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08-16-2010, 12:41 AM
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Now is the time where observers from across the land rank the recruiting classes of the CIS teams. One such observer is Evan Daum at the University of Saudi Alberta. He has issued "report cards" on the OUA, Canada West, and AUS.

He does not grade all programs but instead has a #1, #2, and an honourable mention for each. His opinion is:
  • OUA
    #1: UQTR
    #2: Carleton
    h/m: Lakehead

    Canada West
    #1: Alberta
    #2: Manitoba
    h/m: Regina

    #1: Acadia
    #2: Saint Mary's
    h/m: Dalhousie
Here's what he thinks of the Bisons:
Despite some close competition from the conference's other green and gold program in Regina, the Bisons edge the Cougars out for second-place on the recruiting front so far. Up front the Bisons have only announced the addition of Del Cowan. Cowan split last season between Brandon, Prince George and Calgary of the WHL, going to the Memorial Cup with the Hitmen. He managed 17 goals in 67 games between his three stops, and added 16 points in 23 postseason games. A solid addition, but up front the Bisons' recruiting class still lacks that offensive firepower they really need.

If goaltending and defense wins championships, then Manitoba looks poised for another run at challenging for the conference crown with the addition of two good defenceman, and the heir apparent to Steve Christie in the crease Joe Caliguiri. Tampa Bay draft pick (#168 overall, 6th round, 2006) Dane Crowley joins the Bisons after red shirting last season. In 2008-09 Crowley played 8 games with Houston of the AHL, before spending the majority of the season with Phoenix of the ECHL. Joining Crowley is Jeremy Schappert who had 48 points last season with Seattle, and Zach Tully who played last season with Portage of the MJHL. Schappert and Crowley are both top four type defenders who are great additions.

In goal head coach Mike Sirant has brought in Joe Caliguiri who backstopped Dauphin of the MJHL last season, and had a 30-19-2 season back in 2007-08 with Brandon. Caliguiri should have the inside track at backing up last year's CIS Goaltender of the Year Steve Christie.

There have also been two more announcements from UBC. They announced commitments from Ben Schmidt (from Powell River of the BCJHL) and Bryce Lamb (from Prince Albert of the WHL).

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