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03-12-2013, 09:50 AM
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Originally Posted by BigG44 View Post
Winkler could be done with his season as soon as this next weekend so he could join Texas on a PTO in the next 7 to 10 days.

A name we haven't talked about is Alex Guptill. If I was making the call right now, I'd say he returns to Michigan for his junior season. That said, he's 3 years from his draft date like Reilly Smith and Alex Chiasson when they signed. The only difference is Guptill played a year in the USHL after the draft before going to the NCAA. He had a slow start to the season, and apparently some attitude problems, but in 7 fewer games he's matched his assist total from last year and he's 4 goals short of matching that total. He has at least 2 or 3 games in a 3 game series this weekend to try and improve on those numbers. If Michigan loses though, his season is over. I assume Dallas would prefer he remain in Michigan to try and have an even better junior season, but you have to wonder if his struggles this year might make him personally choose to go pro.
I think Winkler and Guptil stay another year in college.
Guptil because he's only been there for two years and this is the first year Winkler has really received a lot of playing time. They may want to keep him there so he can take another year to develop.

Unless you know something else, that's my speculation.

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