"Though I received no official response to these sophisticated and elegant tweets to the Illini Athletic Department, I would like to think that Beckman spent the evening prank calling everyone in Illinois named George McLellan and then ordering an absurd amount of hats off an internet haberdashery to hoard in his home's hat annex."
Swystun expectations revision
More important, since those articles are pretty lean on information you well-informed fans didn't already know, is this Bob Miller post. In it he says it would be a good idea to ratchet down expectations from Swystun as a freshman since he'll be so young. He destroyed Midget AAA last year and a U17 tournament this year but hasn't been tearing up the AJHL. He does have 13-16-29 in 47 games, so he's doing pretty decently, and UND, BU, and Denver were all pursuing him, so he's certianly not a marginal recruit at all. Sounds like he'd be better served as a class of 2006 player, but he's scheduled as an '05 recruit and that likely won't change. He's ready to graduate HS and move on.
Also in the above-linked post: info on Kessel that basically amounts to "ain't dead yet." Speculation on USCHO and elsewhere had Kessel basically down to Wisconsin and Minnesota, but Spath dropped a hint that while it is indeed a two-horse race, Michigan is one of the contenders.