College Hockey Commitments – February 2014
New commitment page, same deal. This page will be updated as February’s Division 1 commitments come in and you can find the earlier commitment pages below.Jan/14 – Dec/13 – Heisenberg 2014 list – S70 Listing Oct/13 – S70 Graduates – S70 Newsletter
97 F Wade Allison (#6) commits to Western Michigan
Western Michigan had a huge swing this month when they picked up Omaha teammates Wade Allison and Van Barr. Allison, one of the more physically-developed 1997s in the country with hockey sense, skill and speed to boot, is a premier NCAA prospect who will be a highly regarded WHL prospect as well, because every day that Allison gets closer to fall semester, he develops into more of a potential impact skater in the WHL as well. Lined up for 2016, we wrote this about Allison after our first viewing on OTB Elite, and he only looked better with each subsequent game:
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“The Myrtle, Manitoba native is a beast. He hadn’t played in the first time we caught Omaha play, but it took one shift for us to recognize the Canadian’s potential – which is sky-high. Really smart, strong skater has great athleticism and gets a ton of ice under him in his first stride. Active and engaged all over the ice, Allison has a quick release that he lets hard shots off with regularly and can hound puck-carriers for the puck with ease, making plays at a great top speed. Allison simply takes over games with his size and natural ability.
Skates on the wing but when he was taking draws he showed some ability to win in the dots as well, and is tough on his skates, won’t get pushed around anywhere on the ice and can dish out the hits as well. Scored nice goals in both games we saw and has top line upside in college hockey. Will be a major battle if the WHL wants the elite skater as he will be a hot commodity. A 7th round pick of the Brandon Wheat Kings in 2012. Allison skated with the same Pembina Valley team that WMU commit Colt Conrad skated for in 12-13.”
97 F Van Barr (#18) commits to Western Michigan
Since October, picking up Honeybaked’s Nick McKeeby and Virden (Manitoba) young star Wyatt Kalynuk on defense, the Broncos have loaded up a fierce 2016 pipeline with names like Hugh McGing, Grant Gabriele, Wade Allison, and now Allison’s teammate Van Barr. What Barr brings to the table is versatility, a scoring touch and a high compete level all combined with terrific vision that makes him a threat to score on most shifts. Our first viewing of Barr this season, we noted, on OTB Elite:
“Very successful, intuitive scorer picked up 11 points in 5 games this weekend and he really earned them. High-end offensive vision and timing, seems like he’s aware of everything and everyone on the ice at all times in the final third.
Barr ran the powerplay from the point like a QB in the pocket, waiting out the other team and dishing out highly dangerous shots and passes. Saw a slit of an opening on the far side of the net and timed a hard clapper to the middle left just as the bodies aligned out of the lane as if he knew it was going to happen. In deep, Barr buzzes the net with a ton of success and constantly makes plays.”
As we continued to watch Omaha, Barr showcased a willingness to throw the body as well as more of the same on the offensive side of things. If the past five months are any indicator, things are looking bright for the Broncos.
97 D Ben Newhouse (#54) commits to Union
Union swooped up one of high school hockey’s better powerplay quarterbacks this month, the day after his season ended in section finals. Our Minnesota-based scout Gunnar Olson highlighted that game, and coincidentally had been Newhouse’s biggest proponent for us, catching him play a number of times this season and noting how impressive he looked in comparison to last year, where he looked great as well and had been ranked on our May Select 70.
Newhouse, at 5’7-5’8, isn’t big but asserts his force all over the sheet with slick passing and escapability on the rush, which was highlighted on the big sheet at Mariucci where he dictated the pace and his vision really shined through with some zipped, seeing-eye passes as he had some room to breathe. We caught Newhouse up front last spring and loved him at forward as well, which gives the Dutchmen some versatility for when the diminutive puck-mover gets to Schenectady.
94 D Marc Biega commits to Merrimack
Merrimack committed the fourth Biega brother, the youngest of a four-brother family that came down to Salisbury School (CT) from Quebec. Biega’s three other brothers headed to Harvard, while Marc, a 6’0, 182 lb. defenseman, headed to the BCHL to find a different D1 home after it seemed that path wouldn’t be his. In his second BCHL season, Biega has 17 goals in 55 games and 38 total points.
OTB’s BCHL scout Jeff McCarthy described Biega as “someone I believe is a darkhorse in terms of being one of the better uncommitted prospects in the BCHL. An extremely calm defender who doesn’t catch your attention with his size or his skating, but plays an excellent positional game, using his stick to break up passes, Biega anticipates the play well and can read the ice in both ends of the ice, definitely also willing to throw the body around if need be, a very strong upper body who can finish checks hard, extremely hard to get past in the offensive end, great hustle and work ethic who can make a crisp pass out of the zone.
With his head up, his transition game from offense to defense is nothing short of impressive and is the main reason why he plays top minutes, a potential minute-eater at the college level, and if he keeps getting better and perfects his game, a professional career could be in the horizon.” Biega was also highlighted in McCarthy’s 2014 draft hopefuls preview from the BCHL, though as a 1994, Biega will really have to sell his case as a re-entry candidate.
95 F Danton Heinen commits to Denver
Denver picked up another out of Western Canada in hard-working pivot Danton Heinen, of the Surrey Eagles. The 6’0, 160 forward has 62 points (32 goals) in 59 games this season.
OTB’s BCHL scout Jeff McCarthy noted, “Hardworker is the best way to describe Heinen, he always is giving his full effort which is why he plays in all situations. Can throw his size around and move the puck up the ice. His skating could use work but he has great offensive awareness and hands in the zone, a great hockey IQ leads him to scoring opportunities off of scrambles and loose pucks. Heinen’s size compared to many in the BCHL sets him apart as he can score and play physical, something that NCAA scouts will look for in terms of a bottom six player in the college level.” Teammate Matthew Dawson is another member of the Eagles to keep an eye out for in the future, per McCarthy.
96 F Jared Fiegl commits to Cornell
After committing to Denver back in 2011, before joining the NTDP, 6’1 forward Jared Fiegl’s path has shifted towards the ECAC. The Colorado Rampage product committed to Cornell out of the NTDP this season, where he is in his second full year skating with the U18s. He hasn’t skated much for the NTDP this season due to injury, but still has eyes from the NHL as a prospective draft hopeful and joins NTDP teammate Ryan Bliss as fellow Cornell recruits. Fiegl, on paper at least, fits the mold in Ithaca, and could be a prescient pick-up.
96 F Ryan Lohin commits to UMass-Lowell
Lowell furthered their ties to Pennsylvania (and Team Comcast) this month, picking up Team Comcast U18′s most effective forward, and Tier 1′s most productive skater at the U18 level. His 68 points (30 goals) are impressive, and Lohin’s ability to create scoring chances consistently and play with a high level of engagement clearly pay dividends for his team. Teammate Michael Ufberg is a stellar, puck-moving prospect playing as an underager who could garner a commitment soon as well.
97 F Justin Fregona commits to UNH
It was a good week for SAC as they sent two more skaters to the D1 ranks in a span of two days in late February. Fregona, a 5’6 forward, will join teammate and draft hopeful Warren Foegele at the University of New Hampshire in a few years. He has 58 points in 50 games this season. Teammate Matt Graham is a nice talent headed to the BCHL next year who should garner a commitment as well, while young defenseman Otto Saarimaa is a rising talent as well. Fregona looks to be a part of the puzzle at St. Andrew’s next year as the program continues to improve and produce NCAA talent.
97 D Austin Cho commits to RPI
RPI honed in on this year’s St. Andrew’s team, a talented group, for a blue line commit this month in Ontario-native Austin Cho. The 6’0 tall 1997 has 43 points in 49 games for SAC this winter.
95 F Brendan Taylor commits to Union
Nanaimo native (and Nanaimo Clipper) made his commitment to Union this month, as the BCHL regular season comes to a close. Taylor led his Clippers in scoring with 55 points and looks to be on track for 2015.
94 D Jake Horton commits to UMass
UMass found a college-ready blueliner to help them jumpstart their frenetic, high-octane offense in Aberdeen defenseman Jake Horton. The Lake Elmo, MN native is a Benilde-St. Margaret’s alumnus, one of the NAHL’s leading skaters in blue line scoring.
95 G Zac Hamilton commits to Colgate
Colgate picked up a prep school veteran goaltender in Ottawa native Zac Hamilton, who captained a solid Westminster team this winter. The 5’11 goaltender had previously been committed to Williams (D3), alongside former Edina goaltender Connor Girard, who made his commitment to the Air Force. Hamilton is a solid goaltender, moves well and makes the requisite saves. He could be a good one for the Raiders and has held it down for the Martlets for a while.
93 G Connor Girard commits to Air Force
Brookings Blizzard goaltender Connor Girard, a former Edina Hornet, committed to Air Force this month. He had previously been committed to Williams (D3).
94 D Sam Piazza commits to Michigan
Michigan picked up former Boston College recruit Sam Piazza, who now captains the NAHL’s Wichita Falls Wildcats and was rumored to be headed to the NESCAC (D3) prior to the Wolverines entering the race. Piazza, who has had a circuitous route before securing this commitment, will land in Ann Arbor this coming fall.
95 F Marco Richter commits to Connecticut
Connecticut picked up a high-scoring Euro prospect, in 6’0 Wien, Austria native Marco Richter. He has 62 points in 41 games playing in Austria’s top U20 circuit, though he’s been playing at this level since the age of 15/16, so his numbers are likely pretty inflated.
93 G Nick Lehr commits to Minnesota
Minnesota, looking for a man to fill the back-up void on the bench that would soon appear, committed Austin Bruins stopper Nick Lehr this month. Lehr’s consistency in the pipes seems to have won him the spot over a number of other candidates. The Roseville native’s got a gaudy 1.79 GAA and .935 SV% this season for Austin.
96 F James Anderson commits to Mercyhurst
Mercyhurst picked one up out of PAL’s USPHL Premier outfit, who have sent a number of prospects to Atlantic Hockey over the past month or so. This one is for a few years out, as Anderson is a late-1996, though he certainly has a promising stat-line, posting 33 points (10 goals) in 47 regular season games.
93 F Matt Sieckhaus commits to Bentley
Amarillo Bulls (NAHL) alternate captain Matt Sieckhaus committed to Bentley this month. The 5’9 forward from St. Louis is one of the Bulls leading scorers this season with 36 points in 41 games. Matt is likely related to Mike Sieckhaus, a talented defenseman on St. Louis’ U18 team this season.
95 F Kevin Lavoie commits to Robert Morris
RMU recruited a 5’10 forward from Ontario’s GOJHL circuit this month, Kevin Lavoie, who captains his Thorold Blackhawks and landed third on his Blackhawks in scoring with 57 points (24 goals) in 49 games over the course of the regular season.
96 F Nathan Bryer commits to Mercyhurst
Mercyhurst picked up Victory Honda U18′s second-leading scorer in forward Nathan Bryer. The 5’6 forward skates with Miami commit Gordon Green on that team, as well as Michigan State recruit Zach Osburn, who all stand out offensively for VH despite being some of the younger players in the circuit. Teammates Shane Switzer and Garrett Jenkins are prospects to watch from that VH team as well.
95 D Erik Autio commits to Penn State
Slowly-but-surely, NCAA teams are looking to Europe where domestic players won’t suffice, and Penn State did that when they picked up a left-shooting defender from Finland this month. Autio is an alternate for his Espoo program’s U20 team, as an 18-year-old, and has worn the Finland jersey for the past U16, U17 and U18 seasons of competition when he was within his respective age group for those years.
93 F Conor Lemirande commits to Miami
Miami’s roster got bigger for next year with the commitment of Youngstown Phantoms big man Conor Lemirande, a 6’6 forward from the Janesville Jets (NAHL) who broke into the USHL full time this year. Lemirande has 250 PIMs over his past 100 junior hockey games between the two leagues.
93 F Janick Asselin commits to Clarkson
Clarkson added another prospect out of the Great White North’s many junior circuits to their recruiting pipeline this month, in Quebec Jr. A product Janick Asselin, who skates for the Sherbrook Collége Champlain Cougars. Asselin has 84 points in 45 games for the Cougars this season. He is the team’s captain. Fellow recruit Kelly Summers, who leads CCHL U18 skaters in scoring as a defenseman, is one other Clarkson recruit to keep an eye on from up north.
96 F Hunter Racine commits to Colgate
Colgate netted a young talent out of the CCHL in Ottawa native Hunter Racine this month. The Jr. 67′s youth hockey product is second in U18 scoring for the circuit with 40 points in just 33 games, 7 games behind most of his competition. He looks to be on pace for 2015, where he should be making an impact early in his career.
93 F Stanislav Dzakhov commits to Niagara
Niagara picked up a Russian skater who crossed the pond a while ago, and made his introduction to junior hockey in 2011-12 with the USHL’s Fargo Force. The 20-year-old Dzakhov wasn’t able to stick in the league after a season and a half as a young skater, moving to NAHL outfit Bismarck, where he’s spent the past two years. This season, he’s struck for 35 points in 41 games, including 19 goals, and the 6’2 forward will arrive to Niagara’s campus this fall.
95 F Tyler Sheehy (#7) commits to Minnesota
Minnesota landed a big recruit up front in former OSU recruit Tyler Sheehy. The Burnsville (MN) product was our Elite League MVP and raised his stock with a stellar campaign this fall, before departing for Waterloo of the USHL where his scoring talents have proved intensely valuable, posting 32 points in 31 games so far. Talk in the rinks was that Sheehy, hoping to play in college this fall (potentially Denver), wanted to play at Minnesota but a logjam of talent up front meant a likely 2015 arrival instead, making it a tough call. Whether that was case, it can all be conjecture, but depending on where the pieces fall, this is a nice get if he arrives in 2014, and an excellent pick-up if he’s for 2015. An extra year in the USHL can’t hurt the 5’10 scorer, who we named our #7 uncommitted prospect just a few weeks ago.
97 F Taggart Corriveau (#34) commits to St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence added another prep schooler to their class of 2016 in Westminster star sophomore Taggart Corriveau. One of a number of D1 prospects on his squad, Corriveau leads his Martlets in scoring and that’s no surprise as he’s very refined in the offensive zone, with mature offensive timing and an ability to cut into open space and key times, alongside a sharp release and short-passing ability. Whether he turns into a top tier D1 player over the next few years remains to be seen, but it’s certainly a possibility for Corriveau. Now eyes will turn to teammate John McDermott, who will look to be the next big commit out of a relatively young group in Simsbury. SLU has done a good job picking up prospects from prep school – draft hopeful Gavin Bayreuther is starring on the Saints blue this winter, while a number of coaches and scouts seem to be high on Cushing’s 97 F Bailey Conger, the other 2016 target recently picked up.
95 D Cole Bjugson commits to Bemidji State
Bemidji State picked up something of a coup in 1995-born defenseman Cole Bjugson, of Roseau (MN-HS). A skater we had a tough time getting a clear read for in the Elite League, but it’s clear there’s something there with Bjugson and among the MN hockey contingent, the general consensus seems to be very warm on the late 1995 defenseman. He spent a game with Fargo of the USHL, before coming back to the Elite League this fall. This season, Bjugson has 41 points in 19 games, including 32 assists.
96 F Tanner MacMaster commits to Quinnipiac
AJHL forward Tanner MacMaster, who had been committed to Boston College, has flipped to Quinnipiac. When MacMaster had committed to BC, just under a year ago, he was considered a pre-eminent draft prospect from the AJHL this year, and murmurs out of those who’ve visited the league are that his college and draft stock have dropped a bit, while BU’s Brandon Hickey and Wisconsin’s Cameron Hughes have instead surfaced as the league’s top prospects. Never-the-less, the 5’10 forward has some evident offensive skill, so time will tell whether this was a prescient pick-up for the Bobcats. The former AJHL rookie of the year is scoring at a similar clip as he did last season, and will enter school as a true freshman next fall.
95 F Chad Otterman commits to Cornell
Cornell added another one built out of the mold in Ithaca: a big, strong scorer who can skate. Otterman, an athletic, 6’3 forward who garnered looks by a number of top D1 lacrosse programs, chose hockey and that’s a win for the Big Red who will love the Delbarton (NJ-HS) forward. Otterman can barrel down the ice, contribute offensively and finish strong checks.
97 G Frederic Foulem commits to Harvard
The Crimson have shored up their situation in net until 2020 in recruiting Stanstead College (Canada) goaltender Frederic Foulem. The 6’1 stopper from New Brunswick joins 1998 goaltender Joseph Woll, who is one of the best in his age group among american goaltenders, in what will likely be the Crimson’s goaltending tandem down the line, especially if Foulem arrives in 2016 with Woll.
94 F Liam Kerins commits to RIT
The Tigers secured a commitment from one of the OJHL’s leading scorers in North York Raiders forward Liam Kerins. The 6’1 skater has a gaudy 54 points – including 25 goals – in 38 games this season, and will look to help the Tigers next season.
93 D Scott Dornbrock commits to Miami
Miami looked to the NAHL to add size to a defense that has been struggling in a big way this year, for next season. The Michigan native is 6’3 and spent the last two seasons with Minot, where he’s posted 17 points in 41 games this season.
95 F Brandon Salerno commits to Alabama-Huntsville
Alabama-Huntsville picked up a recruit who hasn’t been a major producer this season for UAH but has shown an ability to produce in the past, in 18-year-old forward Brandon Salerno. The 5’7 forward from Toronto posted 21 points in 59 games last season, but has posted just 5 in 31 games this year.
97 F Jacob Hayhurst commits to RPI
RPI snagged one of the OJHL’s premier young scorers this week in Toronto Lakeshore Pats forward Jacob Hayhurst. The 5’9 forward leads U17 OJHL skaters in scoring with a 12-16-28 line in 41 games this season. He played with the Mississauga Rebels Minor Midgets last season, and the Mississauga native reportedly had quite a bit of interest from D1 programs looking to lock down his services. Teammate Michael Prapavessis, a 1996, is also committed to RPI.
93 F Brennan Saulnier commits to Alabama-Huntsville
Brennan Saulnier, UAH’s newest recruit, has travelled quite a bit: a Halifax-native now plying his trade for an AJHL power program in Fort Mac’s Oil Barons, he committed this week to play his college hockey down south in Huntsville. The 6’0 forward has 11 points in 21 games as an AJHL rookie this season – prior to this year he had skated in the Maritime Jr. A circuit.
94 D Cameron Heath commits to Canisius
PAL’s USPHL outfit sends another prospect to Canisius College, their fourth D1 recruit this season, in defenseman Cameron Heath. Heath joins Jimmy Mazza, who committed earlier this month, as future Golden Griffins blue liners. A 6’0 defenseman, Heath is a former captain from Michigan HS hockey powerhouse Cranbrook-Kingswood, and has 13 points in 25 games this season.
99 F Ryan Poehling commits to St. Cloud State
96 F Nick Poehling commits to St. Cloud State
96 F Jack Poehling commits to St. Cloud State
St. Cloud swooped into Lakeville North and locked down commitments from the trio of Poehling brothers, and in the process secured the first commitment from Minnesota’s 1999-born class of players in the youngest brother, Ryan. All three have produced majorly this season for an arguably best-in-state Panther team, but Ryan, a 6’0 forward already thriving at the high school level is now this year’s “Joey Anderson”, though he might be a different type of a player, cited by YHH’s Tony Scott as an “outstanding player with great quickness” back in October when we previewed some of the state’s top 1999s.
94 F David Parrottino commits to Canisius
Canisius’ busy month of decision-making continues to be fruitful for the Golden Griffins, as they picked up Lincoln Stars forward David Parrottino. The Detroit Honeybaked product from West Bloomfield, Michigan has produced a handful of goals and 12 assists through 36 games this season after bouncing between the USHL and NAHL last season, finding his groove in Port Huron.
97 F Shane Sellar commits to Dartmouth
Dartmouth added scoring to a 2016-17 freshman class this February in recruiting Canterbury School stand-out Shane Sellar. The 6’1 forward from PA has a bit of an awkward stride, but he gets to top speed quickly and brings frenetic, lightning-quick playmaking ability. A constant threat to break through and score offensively, Sellar’s skating and offensive instincts to get to the net are assets he isn’t afraid to use gratuitously. Has a knack for hanging onto the puck under duress, will handle it with one hand at a decent speed under duress with ease. Alongside quick scorer Cam Smith (Youngstown) and recent recruit Anthony Wyse, Dartmouth’s again bringing the heat in the long-term recruiting market that the ECAC as a whole is cornering in on. We had Sellar earmarked as a top 30 skater in the upcoming Select 70 ranking, but, of course, he won’t be there now.
94 D Logan Day commits to Providence
The USPHL’s marquee uncommitted college-ready defenseman this season, Providence picked up a big one for next year in South Shore Kings stand-out Logan Day this month. Day is reportedly a strong skating defenseman with stellar offensive faculties, backed up by a blue line-leading 37 points in 44 games. The USPHL is a relatively low scoring league this season, and Day’s numbers are good for 12th among all skaters in the circuit.
With back-end threats Anthony Florentino and John Gilmour on roster now, plus Flyers pick Terrence Amarosa coming in next year with Day, the Friars offensive threats on the back-end look potent indeed. Northwood star defenseman Cam Lee is bound to reach campus in a few seasons as well, a puck-rushing skater with some swagger.
97 F Ty Pelton-Byce (#52) commits to Massachusetts
Massachusetts added a high-upside recruit to their pipeline this February in Madison Memorial high schooler Ty Pelton-Byce. Alongside premier young prospects in the midwest like Alex Debrincat (Lake Forest Academy) and Jake Wahlin (White Bear Lake HS), Pelton-Byce adds size, smarts and playmaking ability. Where the others lack size, they all bring goalscoring ability, and quite a group is shaping up for the 2016 through 2019 seasons in Amherst. We highlighted Pelton-Byce, who had been our #52 uncommitted prospect, earlier this month.
98 D Simon Butala commits to Maine
Maine’s future, over the past month, has gotten very bright. They made quite a spark with the commitment of 2000-born phenom Oliver Wahlstrom, but soon followed it up with NJ Rockets U19 goal-scorer AJ Drobot, who is just 15, and a potential blue line gem in WBS U16 defender Konstantin Chernyuk. Butala is the latest addition, a mobile, well-built defender at 6’1, 175 lbs who contributes a strong, hard-working game all over the sheet for the talented LI Gulls U16 outfit this year. Moves the puck well and breaks plays apart with ease in his own end.
95 F Josh French commits to MSU-Mankato
MSU-Mankato made a shrewd pick-up this week, in committing Hill-Murray captain Josh French. French ended the 2012-13 season scoring HM’s only 2 goals against Edina in the state tournament, which they lost 4-2. Ever since, he’s been a man on a mission, exploding for 21 goals in 23 games this season, and adding 15 assists. That’s a big step up from his 10 goals and 15 assists last winter. A solid skater, his vision assists him in making plays up the ice and his natural offensive intuition thrives with the confidence French possesses on the puck. Hounds loose pucks and decisive all over the sheet. His upside may not scream pro, but Mankato’s getting a real player in French. He’s tendered to Rio Grande (NAHL) for next season.
97 F Bailey Conger commits to St. Lawrence
St. Lawrence picked up a nice one in Bailey Conger, a forward that’s been impressing Division 1 coaches this winter in a big way for Cushing. The former Utah Regulator is the team’s third leading scorer alongside recent Boston College recruit David Cotton.
96 F Cameron Hughes commits to Wisconsin
Wisconsin added another big recruit at forward from Western Canada in AJHL star Cameron Hughes, a late 1996-born forward from Edmonton. Hughes, a 5’11 forward, has a team-leading 17-32-49 line in 44 games this season for Spruce Grove.
95 G Hunter Miska (#59) commits to Minnesota-Duluth
What a swing for Minnesota-Duluth’s goaltending depth. After picking up one NHL draft hopeful in MN Wilderness (NAHL) goaltender Kasimir Kaskisuo, the Bulldogs shored up the next few years in net by adding one of the safest college goaltending prospects in the league, giving the class some extremely valuable insurance. Miska, a stand-out for the BCHL’s Penticton Vees, is an NTDP alum and Minnesota native who came relatively late to the goaltending position, but has come a long way – now one of America’s top draft eligible goaltenders.
95 D Johnny Austin (#47) commits to Connecticut
Connecticut’s third pick-up in Minnesota this season was Benilde-St. Margaret’s captain Johnny Austin, a skating defenseman with an exciting hockey mind. His vision and passing ability down the sheet are impressive, as is Austin’s ability to cut up the ice on the rush when he seems to have a fire under him. His 18 points in 21 games aren’t explosive, and Benilde seems to be fading out of serious title contention down the stretch (they’ve lost their last four, and
98 G Joseph Woll commits to Harvard
Harvard secured a stellar netminding recruit out of St. Louis this month in STL Blues U16 stopper Joseph Woll. One of the higher upside 1998-born stoppers in the country, the young, athletic stopper stands at 6’1, 180 and has 11 wins in 15 starts this season. His 1.72 GAA and .930 SV% are both some of the best in Tier 1, alongside crease partner and fellow 1998 prospect Tommy Nappier.
94 F Jarrid and 93 D Alexx Privitera commit to Vermont
Vermont swung two former Terriers away in the Privitera brothers to start this month off. Jarrid, a former BU recruit and Alexx, a former sophomore defenseman for the Terriers, will both be headed to Burlington after this season as key parts of the leadership group in Dubuque (USHL). Both were fairly highly regarded recruits when BU had secured their commitments. Alexx had been thought by some as a replacement for former blue line star Dave Warsofsky, and a promising freshman year solidified those hopes, but a sophomore year did not go as hoped and the two cut ties with BU.
95 F Dan LaFontaine commits to Canisius
Canisius landed a nice one out of the OJHL in cerebral, playmaking center Dan LaFontaine. A skater who had been ranked 40th on our October Select 70, LaFontaine’s season seems to have been cut short by injury but he was a stellar talent coming up with the LI Royals. On that team, coached by father Pat, a long-time NHLer, they were featured by the NHL in “Making of a Royal” and LaFontaine himself had a fantastic season, outscoring prospects like Harvard recruit Brandon Fortunato, Union recruit Cole Maier and St. Lawrence’s Mike Marnell with a 13-21-34 line in 20 games.
97 F Matt Filipe – Northeastern
Northeastern grabbed a prospect out of their backyard in Malden Catholic forward Matt Filipe this month. One day from being a 1998, the 6’1, 185 lb forward is a monster on skates and at the CCM Invitational this past November he showcased that he could have an intensely high ceiling, though he’s likely peaked in height and will have to continue to show and prove what he can do at this size. He’s on track for 2016 or 2017, and by then, Filipe could be a serious force off the wing.
93 G Aaron Nelson commits to MSU Mankato
Mankato secured a commitment from an NAHL veteran in net this month in Bismarck native and Bismarck Bobcat, Aaron Nelson. The 1993-born goaltender has posted great numbers for the Bobcats over the past few years standing at just 5’9, so his transition to Mankato will be fun to watch.
96 D Billy Sweezey commits to Yale
Yale picked up a draft hopeful from Nobles (NE-Prep) in defenseman Billy Sweezey this month, a well-built skater who had a hell of a showing at the Flood-Marr this past December when we caught him. Showcasing some of his best hockey for one of the most scouted events in the country, Sweezey’s stock rose quite a bit and his ability to make plays on the puck as well as play an effective, bruising power game all over the sheet are going to be highly regarded assets in New Haven.
93 F Mathieu Tibbet commits to Merrimack
Merrimack snagged a recruit for next year out of the BCHL in 1993-born forward Mathieu Tibbet. Mike McMahon has all the details over at The Mack Report.
97 F AJ Vanderbeck commits to Colorado College
Colorado College secured the commitment of a top in-state prospect, AJ Vanderbeck, this month. The Colorado Rampage AAA U16 sharpshooter has a gaudy 38 goals in 32 games this season to lead the Tier 1 Elite League by a wide margin. His 38 goals are over 40% of his Rampage’s totals this season, and the Tigers will hope he can continue that by the time he gets to campus. His season totals? 56 goals in 48 games, with 31 assists to boot.
94 F Alec Butcher commits to Sacred Heart
Sacred Heart locked down the NAHL’s leading scorer, Alec Butcher, a marquee recruit headed to a program that’s making some real strides in the recruiting department. The Pikes Peak Miners (CO) product via Alaska has 48 points in 41 games, and his scoring touch should be well received in Connecticut.
95 F Dylan Sikura commits to Northeastern
Northeastern’s potent recruiting continued when they secured a commitment for next year from Aurora Tigers star Dylan Sikura. The OJHL forward, skating for his hometown Aurora team, has 43 points through 28 games, a shorter season than most in the league but one that would put him on pace as one of the league’s top scorers. The 5’11, 150 scorer will join former Aurora stand-out Jarett Fennell, a 6’2 defenseman who will be a junior in 14-15, and based on how the Huskies have recruited the great white north previously, this has the earmarks of another good one. Dylan’s brother Tyler is a junior forward for Dartmouth.
94 D James Mazza commits to Canisius
Canisius picked up a former USHLer now plying his trade in the USPHL when they committed 6’2 defenseman Jimmy Mazza this week. The former LI Royal and LI Gull from Kings Park, NY has pitched in a handful of points in every season playing since midgets, but he’ll be looked to more for his play off the puck when he gets up to Buffalo.
95 F Zach Yon commits to North Dakota
Roseau star forward Zach Yon, a staple of their offense for the past few seasons, gave his commitment to North Dakota this month. An intriguing pick-up as Yon has never came close to matching his production out of the regular MN-HS circuit, seeing his numbers fade drastically in the Elite League, but there’s no denying his talent. The quick skater from the far north is always in the mix and is a sharp skater offensively, winning battles for loose pucks and has a cerebral hockey mind that links plays together smartly. This one has the earmarks of a skater that could turn out beautifully in Ralph Engelstad arena.
94 D Shane Poulsen commits to Nebraska-Omaha
UNO assistant coach Alex Todd won a recruiting battle in the BCHL to garner the commitment of Merritt Centennials defenseman Shane Poulsen this month. The 6’0 defenseman has produced some nice numbers in the final third for the Cents this winter, and was being pursued by UVM as well.
94 F Hans Gorowsky commits to Lake Superior
Former Centennial (MN-HS) stand-out Hans Gorowski landed at LSSU this week, after a strong season with the NAHL’s Fairbanks Ice Dogs. He’s posted a 9-17-26 line in 39 games after a 25-23-48 line in HS through just 30 games.
94 D Cody Hendsbee commits to Robert Morris
Robert Morris’ 9-game win streak is impressing all around the country, clearly, as they picked up a nice recruit from the CCHL’s Kemptville 73s in Cody Hendsbee. The 73s assistant captain has 27 points through 44 games this season, and the 6’2 defenseman is leading his team in blue line scoring.
96 F Connor Wood commits to Alabama-Huntsville
UAH tapped TPH for another recruit, this time picking up 1996-born forward Connor Wood, making a neat pipeline from one of hockey’s foremost producers of talent in the south, to hockey’s only D1 program in the south. Wood and teammates Teddy Rotenberger (UAH), Mitch Fossier (Maine) will be up in Blaine this weekend, so we’ll try and get a look at who else might be a target for the Chargers – but we already know of one intriguing prospect on the younger team. 1999-born Bantam Major captain Kyle Kawamura seems to be TPH’s pre-eminent star, and he’s likely going to be a high-pedigree talent. Should UAH find a way to secure that commitment, it could instantly provide a boost to the program’s future prospects and push them towards becoming a premier choice among top-end southern talent.
93 D Jakob Reichert commits to Bowling Green
Bowling Green added size to their forward group, picking up Langley Rivermen forward Jakob Reichert. His 24 points in 37 games this season alongside a 6’4, 230 lb frame could spell out an imposing offensive threat on the wing next year.