Thursday, October 9, 2008

Albert's improvement already noticable at OSU

From The Lantern (Ohio State student newspaper):

"He's in the best shape of his life," said Ohio State Men's Hockey coach John Markell. "He's just flying out there. He's even better than the Johnny Albert of last year."

Last year's John Albert led the team in assists, with 17, as a freshman. If Markell's words prove prophetic, Albert's two-assist performance against York may serve as the prelude to a few gaudy stat lines for this year's version.

2 comments:

Gladi8R said...

Holly:

The Thrashers do seem to draft a lot of CCHA players, which is understandable enough, Waddell being an NMU grad and all...but is there any reason you can think of why they seem to avoid University of Michigan guys? You'd be hard-pressed to find a better coach at the collegiate level than Red Berenson, and Michigan's got a pretty solid history of producing prospects which stick in the NHL.

I know a lot of these kids are drafted before they commit to their college, so in that regard it's out of Waddell's hands...but it does seem unusual that we get any number of OSU and NMU guys and haven't drafted a Wolverine (that I can recall) since Milan Gajic back in...2001?

Holly Gunning said...

I wouldn't read too much into what schools the Thrashers draft out of (or into, given that most players are drafted as rising freshmen these days). It's not an area where their draft record is very good. Picking Andrew Kozek in the second round, Michael Forney in the third round. I guess you could argue that drafting more out of Michigan would help -- because it certainly couldn't hurt. Being from NMU is like a golden ticket though. It stands out because of how few NHL players have come out of there, for anyone.