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Wisconsin hockey recruiting: Badgers land electric Wayzata forward Max Zimmer

The Badgers picked up their second 1997-born forward recruit from Wayzata high school in Minnesota, this time landing skilled sophomore forward Max Zimmer.

Matt Christians






2016 or '17

Left Wing/Center







Wayzata High School

Medina, Minn.


Last summer, Wisconsin picked up a commitment from forward Matthew Freytag out of Wayzata High School in Minnesota. The Badgers went back to the well at Wayzata on Monday, earning a verbal commitment from fellow 1997-born forward Max Zimmer.

When reached by phone for comment on Monday, Zimmer was actually at the Freytags' family cabin. Zimmer visited Madison on Saturday and said he knew it was the place he wanted to play his college hockey.

"I fell in love with the campus and the coaches and just felt comfortable with everything (at Wisconsin)," Zimmer said.

Zimmer led Wayzata in scoring as a sophomore last season, registering 10 goals and 23 assists for 33 points in 27 games. Zimmer also added five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 24 games for Team Northwest in the Upper Midwest High School Elite League last fall as one of just a handful of sophomores playing in the league.

The soft-spoken Zimmer described himself as a play-making forward that can play a 200-foot game. As someone that has seen him play a number of times, I'd add Zimmer is an electric player that can make special plays happen with his feet and his vision.

In one viewing last season against top-ranked Hill-Murray, the speedy Zimmer zipped laterally through the neutral zone, toe-dragged the puck around a defenseman and went bar-down for one of the most impressive goals I've seen in a long time at that level.

A 5'10, 165-pound forward, Zimmer can play both left wing or center. Zimmer said he also visited Nebraska-Omaha and Minnesota-Duluth.

Having Freytag already on board was another selling point for Zimmer, who is also good friends with fellow 1997-born forward Brock Boeser from Burnsville, who will join the Badgers in 2015.

"I'm really excited," Zimmer said. "We've have been buds for a long time and to get to play together for a few more years will be pretty special."

Freytag was equally excited, taking to Twitter and Instagram to show love to his current and future teammate.

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