Inside College Hockey has released its annual recruiting class rankings, and the Fighting Sioux freshman are regarded as the second best group in the nation. Rocco Grimaldi, Nick Mattson, and Mark MacMillan are also included in the individual rankings. Check them out:
Top 15 Freshman Classes
Top 20 Forwards
Top 20 Defensemen
Top 10 Goaltenders
In terms of the 2012 Fighting Sioux recruiting class, Jordan Schmaltz is considered one of Kevin Allen's Top 5 US-born prospects for the 2012 NHL Entry Draft, while fellow recruit and current USNTDP Under-18 team leading scorer Stefan Matteau was a Tuesday guest on The Pipeline Show. The link to the interview can be found here, and the Matteau interview begins about five minutes into the clip.
Wednesday was a quiet day in terms of NHL and AHL action with just one game scheduled in each league, but some former Sioux had big nights. In the AHL, Ryan Duncan had a goal and two assists and Brett Hextall added an assist to help Portland defeat Manchester 5-3. Duncan (2G, 3A), Hextall (1G, 3A), and Matt Watkins (1G, 1A) are all among Portland's leading scorers through the first four games of the season, and Duncan (+1) and Hextall (+2) are two of only four Pirates on the positive side of the Plus/Minus ledger.
In the NHL, Matt Frattin scored the shootout winning goal as the Toronto Maple Leafs edged the Winnipeg Jets. Below are videos of Frattin scoring the goal and discussing it afterwards: