Thursday, May 11, 2006

More Recruiting News

The rumor I posted earlier this week about Addison DeBoer committing to Colorado College for next season has been confirmed. I'm still surprised he's making the jump straight from high school to college. I'm guessing next year is a bit of an adjustment for him.

The article also says that Troy Mattila visited Colorado College and the Tigers offered him a partial scholarship. He's already had offers from Canisius, which he turned down(wiiiiiiiise choice), Mercyhurst, and Miami. New Hampshire and St. Cloud have also expressed interest. I think it's interesting what a difference a tournament can make for a kid. Prior to the Prospects Tourney, Mattila was receiving interest from the Canisius' and Mercyhursts of the world, and after the Prospects Tourney, he's getting interest from top WCHA schools.

Bucky beat writer Andy Baggott wrote an interesting article on the Sam Gagner situation. It sounds like Gagner will likely play in the OHL. Gagner hated playing for Sioux City last year, and isn't keen on going back. It's not surprising things weren't great for Gagner in Sioux City. He was one of the youngest players on the team, the only Canadian, and the Muskies weren't a great team. I'm willing to bet that Gagner has never played on a team that has lost more than a handful of games in a season. It's a bit of an adjustment to go to a losing team.

The good news for Wisconsin fans is that defenseman Brendan Smith and Cody Goloubef haven't changed their minds about attending college.


Battle Hymn said...

They haven't changed their minds, yet.

gmf1a said...

Wow - a recruit (Matilla) not identified before puberty !!!

Thanks for this site BTW ,,, I check every day

Anonymous said...

Jared Cowen, the top pick in the WHL bantam draft made a visit to Michigan. He does not intend to play for Spokane the team that drafted him. Wants to stay closer to home. Long shot for the Wolverines, but interesting. Big, strong, defenseman who is very young ('91 b).

Anonymous said...

It would be very interesting for yet another top pick in the WHL turning his back on the WHL to sign with a college team. For those who don't know, Jonathan Toews (UND) did the same thing to the Tri City Americans.

Having been to Spokane, Washington, I can understand fully why he doesn't want to go there. It would be like playing a place like Fargo, ND or Green Bay, WI (sans Lambeau).

That being said, I doubt Cowen would suit up with the Wolverines. I do think he may forgo one year of Major Juniors to return to either the USHL or wherever he's from to play for one more year at that level. He may even commit to Michigan similar to Mueller did with Minnesota. But I think eventually he'll sign with a Major Junior team.