Six USHL Players Sign NLIs With Michigan

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Six USHL Players Sign NLI’s With Michigan November 28, 2012 8:07 AM

When you have one of the most storied NCAA hockey programs based in Ann Arbor Michigan, you dont have to go to far to do your recruiting. Right down the road the USA Hockey National Development Program plays its games against the USHL. Not too bad when you dont have to spend countless hours traveling because the recruits are basically playing in your back yard. Thats not to say Michigan doesnt look outside of Ann Arbor, but it sure cant hurt to have those prospects coming to town on a weekly basis.

The results of easier recruiting?

The University of Michigan ice hockey team has siged of six USHL players to National Letters of Intent for the 2013-14 season. Forwards Evan Allen (Sterling Heights, Mich.), Bryson Cianfrone (Stoney Creek, Ontario), J.T. Compher (Northbrook, Ill.), Alex Kile (Troy, Mich.) and Tyler Motte (St. Clair, Mich.), along with defensemen Michael Downing (Canton, Mich.), have committed to the Wolverines beginning next season.

Evan Allen: Currently playing with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) Under-18 team … Ranked No. 19 among USHL players in NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft … Played in the CCM All-American Prospects Game, scoring two goals … Has recorded 15 points (10g, 5a) in 18 regular-season games … Scored two goals for the U.S. at the Four Nations Under-18 Tournament … Tallied 36 points (17g, 19a) in 52 games with the USNTDP Under-17 team in 2011-12 … Skated with the Honeybaked program prior to joining the USNTDP.

Bryson Cianfrone: Current playing with the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … Has three points (1g, 2a) in seven games this season … Scored his first goal in his USHL debut on 9/29 … Tallied seven points (1g, 6a) in 14 games with the Oakville Blades and 21 points (9g, 12a) in 29 games with the Toronto Jr. Canadiens of the Ontario Junior Hockey League (OJHL) in 2011-12 … Recorded 96 points (45g, 51a) in 69 games with the Toronto Marlboros minor midget team prior to joining the OJHL.

J.T. Compher: Currently playing with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) Under-18 team … Ranked No. 1 among USHL players in NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft … Played in the CCM All-American Prospects Game … Has three points (2g, 1a) in 16 games this season … Earned a season-high two points (1g, 1a) on 9/21 vs. Sioux City … Earned 42 points (15g, 27a) in 40 games with the Under-17 team and 13 points (8g, 5a) in 18 games with the Under-18 team in 2011-12 … Skated with the Team Illinois Midget Minor program prior to joining the USNTDP.

Alex Kile: Current playing for the Green Bay Gamblers of the United States Hockey League (USHL) … Ranks third on the team with 13 points (8g, 5a) in 16 games … Ranks second on the team in goals … Earned a season-high four points (1g, 3a) on 10/13 at Cedar Rapids and scored a season-best two goals on 11/23 at Muskegon … Tallied 34 points (17g, 17a) in 58 games with the Gamblers in 2011-12 … Played for the Honeybaked program prior to moving on to the USHL.

Tyler Motte: Currently playing with the United States National Team Development Program (USNTDP) Under-18 team … Ranked No. 12 among USHL players in NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft … Played in the CCM All-American Prospects Game … Has 16 points (8g, 8a) in 22 games … Tallied a season-high three points (3a) on 11/25 vs. St. Mary’s University … Scored two goals on 10/27 at St. Thomas University … Posted 41 points (25g, 19a) with the Under-17 team and one goal with the Under-18 team in 2011-12 … Skated for Honeybaked prior to joining the USNTDP … Helped St. Clair High School to a state baseball championship.

Michael Downing: Currently playing with the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the United States Hockey League … Ranked No. 6 among USHL players in NHL Central Scouting’s Preliminary Rankings for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft … Played in the CCM All-American Prospects Game … Has four assists and a plus-6 rating in 14 games this season … Played for Team USA at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament … Earned 14 points (4g, 10a) in 54 games with the Fighting Saints in 2011-12 … Played for Detroit Catholic Central prior to joining the USHL.

As the Wolverines continue to load up, the NTDP and other USHL teams will look to reload and begin the process again next year.

By Joseph Kolodziej

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