Wednesday, January 27, 2010

DU Recruiting Roundup

(left) Possible 2011 recruit Austin Czarnik was seen on campus Monday taking a tour

Possible 2011 recruit Austin Czarnik was spotted taking a tour around the University of Denver Monday afternoon. He's been mentioned being interested in Michigan, DU, Boston University and the Ontarion Hockey League in Canada.

Below is a short note on a couple of DU recruits we haven't covered lately. Seems like they are all having very good seasons playing Junior Hockey.

2010 Recruits

David Makowski D (Green Bay Gamblers-USHL) - Leads the USHL in Defenseman goals with 13 goals. Third in the league in Defenseman points with 26. Is +11 on the season and his team has the best record in the USHL.

Beau Bennett F (Penntictin Vees-BCHL) - Bennett was named BCHL Player Of The Week this week. He had a goal and six assists in just three games this week. He is third in the league in scoring with 29 goals and 57 assists in just 44 games. His team has the second best record in the BCHL.

Dan Olszewski F (St. Louis Bandits-NAHL) - "Ozzie" leads his team in scoring with 15 goals and 18 assists in 36 games. The Bandits have the second best record in the NAHL.

2011 Recruits

Sam Brittain G (Canmore Eagles-AJHL) - Had played in every game except one for the Eagles this season. Led Team to 17-16-4 record and has NHL scouts hot on his heels. 3.42 GAA & .892 Save Percentage.

Scott Mayfield D (Youngstown Phantoms-USHL) - Having a nice season with the Phantoms with 6 goals and 7 assists. Had huge upside potential as he develops his game in the USHL.
2010 Recruiting Class
F Jason Zucker (U.S. Under-18)
D David Makowski (Green Bay, USHL)
F Nick Shore (U.S. Under-18)
F Beau Bennett (Penticton, BCHL)
F Dan Olszewski (St. Louis, NAHL)

2011 Recruiting Class
D Scott Mayfield (Youngstown, USHL)
F Zac Larraza (U.S. Under-17)
G Sam Brittain (Canmore, AJHL)

2012 Recruiting Class
F Tyler Pham (Team Illinios)

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wait a minute, wait a minute. The 2010-2011 freshman class is 100% Americans? There is not a single Canadian? Is this right, or am I wrong. When is the last time that this happened? Could this be a bad sign of what's to come? Heavy Canadian recruiting started with Murray Armstrong. We need 'em.

puck swami said...

DU is trying to get the best players they can get, whether they are American, Canadian or European. There are no geographic quotas. The only thing DU wants is players who can help them win, who graduate and represent their school well - where they come from is basically irrelvant. DU is at the point where they land about 80%of the players they target and they continuosly rank among the best recruiting classes in the country.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I think that you misunderstood me. I think that its fantastic that they are getting the top players, be they from the US or where ever. I just think that its amazing that they are ALL from the US. This has got to be the first time that this situation has happened. This is great news for USA Hockey because they are turning out top recruits to top school. Keeping this in mind, is this an anomaly of talent or recruiting?

Anonymous said...

NoDak got dillon simpson. Dangit. He was the most sought after recruit out there. not anymore.

dggoddard said...

DU's 2004 Recruiting Class was comprised of all American kids. Stastny, Mannino, Thomas, Dingle, May & Paukovich.

They won a National Championship their Freshman season. 2004 was one of DU's best recruiting classes ever.

DU's still not through with the 2011 Class if a couple of guys go pro early. Generally the Canadians commit later than the American kids.

Ryan Pinder said...

Here's more on Beau Bennett, who is sounding more and more like a sure-fire first rounder in the 2010 Draft in his home town of L.A.

http://pentictonvees.podbean.com/2010/01/25/bennett-pow-national-rankings/

Kid is good!

dggoddard said...

Thanks Ryan for the heads up.

Posted the article and the link.

Anonymous said...

What are the chances DU nabs Czarnik?

dggoddard said...

Without knowing anything about Czarnik except what I've read and the fact that he visited DU this week...

OHL = 40%
Michigan = 21%
DU = 20%
Boston Univ. = 19%

I love small forwards in college hockey going back to Dallas Gaume & John McMillan in the '80s. Those two guys scored 465 points at DU between them.