a terrible blight on our fine country
Michigan defenseman and number eight overall pick Zach Werenski will return to Michigan for his sophomore year. NHL.com story:
Werenski confirmed for NHL.com that he will return to the University of Michigan for his sophomore year. There was speculation that the 6-foot-2, 221-pound left-handed shot would play for London of the Ontario Hockey League in 2015-16. London selected Werenski in the second round (No. 24) of the 2013 OHL draft.
Good news. Below is a highlight video from the US vs. Finland National Junior Evaluation Camp game last night, Werenski scored in overtime for a 5-4 win.
Per Maize n Brew:
St. Cyr is a bit on the short side listed at 5'7, but what he lacks in height he more than makes up for with his mechanics. He's quick, instinctive and uses his positioning well to cut down on shooting angles.
St. Cyr has spent the last two seasons with Honeybaked U16 and will join the NTDP program in Plymouth for the next two years.
Full disclaimer: the source (a magazine geared towards youth hockey) isn't catering to hardcore college hockey fans. Still, it's a quick read with some interesting numbers and a couple quotes, including Yale HC Keith Allain's take on winning without being able to recruit at a top level that won't be in this OP.
This was pretty surprising to me:
In the past seven years, there have been 28 spots up for grabs in the Frozen Four and 20 different programs have filled them.
College Hockey, Inc's executive director Mike Snee weighed in on parity from a 20,000 foot level:
The number of young people in the U.S. that play hockey has more than doubled in the past 25 years, while the number of schools offering D-I Men’s hockey has grown only slightly in that time, so the player pool is being spread out over more programs.
A lot of these numbers illustrate Michigan's recent troubles, although other blue bloods are doing just fine. A growing American hockey population makes the sport less Michigan-centric, but hopefully M can mitigate that with the USNTDP playing school in Ann Arbor and playing hockey in Plymouth.
Holland says discussion will begin regarding Fedorov's jersey being retired..sounds like it might happen.— Ted Kulfan (@tkulfan) July 2, 2015'
RW Career Points
1. Gordie Howe 1809
2. Steve Yzerman 1755
3. Alex Delvecchio 1281
4. Nicklas Lidstrom 1142
5. Sergei Fedorov 954
RW Playoff Points
1. Steve Yzerman 185
2. Nick Lidstrom 183
3. Sergei Fedorov 163
There's no doubt about it, he deserves it. Has the numbers and is a first ballot HOF.
For the many here who care, the Wings bought out Stephen Weiss today. This opens up some cap space for free agency which starts tomorrow.
More relevant to this blog, this opens up a spot at center that Dylan Larkin could compete for.
Edit: They also re-signed Brendan Smith, but that was expected.
Nicklas Lidstrom, who won seven Norris Trophies and four Stanley Cups as a cornerstone of the Red Wings, is a virtual lock in his first year of eligibility.
The Red Wings' blue liner was a Calder Trophy-finalist in his rookie season, and went on to score 264 goals and added 878 assists for 1,142 points in his career.
Only five defensemen recorded more: Ray Bourque, Paul Coffey, Al MacInnis, Phil Housley and Larry Murphy. All but Housley are already in the Hall, and the American blue-line leader should receive strong consideration again.
Other candidates with a good chance include Lidstrom's ex-teammate Sergei Fedorov and nemesis Chris Pronger.
More info HERE