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."