The nutty Michigan coverage isn't so much about Harbaugh as it is a signal to the Big Ten that Fox wants to party.
Michigan hockey recruiting
So the NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings have been released. They live here. Ranked commits for 2012 are below, including draft-eligible freshman Phil Di Giuseppe.
North American Skaters
9. Jacob Trouba
28. Phil Di Giuseppe
31. Cristoval "Boo" Nieves
157. Connor Carrick
175. Justin Selman
North American Goalies
37. Jared Rutledge
Very excited about Trouba and Nieves. A bit disappointing to see Rutledge as the last goalie ranked, but we'll be happy to have him. Expected to step in right away and play over Janecyk.
The ESPN Insider NHL blog is projecting Jon Merrill to the Ducks with the 11th overall pick in this years upcoming NHL draft. That's down from their projection of the 9th overall pick in the previous month's mock.
No. 11 - Anaheim Ducks
D Jonathan Merrill, USNTDP
The Ducks have the luxury of two picks and might be a potential trading partner for the Islanders. Some scouts like Merrill as much as or more than Forbert. The order in which those two prospects are selected will be determined at the under-18s in Minsk.
On a depressing note, they have Jack Campbell going 24th in the first round to the Atlanta Thrashers. In last month's mock, he went 7th overall, so there's that.
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Super D prospect Jon Merrill is going to be on NHL Live talking about his draft prospects and Michigan. You can catch it on NHL.com, XM 204, Sirius 208, and NHL Network.
Merrill figures to be a first round pick, with one scout saying he could go in picks 14-26.
Also, the NHL's official twitter today said that a goalie scout compared Jack Campbell to Marc-Andre Fleury. Goddamnit.