2013-14 Wisconsin high school 'Mr. Hockey' candidates

Appleton defenseman Cooper Watson is a player to watch this season. - Matt Christians

Future Badger Matthew Berkovitz tops our list of candidates for the 2013-14 Wisconsin Mr. Hockey Award.

Wisconsin high school hockey tryouts start Monday, so now is as good a time as any to start looking at players to watch from around the state. As always, there are players who have left high school hockey for other opportunities at the junior and AAA levels. That said, I feel like this is one of the stronger groups of seniors I've seen come through in a little while.

Please note that I obviously haven't seen every player in the state play. I have, however, watched the majority of these players multiple times and have talked to other people who have reputable backgrounds in hockey who have seen most of them play.

I've pre-ranked the top 10 seniors for the Mr. Hockey award this season. This is not a ranking, 1-through-10, of who I think are the best in the state, but rather a ranking of the 10 players I think can win this award.

2013-14 Wisconsin Mr. Hockey Projections

PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
1 Matthew Berkovitz (Wisconsin recruit) Defense Ashwaubenon
2 Michael Wilson Forward Fond du Lac
3 Brett Gruber Forward Notre Dame Academy
4 Charley Graaskamp Forward Eau Claire Memorial
5 Ryan Wischow
Goalie Ashwaubenon
6 Cooper Watson
Defense Appleton
7 Jake Bresser
Forward Eau Claire Memorial
8 Luke Davison
Defense Notre Dame Academy
9 Charlie Parker
Forward Verona
10 Jake Miller
Defense Arrowhead

Other seniors to watch (in alphabetical order):

PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
Mason Appleton Forward Notre Dame Academy
Chuck Bennis Defense Eau Claire Memorial
Bryan Botcher Goalie University School of Milwaukee
Zed Dietrich Forward Waukesha
Jared Erickson Forward Waupaca
Robby Fosdick Defense Brookfield
Zachary Johnston Forward Monona Grove
Bryce Kamenick Goalie Eau Claire North
Aaron Miller Forward Superior
Austin Miller Forward Stoughton
Pierce Pluemer Forward Chequamegon/Phillips
Nick Schreiter Goalie Eau Claire Memorial
Sam Wiegert Goalie Wausau West

Juniors to watch:

PLAYER POSITION SCHOOL
Conner Blanck Forward FDL St. Mary's Springs
Jackson Charlesworth Defense Antigo
Kevin Conley (Denver recruit) Forward Wausau West
Henry Cutting
Goalie
Madison West
Jordan Fader
Forward
Rice Lake
Ryan Mantz Forward Oshkosh
Sam McCormick (Ohio State recruit) Forward Notre Dame Academy
Jack Nejedlo Forward Fond du Lac
Adam Parsells Defense Wausau West
Cole Paskus Forward Madison West
Ty Pelton-Byce Forward Madison Memorial
Bret Schwengler Defense Eau Claire Memorial
Nathan Siclovan Goalie Stevens Point
Tony Stillwell (Wisconsin recruit) Defense Notre Dame Academy

Underclassmen to watch:

PLAYER POSITION CLASS SCHOOL
Jack Andringa Defense 10 Madison Memorial
Brady Bjork Forward 9 Marquette
Trenton Bliss Forward 10 Appleton
Cale Bowman Forward 10 Wausau West
Davis Bunz Defense 10 Middleton
Brock Caufield
Forward 9 Stevens Point
Phil Erickson Forward 10 RMB
Chevy Ford Forward 10 Waunakee
Jett Jaraczewski Forward 10 Notre Dame Academy
Billy Jerry Forward 10 River Falls
Michael Karow Defense 9 Green Bay Southwest
Ian Malcolmson Forward 9 Waukesha
Jack Pavek Defense 10 Notre Dame Academy
Dylan Ross Forward 10 Eau Clarie Memorial
Walker Smith Goalie 10 Waupaca
Blake Ripley Forward 10 Waunakee
Jacob Thousand Forward 10 Waunankee
Carver Watson Defense 10 Appleton
Noah Weber Forward 10 Northland Pines

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