There is nothing wrong with planning ahead and thats exactly what Coach Madigan has done by getting a commitment from Cam Askew. Askew, a forward, is currently in 8th grade at St. Sebastian’s. He is a ’97 birthdate and is planning to be here for 2016.
It is interesting to say the least. Askew is apparently one of the best in his age group and its great to see Madigan and Northeastern getting a local kid before BC or BU can get their hands on him. But its hard to get excited over someone 5 years away. There is plenty of time for him to change his mind or go the Major Juniors route. And there is no guarantee that he continues to develop like he has. So kudos for getting the commitment, but lets not get too excited yet. We just hope it doesnt end up like the Chris Student situation.
Jon Gillies has signed his National Letter of Intent to come here next season. Which probably means Rawlings will be leaving for the pros. Gillies is 7-3 with a 2.44 GAA and a .913 SV % so far this season with the Indiana Ice of the USHL.
Cam Darcy and the USNTDP U-18 won the Four Nations tournament in Switzerland last week. Darcy had an assist.
The other forward from next year’s class, Ryan Belonger has racked up 39 Penalty Minutes in just 15 games. He also has 6 goals and 6 assists. We can only hope he is the second coming of Dennis McCauley.
Defenseman Mike Gunn, who plays with Belonger for Youngstown, has a 1-4-5 line through 15 games. He is also a +13 on the season. With Gunn and Colton Saucerman (1-5-6, +3) coming in next season and no defenseman graduating, it could be a real battle for lineup spots on the blue line. It will be interesting to see how that situation plays out.
Defenseman Garrett Cockerill is making the jump up to the USHL this year with the Muskegon Lumberjacks. In 2 games, he has yet to register a point but he is a +3.
Forward Zach Aston-Reese is off to a slow start with just 2 goals and 2 assists in his first 12 games.
Ross Olsson, who is from Billerica, is playing with the Eastern Mass Senators U18 team this season.
Nathan Ferriero is playing for the Governor’s Academy.
Daniel Whillet has 5-9-14 line in 15 games for the New Jersey Rockets in the Atlantic Metropolitan Hockey League.
Dylan McLaughlin has joined the Sioux Falls Stampede for his first season in the USHL. Through 5 games, he has 2 assists.
So no real big news with any of the recruits in terms of stats. Its good to see McLaughlin and Cockerill playing in the USHL at such a young age. And its really good to see some local kids commit. Olsson, Darcy and Askew are all from Massachusetts. Obviously you want the best players available, but its always good when you get local talent. This year’s team has 5 players from Massachusetts (Tuckerman, Dongara, Vrolyk, Ferriero and Cornell) and it’d be nice to keep that going.