navin's knee has recovered enough for him to play at this point.

Matt Paape (Sioux City, USHL)-2011 recruit: Paape came out of the gates hot last season putting points on the board but his pace has slowed considerably. Playing a more responsible two way game, Pappe will be more than ready to play for the Badgers next season. Paape has 11 points for the Musketeers this season.

Brendan Woods (Muskegon, USHL)-2011 recruit: Like I mentioned yesterday in my post, Woods is finally starting to heat up. The 2011 recruit has 5 goals in his past 5 games and is taking a proactive approach to his game. Son of Washington Capitals assistant coach Bob Woods, Brendan's game is progressing to a level where he could be in line to put a few points on the board for the Badgers next season.

Morgan Zulinick (Salmon Arm Silverbacks, BCHL)-2012 recruit: Like the headline indicates, Zulinick and his Salmon Arm squad are in the playoffs and taking on Joel Rumpel and his Penticton Vees. Zulinick missed a few games in the first round of the playoffs due to the flu but he's back and healthy. A junior in high school, Zulinick is having a fine rookie season for the Silverbacks. Zulinick has 32 points in 41 games (including playoffs). He will be one of the top recruits for the 2012 season.

Joel Rumpel (Penticton Vees, BCHL)-2011 recuit: Rumpel, (pictured) is the rock between the pipes for the Vees. Already tabbed as the starting goalie next season for the Badgers, Rumpel has started 51 games this season for the Vees and has very respectable numbers (especially for the high scoring BCHL) with a 2.48 GAA and .910 Save Percentage. Zulinick and his Salmon Arm Silverbacks hold a 2-0 advantage in their second round match up but Rumpel and the Vees aren't backing down.

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