As I was preparing this post word came that Ryan Hayes had committed to Boston College. Hayes, currently with the NTDP's U17 team, is a Syracuse native who had given the word he wanted to head back east for school. Being the Big Red Puckheaded optimist I am, I was hoping it was east...as in East Hill. So, with Hayes off the books, here's a look at some of the candidates to join the glorious Big Red in 2007 & beyond. Note: Obviously this list is subjective: some of these student-athletes have expressed interest in Cornell, for others it isn't clear. It's also not clear whether each of them possess the academic credentials necessary to succeed at Cornell.
Mike Cieslak (6' 2", 178), Penfield, NY/McQuaid HS/Rochester Jr Amerks
Currently tied for 2nd in scoring on the U17 team. Former HS teammate of Billy Sauer. Cornell has been getting closer to swaying some of the NTDPers (Sauer, Popko, Morin), might this be one?
Justin Vaive (6' 5", 186), Buffalo/Toronto Marlies
Rumored to be coming back east for school, though probably not to Cornell, but one should never say never (or so I've been told).
Richard Manley (6' 4", 201), South Buffalo/Buffalo Saints
Another big forward in that National Team pipeline...keep casting that net.
Ben Winnett (6' ,175"), Burnaby, BC
BCHL, Salmon Arm
Having a solid rookie season as one of the youngest members of the Silverbacks. Teammate of future Cornellian, Brendon Nash. High on the list of WCHA powers.
Riley Nash (6' 1", 168), Kamloops, BC
Last name sound familiar? Riley was a member of the U17 Pacific team that participated at this year's Under 17 World Challenge.
Cody Goloubef (6', 175), Oakville, ON
Cody was a member of the U17 Ontario team that participated in the Under 17 World Challenge. Cody is reportedly looking at Cornell, Boston University, Maine, New Hampshire, Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Miami (OH).
Nick Jaskowiak (5' 11", 180), St Louis Park, MN
It isn't clear if the Minnesota transplant is being recruited by Cornell. What is clear is that Nick is being courted by Harvard, Boston University, Boston College, New Hampshire, Maine, Minnesota, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Colorado College. He's considered too talented not to be sought after by the Big Red, despite their lacking much recent history with prep athletes.
Keith Seabrook (6' 0", 198), Delta, BC
At 17 he's in his second season in the British Columbia Hockey League. Solid offensive skills for a young blueliner.
Bryan Hogan (6', 197), Detroit, MI
Eyes on one of the Michigan or other Midwestern schools? Who knows, maybe Justin Milo and his new teammate will form a lifelong bond.
Andrew Margolin (5' 9", 150), Mahwah, NJ
Ok, again, he's an eastern prep student and Cornell doesn't recruit them...blah...blah...wait, Cornell almost nabbed Cushing Prep's Richard Bachman this year. Let's face it, Cornell needs to find their next great goalie fast (hopefully it's DiLeo). An issue with Andrew may be that he's been tutored by George Bosak, currently an assistant coach at Princeton, and he's from New Jersey.
Scott Orth (5' 11", 155), Cranbrook, BC
Scott was a teammate of Riley Nash's on the U17 Pacific team at this year's U17 World Challenge. He hasn't logged a lot of time this year but when he has he's saved 93% of the shots he's faced. Besides, Cornell loves BCHLers.
Some Other Names:
Mike Colwill (F), OPJHL, North York
Brad Malone (F), Cushing Prep
Matthew Thurber (F), Madison Caps -- very good student.
Jeremy Morin (F), Syracuse Stars (2008?) -- "The Jet" is Chad's younger brother.
Max Stang (G), USHL, Green Bay (2008?) -- hails from PA.
Ryan Grimshaw (D), Salisbury Prep (2008?) -- next great Rochester player; considered by some the best US Dman in age group.