The Hockey News's Prep Watch featured a 15-year-old defenseman by the name of Ryan Murphy, who is probably OHL-bound (he's Canadian and a possible top-5 pick in the OHL draft) but has also fielded interest from Michigan.
Another name that I've heard is worth watching in the future is Alex Guptill, a 6'2" 165 forward with the Brampton Capitals of the OJHL. He leads the team in scoring with 30-34--64 in 48 games. He just received Rookie of the Year honors in the conference. He's a 6th round pick of the Brampton Batallion, so take it for what it's worth that he's also playing for Brampton in the OJHL.
The USA Under-17 team (aka the Michigan Wolverines JV Team) won the Vlad Dzurilla tournament this morning. They won their opening game against Germany by a 3-1 margin. Jack Campbell made 12 stops in the victory.
They lost game two to Switzerland 6-5 in the seventh round of a shootout. Will Yanakeff (future Sparty) was in net for USA in that one. Luke Moffatt had a goal and an assist in the game.
That set up a showdown with the host team, Slovakia. Win in regulation, and they're the tournament champs. They did, by a 7-1 margin. Jack Campbell got the nod and he made 28 stops en route to Best Goaltender honors. A 1.00 gaa and a .952 save percentage will do that. He's now 7-0-1-0 in international play this year, with a 1.17 goals against and a .949 save percentage. (That record is Wins, OTW, OTL, L.) I haven't seen a full box score, but Moffatt and Clare had assists for sure.
The Under 18s are playing in the Five Nations Cup in Sweden and currently sit 3-0 with wins over Sweden (3-2), the Czechs (7-3), and Finland (3-2).
Kevin Lynch leads the Americans with a 3-2--5 line in the three games. Chris Brown has 2-1--3 and AJ Treais has 1-1--2. So three of USA's top six scorers in the tournament thusfar...coming to Michigan next year. Also of note, both Treais and Lynch take a ton of draws for the Americans. USA has only three players that have taken double digit faceoffs in the tournament: Lynch has 50, Treais has 66, and Drew Shore has 55. Treais is at 50% and Lynch is at 54%. Nice to know that we're bringing a couple more players who can take draws.
USA plays the 2-0-1 (That's wins, ties, losses. Yost Built is I18N compliant) Russians tomorrow and can (obviously) wrap up the tournament title with a win.
Hotchkiss Prep is 11-6 at the moment. I know Mac Bennett was out for awhile, but Hotchkiss's site doesn't have stats, so I'm not sure if he's back yet.
Lee Moffie has 3-17--20 for the Waterloo Black Hawks in 33 games, good for second on the team in defense scoring. He's -1 on the season and has 54 PIMs. Waterloo is 4th place in the East Division with a 24-12-3 record, but are just five points out of first. They also have the fifth best record in the entire league.