WOLVERINES ADD THREE WALK-ONS

Michigan has officially announced the addition of defenseman Lee Moffie and forward Lindsay Sparks for the 2009-10 squad, which has been known for a while if you keep up with the recruiting news. Both will be walk-ons.

Moffie played for the Waterloo Blackhawks of the USHL last season and led his team’s blue liners with 44 points (9 goals, 35 assists).

“Lee Moffie comes to Michigan with similar credentials to those of Chad Langlais,” assistant coach Billy Powers said. “Lee has good offensive numbers and can quarterback the power play. He will be an offensive blueliner but also be reliable for us without the puck. He has a good shot, he sees the ice well, and he helps his teammates create offense.”

The NHL Central Scouting Bureau ranked him 135th among North American skaters for the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, which will probably place him a mid-to-late round pick.

The 5-foot-9 Sparks spent the past three seasons with the Oakville Blades of the Ontario Provincial Junior Hockey League, the league which has brought us the likes of Andrew Cogliano, Louie Caporusso, and Brandon Burlon. Sparks posted 18 goals and 39 assists this past season.

“Lindsay is a dynamic player with a good skill level,” said Powers. “He had success with his team in the regular season and playoffs of the Ontario Junior Hockey League. He creates plays with his speed—he’s a strong skater. He also sees the ice well. Lindsay will have a chance to come in this fall and add to the Michigan offense.”

The Wolverines have also added another walk-on recruit, though since it hasn’t officially been announced on MGoBlue.com I cannot talk about him here.  But you can read about him here.

Now if only we could get a third goalie…

NHL ENTRY DRAFT

The 2009 NHL Entry Draft kicks off next Friday in Montreal and concludes Saturday.  Several U-M recruits are expected to be drafted, though for the second year in a row none are expected to be taken in the first round.

The Western College Hockey blog has a profile on incoming forward Chris Brown, who should be the highest drafted Wolverine.

The New England Hockey Journal has an article on a pair of U-M recruits who are expected to be drafted but not joining the Wolverines until 2010.  The Providence Journal has a round up of what several NHL scouts think of them, too.

I’ll have coverage of the draft as it takes place next week.