March 25, 2009
NCAA Tournament

2009 INCH Wish List Draft
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We often say that playoff hockey is the best time of the year. That said, even the greatest things in life have flaws. In the case of the NCAA Tournament, even with 16 teams participating, scores of fantastic players have played their last college games of the year – and perhaps their career. Second, no team is perfect – everybody has areas where they could improve.

Here at Inside College Hockey, we set out to solve both those problems. The result? Our own one-of-a-kind NCAA Tournament Wish List Draft. We took the tourney teams and split into 16 scouting staffs to select players from teams that didn’t make the field. The Wish List Draft will feature two rounds of picks, with the first pick of each round belonging to the 16th seed.

Want to get a sneak peek in the war rooms as these picks were made? We gave the INCH Podcast exclusive access for the first time. Listen here (.mp3) or subscribe to the INCH Podcast on iTunes.

Now, we know, these players won’t be taking the ice this weekend. But it's fun to see how each team could improve – and fun to picture some of our favorite players back on collegiate ice for at least one more weekend.

FIRST ROUND
NCAA Team Who They Picked 
Bemidji State Brock Bradford, F, Boston College
The Reasoning: Deemed the best player available and an experienced goal scorer for a Beaver team that will need goals vs. Notre Dame.
Ohio State Jeff Lerg, G, Michigan State
The Reasoning: A tournament-tested goaltender who has won this thing before.
Air Force Ryan Stoa, F, Minnesota
The Reasoning: While there was some sentiment for a defenseman, the Falcons turn to Stoa as the best player on the board.
Miami Zach Miskovic, D, St. Lawrence
The Reasoning: The national leader in goals for a defenseman with 16, Miskovic can activate the offense from the blue line.
Vermont Jamie McBain, D, Wisconsin
The Reasoning: Thrilled that the WCHA MVP dropped to fifth, the Catamounts grab a defenseman who can do it all – including help out their 46th-ranked penalty kill.
Princeton Shawn Fensel, D, St. Lawrence
The Reasoning: A veteran, calming defenseman takes care of his own end first and still can make a good first pass to key the Tigers' transition.
Cornell Scott Campbell, F, UMass Lowell
The Reasoning: With Blake Gallagher out injured, Cornell needs a winger to work the wall on the power play and help fill in on the second line.
New Hampshire Jordan Schroeder, F, Minnesota
The Reasoning: Too talented to resist, he reunites with world junior teammate James van Riemsdyk.
North Dakota David McIntyre, F, Colgate
The Reasoning: A perfect fit for North Dakota's style, he will score goals for the Sioux.
Northeastern Maury Edwards, D, UMass Lowell
The Reasoning: The Huskies don't get many goals from the blue line, and Edwards gives them a first-team All-Hockey East puck mover.
Minnesota Duluth Chad Rau, F, Colorado College
The Reasoning: The Bulldogs add a dynamic forward who can add offense behind the likes of MacGregor Sharp and Justin Fontaine.
Yale Cade Fairchild, D, Minnesota
The Reasoning: A puck-moving defenseman and power play quarterback helps fill the void left when Thomas Dignard was lost for the season with an injury.
Michigan Paul Crowder, F, Alaska Anchorage
The Reasoning: The Wolverines add a do-it-all forward who scored 14 goals this season.
Denver Ben Smith, F, Boston College
The Reasoning: Fills a need at center and has a ring, so he's a good fit despite a down season.
Notre Dame Garrett Roe, F, St. Cloud State
The Reasoning: It never hurts to add offense, and Roe is someone who can generate it every time he hops over the boards.
Boston University James Marcou, F, Massachusetts
The Reasoning: On a team that doesn't need much help, the addition of Marcou would add offensive depth for the Terriers.
SECOND ROUND  
Bemidji State David Marshall, F, Quinnipiac
The Reasoning: The Beavers eyed the nation's leading scorer, Bryan Leitch, but opted for more of a natural goal scorer in his teammate.
Ohio State Matt Generous, D, St. Lawrence
The Reasoning: A remarkable third Saints defenseman taken in the draft, Generous will be a steadying influence for the Buckeyes.
Air Force Eddie Del Grosso, D, Nebraska-Omaha
The Reasoning: After going offensive in round one, the Falcons turn to an elite puck-moving defenseman here.
Miami Ryan Lasch, F, St. Cloud State
The Reasoning: An offensive sparkplug for a team that scored only one or two goals in each of its last 11 losses.
Vermont Carl Sneep, D, Boston College
The Reasoning: A big tough defenseman should offer further assistance for the Catamount PK.
Princeton Nick Petrecki, D, Boston College
The Reasoning: Adds abrasiveness and toughness to Princeton's defense corps. The least-penalized team in the nation can deal with his PIMs, if necessary.
Cornell Shea Guthrie, F, Clarkson
The Reasoning: A dynamic forward who played his best hockey at the end of his career and in the last two NCAA Tournaments for Clarkson gives Cornell some punch up front.
New Hampshire Erik Gustafsson, D, Northern Michigan
The Reasoning: They probably needed D in round one, but the Wildcats opted for Schroeder. Here they get a first-team All-CCHA guy.
North Dakota Garrett Raboin, D, St. Cloud State
The Reasoning: A versatile defensemen who can play both ends of the rink, moreso than the rest of the Sioux defense that seems more at home in one end or the other.
Northeastern Cory Quirk, F, Massachusetts
The Reasoning: The Huskies lost to UMass three times this year and got a firsthand look at how Quirk could help them up front and on the power play.
Minnesota Duluth Ryan McDonagh, D, Wisconsin
The Reasoning: Among the stable of talented Wisconsin defensemen, McDonagh can do a bit of everything for the Bulldogs.
Yale Lane Caffaro, D, Union
The Reasoning: It never hurts to add a first-team all-league defenseman and Caffaro, a senior, brings experience to the Yale blue line.
Michigan Chad Johnson, G, Alaska
The Reasoning: Bryan Hogan's been very good for the most part, but chance of a a goaltending issue can't be ignored for Michigan in the NCAAs. Ocho Cinco addresses it in a big way.
Denver Tim Filangieri, D, Boston College
The Reasoning: The Pioneers add defensive depth with another ring-holder from Chestnut Hill.
Notre Dame Matt Taormina, D, Providence
The Reasoning: An underrated defenseman, Taormina wouldn't be asked to do as much for the Fighting Irish.
Boston University John Muse, G, Boston College
The Reasoning: The war room's biggest debate may have been saved for the last pick – but who better than Muse to tell rival Kieran Millan how to win a national title as a freshman goalie?