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I had a chance to speak with St. Lawrence senior defenseman Zach Miskovic tonight about inking a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals for next season.

Apparently, the Capitals have had their eye on Miskovic for a number of years. Misko participated in the franchise's rookie camp following his freshman season at SLU. He also attended the team's development camp after his junior season.

"I can't say enough about the way they've treated me," Miskovic said. "They've been really great."

Misko is off to Hershey tomorrow afternoon and plans on meeting the executive and coaching staff of the AHL club Saturday. He said he'll attend the team's development camp for team prospects in the offseason before attending training camp and battle for a roster spot in September.

Saints head coach Joe Marsh said Miskovic received a contract that is either "the max or close to it for what he gets with the collective bargaining agreement."

As mentioned on this blog earlier this year, Miskovic was a hot commodity professionally as a puck-moving defenseman. His offensive production this season (16 goals, including five on the power play, and 25 points) made him more attractive to general managers. Marsh feels there is a place for Miskovic in the NHL.

"He's just gotten better and better each year," Marsh said. "They see a lot in him in that he's a detailed kind of guy. He does his job and goes about it in a very professional manner."

- On the topic of other St. Lawrence seniors, Marsh said senior defenseman Matt Generous should receive an assignment from the Buffalo Sabres soon. He said the team is also working on getting deals for winger Kevin DeVergilio and defensemen Shawn Fensel and Jared Ross.

The Saints' 2009-10 recruiting class is set. Marsh said defenseman Mac Stratford from Northwood Prep School is the last recruit they needed.

Stratford is the grandson of past St. Lawrence football coach Ted Stratford and former SLU athletic director Bob Sheldon. Marsh said Mac Stratford's personality and toughness on the ice should be a perfect fit for the Saints.

Here are the other three recruits joining Stratford at St. Lawrence next season:

Kyle Flanagan (Forward, USHL, Cedar Rapids) - 56 games, 15 goals, 34 assists.
George Hughes (Defenseman, USHL, Waterloo) - 46 games, 4 goals, 16 assists.
Jordan Dewey (Defenseman, OJHL, Georgetown) - 49 games, 7 goals, 29 assists.

Marsh said he's had the toughest time completing the 2009-10 schedule (due to the economy, travel expenses, etc.). While the full lineup isn't out yet, he offered up a few matchups that will be on next year's slate:

- St. Lawrence and Clarkson will play only three times next season. The one nonconference game will be at Clarkson. That's because ...

- The Saints picked up a nonconference meeting with Maine. Marsh said Clarkson helped him secure this opponent, so in return, SLU will go to Cheel Arena twice.

- On the down side, they lost their nonconference series with New Hampshire.

- SLU will have home games with RIT and Niagara. In fact, the Saints will play the Purple Eagles three times. You read that right.

- As for tournaments, St. Lawrence will participate in the Icebreaker Tournament in October at Nebraska-Omaha. The Saints are also scheduled to compete in Denver's tournament after Christmas. He wasn't sure, but he thought Boston University was also in this tourney.

- Lastly, the Saints have an exhibition game set up with the University of Toronto.

COMING UP: I'll post up St. Lawrence's season wrap, which runs in Sunday's Times, and I'll dish out some leftovers from that piece Monday.

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