Team: Madison Capitols
2015-16 Record: 25-27-8
Top Forward: Sam McCormick (42 points, 24 goals)
Top Defenseman: Daniel Willett (24 points, 3 goals)
Top Goaltender: Ryan Edquist (9-11-4, 3.02 GAA, .906 SV%)
Power Play: 12.7% (17th in USHL)
Penalty Kill 78.7% (16th in USHL)
Despite a rough year in the standings, Madison’s captain Ryan Lohin was selected by the Tampa Bay Lightning in the 2016 NHL Draft. With back-to-back draft picks in their first two seasons, and over 40 college commits, the Capitols will look to build a winner on the ice in addition to their winners on the draft floor.
Incoming forward Mick Messner is very familiar with Capitols organization. The University of Wisconsin commit was born in Madison and spent last season with the Capitols AAA program. Messner recently competed for the United States during their second place finish at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, scoring two goals in his team’s four tournament games. Notable returning players for the Capitols include veterans Marcel Godbout, Eugene Fadyeyev and Eetu Selanne. The three combined for 54 points with Godbout leading the way with 34.
Incoming goaltender Daniel Lebedeff appeared in six games last season as a 16-year old, and jumped to an impressive 3-1-1 record. The Helsinki native will battle for the starting job with returning netminder Drew Hotte. First year head coach Garrett Suter is eager to start the season with his young club.
“Fans should expect an aggressive high tempo style of play where our guys are always moving, always attacking and not sitting back. The backbone of our team this year is going to be work ethic and that’s going to show in every game we play. Some nights we might not be the best team on the ice but we will always be the hardest working team.”
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 14th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2015-16. A record 37 players were chosen in the 2015 NHL Draft and more than 375 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.