During his Nov. 7th radio show, Head Coach Mel Pearson talked about the start of the early signing period. With six future Huskies already officially signed, THG still expects another handful of players to complete their National Letters of Intent (NLIs) during this period which runs through November 16th. Pretty much all of the players that verbally committed in 2016 and are expected to head to Houghton in 2017 or 2018 seem likely to sign, plus Keaton Pehrson*, with his NHL Central Scouting interest, also could sign to protect the Huskies.
- Cooper Watson
- Jake Gingell
- Tristan Rostagno
- Mitch Newsome
- Carver Watson
- Jagger Williamson
Likely to Sign:
- Mitch Meek*
- Jackson Cates*
- Tommy Parrottino*
- Colin Swoyer*
- Brian Halonen
- Marcus Mitchell
A New Goaltender on the Horizon?
The real interesting tidbit from the Nov. 7th Mel Pearson Show was that the staff feels like they are close to signing a goaltender to replace senior Matt Wintjes after he graduates. Even with Angus Redmond's success over his first six starts, this new goaltender could be very important to the Huskies' success over the next couple seasons so we spent some time looking around junior hockey to see who this new goaltender could be. The player is likely to come from the BCHL, NAHL or USHL, and more than likely they're an older player born in 1996 or 1997. Since many of the goalies in that age group are already committed, that really narrows down the list of potential targets:
|Robbie Beydoun||Waterloo (USHL)||Plymouth, MI||10/1/96||5-1-0||1.23||0.955|
|Dylan Lubbesmeyer||Shreveport (NAHL)||Burnsville, MN||12/6/96||4-2-0||2.37||0.912|
|Josh Boyko||Brookings (NAHL)||Mississauga, ON||2/21/97||6-3-0||2.90||0.924|
|Mark Sinclair||Chilliwack (BCHL)||Hamilton, ON||3/8/96||10-6-0||2.53||0.911|
|Stefan Wornig||Prince George (BCHL)||Surrey, BC||3/29/97||6-6-2||2.76||0.908|
|Mathew Robson||Penticton (BCHL)||Toronto, ON||3/26/96||14-3-0||1.83||0.932|
|Lane Michasiw||Cowichan Valley (BCHL)||Saskatoon, SK||7/4/96||8-5-1||2.85||0.921|
|Brian Wilson||Powell River (BCHL)||Pickering, ON||9/27/96||8-5-0||2.80||0.914|
One other item to note is the invasion of European goaltenders to the USHL because of the CHL's decision to ban Europeans from playing Major Junior hockey in Canada. Because of this, nearly every American in the USHL is already committed or playing limited minutes with not great statistics. I have decided not to include any of these European goaltenders on my list because I spoke with one USHL coach that told me he didn't think his top netminder from Europe had any interest in playing college hockey and was hoping to be a professional next season. With that information it makes it difficult to figure out who among the uncommitted European imports really has any interest in playing college hockey.
That leaves just one goaltender from the USHL both uncommitted, succeeding as a starter and from America. The leader in the clubhouse to be Michigan Tech's latest recruit is Michigan native, Robbie Beydoun*. While I have no first hand knowledge of either side being interested in joining up next year, he seems to check all the boxes. He's from Michigan, which can be an huge advantage when it comes to offering a scholarship based on in-state tuition instead of elsewhere, he's been spectacular this season after having a disappointing season last year which might have scared away some of the bigger programs who already have commitments from other players. He seems to know a few future Huskies (teammate Jackson Cates and Youngstown defenseman, Jake Gingell) and one current Husky, Matt Roy.
The rest of the players are in the proper age range and some have put up better numbers than others. Mathew Robson could be the guy, but depending on the source, he is already committed to Colgate. Lane Michasiw or one of the NAHL goaltenders seem more likely than the rest on our short list but any of these guys could be the recruit Coach Mel Pearson was talking about. For some reason, I'm going to stick with my gut and say that next season, the newest goaltender will be Robbie Beydoun.
*After initial publication of this article, it was confirmed that these players had signed their NLI: Mitch Meek, Jackson Cates, Tommy Parrottino, Colin Swoyer, Keaton Pehrson, Robbie Beydoun. - Updated 11/17/2016
Cover image of Jagger Williamson courtesy of Garrett James Photography