Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Having a Seat Over There: Alex Guptill Commits to Michigan

Wow, I do have some content!

Alex Guptill, a name I threw out there earlier this month as a possible future Wolverine, has committed to the program for the 2011 season according to the Georgina Advocate. He could accelerate, depending on if anyone bails early.

He's a 6'2" forward who currently plays for the Brampton Capitals in the OJHL. As a rookie, he led the team in scoring with a 30-34--64 line in 49 games (54th overall). He had 7 on the power play and a pair of GWGs. He also had 28 PIMs. He had one assist in their three playoff games, as they were swept out by Oakville (and future Wolverine teammate Lindsay Sparks). Guptill was also named Rookie of the Year in the MacKinnon Division.

The Brampton Battalion own his OHL rights, but Guptill addressed the thought of going there in the article:

"It was nothing against Brampton (Battalion), but education is important for me and my family," said Guptill. "I've turned a completely different direction to what I was doing before.

"There's no way I was getting a better offer. I just wanted to get it done to take the pressure off and enjoy hockey for next year. Brampton wasn't the same big atmosphere."

There are also some comments from Mel Pearson in the article, about the state of NCAA hockey recruiting.

Sparks, by the way, is tied for second on his team in playoff scoring with 2-9--11 in 7 games. Oakville leads Burlington 3 games to 1 in their Best of 7 MacKinnon Division Semifinal series, and is 6-1 in the playoffs thusfar.

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