With the skates taken off for the final time of the 2006-07 team, it’s time to stop wondering what might’ve been if we had gotten a better draw—or taken care of business against Notre Dame—and start looking ahead to the 2007-08 edition of the Wolverines.
Here’s my breakdown of the incoming recruiting class (hopefully all of whom will end up on campus and not go Trevor Lewis on us). For more information about these guys, MHNet has a nice breakdown, including quotes from Billy Powers.
Louie Caporusso (Forward, St. Michael’s Buzzers, OPJHL, 5’10”, 180):
Season Stats: 37 GP, 23-27—50, 45 PIMs
Playoff Stats: 20 GP, 14-19—33
Louie has picked up where Andrew Cogliano and Mike McKenzie left off at St. Michael’s, leading the team in scoring this season (FTR, he was second in scoring last season as well). Tbarr has compared him to a more offensive-minded Andrew Ebbett. He can score, he can make plays, and apparently he’s good in his own end as well. He’s also shown the ability to come up big when it matters; 33 points in 20 playoff games is evidence of that. He’s had some injuries the last couple of seasons, but if he can stay healthy we could have a nice duo of St. Mike’s forwards next year (if “Drew Cogs” comes back).
Carl Hagelin (Left Wing,
EliteProspects lists his stats as follows: 40 GP, 24-31--55, 42 PIMs.
According to the site that I have linked on the sidebar, he tied for his team lead in scoring and ranked in the top 10 for the league as a whole, so that’s something. Even better, according to EliteProspects, he led the league in scoring.
He was 40% on faceoffs, so he’ll fit right in (ok, that was a cheapshot, he only took 5). In the quote from Powers on MHNet's site, he stated that he's a scorer, a great skater, and he loves to forecheck and play physical. He could be a pleasant surprise since we really don't know a damn thing about him.
A post on Hockeysfuture says that "H has alot of speed and has pretty good offensive abillities. Skating and agility is above average, has an fairly good shoot and okay passingskills and vision. Not that good along the boards and has problem when meeting aggressive defensmen." (sic).
My original post about him.
Bryan Hogan (Goaltender,
Season Stats: 42 GP,
Playoffs have not started.
I would call him the most important recruit in this year’s class. After Billy Sauer’s meltdown in the game against
Can Hogan change our goaltending from a weakness to a strength? Couldn’t tell ya. I was a lot more excited about him last year, when he played well enough to get Steve Jakiel traded away from Lincoln and put up a 2.50 and a .916 (along with similar win totals).Red Berenson has indicated that he thinks Hogan could be a "special" goalie. Not that he'd say anything different. But the idea gives me warm fuzzies. He's ranked as the #14 North American goalie in the Midterm Rankings.
If nothing else, he's played a lot of hockey over the past couple of years, which is something that I feel really hurt Billy Sauer upon his entrance to college.
I'll end his profile with the same plea that I have in my Yost Post signature: Please be for real.
Chad Langlais (Defenseman, Lincoln Stars, USHL, 5'8", 170):
Season Stats: 46 GP, 5-34--39, 112 PIMs, -1
Playoffs have not started.
He's not very big, but the penalty minutes suggest that he's willing to hit, and the assist numbers suggest that he makes a nice pass. He has matured this year, with his point totals going up significantly (he's increased that total by 16, despite playing 13 less games at this point). 27 of his 39 points have come on the power play, so he obviously sees a lot of time on the PP. He also averages about 2.5 shots on goal a game.
He ranks sixth on the team in points, fourth in assists (second amongst defensemen in both categories), and is second in PIMs. He'll be an older freshman (he'll be 21 by the time he plays his first game) so he probably doesn't have the upside of some of our other incoming freshmen, but he should be ready to step in and play. Plus he'll hopefully provide some leadership back there, which will be nice with as many young defensemen as we're bringing in.
One of my original posts about Langlais, which includes quotes about he and Bryan Hogan.
I hate Pat Caputo, but here's an old article (2004) about Chad and his twin, Chase.
This is from the 05-06 season on the USHL website.
Tristin Llewellyn (Defenseman, Tri-City Storm, USHL, 6'1", 193):
Season Stats: 49 GP, 3-15--18, 152 PIMs, Even
Is he really going to finally be a Wolverine? It seems like we've gone through a full class of players since he committed. He was the youngest player in the USHL back in the 04-05 season and was a very highly touted player. The hype-meter seems to have dropped off. Kyle Woodlief from Redline says that it's because he hasn't improved "one iota" in the last three years. Part of that could be boredom. He's been playing in the same league for three years. Hopefully a change of scenery will do him some good.
He's big, I assume he can hit (again with the PIMs) and the book on him a few years ago was that he was a pretty good skater.
I'll have stuff up on the remaining players (Palushaj, Pacioretty, Quick, Rust, Vaughan, and Winnett) in the near future.
Until then, here's a couple of other tidbits:
A feature from January on the USHL's site about 2009 recruit Chris Brown.
Also, we've added a new commitment, 2010 player Jared Knight. Tbarr and WCH have the scoop. He leads his league in scoring with a 35-30--65 line in 31 games. He's ten years younger than me. I feel really old.