Let's talk a little recruiting, since it's actually, ya know, hope for the future.
College Hockey 24/7 came out with their list of the top 50 recruits for the Class of 2010 and there are five Wolverines on the list. Jon Merrill (#4) and Mac Bennett (#13) are each given 5 star ratings.
They've also had two articles which should be of major, major interest to Wolverine fans because they involve GOALIE PROSPECTS!!!!!!!!!!! Joel Vienneau is said to have narrowed his interest to Michigan and Minnesota. He plays for the Kingston Voyageurs of the OJAHL and has put up sparkling numbers. As recently as a month ago, his father said that he was 95-99% sure that his son was going to Minnesota. Of course at that point the other schools mentioned were St. Lawrence, UMass, and LSSU, so it's kind of a no-brainer. If Michigan gets involved and offers, though, you never know.
The other goalie that has been mentioned is Omaha Lancers' goalie Jeff Teglia. He ranks fourth in the league in goals against (2.37), second in save percentage (.917), and is tied for first in wins (24). He's also a very good student. He said that Notre Dame is his dream school, but that he hopes the Wolverines will renew their interest now that Jack Campbell has opted for the OHL. The Lancers have a track record of putting goalies into the NCAA: Jeff Lerg, Drew Palmisano, Dominic Vicari, Scott Gundmandson, Dan Ellis, and our own Kevin O'Malley amongst others.
The Wall Street Journal had a nice article about the US Olympic Team and the city where a good portion of those guys played high school hockey: Ann Arbor. (Thanks Scotty)