Three current Badger hockey players and three UW recruits made the NHL Central Scouting Services' final rankings, which were released Thursday. The rankings apply to the NHL early entry draft, June 26-27 in Raleigh, N.C.
Earl was the highest current or future Badger to make the list, coming in at No. 59. He was Wisconsin's top freshman in scoring with 14 goals and 27 points in the 2003-04 season. He also made the Western Collegiate Hockey Association's all-rookie team.
Dowell was just behind Earl, projected as the No. 62 pick. He suited up not only with Wisconsin but with Team USA at the 2004 World Junior Hockey Championships, which won a gold medal. Dowell collected six goals and 19 points with the Badgers.
Likens was farther down on the list, appearing at the No. 202 spot. He had four goals and 17 points and also played with Team USA on the World Junior Hockey Championship team.
Three future Badgers also made the list. Kyle Klubertanz, a Badger-to-be in the fall of 2004, made the top 100, coming in at No. 98. Matt Auffrey, who played with the U.S. National Team Development Program's Under-18 team, was listed at No. 152, and Tom Gorowsky, a verbal commitment who will join the Badgers in 2005-06, was No. 159.
In recent years, Central Scouting has invited approximately 100 of the top players to Toronto for Medical and Fitness Testing, where NHL teams can observe players and possibly interview them before the entry draft.