Schlossman: UND likely will announce rookies soon
The RBC Cup is going on in Chilliwack, B.C., and so far, UND commit Jasper Weatherby and the Wenatchee Wild are showing no signs of slowing down.
Weatherby, who led the BCHL in scoring during both the regular season and postseason, also leads the RBC Cup in scoring thus far with six points in three games. Wenatchee has won all three games and has clinched a spot in Saturday’s semifinals.
UND commit Harrison Blaisdell also is playing in the RBC Cup with host Chilliwack. Here’s a story on Blaisdell, who joined Tyson Jost as the only two players ever to suit up in the Tellus Cup, World U17s, World Junior A Challenge and RBC Cup in the same year.
Weatherby was a finalist for Canadian Junior A Player of the Year, but lost out to MSU-Mankato commit Chris Van Os-Shaw.
UND recruit Jacob Bernard-Docker of the Okotoks Oilers was named the CJHL’s top defenseman. The last two players to win that award are Cale Makar (UMass) and Dante Fabbro (BU), both first-round NHL draft picks. Here’s my story on Bernard-Docker.
UND will probably announce its incoming rookie class by the end of the week or else next week.
I’d expect it to be: goalie Adam Scheel, defenseman Jonny Tychonick, defenseman Jacob Bernard-Docker, forward Gavin Hain, forward Jackson Keane, forward Carter Huber and Weatherby.
There’s a bunch of news on the recruiting front.
For starters, uncommitted forward Massimo Rizzo was named captain of the Penticton Vees, which means he’s committed to play there again next season. Rizzo seems set on the college route. He visited UND two seasons ago.
NTDP U18 star Oliver Wahlstrom reportedly will not be able to qualify for Harvard admissions and has re-opened his recruiting. Jeff Cox of New England Hockey Journal reported that he’s down to Boston College or Michigan. I’ve been told Michigan has been making a strong push. He will be the top freshman in the country next season if he plays college hockey. Going to Sweden also would seemingly be an option. His father is Swedish.
NTDP U18 forward Tyler Weiss also won’t be going to Boston University. All indications are that he’ll soon commit to Omaha, which makes a lot of sense. The Mavs just lost some recruits and have scholarship money and roster spots open.
Another uncommitted player who is starting to get some buzz up in Alberta — and one who has a familiar name — is Luke Bast, the younger brother of UND defenseman Gabe Bast. Like his brother, Luke is an undersized offensive defenseman. He led the Brooks Bandits in scoring during the playoffs, despite being the youngest player on the team.
The Clark Cup Finals get going again Friday. Fargo and Youngstown are tied 1-1 in their best-of-five series. Games 3 and 4 are scheduled for Friday-Saturday in Youngstown. If it goes to a decisive Game 5, that will be Wednesday in Fargo.
Denver is still looking for its next head coach. They’ve kept things pretty quiet but there are several Denver-connected people who are believed to be in the running as well as non-Denver people.
The Denver connections include current assistant David Carle, former assistant and current Iowa Wild coach Derek Lalonde and former assistant and current Ohio State assistant Steve Miller. Former assistant and current NTDP coach Seth Appert is probably more of a longshot. UMass-Lowell coach Norm Bazin doesn’t have a Denver connection, but he was the assistant coach at Colorado College when the Tigers had some of their elite teams in the early- to mid-2000s.