UND has a number of top prospects lined up to come in as 18-year-old true freshmen during the next two seasons.
But the coaching staff is continuing its work to supplement them with older, veteran players.
The latest addition to the commitment list is Carson Albrecht, a 5-foot-10, 188-pound, 20-year-old right winger from Martensville, Sask.
Albrecht has 30 goals and 76 points for the Melfort Mustangs in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. He’s the third-leading scorer in the league, which isn’t as heavily recruited as some other Canadian Junior A leagues.
Albrecht, one of three finalists for the SJHL player of the year award, will come to campus in the fall and is expected to be a depth player for the Fighting Hawks. During the recruiting process, Albrecht also spoke to the University of Saskatchewan, Bemidji State and RIT.
“When they flew me down, I toured the facility and got to know the coaches a little more,” Albrecht said. “It seemed like a pretty good place to play.”
Albrecht recently played in the SJHL-MJHL Showcase, which was heavily scouted by NCAA coaches.
“I think they saw me there and were interested in me,” Albrecht said.
What are Albrecht’s expectations for next season?
“I want to work hard to try to get better,” Albrecht said. “Obviously, I won’t be a guy depended upon, but I’m going to try to get in the lineup as much as I can and work hard to get better.”
The Fighting Hawks have recently recruited a few depth players from the SJHL, including Josh Rieger, Matt Hrynkiw, Danys Chartrand and Coltyn Sanderson.
UND will likely bring in four true freshmen next season up front to go along with Albrecht -- Harrison Blaisdell, Shane Pinto, Massimo Rizzo and Judd Caulfield of Grand Forks. Blaisdell, Pinto, Rizzo and Caulfield are all expected to be picked in June’s NHL Draft.