Great article on Sportsnet.ca yesterday about the NTDP and the decision some kids have to make about whether to join the program or head to the CHL. They specifically talk about Jack Campbell and Luke Moffatt, both of whom--as I'm sure you know by now, are future Wolverines.
Here's a happy quote from JMFC:
"For all my friends and family… to be able to come to a Michigan game means a lot to me," said Campbell, who also referred to the Spitfires as a first-class organization. "I'm excited to play for Michigan and hopefully win a few National championships along the way.
"I've been going to Yost Ice Arena since I was a little kid and it's just an unbelievable atmosphere and I can't wait to play my first game."Moffatt cited the ability to wear the USA logo game in and game out as why he picked to play for the NTDP over the Kelowna Rockets.
The scout quoted in the article talks about how good this U-18 team is going to be this year and how it's really nice for scouts that the NTDP is playing in the USHL now. He also has some complimentary things to say about Campbell and his performance at U-18s last year.
USA fell to Des Moines 4-2 in the USHL Classic. Campbell made 28 saves on 31 shots (Des Moines had an ENG too) and Merrill scored in the losing effort.
One other update: Lucas Lessio has 6-6--12 in 5 games so far this season for St. Mike's. Incredibly, he's been in on 12 of the 16 goals the Buzzers have scored, and in three of the five games he's been in on every goal they've scored in the game.