Sunday, June 26, 2011

Gibson, Serville Drafted

Two of Michigan's incoming freshmen were taken today in the NHL Draft.

John Gibson was the second goaltender selected when the Anaheim Ducks picked him at #39. According to the Orange County Register:
Gibson said he believes he needs at least two years at Michigan as far as a timetable but "at the same time, it's all up to what their needs are and if they think I'm ready to take the next step."

Here's an article about Gibson from Anaheim's website. There was a pre-Draft article from The Sporting News comparing Gibson and former Michigan verbal Jack Campbell.

It doesn't sound like Anaheim is going to rush him, though they have run into some goaltending troubles, with Jonas Hiller's vertigo-like symptoms. They had four goalies start 10+ games last year.

Serville went 78th to the new incarnation of the Winnipeg Jets. GM Kevin Cheveldayoff moved up in the third round to grab Serville. He said the following about the future Wolverine:
“In today’s game, with the way he skates and the way he moves, along with his size, he’s a very interesting prospect."

In Lou We Trust had a nice profile of Serville in the lead up to the Draft.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Schedule Released, More Players are Official

Michigan has announced their schedule for the upcoming season and they did a pretty nice job catering to a fairly young team that is probably going to struggle to score goals at times. The schedule is front-loaded with home games, and with the loss of the College Hockey Showcase they didn't exactly load up the non-conference schedule. There are also a surprising number of mid-week games.

The Wolverines will open against Niagara on a Tuesday before a weekend series against Bentley. St Lawrence comes in on a Thursday. We'll also have home games against Union and Northeastern in the non-conference slate. We do get Boston College in the first round of the GLI. Noticeably absent is the WCHA. Michigan Tech is the only WCHA team that we could potentially face. Man I wish we had beaten Duluth, so I could make a joke right here.

The schedule is heavily front-loaded with home games. Michigan plays 12 of their first 16 at Yost, though they do open the CCHA slate on the road against Northern. After the GLI, Michigan has just six home games, which does include a home series against Hockey's Dynasty.

The Regionals this year are in Bridgeport, Green Bay, Worcester, and (shocking!) St. Paul. I look forward to the Gophers missing the tournament again. The Frozen Four is in Tampa. 

Also note that the outdoor game in Cleveland is absent at this point. They were supposed to officially announce it last week, but it sounds like there's still some work to be done.

MGoBlog has a take on what the schedule means from a PWR perspective.

Now some recruiting:
Michigan officially announced Michael Szuma, Andrew Sinelli, and Mike Chiasson as a part of the 2011-12 team. Not that they don't like all the recruits, but it sounds like they really like Chiasson.

Some of the freshman profiles are up. They're just shells right now, but some of the guys have numbers listed:
1-Gibson (when was the last time we had a kid wear #1? I don't think it's happened since I started college in 2000.)
3-Chiasson (which is very cool that he was able to get #3)

Edit: Guptill is 27 and we think di Giuseppe and Guptill is 7. Lynch is switching to 14 and DeBlois is switching to 19.

Mark Burns has a nice story about Zach Hyman, who could be the first in a family that becomes Michigan's version of the Millers. There were questions about why he didn't join Princeton as an 18-year-old, and it turns out that Princeton coach Guy Gadowsky wanted him to play another year and feel what it was like to be "The Man" at that level. Mission accomplished, and it's Michigan's gain.

MHNet has some stuff about our players who should go in the NHL Draft this weekend. +1 for the bit about the two Gibson goalies. He also mentions that Max Shuart just obliterated the Muskegon Lumberjacks tryout camp. His team won 5-0 and he had 3-2--5 in the game.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

More Outdoor Hockey!

Fun times in Cleveland this winter! Cleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeveland!

Based on all the smiles I saw at the Camp Randall Hockey Classic and The Big Chill at The Big House, I can't imagine that anyone is tiring of outdoor hockey. That's a good thing because reports are that the Wolverines will travel to Cleveland to take on Ohio State at Progressive Field this coming season. Progressive Field is where the Cleveland Indians play. (It's kind of cool that this story actually hit the front page of

Stephen Nesbitt reported the game will be January 15, 2012. I had heard that the game would be played on a Sunday (following a game at The Schott on Friday), so that makes sense.

This would be the fourth outdoor game for Michigan (and the third for a good number of players on the team) and the second for the Buckeyes. They played Wisconsin at Lambeau Field a few years back.

And if you don't think for a second that I won't be getting my picture with the Moses Cleveland statue, you're crazy. He's the guy who invented Cleveland, YEAH!!!

I'm excited. I've always been of the position that more outdoor hockey is a great thing.

In other news, the new scoreboard is going in at Yost and it's massive. Check this out:

That doesn't even include the rings, which should be added today. As much as I'll miss "GO, FIGHT, WIN!", the new scoreboard is going to be awesome!

Also, MHNet mentioned that Northeastern will be visiting Yost this season. They'll play the day after Thanksgiving, since Wisconsin wussed out of the College Hockey Showcase.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wiseman, Muckalt, Hyman, and More

Now that the AHL Playoffs are finally over, Michigan has officially announced Brian Wiseman as the new assistant to Red Berenson. He replaces Mel Pearson who took the Michigan Tech head coaching job after much debate.

Wiseman was most recently an assistant with the Houston Aeros of the AHL, who just fell to Binghamton Senators in the Calder Cup Finals. He played for four years under Red Berenson, racking up 248 points. He remains 3rd on Michigan's all-time scoring list.

He also has experience as an assistant with Princeton and was the video coordinator for the Dallas Stars. From 2005-10 he wasn't actually working in hockey, instead working as an account manager for an oil supplier. He said that he would have stayed in that job, but he didn't want Michigan State trying to hire him away to be their head coach after Anastos gets fired.*

When the job was originally open, Bill Muckalt was one of the names mentioned as a potential replacement for Pearson. As it turns out, he didn't replace Pearson. He joined him. Muckalt was named as an assistant at Michigan Tech, coaching under Pearson. Muckalt was a head coach in the NAHL and WSHL. He was also Head Coach of the Eastern Michigan club team. Can I make another Tom Anastos joke in the same article? No. Alright, fine.

In other news, Zach Hyman was honored with the BJ Monro award by the OHA. This award is given to the OHA's top professional prospect. Mike Cammalleri and Nathan Horton are previous winners of the award. Hyman's jersey will also be displayed in the Hockey Hall of Fame during July.

Brandon Burlon has officially signed with the New Jersey Devils and won't be returning to school. I think the writing was probably on the wall after Mike Chiasson committed. Burlon denied that the decision to leave him as a scratch for the National Championship Game had anything to do with his decision. It sounds like he got "the speech" from Red about not leaving, but he indicated that he intends to finish his degree.

Best of luck to Brandon! I don't think it was unreasonable for him to head to the pros. I wish he had come back for his senior season, but this shouldn't be a shocker to anyone, and I don't think it's a head-scratcher either. He's a talented kid and I think he can probably play in the NHL. The Devils have struggled, so now is probably a good time to head that way. Just so long as he doesn't go trying to bring any of his teammates (Merrill, Wohlberg) along with him!

More stuff I haven't commented on!

Louie Caporusso did end up signing with Ottawa. While Caporusso never quite got back to the level (offensively) that he reached during his sophomore season, he did give us four very-good seasons and I think he became a much better all-around player by the end of his career. I mean, he ended up being a freaking penalty killer! He'll likely end up joining the Binghamton Senators, who just won the AHL Championship. Again, it would be great to see the Love Guru in the League someday. I'm really going to miss Louie.

Carl Hagelin was given the Big Ten's Medal of Honor for his success in the classroom and on the ice. The New York Rangers site just did a profile of him for their "20 Prospects in 20 Days" series.

"He's an elite skater," Jeff Gorton, the Rangers' Assistant Director, Player Personnel, said of Hagelin. "He's evolved from maybe what people thought of as a role-type player to a guy that's shown some skill and been very productive at the college level with speed and tenacity.”

It was a really great article (and a really LONG article!). There are quotes from Carl and all sorts of people in the Rangers organization. And it turns out we've been saying his name incorrectly all along. Whoops! Sorry about that, Carl. That kid is going to make everyone who loves Michigan hockey proud. What a find he was... has a feature about the two top-ranked goalies named Gibson. John is the top-ranked, and Chris is the second-ranked heading into the Draft, which is in a couple of weeks.

*He didn't actually say that.