Saturday, January 06, 2007

Recruiting Rumors

Here's a few random notes from the recruiting world...

The Michigan Rivals board updated their always informative Recruiting Hotboard. There's a couple notable items on there:

It looks like Michigan is done recruiting for the 2007 class. It was mentioned that they were interested in Riley Nash, but I'm guessing they don't have a high enough percentage of scholarship to offer him to make it worth his while.

Ryan Grimshaw was added to the list of potential 2008 recruits. He's playing for the U17 team right now, and has been spotted at a couple Michigan games(and apparently his family reads this site, so that's, like, cool).

Ben Hughes of Shattuck and David Valek of Honeybaked were added as 2009 guys. Both guys have a shot at making the NTDP next season.

And in the way-too-early-category, Bryan Rust and Rocco Grimaldi were added to the 2010 list. Rust is the brother of Michigan recruit Matt Rust. Grimaldi is interesting since he's a 1993 birthdate. Though it is important to remember that kids like Matt Rust and Carter Camper, and Gabe Gauthier were all thought of in the same light when they were at a similar age and never panned out as superstars(Gauthier was a great college player, but never ended up being the superstar some people thought he would be).

Also of interest in Michigan recruiting, Bret Osburn of Michigan's site reported on Honeybaked's '91 team, including Michigan commit Chris Brown, and Kenny Ryan. Probably the most interesting bit of information is that Ryan is deciding between Michigan, Notre Dame, and Boston College, with BC entering the picture due to Ryan's connection with former Eagle Doug Brown. Also, he thought Cam Fowler was pretty good. Go figure.

Camrose(AJHL) forward Eric Kroshus has narrowed down his choice in colleges to four Ivy League schools in Harvard, Cornell, Princeton, and Dartmouth.

Mark Silverman, a forward for Victory Honda's Midget Major team has received some interest from Yale.

Moorhead HS defenseman Jeff Foss visited Colorado College and is also reportedly considering Maine, BU, and Minnesota-Duluth.

NHL's Central Scouting finally made it up to Hermantown, Minnesota to see forward Drew Leblanc, and they rated him as an 'A' player for next year's draft.


Anonymous said...

What's up with Riley Nash?

Anonymous said...

Jeff Foss was picked up by the Sioux Falls Stampede in the USHL.

Anonymous said...

Rocco Grimaldi is not ready for the NTDP this year. Despite his obvious superiority at his '92 birthyear, among the older players he consistantly show a penchant for opportunism and cowardice by jumping into fights this season. Whenever his older 91 team mates got into a spat you could find Rocco prowling the scrums looking to get a few punches in or holding an opposing player while his team mates took free shots. Succumbing to pressure (peer or otherwise) to demonstrate he could play at this level, the youngster took the wrong route. His skill with the puck was more than enough prove the point, but the immaturity he displayed only proved he needs a little more time before he can play with the best- those who have the skill, ethic, and relative maturity to represent the NTDP. No doubt Rocco will be there soon, but there is simply no reason to make a travesty of the NTDP rosters by taking him early. If it hasn't already happend, could be part of a lawsuit as a result of his poor decision making and the negligence of tournament hosts that resulted in a season and perhaps career ending attack on another player earlier this season. Is that kind of baggage something the NTDP wants to saddle the rest of the 92s who legitimately deserve a spot this year? Surely there are enough good players at the proper birth year to field the best team. Let him grow up another year, learn a lesson, and then see if he's ready. If you want to creat the best team for next season, he shouldn't be on it.

Anonymous said...

correction: Grimaldi is a 93 birth year.