According to various reports, the Mavericks have received verbal commitments from two highly rated high school players this week: Centennial junior forward Tyler Pitlick and Cloquet senior forward Justin Jokinen. Jokinen is ranked 60th on the most recent NHL Central Scouting Service rankings of North American skaters. Pitlick, meanwhile, scored 25 goals and 59 points this season. More to come.
"Mankato has a style that's fast and creative and I thought it was a great fit for me," Jokinen said. "I was expecting to play a year of junior hockey, but Mankato has a couple of forward spots open and wants me to come straight from high school, and I think I can handle that."