#?? / Defenseman / Anaheim Ducks
Jul 4, 1990
AC Top 20 Prospects Lists
Midseason 2010 - Ranked 1st
Preseason 2009 - Ranked 1st
This is very belated, as I had no intention of posting about how the tournament went until a couple of readers specifically requested it. Things are relatively fresh in my mind, though, as I caught the early round replays on ESPNU the night before the Frozen Four.
It was a tale of two games for Wisconsin at this weekend's WCHA Final Five. On Friday, the Badgers fell to St. Cloud State in a close neutral zone and special teams contest. This afternoon, in a relatively meaningless third place game, Wisconsin played a blowout for almost 50 minutes before Denver made it close. They were two completely different games with different moods, and that led to some varied performance forDucks prospects Jake Gardiner and Justin Schultz.
Wisconsin hosted Minnesota in a couple games of puck this weekend, and that affects you as a Ducks fan because well-touted Anaheim prospects make up one-third of the Badgers defensive corps. Jake Gardiner (1st Round 2008, 17th overall) and Justin Schultz (2nd Round 2008, 43rd overall) played well in their team's first major rivalry series this season, but Wisconsin ended up splitting the weekend with the Gophers, winning Friday's game 4-2 and losing Saturday's 5-2.
Gardiner had a goal in the latter contest, and I'll break down the performance of each prospect after the jump. But first, a few notes on this year's team, just to put everything in perspective.
I'm shorthanded today, as Daniel is handling some offline business. That's bound to happen from time to time here at Anaheim Calling, life being what it is, but we've planned ahead for these scheduling emergencies with these solo "Penalty Kill" posts. For my part, I will try to use my PK posts to highlight players that are (or that I feel should be) in the Ducks organization.
With the Conference tourneys warming up in college hockey, I thought we should take a look at Jake Gardiner.