Jr . | F | Northville, Mich.
led Notre Dame with a +16 plus-minus rating in 2003-04.
Statistics: After a trying freshman season in which
he broke his jaw and contracted mononucleosis, Walsh scored
12 goals and added 13 assists last year. He led the Fighting
Irish in plus-minus rating (+16) and ranked second on the
team with four game-winning goals and 46 penalty minutes.
He Does: Walsh blossomed playing on a line with Rob
Globke and Aaron Gill, a trio that became one of the CCHA’s
most imposing units because of their size and scoring prowess.
At 6-foot-2 and 211 pounds, Walsh can play a physical style
as evidenced by his penalty totals from a year ago. He also
showed a knack for scoring big goals – among his game-winning
goals were the lone tallies in wins against Boston College
and Maine, and he scored Notre Dame’s first goal in
five of the team’s 20 wins.
Bigger Picture: The Fighting Irish lost six of their
top seven scorers from last season’s NCAA Tournament
qualifiers, meaning Walsh instantly becomes the focal point
of the team’s offensive attack. And while Notre Dame
boasts a stable of talented first- and second-year forwards,
Walsh may be expected to carry the load up front until the
youngsters settle in. He’ll also serve as one of the
Irish captains this year, which could be a daunting task on
a team that has just four seniors and 15 freshmen and sophomores.
Dame coach Dave Poulin on Walsh: "Mike is the
vocal leader of this team and he's a player who backs it up
with his play on the ice. He's a clutch player who scored
some big goals for us last season. He's really become one
of the top power forwards in the league.”