Kessel is announcing his college choice today. Widespread speculation had Kessel down to Wisconsin and Minnesota (BC and Michigan are the other two finalists), and if you want to get your speculation further specified, most people had him earmarked for the Gophers. However, reader Barry Eyestone points out this article onminnesotahockeyjournal.com that says other insiders believe Kessel will play for the Gophers... interesting because yet other insiders say that Kessel and UW commit Jack Skille really don't get along to the point where no one in either family even talks to anyone else.
Mom's always liked Michigan a lot... but it probably won't matter. Michigan's seemingly resigned itself to Kessel-loss, picking up USHL forward Travis Turnbull a few days ago. Turnbull is the son of former NHLer Perry Turnbull and seems like a mid-range forward prospect akin to a Kaleniecki. He could defer to 2006 if Kessel swerves everyone, but he's most likely coming in in the next, large class. BG, MSU, and Miami were his other finalists.