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16 - The Michigan Daily Summer Weekly - Wednesday, June 17, 1992
ee DAILD Q: What two former Michigan football players are playing for the Detroit
Drive of the Arena Football League?
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NHL to draft three 'M' icers
Incoming recruit Sittler rated sixth by scouting bureau

by Josh Dubow
Daily Hockey Writer
The1992NationalHockey League
entry draft will be held Saturday in
Montreal, and three Michigan hockey
players are expected to be drafted in
the first three rounds.
Incoming recruit Ryan Sittler is
ratedas theNo. 6player by the Central
Scouting Bureau. Sophomore
defenseman Tim Hogan is projected
as a second-round choice. Fellow
sophomore Al Sinclair is ranked 57th
by the Bureau.
Sittler, who is the son of Hall-of-
Famer Darryl Sittler, is a 6-1, 200-
pound left winger from Nichols High
School in Buffalo, N.Y. Sittler is a
physical player, and rising fast in the
eyes of some scouts.
"There's no question he's a good
hockey player," San Jose Sharks as-
sistant general manager Dean
Lombardi said. The Sharks own two
first-round picks - the third and the
10th. "He's a bona fide player and
deserves his No. 1 status. He's a good
all-around player. He plays physical
but is skilled as well."
rated,"NickPolanoof theDetroitRed
Wings said. "He's got the size and
strength. He makes things happen,
he's a tireless worker, has good puck
handling skills and skates well. If he
can improve in one areait would be in
scoring. But he's 17 years old, and
these things will come."
Many scouts had doubts about
instead of in juniors. However, Sittler
proved he could play at the higher
level at the World Juniors Champion-
ships this past season.
"He really improved a lot at the
World Juniors," Lombardi said. "He
raised his level of play throughout the
tournament. That was important for
him because he played prep school
and that's not the same as junior
hockey. He showed he can play at a

high level."
may not attend Michigan and instead
play one year of juniors, then play for
the U.S. Olympic team in the 1994
games, and turn pro after the Olym-
pics. Sittler was in Toronto for an
NHL awards dinner and could not be
reached for comment. However,
Sinclair said he doubts the validity of
these rumors.
"When Darryl washere,he said his
biggest regret was not getting his edu-
cation," Sinclair said. "Hearing that,
and Mlking to Ryan when he visited, I
feelconfidenthe willcomehere.There
is a tremendous benefit of an educa-
tion that lasts the rest of your life."
Whether Sittler comes to Michi-
gan, plays juniors, or turns pro,
Lombardi does not think it will affect
a team retains a players rights whilehe
plays juniors or in college.
"For baseball teams, it is a major
concern whether the player goes to
college or turns pro," Lombardi said.
"At this stage, we're looking for the
best player, and college is not a main
factor. Granted, we'd rather have the
player in our system to nurture and
develop him with our people.
"If there are two players and one is
clearly better than the other but is
going to college we would take the
better player," he added. "But if two
players are rated equally, that will
enter into the equation."
Hogan, 6-2, 180-pound defense-
man, played in 34 games this past
season forMichiganscoring twogoals
and eight assists. Hogan's biggest
strength is his speed and mobility.
Hogan said four teams - San Jose,
Washington,New Jersey and the New
York Rangers - have shown a great
deal of interest in picking him.
While all teams have put him
through interviews and psychological
testing, the Devils were the only team
toputHogan throughaphysical work-

"They asked about my personal
goals, what it's like at Michigan, and
my strengths and weaknesses," Hogan
said. "They pretty much ask questions
to get to know me better."
The teams also have asked Hogan
about his plans for the future.
"I've told them, I'm at Michigan
and I plan to get my education," he
said. "But if some kind of offer comes
up that I can't refuse, I'd take it.
"Teams draft now for what they
think you're going to be down the
road. They'll tell me when they think
college can't help me anymore and I
should turn pro."
Sinclair is known as a defensive
defenseman. His size - 6-3, 210
pounds is one of his biggest attributes.
In 22 games last season Sinclair had
four assists. Many teams have put
Sinclair through a variety of different
tests before the draft.
"They have tested a variety of
things," Sinclair said. "They've given
me psychological questionnaires, ap-
titude tests and strength tests. I've also
had a lot of one-on-one interviews
talking about how I'd coach myself,
what it's like at Michigan, how I ap-
proach the game, my confidence level,
and about my family."
One factor that willhurtboth Hogan
and Sinclair in the draft is the limited
playing time they both received last
"Ourscoutshavebothof thosekids
rated pretty high," Polano said. "But
because they were alternated a lot this
season, it was tough to get a real good
reading on these players. They are
both young and have good size and
Sophomore goaltender Al Loges
was rated the 19th best goalieby the
Central Scouting Bureau earlier in the
season. However, Loges feels that be-
cause he only played one period after
coming to Michigan in January, he
will not be drafted.


Michigan defenseman Tim Hogan is expected to be drafted in the
second round of Saturday's NHL draft.
intramural Sports Program


Webber named to developmental squad
from staff reports Allan Houston (Tennessee), Bobby
MichigansophomoreforwardChris Hurley (Duke), JamalMashburn(Ken-
Webber was named last week to the tucky),EricMontross(North Carolina)
USA Basketball Development team. and Rodney Rogers (Wake Forest).
The team of eight collegians will prac- The squad will be coached by
tice with the 1992 U.S. Olympic Bas- George Raveling of Southern Califor-
ketbal team in San Diego, June 22-26. nia. Raveling will be assisted by Kan-
Webber, the U.S. Basketball Writ- sas' Roy Williams and Ron Linfonte of
ersAssociationFreshman-of-the-Year, St. John's. The team will scrimmage
helped lead Michigan to a trip to the daily against the USA Olympians.
national championship against Duke. The 1992 U.S. Olympic team will
Webber averaged 15.5 points and be coached by former Detroit Pistons
10.0 rebounds and was the first rookie coach and current New Jersey Nets
to lead the conference in rebounding. coach Chuck Daly. Daly's squad con- Webber
Webber also became the first player in sists of former Duke star Christain e u
Big Ten historytocapturetherebound- Laettner and 11 NBA players. Portland's Clyde Drexler, Utah's Karl 0
ing and steals titles in the same season. The NBA stars are Philadelphia's Malone and John Stockton, Golden
Webber will be joined on the devel- Charles Barkley, Boston's Larry Bird, State's Chris Mullin, San Antonio's
opmentalsquad by Anfernee Hardaway Chicago's Michael Jordan and Scottie David Robinson, and former Los An-
(Memphis State), Grant Hill (Duke), Pippen, New York's Patrick Ewing, geles Laker Earvin (Magic) Johnson.

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