I have been contacted by sbnation.com to write up some profiles on players that may be drafted into the USHL this year in the USHL Entry Draft. I will be writing a profile almost every day leading up to the draft beginning with forwards, then on to defensemen, and finishing with goaltenders. These are in no particular order, as the Entry Draft is hard to predict. I haven't seen these players play either, so if you have seen them play and have something to add, please do. Enjoy!
Jakob Batcha (Milwaukee Jr. Admirals) will continue the trend of big players with scoring ability. Batcha plays at the midget major level which is the closest level in overall speed and difficulty to the USHL (junior hockey). Batcha is huge for a 16 year old at 6'3" and 175 pounds. The Jr. Admirals play in the NAPHL, which is AAA midget major hockey. Batcha has that great mix of size and skill which has scouts and coaches in the USHL drooling. He played in 64 games this past season and had 52 points in those games. Of those 52 points, 21 were goals and 31 were helpers. To compare Batcha with a USHL player from last year is tough, but I would compare him to Green Bay's star forward Anders Lee. Now I'm not saying Batcha will be in the top 10 in scoring next year, I'm just saying that based on size and numbers, Batcha matches up pretty well with Lee. As with the other prospects I've been writing about, Batcha will most likely be playing in the USHL this year, so definitely keep your eye on him.
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