Wisconsin Recruiting: Where will the future Badgers play in 2013-14?

2014 recruit Jake Linhart will be back with the Green Bay Gamblers this year. - Top Shelf Shots / Serena Dalhamer

The USHL will be filled with Badgers this year, as seven Wisconsin recruits will play games in the league this season.

Matt Berkovitz

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Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2014 or '15

Defense

Left

6-1

175

Team

Hometown

DOB

Ashwaubenon High School

Ashwaubenon, Wis.

2/6/1996

Berkovitz has chosen to come back to Ashwaubenon for his senior season despite an opportunity to play in the USHL. On top of his high school duties, Berkovitz will spend this fall leading Team Wisconsin U-18 in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League. USHL rights owned by the Chicago Steel.

Brock Boeser

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Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2015 or '16

Forward

Right

5-11

175

Team

Hometown

DOB

Burnsville High School

Burnsville, Minn.

2/25/1997

After being the second skater selected in the USHL Phase I draft last spring, Boeser decided to return to Burnsville for at least one more season. Boeser will skate for Team Southeast in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League this fall. USHL rights owned by the Sioux City Musketeers.

Keegan Ford

Player Photo

Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2014

Defense

Left

5-8

175

Team

Hometown

DOB

Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

Waunakee, Wis.

5/30/1996

After being one of the youngest players in the USHL last season, Ford returns to Dubuque for his second season with the Fighting Saints.

Matthew Freytag

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Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2015 or '16

Forward

Left

6-0

180

Team

Hometown

DOB

Wayzata High School

Plymouth, Minn.

2/15/1997

One of the more recent Wisconsin commitments, Freytag will return to Wayzata high schoool in Minnesota for his junior season. Freytag will also skate for Team Northwest in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League this fall. USHL rights are owned by the Tri-City Storm.

Gabe Grunwald

Player Photo

Class

Position

Catches

Height

Weight

2014

Goaltender

Left

6-3

190

Team

Hometown

DOB

New York Bobcats (EHL)

Chappaqua, N.Y.

3/15/1993

Grunwald has played in nearly every junior hockey league known to man, and will once again have a new home this season. Grunwald will spend the 2013-14 campaign with the New York Bobcats of the newly formed Eastern Hockey League.

Luke Kunin

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Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2016

Forward

Right

5-10

173

Team

Hometown

DOB

USA NTDP U-17

Chesterfield, Mo.

12/4/1997

The youngest player with a Wisconsin commitment, Kunin will transition from the St. Louis Blues AAA program to the U.S. National Team Development Program this year where he will skate with the U-17 team. The U-17 team plays in the USHL on top of its international schedule.

Jake Linhart

Player Photo

Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2014

Defense

Left

5-9

152

Team

Hometown

DOB

Green Bay Gamblers (USHL)

Brookfield, Wis.

2/17/1996

Linhart will be back with the Green Bay Gamblers for his second season of USHL action after tendering with the club prior to last year.

Seamus Malone

Player Photo

Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2015

Forward

Left

5-9

158

Team

Hometown

DOB

Dubuque Fighting Saints (USHL)

Naperville, Ill.

5/6/1996

Malone tendered with Dubuque prior to last season and will be back for another year with the Fighting Saints in the USHL this season.

Luke Opilka

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Class

Position

Catches

Height

Weight

2015

Goaltender

Left

6-0

181

Team

Hometown

DOB

USA NTDP U-17

St. Louis, Mo.

2/27/1997

Opilka is the most recent Badgers' commit, making his verbal pledge just last week. Opilka will make the move this season from the St. Louis Blues AAA program to the NTDP along with teammate Luke Kunin.

Tony Stillwell

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Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2016

Defense

Left

5-7

145

Team

Hometown

DOB

Notre Dame Academy

Green Bay, Wis.

4/18/1997

Stillwell committed to the Badgers over the summer, and will be back at Notre Dame Academy once again this winter. Stillwell will also skate for the Team Wisconsin U-16 club this fall. USHL rights are owned by the Sioux City Musketeers.

Peter Tischke

Player Photo

Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2014

Defense

Left

6-1

190

Team

Hometown

DOB

Chicago Steel (USHL)

Hinsdale, Ill.

1/3/1996

Tischke spent last season with the Chicago Mission U-18 club, and will make the leap to the USHL full-time with the Chicago Steel in 2013-14.

Ryan Wagner

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Class

Position

Shoots

Height

Weight

2014 or '15

Forward

Left

5-8

173

Team

Hometown

DOB

USA NTDP U-18

Park Ridge, Ill.

4/15/1996

Wagner played last year with the Chicago Mission U-16 team, but was offered -- and accepted -- a spot at the NTDP for the upcoming season with the U-18 team. The U-18 team plays games against NCAA teams as well as international tournaments, and a partial USHL schedule.

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