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June-July 2012

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that maybe held him back from being as prolific as he could be, but he's a terrific centerman that will step in wherever Michigan needs him dur- ing his career," St. Mike's coach Rich Ricci said. "He has a heavy shot, an ability to set up teammates. He's responsible defensively, very good on the penalty kill, and he can be a power-play guy too. "You can put him on any line and he'll adjust to the needs of that line. He can be a scorer or an energy player." Selman has spent each of his past two seasons in the United States Hockey League, and has been a solid two-way forward first for the Des Moines Buccaneers and, this past season, for the Sioux Falls Stampede. In 111 games from 2011-12, the 5-11, 188-pound had 19 goals and 37 assists. "He's a 'show-up' kid, meaning he works hard, plays physical and is NHL Draft Preview: Trouba Leads Five Potential Picks Trouba going to either Washington at No. 11 or Dallas at No. 13. "We wouldn't be surprised if he was the first defenseman drafted," ISS Director of Scouting Dennis MacInnis said. "He's a big kid that plays a very physical game. He's an intimidat- ing presence on the ice, but he's extremely mobile, has terrific of- fensive instincts, natural defen- sive instincts. He's the kind of player that will impact in ev- ery facet of the game. And he's close to being NHL ready. "I don't know how much time he'll need in college before he's ready to make the jump. No. 33 prospect, the 5-11, 176-pounder had 11 goals and 14 assists, and was plus-23, as a rookie for U-M in 2012. Only one mock draft has Di Giuseppe in the first round, going to the Vancouver Ca- nucks with the final pick, No. 30. "We have him ranked just outside the first round, but he could be a first- rounder, " MacInnis Phil Di Giuseppe: ISS's " of the NHL Draft since 1976, including No. 3 Jack Johnson (2005) and No. 5 Aaron Ward (1991). Incoming freshman Jacob Trouba, ranked the No. 5 overall prospect for the June 22-23 NHL Draft by the International Scouting Service, could become just the third Wolverine blue liner taken in the top five. The 6-2, 196-pounder headlines a cast of five current or future U-M skaters expected to be selected. Jacob Trouba:'s mock draft experts have Seven Michigan defensemen have gone in the first round a team player," Berenson said. "He won't lead your team in scoring, but he will be a factor in the other facets of the game that you need." Not every player on a team can be the star, but every skater and goalie has an important role to play. In this class, the Wolverines landed the pieces — some bigger than oth- ers, but all fitting into one puzzle — necessary to continue the program's tradition of success. ❏ said. "We expected a little more from him at Michigan this year. He had a great start, sort of flat lined, and then he did pick it back up, which was a good sign. "We like his offensive upside, his instincts with the puck and without the puck, but he lacks size. Some kids play big- ger than their size. He doesn't. Not yet, so that's something scouts want to see develop. No. 46 prospect by ISS and is a projected first-rounder by all three mock drafts, going No. 27 in one, No. 28 and No. 29 in the other two. "His game is about skill, and it wouldn't shock us to see him go in the first round, Cristoval Nieves: The 6-3, 184-pounder is ranked the " "He has the size, speed and upside scouts drool over, but can he complete his game? A lot of scouts would like him to play at Michi- gan so he can round his game into form. The knock is he doesn't play physical, and hasn't developed defensively. It will certainly help him to learn under Red Berenson." Connor Carrick: The " MacInnis said. has a natural feel for the game." 5-10, 187-pound defen- seman is rated the No. 149 prospect and is slot- ted for the later rounds. "It was hard for him this year because his team has four stud de- fensemen and so his play- ing time was a little lower, but we like his game," MacInnis said. "He's a very solid two-way player, and has some untapped offensive potential. When he gets the chance to be the top dog, we re- ally think he's going to blossom. He just needs the playing time, but he's a kid that As a freshman at U-M in 2011-12, forward Phil Di Guiseppe posted 11 goals and 14 assists, with a plus/ minus rating of plus-23. PHOTO BY LON HORWEDEL of intent next season, the 6-0, 210-pound Hyman — the younger brother of U-M rising sophomore forward Zach — is the No. 150 prospect. "He's built like a tank, is a big, physical defenseman that will be a goalie's best friend in front of the net," MacInnis Spencer Hyman: A 2013 recruit, expected to sign a letter said. "He needs to improve his skating, but has improved a lot there the past few seasons. " — Michael Spath JUNE/JULY 2012 THE WOLVERINE 45

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