No major news for Northeastern in terms of recruits. Ryan Renz officially won’t be joining the Huskies, but that was obvious when he didnt come this fall. Not really a loss since NU has already picked up better defenseman and Renz has not committed anywhere else. No incomings either. Next season’s class is pretty much set barring a major change. So Madigan and his staff are probably focused on 2013 and beyond now. Here is who all of the current recruits have been doing this year:
Jon Gilles (G, Indiana Ice) continues to impress. This past week, he won USHL Player of the Week. With all signs pointing towards a Rawlings exit, Northeastern cannot afford to lose Gillies to Major Juniors. This radio interview makes it seem like he will probably be here, but MJ is probably going to come after him pretty hard and who could blame him for taking the chance to play for Patrick Roy’s team? He has a 2.50 GAA (6th in USHL) and .922 SV Percentage (2nd) through 20 games this year. He has played all but 2 games for his team.
Ryan Belonger (F, Youngstown Phantoms) is leading his team in penalty minutes with 44 in 21 games. But, 31 of those 44 have come in 2 games due to fights and misconduct. He is also 3rd on his team with goals with 9 and 4th on his team in points with 15.
Mike Gunn (D, Youngstown Phantoms) is a +13 through 21 games, which is the 8th best in the entire league. Gunn was a -13 last year in a half season with Chicago, so clearly the move to Youngstown has been a good one for him.
Colton Saucerman (D, Lincoln Stars) may be just what Northeastern needs on the Power Play. Through 20 games he has a 3-8-11 line. All 3 of those 3 goals, along with 3 of the assists have come on the Power Play. His 11 points have him tied for 8th among defenseman. Saucerman has just 10 penalty minutes on the year, which is extremely low for a defenseman.
Cam Darcy (F, USNTDP) has a 2-5-7 line in 26 games in all action. Remember that since he plays for the USNTDP team, these games are not only against USHL opponents, but also some exhibitions against college or international teams. Darcy and the USNTDP will visit Matthews Arena January 7th, so be sure to check him out. The talent is there.
Garrett Cockerill (D, Muskegon Lumberjacks) has only appeared in 2 games for Muskegon this year. He has spent most of his team with the Compuware U18 team that he played for last year.
Zach Aston-Reese (F, Lincoln Stars) has gotten off to a slow start. He has a 3-6-9 line in 21 games for a Lincoln team that is currently in 1st place. He finished last year with just 5 points from 25 games with Lincoln.
Nathan Ferriero (F, Governor’s Academy) has just begun his Junior year at GA, who play in the ISL. The plan appears for Nate to come right from prep school, just like his brothers Cody and Benn (at BC) did. Its rare that a kid doesn’t spend at least a year in juniors. Cody struggled in his first year here as an 18 year old, but really has turned it on this year. It will be interesting to see if Nate will take a similiar path.
Ross Olsson (F, Williston Northampton) has also entered his Junior season in the Prep League. He picked up a goal the other night, but his team is 0-4 on the season.
Dylan McLaughlin (F, Sioux Falls Stampede) has appeared in 11 games in his first USHL season. He has an 0-2-2 line. McLaughlin is just 16 years old, so he has plenty of time to develop and grow.
Daniel Whillet (D, NJ Rockets) has split time between the AJHL and the MJHL teams for the Rockets organization. He is currently in the lower of the two leagues, the MJHL, where the 15 year old has spent much of his time this season.
Cam Askew (F, Valley Jr Warriors) is absolutely tearing it up in the EJHL. He has 21 points in 12 games. which is 3rd best on his team. Askew, who is just 14, is seeing action as a freshman for St. Sebastians as well. He picked up a hat trick against Milton Academy earlier this month. The game also marked his first varsity goal.