Mentioned on the front page, but a hello is a hello.
Michigan Hockey will be getting a foreign import come September.
Gustaf Westlund, born in Paris, France but from the country of Sweden, will come to Ann Arbor for the 2016-17 season.
After playing Tier II Midget during the fall season, the Swedish native made his first real impression on the myriad of NHL scouts and college coaches in attendance for Monday's Berkshire Jamboree. Playing center, he showed off his wheels. He's a tremendous skater who has a good first step and can really move around the sheet. It will be interesting to see how he continues to adjust to the style of play over here, but he's an athletic, raw talent that should be watched closely. A few NHL scouts were very high on him after seeing yesterday's games against Kent and Northwood.
Gustaf Westlund is an intriguing prospect as this was his first season playing in North America. The Parisian-born Swede came over to attend prep school in the U.S. and helped lead The Gunnery to a New England Prep School Elite Tournament Championship.
The left-shot center is a true athlete who oozes potential. He's also a very good soccer play, having played on the school's varsity team in the fall, which prevented him from playing Tier I in the split-season. He, instead, played for Yale Midget Hockey's Tier II team.
It's absurd to compare anyone to Buffalo Sabres star Jack Eichel, but there are similarities in his skill set to that of the former BU Terrier. Westlund is a very good skater. He has a long, smooth stride that appears effortless. He can really get going quickly and seems to have that extra gear.
Westlund is eligible for this year's NHL Draft.
Here is Michigan's updated incoming freshman class from what I've gathered.
Hayden Lavigne signed years ago but he's finally coming to Michigan after posting a .914 save percentage in the USHL.
|Jack LaFontaine||G||6-3/214||Janesville Jets|
|Hayden Lavigne||G||6-3/203||Bloomington Thunder|
|Will Lockwood||F||5-10/172||US NTDP U-18|
|Griffin Luce||D||6-3/214||US NTDP U-18|
|Luke Martin||D||6-2/201||US NTDP U-18|
|Christian Meike||D||6-0/165||Sioux City Musketeers|
|Steve Merl||F||6-3/201||Bloomington Thunder|
|Nick Pastujov||F||6-0/196||US NTDP U-18|
|James Sanchez||F||6-2/190||US NTDP U-18|
|Gustaf Westlund||F||6-0/170||Gunnery Prep|