USA U-18 Takes Gold

USA U-18 Takes Gold

Submitted by Sac Fly on April 22nd, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Just a quick update here on our incoming recruits playing for the NTDP.

Earlier today Team USA blasted Sweden 7-0 to take home another gold medal, getting strong efforts from J.T. Compher and the other Michigan commits.

USA dominated the entire tourney, only allowing four goals in six games behind future Buckeye goalie Collin Olson.  Below is how each Michigan commit performed.

Commits by CCHA school: Miami 4, Michigan 3, Notre Dame 1, Ohio State 1.

Name GP Scoring Line PIMS +/- SOG
J.T. Compher 6 2-3-5 4 +7 14
Jacob Trouba 6 1-2-3 8 +5 19
Connor Carrick 6 2-2-4 2 +4 6


Jared Rutlege 1 60:00 0 17 1-0-0

Full recap here:…

Video coming soon


Michigan Hockey: Incoming Recruits

Michigan Hockey: Incoming Recruits

Submitted by Sac Fly on March 25th, 2012 at 2:55 PM

Michigan Hockey: 2012 Recuits



Name Position Current Team Height Weight Shoots
Boo Nieves Right Wing Indiana Ice 6'3 185 Left

Our top forward prospect in the 2012 class is Cristoval "Boo" Nieves and he is a guy to get excited about.

If we were going by a star system for recruiting, which hockey does not use, he would be a borderline 5* prospect. Scouts love his balance of size, speed and playmaking ability enough to call him Top-30 prospect in the upcoming NHL entry draft. The only knock against him was his decision to play his senior year at Kent Prep instead of at a higher level, although he will be joining the Indiana Ice as his high school season has concluded.

He has the ability to make an impact right away for Michigan no matter which line he plays on. Whether it is taking the spot vacated by Luke Glendening or on a lower line, he will be able to provide scoring that was not there. It's just a matter of how fast he adjusts to the speed and talent at this level that decides how much of an impact he has.


Name Current Team Height Weight
Daniel Milne St. Mike's Buzzers 5'11 175

Daniel comes into the 2012 season as quite an unknown, as you can see the chart is much smaller for him because I could not find any specifics out about him.

One thing is certian though, this kid can play. He played Junior A hockey for the powerhouse St. Michael Buzzers finishing with a 16-31-47 line. The Owen Sound Attack thought highly enough of him to trade up and take him in the third round of the OHL draft, despite him only being 17 years old.

Because of my inability to find film or relevant information regarding position, I can not say what role he will have in the 2013 season. I do feel like he can be a huge sleeper like Phil Di Giuseppe was for us last season, and like I said with Nieves any scoring done on the fourth line is an improvement for Michigan.


Name Position Current Team Height Weight Shoots
Justin Selman Right Wing Souix Falls 6'1 187 Left

Our third forward recruit in the 2012 class comes to us from Upper Saddle River, New Jersey.  Not a huge prospect in terms of the scouts buzz, but he is listed as a prospect who can sneak into the draft in the late rounds.

As a player who is known more for his physical play,  Justin will most likely start on the 4th line and work his way up. He is the perfect candidate for the Vaughn/Lebler breakout player of the year down the road, as a big bodied forward who plays on the checking line until having a 20-30 point senior season.



Name Position Current Team Height Weight Shoots
Jacob Trouba Defense NTDP/USA U20 6'2 194 Right

All Hail the gem of our recruting class. He started his season with the NTDP before moving up to the U20 team.

Jacob Trouba is expected to be drafted very early in the upcoming NHL entry draft. Just from looking around at various mock drafts he looks to fit in around the 8-11 range, which means nothing because it is an internet mock draft but still gives us an idea what kind of player we have. 

As of this point we do not know the role Jacob will play for the Wolverines yet, that is because we do not know the status of Jon Merrill and Lee Moffie. If they stay the pairs could look like this; Merrill-Moffie, Bennett-Trouba, Clare-Serville, with Chiasson and Carrick picking up extra minutes at the end. If they do not stay Trouba becomes a necessity and is first pair the second he gets on the ice.

Either way most people have him as a one-and-done prospect and I don't see anything that would challenge that statement. He has great offensive ability, great speed and is a physical player with outstanding vision.

He will be our highest drafted defensmen since Jack Johnson and it was a miracle we got him for a second season, so much that Carolina traded him because he wouldn't come up. That was a very uncommon situation so don't expect it to happen again.

Name Positon Current Team Height Weight Shoots
Connor Carrick Defense NTDP 5'10 183 Right

Here is another player Wolverines fans should get excited about, because he is about as underrated as you can be. Carrick is a shutdown defenseman who is praised for his hockey I.Q. He will be drafted, but it remains to be seen where.

A smart blueliner with great puck skills and good size, Connor will anchor the Wolverines defense in the future. With a large group of D-Men coming back this season he will have to earn his playing time, which I think he can do. Look for him to get minutes on the third pair to start out, before working his way up later in his career. 


Name Position Current Team Height Weight Stick
Jared Rutledge Goalie NTDP 5'11 170 Right

Jared comes into the 2012 season as the presumed starter. He is a very good goalie but scouts looked at him as a developmental prospect, not a goalie you want to throw into the fire from day 1.

With that being said Josh Blackburn is an excellent coach who developed Sauer, Hogan and Hunwick, so if anybody can get Jared playing at a high level fast it's Josh. It doesn't hurt that he could have one of the deepest bluelines in the NCAA next year in front of him.

Expect a battle for the top spot between Jared, Janny, Dwyer, and newest goalie Steven Racine.


Name Position Current Team Height Weight Stick
Steven Racine Goalie Georgetown Raiders 6'0 180 Right

Steven is the darkhorse in the Great Goalie Competition of 2012. After a few rough seasons in the USHL he really hit his stride playing for Georgetown (OJHL), going 15-0 last year and posting a GAA of 1.66 and a SV% .938. He is a little older than Rutledge coming in at 21.

It's no secret Red loves big goalies and Racine fits the mold. I really believe he is going to make a big push for the starting spot, If not we have a good solid netminder to build around for future teams.


NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

NHL Central Scouting Midterm Rankings

Submitted by MGoAndy on January 11th, 2012 at 10:30 AM

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.