Four Incoming Hockey Recruits ranked highly

Kyle Turris is leads a strong class of future Cardinal and White skaters on the NHL Central Scouting final evaluation chart.

MADISON, Wis.- Led by Kyle Turris (New Westminster, B.C.), who is ranked as the No. 1 North American skater, four incoming Wisconsin men's hockey recruits are ranked by NHL Central Scouting in the organizations final scouting rankings before this summer's NHL entry draft. All four have already signed national letters of intent and are expected to be skating for the Badgers this fall.

In addition to top-ranked Turris, defenseman Ryan McDonagh (Arbor Hills, Minn.) ranks No. 11, giving the Badgers two of the top three college-bound players listed on the North American rankings. Also ranked are incoming defenseman Brenden Smith (Toronto, Ontario), who checks in at No. 68, and incoming forward Josh Turnbull (Duluth, Minn.), who ranks No. 207.

Turris recently completed a stint with the 2007Canadian Under-18 National Team, helping Team Canada to a fourth-place finish at the 2007 IIHF Under-18 World Championships. He finished his season with Burnaby of the British Columbia Hockey League with 121 points and a league-leading 66 goals and 2.3 points-per-game mark in 53 games played during the regular season. He added a league-best 26 points in 14 games during the playoffs.

McDonagh, a skater for Cretin-Derham Hall, was named Minnesota's 2007 "Mr. Hockey," awarded to the state's best high school player. The left-handed shot helped Cretin-Derham Hall to the 2006 Minnesota State High School Championship and earned all-tournament team honors along the way. Smith skated this past season for the St. Michael's Buzzers of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, where he collected 12 goals and 36 points to go along with 90 penalty minutes in 39 games played during the regular season. He added two goals and nine points in seven playoff games to rank third on the team.

Turnbull currently plays for the USHL's Waterloo Blackhawks, where he collected 25 goals and 54 points in 60 games played to rank second on his team and 23rd in the league. The Blackhawks won the USHL regular-season title and are currently taking part in the league playoffs, where they have already advance to the second round.


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