NHL mid-term report ranks current, future Badgers

Four men's hockey players and two recruits for 2004-'05 are listed on the professional scouting rankings for this year's draft

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Wisconsin freshman center Jake Dowell leads a half-dozen current or future Badgers rated in the NHL Central Scouting Service's midseason rankings for North America, released last week.


The rankings list draft-eligible players in college, junior and high school hockey. There are separate rankings for North American and European players and separate lists for skaters and goalies.


Dowell, a 6-foot 200-pound native of Eau Claire, Wis., is rated No. 58. He has three goals and nine assists this season. Other current Badgers listed include freshmen forwards Robbie Earl (No. 81) and Mark Heatley (177) and freshman defenseman Jeff Likens (151).


In addition, two Wisconsin recruits for next season, Matt Auffrey and Kyle Klubertanz, are ranking No. 147 and No. 149 respectively.


Auffrey (6-2, 203), a forward for the U.S. National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Klubertanz (5-11.5, 173), a defenseman for Green Bay of the USHL, would have to opt-in to the draft in order to be eligible since they were born after Sept. 15, 1985.


The 2004 NHL Entry Draft will take place in Raleigh, N.C. in June.

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