This week in the Weekly Recruiting Update, the International Scouting Service releases their initial Top 30 for the 2013 NHL Draft, video profiles a pair of commits, the weekly performance update, and what commit looks like Screech of Saved by the Bell?

While perusing my Twitter feed, I came across this tweet from U.S. NTDP Under-18 Team goalie Thatcher Demko and reply by Michigan commit Evan Allen:

Larkin = Michigan commit Dylan Larkin. Screech?


The International Scouting Service released their initial Top 30 for the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Making the list are commits J.T. Compher at #19 and Michael Downing at #29. You can check out the full list here.

NHL VIDEO PROFILES video profiled Michigan commits J.T. Compher and Michael Downing at the recent All-American Prospects Game.

Tyler Motte spoke with The Times Herald about his experience at the Prospects Game. On being named a ‘B’ Player by NHL Central Scouting for next year’s draft, Motte is using it as motivation:

“Especially because two forwards from my team were put in the ‘A’ list,” he said. “I’m one of the most competitive people. I want to be the best at everything. You give the kids on your team respect, but at the same time you’re battling with them every day, trying to make them better as well as yourself.”

On to the weekly prospect performance update…


The NTDP U18 Team lost to North Dakota, 6-4, and Bemidji State, 4-3, this past weekend. Evan Allen was the lone commit to make the score sheet with a goal against UND.

The U18s also lost to Muskegon, 4-2, in USHL action last night. Allen had no points and three shots on goal. Motte had no points, a -1 rating, and two SOG. And Compher did not play.

The blue liner helped lead undefeated Dubuque to a pair of 4-1 victories over previously undefeated Youngstown. He had an assist on the empty net goal Friday night along with a +2 rating and two penalty minutes. Saturday he had no points, a +2 rating, and two SOG. Michael has a +8 rating in five games this season, which is tied for second best in the USHL.

ALEX KILE (Green Bay – USHL)
The Gamblers continued to struggle Friday with a 4-1 loss to Waterloo. Kile had Green Bay’s lone goal along with a -1 rating and two SOG. Saturday the Gamblers won a wild game against Cedar Rapids via shootout, 8-7, that the box score also seems to indicate it featured a line brawl in the 2nd period. Huge night for Kile with a goal, three assists, +3 rating, and two shots on goal. He also missed in the shootout.

MAX SHUART (Muskegon – USHL)
Solid weekend for Shuart. Muskegon defeated Cedar Rapids, 3-2, in overtime Friday. Shuart had the opening goal for the Jacks. Saturday the Jacks lost a 3-2 shootout decision to Des Moines. Shuart had the primary assist on the game-tying goal, a +1 rating, two SOG, and two penalty minutes. Last night Muskegon defeated the U.S. Under-18 Team, 4-2. Max scored a goal and assist, a +2 rating, and five SOG.

Talcott did not play in Indiana’s Thursday or Friday game (not sure why), but returned to the lineup Saturday for the Ice’s 3-2 overtime loss to Sioux City. He had no points, no SOG, and a -1 rating.

Did not play. Saw a tweet a few days ago about him being boarded a few weeks ago and it sounds like he’s out with a concussion.

Hamilton posted back-to-back wins for the first time this season before losing to St. Michael’s last night. Hyman had no points in Hamilton’s 8-3 win over Buffalo Friday. No points in Saturday’s 3-2 win over Toronto. And no points and four penalty minutes in the loss to St. Mike’s.

The U17s lost to Chicago, 4-3, in overtime Friday night. Larkin assisted on the game-tying goal in the third period. He also had six SOG and took a minor penalty. Saturday night the U17s got hammered by Chicago, 9-5. Larkin had no points, a -2 rating, and one SOG.

Penticton suffered their first two losses of the season this past weekend. Dancs did not play in Friday’s 3-2 double overtime loss to Victoria. He returned to the lineup Saturday in a 3-0 shutout of Cowichan, but did not record any points. Sunday the Vees lost to Nanaimo, 4-2. Dancs had no points again and his second period penalty for goalie interference led to a Clippers power play goal.

KYLE CONNOR (Youngstown – USHL)
Youngstown suffered their first two defeats of the season with a pair of 4-1 losses to Dubuque. Connor had no points in either game and one SOG on Friday.