There's been a lot of USHL news that we need to get caught up on from over the past few weeks. Starting with actual USHL games, 2012 Wisconsin recruit Eddie Wittchow and his Waterloo Black Hawks squad fell to the Green Bay Gamblers in five games in the Clark Cup Finals.
Wittchow had a great season for Waterloo with 22 points in 72 games as a defensive-defenseman while being +22. On Monday afternoon, Wittchow was named to the USHL All-Rookie team. Wittchow is expected to be a regular right out of the gates for Mike Eaves club next season.
The USHL also recently held their Futures Draft (only players born in 1996), and their Entry Draft (everyone else). One future Badger was taken in the Futures Draft and that was recent commit Peter Tischke out of Chicago. Tischke was selected by the Des Moines Buccaneers.
Tischke is going to camp with the Buccaneers in June and hopes to make the squad although he'd be one of the younger players in the league. Des Moines is expected to lose 4-5 defensemen from last years roster. In the Entry Draft they took a 92 born blueliner in the third round, and a 95 in the eighth and ninth rounds. After that they didn't take another one until the 19th.
In the Futures draft, Tischke was their top pick (22nd player overall). Des Moines took just one more defenseman in the Futures Draft, Brendan Smith out of Colorado in the fifth round. Des Moines has other players on their protected list from past drafts, but it certainly seems like they are going to give Tischke a shot in camp to earn a spot.
If Tischke makes the Buccaneers roster out of camp, the Badgers will have four representatives in the USHL next season. 2013 defense recruit Tim Davison from Green Bay Notre Dame will be with the Chicago Steel next season. Additionally, 2014 defense recruit Jake Linhart from Brookfield tendered with Green Bay, and 2015 forward recruit Seamus Malone tendered with Dubuque.
If you're not familiar with the tender process, teams can give up draft picks in the USHL Futures Draft to tender up to two players. Players who are tendered cannot be traded and must dress for at least 50% of their teams games. So that means that Linhart and Malone are expected to be in the USHL for the long haul next season.
Waunakee defenseman Keegan Ford, who is the son former Badger player and assistant coach Pat Ford was also tendered by Dubuque.The Badgers likely will have two more open spots for defense recruits for 2014, and Ford is unquestionably one of the top candidates for one of those spots.
USHL Futures Draft-Players With Wisconsin Ties
1st Round-#6-Christian Dvorak-F-Chicago Steel (Potential Recruit)
2nd Round-#21-Luke Davison-D-Chicago Steel (From Notre Dame Academy) Tim's brother
2nd Round-#22-Peter Tischke-D-Des Moines Buccaneers (2014 Wisconsin recruit)
5th Round-#70-Tristian Rostagno-D-Muskegon Lumberjacks (Arrowhead HS, WI)
USHL Entry Draft-Players With Wisconsin Ties
1st Round-#6-Chris Nell-G-Chicago Steel (From Notre Dame Academy)
6th Round-#85-Alec Vanco-D-Waterloo Black Hawks (From Oregon, WI)
7th Round-#101-Evan Janssen-F-Dubuque Thunderbirds (From Green Bay, WI)
8th Round-#106-Jason Ford-F-Dubuque Thunderbirds (From Waunakee, WI)
14th Round-#198-Drew Callin-F-Des Moines Buccaneers (From Middleton, WI)
15th Round-#220-Mitchell DeMario-D-Waterloo Black Hawks (From Franklin, WI)
16th Round-#240-Anders Bjork-F-Green Bay Gamblers (From Mequon, WI) Notre Dame recruit
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