Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Early signing period begins (updated)

The early signing period for 2012 recruits begins today (Wednesday), and Minnesota State announced Wednesday that it has inked six players. Here's a look at the incoming class, along with each player's current statistics (and updated heights/weights):

Dan Carlson, Sioux Falls (USHL) — The former U.S. National Team Development Program player is a 6-1, 201-pounder from Corcoran, Minn. He has a goal and two assists in seven games this year. In two years with the U.S. team, he had six goals and 12 assists in 55 games.

Brett Knowles, Salmon Arm (BCHL) —The 5-11, 181-pounder from Vanderhoff, British Columbia, is tied for second in scoring for the Silverbacks with five goals and 14 assists in 17 games. Last season he ahd 30 goals and 28 assists inf 57 games. Seems like the Mavericks have a nice 1-2 punch with ...

Bryce Gervais, Salmon Arm (BCHL) —The top goal-scorer for the Silverbacks, the 5-9, 175-pounder from Battlefords, Saskatchewan has 10 goals and nine assists in 17 games, equalling the point total of his teammate Knowles. A year ago he had 29 goals and 22 assists in 58 games.

Dylan Margonari, Youngstown (USHL) — The 6-0, 190-pound forward was last week's USHL offensive player of the week. Through nine games this season he has five goals.The Greensburg, Pa., native is in this third season with the Phantoms.

Jon Juntzi, Powell River (BCHL) —The 6-2, 190-pounder from Tavistock, Ontario, ranks third in scoring on his team with four goals and nine assists for 13 points. Last year he had six goals and 18 assists in 56 games

Stephon Williams, Sioux Falls (USHL) —The 6-2, 190-pound Fairbanks, Alaska, native has played in eight games this season and is 3-3-1 with a .921 save percentage (seventh in the league) and a 2.53 goals-against average (10th). Last season he played in 35 games with 20 wins, a .909 SV% and a 2.59 GAA.

The Mavericks will lose seven players to graduation after this season, including goalie Austin Lee, defenseman Cameron Cooper and forwards Mike Louwerse, Justin Jokinen, Michael Dorr, Adam Mueller and Joe Schiller.

Minnesota State has one more player committed, but it's possible he won't sign until the April signing period. That is:

Teddy Bluegar, Shattuck-St. Mary's — One recruiting website lists him as a possible 2013 recruit, but he's off to a fantastic start to this season and seems like a big-timer. A native of Riga, Latvia, who has been living in the U.S. since he was 15 (he's currently 17), he had eight goals and 18 assists for Shattuck's team playing in the Midwest High School Elite League this fall. Here is a story on him from last weekend's Bauer NIT in New Hope.

For more on the Mavericks' signed recruiting class, see the MSU press release here.


Sam said...

I hope Bluegar is not getting cold feet with MSU transitioning into an inferior conference. He could be the cream of the incoming crop.

C'mon Teddy! The Mavs need you!

Having said that, the two kids from the BCHL should be some quality recruits too. And I know Stephon Williams is going to be good. Got the chance to see him play a few times in Sioux Falls last season. He's for real.

Shane Frederick said...

Don't read anything into the fact that he's not on today's list. No conspiracies here. He was originally considered a 2013 recruit, which would mean it would be a year before he signs. But I'm guessing he signs in April.

Sam said...

Awesome. Thanks for the info. Makes sense now.