The Wolverine

October 2011

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2011-12 hockey preview he���ll play, but the last three years have taught us you never know what can happen.��� Honors & Awards: Was a four-year starter for the Ann Arbor Huron River Rats from 2006-10 ��� Posted a .900 save percentage in leading the River Rats to their first regional championship in 20 years, and was named Washtenaw Country Player of the Year and earned All-Southeastern Conference Red Division honors in 2009-10 ��� Posted an .890 save percentage and earned allstate, All SEC-Red and All-Metro honors in 2008-09. Draft Status: Free Agent. F ��� Alex Guptill 6-3 ��� 180 Newmarket, Ont. Assistant coach Brian Wiseman: ���Guptill���s a scorer, playmaker, offensive threat, a big body. For a team that needs guys to step up as far as offense goes, we���re really hoping Alex can translate the things he showed in junior to Michigan right away. He���s a year older, 19 years old, so he should be able to hit the ground running. He���s got high-end offensive ability.��� Honors & Awards: Scored 13 goals and added 12 assists totaling 25 points in 43 games with the Waterloo Black Hawks in 2010-11 ��� Skated with both the Orangeville Crushers and Brampton Capitals in 2009-10, notching 37 points on 19 goals and 18 assists in 29 games ��� Played 49 games with Brampton in 2008-09, with 30 goals and 34 assists totaling 64 points. Draft Status: A third-round selection (No. 77 overall) of the Dallas Stars in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. F ��� Zach Hyman 6-2 ��� 195 Toronto, Ont. Assistant coach Brian Wiseman: ���Zach Hyman is a highly regarded Canadian junior Player of the Year, and a very hard-nosed, honest hockey player with a great skill set. We���re expecting Zach to fit in nicely with the program right away.��� Honors & Awards: Played for the Hamilton Red Wings from 2008-11 ��� 64��� the wolverine��� ������ October 2011 Played in 160 games and racked up 102 goals and 140 assists totaling 242 points ��� Named Canadian Junior A player of the year in 2010-11 ��� Earned the B.J. Munro Memorial Award as Ontario Hockey Association���s Top Professional Prospect, joining Mike Cammalleri as the only Michigan players to receive the honor. Draft Status: A fifth-round selection (No. 123 overall) of the Florida Panthers in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft. F ��� Travis Lynch 5-11 ��� 176 White Lake, Mich. Assistant coach Billy Powers: ���Travis was one of the better players in the U.S. Hockey League last year, scoring over 20 goals, and he���s always been known as a high-end penalty, an honest centerman. He really blossomed offensively in his second year in that league, so we���re thinking he can add a little bit of everything. His foundation is as a gritty, intelligent center, but he���ll contribute offensively too.��� Honors & Awards: Skated with the Green Bay Gamblers from 2009-11 ��� Appeared in 118 career games and registered 66 points on 26 goals and 40 assists. Draft Status: Free Agent. D ��� Brennan Serville 6-2 ��� 184 Pickering, Ont. Assistant coach Billy Powers: ���Kind of a late-blooming defenseman out of Ontario, he had a very successful second year of junior hockey. What really stands out is his agility and mobility. He���s a real smooth-skating defenseman, makes good puck decisions, gets the puck to the forwards at the right times. As his career progresses and we add strength and confidence to him, he���s going to be a dynamic defenseman at Michigan.��� Honors & Awards: Skated with the Stouffville Spirit from 2009-11 ��� Tallied eight goals and 49 assists totaling 57 points in 98 career games. Draft Status: A third-round selection (No. 78 overall) of the Winnipeg Jets in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. F ��� Andrew Sinelli 5-9 ��� 168 Dexter, Mich. Assistant coach Billy Powers: ���He���s an energy-type forward. He was the top penalty killer in the U.S. Hockey League. He plays with great pace. Tenacious. He���s a guy that, if anybody lapses, he���ll steal their spot and may not ever lose it. He���s a guy that���s going to push for ice time from the beginning.��� Honors & Awards: Skated with the Youngstown Phantoms and Dubuque Fighting Saints in 2010-11 ��� Collected six goals and three assists totaling nine points in 45 games ��� Played for the Sioux City Musketeers in 2009-10 ��� Appeared in 50 games, with six goals and 11 assists totaling 17 points. Draft Status: Free Agent. D ��� Mike Szuma 6-0 ��� 195 Novi, Mich. Assistant coach Billy Powers: ���Michael Szuma is a local Michigan kid that played in the North American Hockey League a year ago. We had tracked him a year prior when he was going through U.S. Hockey League tryouts and really liked the player. ���He���s kind of a nondescript player because he���s good at everything and doesn���t really stand out in one area. A real solid performer, trustworthy, had a really nice year in junior hockey last year for the Michigan Warriors, a new team in the North American League, so he was a prominent performer in that league. He���s definitely going to push guys for minutes early.��� Honors & Awards: Played with the Michigan Warriors in 2010-11 ��� Appeared in 56 games, with seven goals and 15 assists totaling 22 points ��� Skated with the Green Mountain Glades in 2009-10 ��� Collected nine points on four goals and five assists in 43 games. Draft Status: Free Agent. ��� A subscription to THE���WOLVERINE is a terrific gift idea. Call toll free 1-800-421-7751

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