Wednesday, January 09, 2008

NHL Scouting Service Mid-Term Rankings

The NHL Scouting Service has released their mid-term rankings for North American Skaters, and as the article I linked to yesterday from the Minneapolis Star Tribune suggests, defenseman Jake Gardiner from Minnetonka high school has made a surge up the rankings to #22. Gardiner has committed to play for Wisconsin.

UW defenseman Cody Goloubef is currently ranked at #48. Former Eau Claire Memorial standout Seth Soley, who now plays for Omaha in the USHL is ranked #67. Soley has committed to Michigan Tech. His former linemate on Team Wisconsin Major, Nate Condon from Wausau West is ranked just behind him at #70. Condon has committed to the University of Minnesota. University of Wisconsin recruit Derek Stepan, who currently plays for Shattuck St. Mary's is ranked #72. Fellow UW recruit Tyler Barnes from Burnsville High School is ranked #112.

Canadian defenseman Patrick Wiercioch, who left the BCHL to play for Omaha of the USHL, but has been hurt much of the season is #119. He is a potential UW recruit that was supposed to decide on his college choice this month. The next player on the list was a complete surprise for me. Defenseman Chase Drake of Mosinee, who also played for Team Wisconsin Major, is ranked #123.

Somerset native Brock Montpetit is ranked #154. He is a forward and is currently playing for Waterloo of the USHL after spending last season at Shattuck St. Mary's, and is a University of Wisconsin recruit. Montpetit was named to the USHL All-Star Game yesterday. Rounding out the list is Montpetit's former teammate at Shattuck St. Mary's and future teammate at UW, forward Jordan Murray at #191.

University of Wisconsin recruit Aaron Crandall, who plays for Green Bay in the USHL, is ranked #17 among North American goaltenders.