Thursday, March 9, 2017

Mavericks get two commitments

Minnesota State recently received two verbal commitments from recruits, including a native of Germany who eventually will join his fellow countrymen and former teammates Marc Michaelis and Tuomie, with the Mavericks.

Julian Napravnik is a skilled forward with the Des Moines Buccaneers from Bad Nauheim, Germany who played with Michaelis and Tuomie with Jungadler Mannheim.

“(The Mavericks) have dynamic players already, and they’re getting another one in (Napravnik),” Buccaneers coach Nate Weossner said in a press release. “He’s the type of kid that can be a game changer at any time; he’s the kind of guy that you gotta watch out for because he’ll make a play at any second. I think he’s just going to be a good fit for them.”

The 5-foot-11 Napravnik has 16 goals and 31 points in 42 games for Des Moines this season. The 19-year-old is in his first year in the USHL.

The Mavericks also received a commitment from 17-year-old defenseman Tony Malinowski of the Oakland Junior Grizzlies AAA team in Michigan. The 6-3, 185-pounder, has 18 points in 32 games this season. He is a native of Clarkston, Michigan.

Meanwhile, Mankato native Tyler Jutting, the son on former Minnesota State coach Troy Jutting, has committed to play hockey at Air Force, he tweeted last week.

Tyler Jutting played two seasons at Mankato West until moving to Shattuck-St. Mary’s School in Faribault. Currently, the 6-4, 203-pound defenseman plays junior hockey for the West Kelowna Warriors of the British Columbia Hockey League.

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