How Do The Michigan Wolverines Sleep At Night?


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Michigan center J.T. COMPHER (17), the 18-year-old rookie out of Northbrook, Illinois, who was a rather high pick of the Buffalo Sabres at the 2013 National Hockey League Draft last summer, was named the Big Ten Conference Freshman of the Year after pacing the 12th ranked Wolverines in scoring during the regular season with 31 points in 34 games.
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MICHIGAN WOLVERINES … (won 18 lost 12 tied 4)
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31 pts … 11 go … 20 as … 34 ga …… J. T. Compher
29 pts … 15 go … 14 as … 29 ga …… Andrew Copp
25 pts … 12 go … 13 as … 30 ga …… Alex Guptill
25 pts … 13 go … 12 as … 33 ga …… Luke Moffatt
23 pts … 12 go … 11 as … 34 ga …… Phil Di Giuseppe
21 pts ….. 3 go … 18 as … 33 ga …… Cristoval Nieves
20 pts ….. 6 go … 14 as … 34 ga …… Derek DeBlois
18 pts ….. 9 go ….. 9 as … 33 ga …… Tyler Motte
17 pts ….. 7 go … 10 as … 34 ga …… Zach Hyman

6 pts …… 3 go ….. 3 as … 22 ga …… Evan Allen
6 pts …… 4 go ….. 2 as … 27 ga …… Alex Kile
4 pts …… 2 go ….. 2 as … 28 ga …… Travis Lynch
3 pts …… 1 go ….. 2 as … 19 ga …… Justin Selman
0 pts …… 0 go ….. 0 as … 11 ga …… Max Shuart

NHL DRAFT PICKS
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COMPHER ……… 2nd rd, # 35 overall, 2013 – Buffalo
DI GIUSEPPE …… 2nd rd, # 38 overall, 2012 – Carolina
NIEVES ………….. 2nd rd, # 59 overall, 2012 – NY Rangers
GUPTILL ………… 3rd rd, # 77 overall, 2010 – Dallas
COPP ……………. 4th rd, # 104 overall, 2013 – Winnipeg
MOTTE ………….. 4th rd, # 121 overall, 2013 – Chicago
HYMAN ………….. 5th rd, # 123 overall, 2010 – Florida
MOFFATT ………. 7th rd, # 197 overall, 2010 – Phoenix

Not very many schools in all the NCAA can say that two-thirds of the forwards in the line-up are legitimate National Hockey League prospects but the Wolverines have failed to live up to their offensive potential oftentimes this season, nevertheless. Canadian legionnaire ALEX GUPTILL, the unpredictable 22-year-old left wing from Newmarket, Ontario, led Michigan with both 16 goals and 36 points in 38 games last season but has seen his production decline somewhat this season and was a healthy scratch of head coach RED BERENSON’s more than once along the way this term. The Wolverines might have also done with just a few more goals this season from CRISTOVAL NIEVES, the 20-year-old sophomore from Baldwinsville, New York, with good size (6’3″ 205 lbs), as well.

It also should be remembered that the nationally-ranked Michigan Wolverines were actually kept off the scoreboard entirely by the last place Penn State Nittany Lions earlier this term.

The most threatening player for the Michigan Wolverines could very well be ANDREW COPP, the homegrown sophomore from Ann Arbor who was snatched by the Winnipeg Jets in the fourth round (# 104 overall) of the 2013 NHL Draft last summer. The 19-year-old center, who was one of the alternate captains of the United States squad at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championships in Scandinavia this winter, has seen his goal-scoring spike rather dramatically in this, his second campaign of NCAA college hockey. The increasingly dangerous Copp netted 10 goals in 38 games as a freshman for the Wolverines last term but has potted 15 goals on 32 appearances for Michigan thus far this season.

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Michigan blueliner MAX BENNETT (37), the 22-year-old senior from Narragansett, Rhode Island who was tabbed in the third round (# 79 overall) of the 2009 NHL Draft by the storied Montreal Canadiens franchise, is a stabilizing presence on the Wolverines’ otherwise understrength blue line.
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Although the University of Michigan do have four bona fide NHL draft picks among the players comprising its defensive corps, the nine-time NCAA champion do not have a standout defenseman with the credentials of the departed JACOB TROUBA. Most conspicuous in the absence of the current Winnipeg Jets rearguard who was honored as a 2013 NCAA (West) First Team All-America selection after totaling 12 goals and 29 points in 37 games for the Wolverines last season is the lack of a genuine offensive threat on the blue line. Indicative of the lack of depth is the fact that undersized (5’10″ 182 lbs) ANDREW SINELLI, the 21-year-old homegrown junior from Dexter, has spent of his career in the Maze & Blue skating on a forward line until this season.

14 pts ….. 2 go … 12 as … 30 ga …… Mac Bennett
12 pts ….. 2 go … 10 as … 33 ga …… Michael Downing
10 pts ….. 0 go … 10 as … 34 ga …… Kevin Clare

5 pts …… 4 go ….. 1 as … 24 ga …… Andrew Sinelli
5 pts …… 0 go ….. 5 as … 29 ga …… Noel De Jong
3 pts …… 0 go ….. 3 as … 32 ga …… Brendan Serville
1 pts …… 0 go ….. 1 as … 11 ga …… Mike Chiasson
1 pts …… 0 go ….. 1 as … 15 ga …… Kevin Lohan

NHL DRAFT PICKS
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SERVILLE ……. 3rd rd, # 78 overall, 2011 – Winnipeg
BENNETT …….. 3rd rd, # 79 overall, 2009 – Montreal
DOWNING …….. 4th rd, # 97 overall, 2013 – Florida
DE JONG ……… 7th rd, # 197 overall, 2013 – Minnesota

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Michigan netminder ZACH NAGELVOORT (35) was honored as the first team goaltender on the inaugural all-rookie squad of the Big Ten Conference after the 20-year-old homegrown freshman from Holland seemingly came out of nowhere to establish himself as the first choice of legendary Wolverines head coach Red Berenson.
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STEVE RACINE went the distance in between the pipes for Michigan the last time that the Wolverines skated against Penn State but it is all but certain that ZACH NAGELVOORT will start the Big Ten Conference quarterfinal match-up at the Xcel Engergy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, on Thursday.

Nagelvoort, to review, surrendered five goals to the visitors when Penn State upended Michigan 5-4 at the Yost Ice Arena in Ann Arbor not more than a month ago. Furthermore, the offensively-challenged Nittany Lions also chased the Wolverines freshman after scoring three goals inside the first fourteen minutes of the early February meeting at the Pegula Ice Arena in State College. In this, the very first official season of Big Ten Conference play, Nagelvoort has posted a goals-against-average of 4.80 and a save percentage of .876 in three starts against a Penn State squad that struggled to find the back of the net mightily all season long.

Surely the Michigan youngster has to be up all night checking to see if Nittany Lion monsters are hiding underneath his dorm room bed.

0.00 avg … 1.000 svpct …….. 3 min ….. 1 ga …… Luke Dwyer
0.00 avg ….. .000 svpct …….. 1 min ….. 1 ga …… Adam Janecyk
2.26 avg ….. .925 svpct … 1326 min … 23 ga …… Zach Nagelvoort
2.91 avg ….. .912 svpct ….. 742 min … 13 ga …… Steve Racine

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