Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Another Buzzer to Michigan!

Louie Caporusso, a star player on the St. Michael's Buzzers--the same team that produced Andrew Cogliano--has committed to Michigan for the 2007-08 season. Tbarr was all over it, and the St. Mike's website confirms it. According to The Wolverine hockey hotboard, Michigan beat out UNH, BU and Notre Dame for his services. He's 5'10" 182 and will join Tristin Llewellyn and Matt Rust in the 2007 class. Their release compares him to someone that Wolverine fans are getting to know pretty well:
TORONTO, ON (SMCS) - The St. Michael's Buzzers are pleased to announce that 1989 Forward Louie Caporusso (14-26-40 / 31) has committed to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor commencing for the 2007-2008 season. Caporusso is in fine company on the Buzzers with six players and counting (including Caporusso) with commitments to NCAA Division I teams.

Caporusso came to the Buzzers from the Toronto Red Wings organization after being drafted by the St. Michael's Majors in the 10th round of the 2005 OHL Priority Selection. Caporusso is currently the leading point-getter in the Ontario Provincial Junior A Hockey League for any 1989 born players with 40 points in 31 games. On the ice, he attracted the attention of teams like Michigan with his quick feet, stellar moves, scoring and setup ability and the ability to take and give physical play in the corners. Many have compared his skills and abilities with a former St. Michael's Buzzers turned Michigan Wolverine, Andrew Cogliano. Caporusso will get his chance in just over 21 months to double up the number of former Buzzers M's that are skating with the University of Michigan Wolverines and to make that comparison first hand.
Another Cogliano huh? I can live with that. He's currently second on the team in scoring behind St. Lawrence bound Mike McKenzie (who has 33-29--62 in 32 games) with 14-26--40 in 31 games. He's netted 5 of those goals on the PP. The Wolverine recruiting focus on the Buzzers now turns to defenseman Brendan Smith (4-18--22 in 29 games). Smith and Pat Kane would look pretty darn good in that class...

At some point during the season, I'm hoping to get up to Toronto with Tbarr to watch those two play. Should be a great time! I hope it works out.


Tom said...

Given the fact that Michigan has always had exactly one skilled canadian with an Italian name since Mike C. (I don't fell like doing research and I don't want to butcher the spelling) came to town, does this mean that Cogliano leaves after next season?

Packer487 said...

Wouldn't shock me a bit. I heard a little rumor that wasn't too promising about him even being here NEXT year (it didn't come from him though), but there's still a LONG time til he has to decide.