UND recruit Jake Sanderson showed his elite speed on a couple of end-to-end rushes.
He showed his offensive instincts by setting up a pair of goals.
And he showed his physical side, too, delivering a huge body check to Brendan Brisson, knocking the Michigan commit off of his feet as he tried to enter the offensive zone.
Sanderson did a little bit of everything Monday night and was named the most valuable player of the BioSteel All-American Game at USA Hockey Arena in Plymouth, Mich.
In front of dozens of NHL scouts and front-office personnel on hand to watch the U.S. Under-18 Team play against a collection of all-stars from the United States Hockey League, Sanderson showed why he's on track to be one of the highest-drafted UND recruits ever.
ESPN's Chris Peters wrote after the game that Sanderson "is very likely the first American off the board at the draft. Outstanding skater. Was all over the ice tonight."
The 2020 NHL Draft will be held in Montreal in June.
For his first assist of the night, Sanderson skated coast-to-coast, made a give-and-go with a teammate, then left a backdoor pass for teammate Ty Smilanic.
Jake Sanderson with an absolutely gorgeous play from coast to coast pic.twitter.com/aB6Aj0hFqk— Future Scope Hockey (@FSHockeycenter) January 21, 2020
On his second assist, Sanderson split USHL defenders before leaving a backdoor pass for teammate Hunter Strand.
Sanderson, again. pic.twitter.com/llSiAZ7y3T— Future Scope Hockey (@FSHockeycenter) January 21, 2020
Sanderson also showed his physical side with a hit on Brisson.
UND commit Jake Sanderson didn't get the memo about no hitting in All-Star type games.— Stars n’ Stripes Hockey (@StarsStripesHKY) January 21, 2020
He lays the body on Brendan Brisson as he makes the entry. #BAAG #WhosNext #NTDP #UNDproud pic.twitter.com/dCmCQutLY9
Sanderson is a 6-foot-2, 186-pound defenseman who grew up in Whitefish, Mont., and Calgary. His father, Geoff, played 17 years in the NHL.
UND commit Kleven has strong game
UND recruit Tyler Kleven of Fargo also had a strong game.
Kleven, who is draft eligible in June, had a goal and an assist in the first period. His goal came on a one-timer from the point.
Tyler Kleven with an absolute bomb. NTDP is feeling it, 3-1 now. pic.twitter.com/Sr2cx82Plk— Future Scope Hockey (@FSHockeycenter) January 21, 2020
Kleven and Sanderson's team won 6-1.
UND had a third recruit in the game, too, in defenseman Mitch Miller, who plays for the Tri-City Storm in the United States Hockey League.
Sanderson, Kleven and Miller were all recently ranked by the NHL's Central Scouting Bureau's midterm draft list. Kleven was ranked as the No. 11 North American skater. Kleven and Miller were ranked Nos. 44 and 48, respectively.