For the fourth time in 10 months University of Wisconsin men's hockey coach Mike Eaves has tapped into the same recruiting pipeline and landed an elite prospect.
Center/left winger Christian Dvorak became the latest product of the Chicago Mission midget minor program to commit to UW, doing so Friday during a second campus visit with his family.
"I felt it was the right fit for me," Dvorak said. "I feel the coaches there can develop me into a more complete player."
Dvorak, who turns 17 in January, led the Mission in scoring last season and was the sixth overall pick in the latest U.S. Hockey League draft, where his rights are owned by Chicago.
Dvorak, from New Lenox, Ill., said he plans to play for the Mission's under-18 team in 2012-13 before moving to the USHL with the Steel in 2013-14. Depending on his progress, he could enroll and play for UW in 2014 or '15.
When Dvorak gets here he's projected to play with some familiar faces from the Mission program. Winger Seamus Malone and defensemen Jake Linhart and Peter Tischke previously committed to UW. Dvorak said they compared some notes and that he's looking forward to playing with his friends, but said he made the decision to play for the Badgers based on his feelings and priorities.
Dvorak also visited Michigan State, Minnesota-Duluth, Nebraska-Omaha, New Hampshire, Notre Dame and Ohio State.
Red Line Report, an independent international scouting service, had an upbeat overview of Dvorak from the Select 16 Festival conducted earlier this summer. It called him a "pure goal-scorer with smooth hands and great offensive instincts" as well as a "very creative and patient playmaker."
The assessment also noted Dvorak, listed at 6-foot and 155 pounds, is "physically weak and struggles along the walls and defensively."