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McCormick and Smith make Central Scouting list
Wednesday, January 12, 2011 - Submitted by Jordan Berger

Two Sioux City Musketeers were named to Central Scoutings mid-season rankings list of draft eligible North American skaters. Winger Max McCormick (159th) and defenseman Larry Smith (202) made the list.

McCormick, the 5th overall draft pick in this summers USHL draft, has been one of the best players for Sioux City since opening night. The De Pere, WI native enters Friday's game second in team scoring with 21 points in 25 games, tied for 1st in goals with 10, first in penalty minutes (64) and is one of only three Musketeer players with a plus rating (+3). He leads the USHL in power play goals (7) and is riding a five game point streak.  Earlier this year, he was one of four Musketeer players to earn a gold medal at the World Junior A Challenge.

"It means a lot to me," said McCormick. "I've put in a lot of work over the years and I've never been on a list like that before, so I know it doesn't mean much but it's nice to see some of the hard work paying off. But there's still a lot of season left here and still a lot to do."

Smith on the other hand has come a long way since the start of the year. One of the rawest blueliners on the team when he came to Sioux City, Smith is probably the most improved player on the team at the halfway point.

The Buffalo, NY native has one goal, and three points on the year in 23 games played. The towering 6'4" defenseman has only taken two minor penalties.

"This is a nice honor for Larry," said assistant coach Keith Paulsen, who works extensively with the defenseman. "He's a kid who improves everyday. He goes out there and wants to get better. He asks for help before and after practice on areas where he can improve. It's fun to watch him in a game as the things he's working on in practice are starting to show up during games."

"I think everythings going well," said Smith. "I've definitely developed since I've been here. It all comes down to hard work and dedication to the game in how far you want to go."

As for the Central Scouting list, Smith, while pleased at the recognition, prefers to let his game do the talking.

"I don't pay attention to any of that. But I'm never usually on something like that so it's a pretty big honor for me to be known for being on that list."

Playoffs Round 1 - Musketeers vs Omaha!
Friday night, April 18th the Musketeers host Omaha for game 3 of the USHL Clark Cup Semi-Finals! $2.00 beer, pop, pretzels and hot dogs from doors open through the 2nd intermission! For group tickets, call 712-252-2116! Individual tickets are available online at Ticketmaster.com, at the Tyson Events Center Box Office during normal business hours, at the Ticketmaster kiosk located at the Tyson Events Center 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000!
Waterloo 60 44 11 5 93
Omaha 60 39 14 7 85
Sioux City 60 38 19 3 79
Sioux Falls 60 34 19 7 75
Lincoln 60 24 28 8 56
Des Moines 60 20 32 8 48
Tri-City 60 21 35 4 46
Fargo 60 14 39 7 35
Indiana 60 42 11 7 91
Cedar Rapids 60 35 21 4 74
Dubuque 60 33 23 4 70
Green Bay 60 30 24 6 66
Team USA 60 30 25 5 65
Muskegon 59 30 25 4 64
Chicago 60 29 27 4 62
Youngstown 60 17 37 6 40