The NHL Central Scouting Bureau released their Final Rankings for the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.
Michigan goalie recruit John Gibson was named the top North American goalie, a title he held their their Midterm Rankings. Central Scouting’s Al Jensen said:
“I feel they are both first round-caliber goalies. If I’m an NHL team looking for a goalie, I’d have zero problems choosing either one of them.”
“Overall, I just think John has such a good feel for the net,” Jensen said. “He’s very good positionally and plays big. He possesses good quickness and good strength and he’s got all the attributes that a pro goalie needs to be a top-end goalie.”
The Wolverines have starting goalie Shawn Hunwick returning next season, so it will be interesting to see how Red Berenson divides time between the two. Hunwick led Michigan’s improbably NCAA run two years ago when Bryan Hogan went down due to injury, then through half of this past season it appeared Hogan was going to be the go-to man until another injury forced him and Hunwick led the team to the NCAA championship game.
While Hunwick has more than proven himself, I don’t think you can bring in a first round caliber goalie and expect to sit him all season. It also shows the strength of that position and that’s a good dilemma to have considering the Wolverines, at least on paper right now, are going to need to rely on their defense and goaltender next season.
Incoming defenseman Brennan Serville was also ranked by Central Scouting. He’s #104 among North American skaters, up from #145 in the Midterm Rankings. The 6’2, 184 pound blue liner played for Stouffville of the Ontario Junior Hockey League and posted 3-27-30 in 36 regular season games and added another 2-10-12 in 19 playoffs contests.