Tech Loses Recruit to NHL

     It’s being reported that Michigan Tech recruit Jake Hauswirth of Merrill, Wis., a center, has opted to sign with the Washington Capitals instead of heading to Houghton, Mich. This from Tuesday’s Wausau (Wis.) Daily Herald:

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed undrafted free agent center Jake Hauswirth, a Merrill native, to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Hauswirth, 21, is a 6-foot-5, 210-pounder, who has spent the last two seasons with the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League. He scored 28 goals and added 24 assists (52 points) in 58 games this season, tied for the team lead in goals and fourth in points. He led all Lancers forwards and was second on the team with a plus 16 plus-minus rating.

Hauswirth helped lead Omaha to the USHL championship as a rookie in 2007-08, recording 13 goals and 10 assists (23 points) in 57 games.

Hauswirth participated in the Capitals’ development camp last summer and will be in attendance at this summer’s camp as well.