Michigan recruiting for NHL draft picks: Who is on Michigan’s radar?

Posted March 11, 2018 06:00:23The University of Michigan is in the process of recruiting top college hockey prospects for its 2018-19 hockey season.

Michigan announced Friday that the Wolverines have signed two of their top college prospects in forward Jakob Chychrun and defenseman Sammi Alabi.

Michigan coach Dwayne Roloson announced the deals with Chyscrun and Alabi in a news release.

Michigan’s four-year-old junior hockey program was founded in 2014 and has won four NCAA titles.

The Wolverines’ program was a staple of the NCAA tournament in each of the past three years.

Michigan signed Alabi to a three-year, entry-level contract last spring, the latest in a line of players who have gone to Michigan over the past several years.

Chysche is a two-time All-America by Hockey East selection and the 2015 U-18 World Juniors MVP.

Michigan also signed former Michigan forward Justin Manton to a two year entry-year contract.

Michigan had four goals and two assists in 31 games in 2016-17.

Michigan was 19-17-4 in games played at home in 2016 and 19-20-4 overall.

The Wolverines also signed forward Jacob Schramm to a one-year entry-Level contract.

Schramm, who played for the U.S. U-20 national team at the 2016 World Junos, had 11 goals and 21 assists for 21 points in 35 games with the U-17 and U-19 national teams last season.

Schrams NHL playing days will be over after the 2017-18 season.

Michigan’s top college prospect is a 6-foot-4, 212-pound forward who was named the 2014-15 NCAA Junior A All-Star and a finalist for the NCAA’s John McPhee Trophy.

Michigan has four players from its 2015-16 NCAA Division I Hockey East Tournament team with the Wolverins: forward Michael Rasmussen, defensemen Jordan Leggett and Justin Scholz, and goalie Luke Zetterberg.

Michigan will have five NCAA Division II teams competing in the 2018-2019 season, with two teams in Michigan-East and two teams from Michigan-West.

Michigan is the second-ranked program in the nation behind Minnesota and has not missed the NCAA Tournament since 2006-07.

The Big Ten has not played a postseason game since 2009.

Michigan has not won the Frozen Four since 1988.

The team also has not made the NCAA Final Four since 2004.