Madison (WQOW) — The 2019 class for the Wisconsin men’s hockey program is star-studded. The group of seven have skill, speed, and could help bring the Badgers back to elite status.
Included in the class is Eau Claire North graduate and the 2019 Wisconsin boys hockey state player of the year, Sam Stange. He joins a group of talented forwards, including center Alex Turcotte and winger Cole Caufield. Turcotte and Caufield are both projected to go in the first round of the NHL draft on Friday night in Vancouver, and could very well be selected in the top-10. Wisconsin head coach Tony Granato believes this could be one of the most talented incoming groups in program history, and could help make the Badgers elite.
“A class we’ve been looking forward to getting into our program since they started committing,” says Granato. “It’s always exciting, the start of every season. I think the one thing that makes us feel real good about our program is the players that are here and in place, it’s a great group to support a class like this. So, as coaches, fans, and everyone around the community, you should be excited about the team we’re going to have on the ice here in a couple months.”
Stange is ranked 112th for North American skaters for the upcoming draft, according to the NHL Central Scouting rankings. The NHL draft starts at 7 p.m. Friday in Vancouver.